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Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 11:46 AM

Why sometimes, Latin is your only choice | Lawrence David

Legal practitioners, their clients and casual observers often find humour in the legal profession’s habit of invoking Latin expressions and doctrines in everything from contracts to wills and legislation. Expressions like de minimis non curat lex, quantum meruit, ab initio and res ipsa loquitur are only a few chuckle-inducing examples. Another is mutatis mutandis, which invokes the notion of mutation — a notion the modern mind is more likely to associate with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles than with the legal profession. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 9:18 AM

Marriage of Big Law and alternative legal services electronic_legal_sm

If you can’t beat them, join them. Or better still, have them join you. Is that, perchance, the evasive formula for satisfying the ever-more complex expectations that clients and in-house counsel have of their law firms? ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Animals: Family at home, property at court | Victoria Shroff

In the first week of June I had the privilege to be part of the biggest Canadian academic conference of the year taking place in Vancouver on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, my alma mater. The huge event for academics is called Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal shuts many out | Michael Lesage

Access to justice is increasingly an issue in Ontario. Over tea and crumpets, posh debating societies have determined it to be serious enough to warrant discussions and committees. Meanwhile, judges have spoken out, warning that justice is increasingly available only to the rich and that our “fossilized Jurassic Park” of a legal system is at risk of becoming an “irrelevant museum piece.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

Incoming OBA president will focus on innovation in profession, access to justice Colin Stevenson sm

“Innovation” is the theme for Colin Stevenson’s upcoming presidency at the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). The litigator noted that “society is changing rapidly” and lawyers need to “keep up.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 9:55 AM

Standards body issues anti-money laundering ‘guidance’ for lawyers as Ottawa, FLSC boost co-operation David Lametti and William Barr

Global pressure is mounting to enhance the legal profession’s anti-money laundering (AML) efforts, and Canadian lawyers are not immune, both domestically and internationally. When federal Justice Minister David Lametti met June 26 in Washington with his American counterpart, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, money laundering was among their top cross-border issues for discussion. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

New Alberta legislation aims to speed up foreign credential recognition Cori Ghitter, Law Society of Alberta

The Alberta government wants to ensure professionals who have been trained outside Canada have their credentials assessed in a faster and more transparent manner, but its full effect on the legal profession remains unclear. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Law societies’ policies for access to justice failure | Ken Chasse

Law societies appear to be powerless to serve the public interest by defending lawyers’ markets against three major threats: ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 1:09 PM

Foreign trained lawyer in land of opportunity | Alexandar Pavlov

June 27 is National Multiculturalism Day. Coming five days before Canada Day makes it the perfect time to reflect on why I am glad to be pursuing a law career in multicultural Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

An open letter to LSO lay benchers | Ian Wilkinson

Lay benchers hold a special place at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) Convocation. You are the only benchers who truly represent the people by virtue of your government appointment. All other benchers, as members of the professions that the law society regulates, have a self-interest in the way the law society works. You are there to make sure policies are administered in the public interest. ... [read more]