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The Friday Brief: Editor-in-Chief’s must-read items from this week

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 1:45 PM | By John Carson

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week ... the last of 2018.

The Lawyer's Daily is taking a publishing break and will return on Wednesday, Jan. 2. We wish all our readers a safe and happy holiday season.

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin
There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. The Honourable Thomas Cromwell had the opportunity recently to speak with the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin about her hopes and plans for the committee under her leadership.

SCC’s growing number of oral judgments draw bar’s fire but court says appeals get ‘all the attention and resources they require’
The Supreme Court’s growing practice of deciding as-of-right criminal appeals from the bench without written reasons has again drawn fire from the bar, with one prominent counsel publicly demanding more “transparency” from the court this week, while another suggested the court is leaving the impression that as-of-right appeals are “second-class citizens” on its docket.

New legal café offers alternative to law office, owner says
It’s the only law firm around where one can tuck into a barbecue chicken wrap and pumpkin spice latte while getting divorced, drafting a will or dealing with a tax dispute. This is what is being offered at Toronto’s Lawyers & Lattes Legal Café, a fledgling business that combines a variety of legal services with the breezy ambiance of a bistro-esque gathering spot.

Law society’s presumptive priorities | Sam Goldstein
Isn’t that precious. Our Ontario benchers voted that all articling positions must be paid. Why not? They already tell us what we ought to believe and how many of what sorts of people we ought to hire. Arrogating to themselves the jurisdiction to supervise our employee commercial arrangements is the logical next step in their desire to regulate the perfect world.

From autonomous cars to smartphone zombies, analysis and opinion highlights of 2018
Here are 16 memorable and outstanding stories from 2018, as selected by The Lawyer's Daily Analysis Editors Richard Skinulis and Peter Carter.

John Carson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer's Daily.