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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]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

An open letter to LSO lay benchers | Ian Wilkinson

Lay benchers hold a special place at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) Convocation. You are the only benchers who truly represent the people by virtue of your government appointment. All other benchers, as members of the professions that the law society regulates, have a self-interest in the way the law society works. You are there to make sure policies are administered in the public interest. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Wellness: Sometimes losing is winning | Darryl Singer

I recently ran in the Law Society of Ontario bencher election as one of 73 candidates vying for 20 Toronto seats. I was unsuccessful in my campaign. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Misguided cuts to Legal Aid Ontario’s funding | Shiva Bakhtiary

On June 7, Ottawa’s legal clinics and local lawyers joined to rally against the provincial budget cuts after the Ontario government announced, on April 11 that Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) annual funding will be reduced from $456 million to $323 million. This is a 29 per cent reduction in the amount of funding provided by the province. The province also plans to reduce its annual funding by another $31 million in 2021-2022. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

The Coach: Succeeding through business development | Gary Mitchell

In this fourth and final installment of the Building a Successful Law Firm series, we take a look at what you and your firm can and should do to grow in this area. ... [read more]