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Friday, November 12, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

Hippopotamous? Whynotamous? | Marcel Strigberger

In law there are now three types of persons: humans, companies and hippopotamuses. The latter is thanks to a U.S. Federal District Court in Cincinnati, Ohio, ruling. Curious? Read on. ... [read more]

Friday, November 12, 2021 @ 10:23 AM

The incompatibility of sitting judges as university chancellors | Agnès Whitfield

The recent appointment of Ontario Court of Appeal judge Paul Rouleau as the first chancellor of the Université de l’Ontario français (UOF) could be good news for Ontario’s new French-language university but the restraints imposed by the office of judge may not be compatible with UOF’s need for a strong public spokesperson. More specifically, the appointment poses an important ethical question: can sitting judges take on such high-profile non-judicial roles without compromising public confidence in judicial impartiality. Given the changing circumstances of universities, the answer, in my opinion, is no. ... [read more]

Friday, November 12, 2021 @ 8:59 AM

Ontario tables right to disconnect, Bosses in Portugal can't text you after work People Pulling Plug

The Ontario government is introducing new legislation that would require employers with 25-plus employees to develop workplace policies permitting their employees to disconnect after office hours and requiring employers to meet certain expectations about response times to e-mails. The legislation would further encourage employees to implement out-of-office notifications, outside of work hours. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 11, 2021 @ 10:25 AM

Law libraries: Hard decisions in hard times | Joan Rataic-Lang

The 2022 Law Society of Ontario (LSO) budget reduces annual fees and restores funding to libraries. Some hard decisions had to be made, and as far as courthouse libraries are concerned, they took a step in the right direction. The LSO has a responsibility to regulate the legal professions in the public interest. That’s no small feat when there are over 65,000 legal professionals (lawyers and paralegal licensees) in the province, most of whom are in sole practices or small firms. ... [read more]

Friday, November 05, 2021 @ 2:47 PM

Elizabeth Russett in the kitchen with a Pop-Tart | Marcel Strigberger

As Buttercup says in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, “Things are not always as they seem. Skim milk masquerades as cream.” Or in this case strawberries.  ... [read more]

Friday, November 05, 2021 @ 1:47 PM

Access to Justice: What it should mean in Nunavut | Victoria Perrie and Gloria Song

What does access to justice mean in Nunavut? We are honoured to be invited by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to contribute to her column. We would like to take this opportunity to share our perspectives on access to justice (A2J) in Nunavut. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 04, 2021 @ 12:34 PM

What they don’t teach you in law school: How to establish yourself as a thought leader Row of lightbulbs turned down, with one turned up and shining

Executives in every industry aspire to become thought leaders for their clients and peers. Having a personal brand isn’t enough anymore; with the influx of information available online, clients are looking to connect with professionals they can trust, and positioning yourself as a thought leader can drastically increase the business opportunities that are available to you. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 03, 2021 @ 1:44 PM

LSO launches five-year Access to Innovation pilot project Diana Miles, LSO CEO

On Nov. 3 the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) launched the Access to Innovation (A2I) pilot project, which will allow “providers of innovative technological legal services (ITLS) to serve consumers while complying with risk-based public protection requirements.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 02, 2021 @ 3:49 PM

LSO benchers split on need for Equity Advisory Group; Convocation amends Tribunal rules Julian Falconer, LSO bencher

The Law Society of Ontario’s Oct. 28 Convocation ended abruptly after a contentious debate began over a report on appointments made to the Equity Advisory Group (EAG). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 02, 2021 @ 11:16 AM

McCarthy’s chief inclusion officer stepping down, ex-OBA president Theodore taking over

McCarthy Tétrault announced that Nikki Gershbain, the firm’s chief inclusion officer, has decided to step down from her role effective Nov. 12, 2021, to pursue personal interests and do some consulting. ... [read more]