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Wednesday, April 05, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

More eligible for legal aid in Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario raised the income threshold for eligibility for legal aid by six per cent on April 1, enabling 144,000 more Ontarians to qualify for assistance. ... [read more]

Monday, April 03, 2017 @ 08:44 AM

Access to Justice: Let’s give the Bonkalo report a chance | Thomas Cromwell

I wish that we didn’t have a large and growing legal services gap. But we do. Just look at the never-ending waves of self-represented litigants in our courts. Most of them wish they had a lawyer; some started out with one, but ran out of money along the way. And, sadly, the unmet need for legal services for these people is only the tip of the unmet legal needs iceberg. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 06:38 AM

Council studying sanctuary city status for Ottawa

A councillor’s report on Ottawa becoming a sanctuary city has given rise to questions what kinds of information can be asked of people with precarious immigration status who might apply to use city run services and programs and the legal implications for the city. ... [read more]

Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

Media relations isn't marketing, and that's just the first mistake lawyers make | Julius Melnitzer

When it comes to maximizing the benefits of good media relations, many Canadian law firms haven’t quite got it yet. For those of you who are thinking, “What are you talking about? The profession’s marketing savvy has come a very long way” — you’re making my point. What a lot of law firms still don’t seem to understand is that marketing and media relations are two distinct arts. Lumping them together is akin to shoving an admiralty lawyer and an entertainment lawyer into the same pigeonhole. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 02:47 PM

Canadian law students call for suspension of Safe Third Country Agreement Kim Veller

Law students that participated in a research-a-thon in February have determined that Canada's involvement in the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (CSTCA) is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They've released a report based on their research that calls for a suspension of the agreement. ... [read more]

Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 08:51 AM

Drawing the fine line between zealous advocacy and incivility

Like American politics, the legal profession has suffered a decline in civility. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 12:02 AM

Rethink the billable hour to give middle class access to justice | Julius Melnitzer

The best thing the legal profession’s regulators could do to ensure access to justice for the middle class is to ban hourly billing — or at least mandate some sense into its use. ... [read more]

Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

Detained immigrant children 'legally invisible' in Canada, report claims Invisible Citizens

In Toronto alone, more than 200 children have been kept in immigration detention since 2011. Children are held because their parents are being detained. ... [read more]

Friday, March 03, 2017 @ 03:02 PM

Access to Justice: Thinking big about access to justice | Thomas Cromwell

Access to justice is the biggest challenge facing our legal system. And just about every lawyer I know cares deeply about the health of that system and many are trying to help. But do we understand the problem and are we making progress? Those questions will be the jumping off spot for my exclusive to The Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice in the coming months. ... [read more]

Friday, March 03, 2017 @ 02:55 PM

Rule of law must trump national security | Paul Cavalluzzo

Lawyers in Canada should be gratified to observe the role which lawyers and the rule of law have played recently in the United States in challenging the new president's authoritarian tendencies. With a compliant Congress, the effective checks and balances on the new president (and his alter ego Steve Bannon) will be the courts and the press, as well as concerned citizens protesting in the streets. Needless to say, President Trump has been typically dismissive, arrogant and bullying in regard to these constitutionally protected institutions and activities, which have dared to confront his autocratic ways. ... [read more]