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Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 1:19 PM

StopSOP benchers will continue to oppose Statement of Principles | Michael Menear

On May 1, 2019, Ontario’s legal profession elected the StopSOP slate to repeal the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) mandatory requirement that all licensees adopt a Statement of Principles (SOP). The SOP is a statement of values determined, defined and enforced by the society. At the June 27 Convocation, the StopSOP slate did what it was elected to do — it put forward a motion to repeal the requirement that Ontario lawyers adopt and promote an SOP. ... [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]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 8:49 AM

Big gaps in judicial selection process | Alexander Gay

There is concern in society with the diversity of representation on the judiciary, and rightfully so. The composition of the judiciary must be reflective of society if it is to dispense justice in a manner that responds to society. A judiciary that is not representative is a judiciary that loses legitimacy. In reaching these goals, Ontario’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee (JAAC), the body that supports the provincial government in the appointment of judges, has adopted a number of nomenclatures to assess the progress that it has made in promoting diversity. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 9:12 AM

Dispatches from the family law sector: Limited Scope Retainer | Anita Lerek

According to York University law professor, Trevor Farrow, “Almost half (48.4 per cent) of Canadians over 18 will experience at least one civil or family justice problem over any given three-year period.” (Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Overview Report.) ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Indigenous Women and Girls report: What every lawyer can do | Alana Robert

During my first week of law school, I heard an impassioned speech from Cree scholar Jeffery Hewitt during a mandatory session for first-year students. The lecture was on the relationship between the Canadian state and Indigenous peoples. Naturally, a central aspect of this lecture addressed the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people phenomenon (MMIWG2S) in Canada. This included how the consequences of colonial history, disposal by state actors and negative depiction in media are all forces that continue to contribute to the reality of MMIWG2S in Canada. (Two-Spirit is a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit.) ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 2:34 PM

Ontario’s cuts to legal aid for refugees: Possibly unconstitutional | Shiva Bakhtiary

The Ontario provincial government has called on the federal government to cover the full cost of refugee and immigration law services. Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is now prevented from doing refugee and immigration law with provincial funds. The organization will now have to rely solely on federal funding, which is not nearly enough to cover costs. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 2:49 PM

Stop endless debate on SOP at law society Convocation | Omar Ha-Redeye

Most lawyers in Canada don’t know or care much about what Convocation is. Effectively, it is the business meeting of the elected benchers of the law society, where decisions are made about the governance of the legal profession. ... [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]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

Don’t rush to judge employees on medical, disability leave | Stuart Rudner

There are some pieces of advice that I offer repeatedly to clients in a variety of contexts. One of my favourites: “Do not rush to judgment.” Those knee-jerk, visceral or emotional reactions usually lead to bad decisions which can cost an organization dearly. ... [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]