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Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

Ryerson gets OSAP funding for new law school, still in search of full-time dean Michael Benarroch sm

Ryerson University’s new Faculty of Law has secured Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) funding and is “absolutely on track” to open its doors in September 2020. According to Ryerson’s provost, Michael Benarroch, the school is still searching for a dean and is in the process of hiring practitioners to teach alongside faculty. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 8:02 AM

Digital estate myth #2: Hard copy, password managers the answer digital_things_sm

Digital assets remain one of the least understood aspects of estate planning and estate administration. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

‘Hierarchy based on expertise’ model changes way tax law firm works Peter Aprile sm

The Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) new president, Colin Stevenson, who stepped into the role on Sept. 1, was inspired to make innovation the organization’s theme this year. This was motivated in part by the OBA’s innovator-in-residence, Peter Aprile, who, along with other legal professionals at Counter Tax, have undertaken a “hierarchy based on expertise” model at their firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

OBA president calls new Innovator-in-Residence, Ryerson LIZ a ‘world leader’ Colin Stevenson 2019 sm

The Ryerson Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) will be the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) next Innovator-in-Residence, helping build on OBA president Colin Stevenson’s theme for his term. “The Innovator-in-Residence Program leads and supports the Ontario bar to, and through, innovative change with the information, education, practical advice and tools that lawyers need to succeed in a rapidly changing market,” said Stevenson on the appointment announcement on Oct. 7.  ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Law society does not have ‘Label Town’ address | Ian Wilkinson

What a strange sensation creeping over me. I remember a fleeting feeling something like it when I heard family law was going to be put in scope for paralegals. It came back again when, excluding myself, the Stop the Statement of Principles (StopSOP) slate was elected. I felt it again when I watched Convocation approve criminal scope for paralegals and rescind the Statement of Principles (SOP). Could it be? No? Is this what it feels like to be proud to be part of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO)? Well that’s new, at least for me. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Legal cross-fertilization at Supreme Court of Canada: Recent trends | Lawrence David

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) gives Canadians many reasons to be proud of its important work. For one, Canadians can boast about their Supreme Court being the only bilingual and bijuridical apex judicial institution in the world. Appeals are heard in English and French and, reflecting Canada’s legal diversity, from both the common law and civil law traditions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

How Canada should deal with obscene trademarks swearword symbols

Over the summer of 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in Iancu v. Brunetti 139 S. Ct. 2294 struck down the Lanham Act’s prohibition on “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks, on the basis that the provisions violate the First Amendment, which protects free speech. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 11:11 AM

Recognizing stellar litigation work of the Chief | Sam Goldstein

Sept. 18 marks the 124th birthday of Canada’s 13th prime minister, John Diefenbaker. ... [read more]

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 2:21 PM

Why cannabis users still head for black market Handstradingpot

Canada is known for its divergent treatment in legalizing marijuana. It is known for a fact that cannabis was banned in the country from 1923 until the legislation was amended and cannabis was made legal for medicinal purposes on July 30, 2001. CBD is now accessible for both medical and recreational purposes under the conditions outlined in the conditions and regulations provided by Canadian federal law. ... [read more]

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

Yikes, my kid is going to law school | Marcel Strigberger

So, your kid is about to follow your footsteps and pursue a legal career? What are your trepidations? ... [read more]