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Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Controversial Bill 21 demands irreligious uniformity, opposite of neutrality | Derek Ross and Robert Reynolds

Quebec’s controversial Bill 21 is expected to be voted on this week. If passed, the bill would prohibit many public workers, including certain public sector lawyers, from wearing “religious symbols in the exercise of their functions.” ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Independent paralegals signal major invasions of lawyers’ markets | Ken Chasse

Some of Canada’s law societies are creating new types of paralegal workers, being persons of lesser qualifications, licensed to provide certain types of legal services. The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is in the process of creating family law specialist paralegals, and the Law Society of British Columbia has a Licensed Paralegal Working Group considering what services, and training, would non-lawyers need to be able to provide legal services in family law matters. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Meaningful reconciliation to support leadership of Indigenous women | Angelique EagleWoman

Due to colonialism, Indigenous women have been the targets of violence and oppression for centuries. Many Indigenous scholars draw parallels between the treatment of the earth and the treatment of Indigenous women by colonizing forces. The actions of strip mining, polluting and reckless disregard to the consequences impacting the earth are analogized to the crisis known as the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

The real point of a law firm logo | Sandra Bekhor

Law firms are starting to show more interest in branding these days. That represents a significant shift for the profession, from even five short years ago. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

B is for ‘bachelor,’ not progress | Julius Melnitzer

No question about it, diversity and gender equality are all the rage in the profession — and it’s the clients that are driving the horses, with in-house counsel expected to lead both by way of example and by way of shutting out law firms who aren’t sensitive enough to the call. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 1:53 PM

Don’t allow nitwits to overshadow real amber alert concerns | Laurelly Dale

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to resist the urge to ask: “what’s wrong with you?” to the 300-plus that called 9-1-1 to complain about the amber alert May 14, 2019. Guessing their end game leaves one baffled. The mayor of Toronto shouldn’t have to remind people that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only.  ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

The case for consultation on gender-neutral robing rooms | Anita Szigeti

I have been a member of the Ontario bar since 1992. In those years I have argued hundreds of cases in the Court of Appeal and in our superior courts. On a monthly, if not weekly basis, I have taken respite from being exposed to the dominant male culture of the legal profession, in the “Lady Barristers’” Room at Osgoode. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 12:13 PM

Canada’s ranking on Amal Clooney’s TrialWatch | Sarah Molyneaux

Powerhouse human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and movie star husband George announced their launch of TrialWatch to fanfare in late April. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 11:23 AM

New court building catalyst for improved access to justice | Sam Goldstein

In a recent column, I wrote that access to justice is about ensuring that low-income earners can get legal advice. It’s an important policy objective because it shouldn’t be only the rich who can afford to hire lawyers to advance their own economic interests. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

The case for gender-neutral robing rooms | Angela Chaisson

The first time I attended Osgoode Hall as an articling student, I laughed at the “Lady Barristers” sign in the hallway, which pointed towards the women’s robing room. “That’s so odd,” I thought. “Aren’t they all just … barristers? Are we in the 1950s?” Flash forward to one of my first big Superior Court of Justice trials in my first year of call. The question “Are we in 1950s?” again flashed through my brain. I thought it every day after court, when my male co-counsels would go into the men’s robing room and reappear with decisions on the next day’s strategy, made entirely without me. I was being shut out of my own case, and I was angry. ... [read more]