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Thursday, November 05, 2015 @ 07:00 PM

Lawyers back with a vengeance, business people will cede power

Liberals and of late Conservatives have laid claim to “natural governing party” status, but lawyers know that mantle really belongs to them. Since Confederation, the legal profession has sent more of its members to the House of Commons than any other occupational group (1,019 Members of Parliament, not counting those in the newly elected 42nd Parliament). ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

The three routes to justice for all

A statutory mandate was given to the Law Society of Upper Canada almost ten years ago: “Act so as to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario.” How effectively has it been carried out? ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

Judge upholds leave denial for federal election

An ex-Crown who ran unsuccessfully in the federal election is considering appealing a decision that she contends effectively implements a broad ban on federal prosecutors running for Parliament. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 08, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

Ex-Barreau president hits back after exit

Barely two weeks after she reluctantly resigned, former Barreau du Québec president Lu Chan Khuong has raised the possibility she may attempt to come back and seek another term if her electoral platform is not fulfilled by the new president of the province’s legal society. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

Preparation, passion, persuasion were keys to his winning record

In the early hours of May 7, 1992, three young men illegally entered a McDonald’s in Sydney River, Cape Breton. But their robbery did not go according to plan. By morning, three employees were killed and a fourth was left permanently disabled. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 03, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

Daly praises Rothstein’s ability to tackle ‘heavy lifting’ at SCC

Supreme Court Justice Marshall Rothstein says he “struggled” with striking down Canada’s assisted suicide law this year as well as with other “difficult” cases the court confronted during his more than nine years there. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 03, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

To help your case, help the judge grasp it

“Help us do our jobs” is the simple plea from the bench to counsel seeking success in courts where judges have too many cases and not enough time. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

Suspended president’s case headed to court now

A simmering battle between the board of directors of Quebec’s legal society and its suspended president is heading to court after negotiations during a settlement conference before Quebec Superior Court Chief Justice François Rolland failed, to the disappointment of Quebec’s legal community. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

Crampton looking forward to new progress on big challenges

The Federal Court seems to be on a roll. It’s true its reputation was sideswiped by the Marc Nadon debacle last year, and that Ottawa plans to erect a memorial to victims of communism on the spot reserved for the court’s long-awaited courthouse. But the horizon seems mostly bright. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

Attacks kill two and bomb wounds a third

Lawyers are scrutinizing their security measures after separate violent incidents at law offices in Quebec and Manitoba by attackers alleged to be disgruntled clients. ... [read more]