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Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Legal aid lawyers in B.C. vote to begin job action April 1 Richard Fowler, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL)

An organization representing legal aid lawyers in British Columbia has overwhelmingly voted to withdraw their services to protest what they characterize as serious underfunding and strain on the system. According to Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) spokesperson Richard Fowler, turnout among the 590 members of association for the March 11-13 vote was 75 per cent, with approximately 97 per cent of members voting in favour of job action. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

LSO approves bencher code of conduct, tables motion on tribunal hearing rules Janis Criger sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation has adopted governance policies and practices, which incorporate a Bencher Code of Conduct, and after much debate, tabled a motion to revoke the current Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division and Appeal Division Rules of Practice and Procedure. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

LSO approves framework for offering legal services through charities Susan_McGrath_sm

In an effort to improve access to justice, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved a regulatory framework for legal professionals to deliver services through registered civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities or not-for-profit corporations, which will come into effect April 1. Convocation passed a motion for policy changes to implement the framework on Feb. 28 after Susan McGrath, chair of the Alternative Business Structures (ABS) working group, presented the final report on the matter. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 9:15 AM

B.C. Law Society benchers decide on pro bono, paralegal issues

Benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) decided against allowing pro bono work to count toward professional development credit and struck a task force to look at what role paralegals can play in addressing unmet legal needs at their most recent meeting. During the March 1 meeting, benchers approved the lawyer education advisory committee’s recommendation that the law society not recognize pro bono work as eligible for continuing professional development (CPD) credit. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

New immigration calls: Surviving the early years immigration_law_sm

The entirety of law school is focused on the finish line that is qualifying as a lawyer. At every step of the JD process, law students push themselves to secure the grades to secure the summer placement to secure the articling job to get called to the bar. After that, it is smooth sailing. The associate position awaits and becoming partner is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Or so the story goes. ... [read more]

Monday, March 04, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Law Society of Ontario changes disclosure requirements in good character process Jaqueline Horvat sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved changes to the good character assessment process in an effort to provide transparency for candidates and support its commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Law Society Act decrees that an applicant for a licence to practise law must be of “good character,” so the LSO required candidates to declare whether they had been convicted of any offence, other than speeding or parking tickets. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

Common social media concerns for lawyers | Kim McLaughlin

Nobody understands compliance better than a lawyer. It’s no wonder then that lawyers often hesitate when it comes to public communications via social media. In my experience, the big concerns are giving legal advice, confidentiality and solicitation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 9:39 AM

Documenting privacy breaches a must for law firms, lawyer says Andrew_Buck_sm

Law firms must not overlook the legal duty to record all privacy breaches at their organizations — even those they are not required to formally report, says a lawyer set to lecture on the subject. ... [read more]

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 9:43 AM

Diversity needed some bencher candidates say, as debate over statement of principles continues Caryma Sa'd sm

Lawyers have been divided on the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) statement of principles since it was first announced as part of the regulator’s annual reporting requirements in 2017 with opponents arguing it’s “compelled speech” and a “purity test.” The statement continues to be an issue in the current bencher election with some candidates campaigning to abolish the statement of principles and others maintaining that promoting diversity is essential. ... [read more]

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 9:17 AM

New report depicts rise of women general counsel on boards business_women_sm

Corporate Canada is increasingly willing to appoint general counsel to boards — and female general counsel are leading the way. ... [read more]