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Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 3:02 PM

What’s at stake at June 27 Convocation | Michael Menear

The June 27, 2019, Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher Convocation will be the first business meeting of the five newly elected paralegal benchers, eight recently appointed lay benchers, and 40 lawyer benchers (including the incumbents and the StopSOP slate). As such, this Convocation will be no “business as usual” meeting. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 2:24 PM

Indigenizing justice | Kurt Sandstrom

As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (June 21) and their culture, achievements and contributions, this is also an opportunity to consider how the justice system can better meet the needs of Indigenous people. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 10:55 AM

Law firms falling down on physical data security | Julius Melnitzer

Forget cybersecurity — because law firms, it appears, can’t even keep their desks clean. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Dutil trial highlights shortcomings of military justice | Michel Drapeau

Col. Mario Dutil was appointed as the chief military judge in 2006. In 2018, he was charged with seven military offences and one Criminal Code offence — of which four charges were withdrawn by the prosecution June 10, on the first day of Chief Military Judge Dutil’s court martial (the fraud charge in relation to an alleged improper expense claim was not withdrawn). ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Controversial Bill 21 demands irreligious uniformity, opposite of neutrality | Derek Ross and Robert Reynolds

Quebec’s controversial Bill 21 is expected to be voted on this week. If passed, the bill would prohibit many public workers, including certain public sector lawyers, from wearing “religious symbols in the exercise of their functions.” ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Independent paralegals signal major invasions of lawyers’ markets | Ken Chasse

Some of Canada’s law societies are creating new types of paralegal workers, being persons of lesser qualifications, licensed to provide certain types of legal services. The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is in the process of creating family law specialist paralegals, and the Law Society of British Columbia has a Licensed Paralegal Working Group considering what services, and training, would non-lawyers need to be able to provide legal services in family law matters. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Meaningful reconciliation to support leadership of Indigenous women | Angelique EagleWoman

Due to colonialism, Indigenous women have been the targets of violence and oppression for centuries. Many Indigenous scholars draw parallels between the treatment of the earth and the treatment of Indigenous women by colonizing forces. The actions of strip mining, polluting and reckless disregard to the consequences impacting the earth are analogized to the crisis known as the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

The real point of a law firm logo | Sandra Bekhor

Law firms are starting to show more interest in branding these days. That represents a significant shift for the profession, from even five short years ago. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

B is for ‘bachelor,’ not progress | Julius Melnitzer

No question about it, diversity and gender equality are all the rage in the profession — and it’s the clients that are driving the horses, with in-house counsel expected to lead both by way of example and by way of shutting out law firms who aren’t sensitive enough to the call. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 1:53 PM

Don’t allow nitwits to overshadow real amber alert concerns | Laurelly Dale

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to resist the urge to ask: “what’s wrong with you?” to the 300-plus that called 9-1-1 to complain about the amber alert May 14, 2019. Guessing their end game leaves one baffled. The mayor of Toronto shouldn’t have to remind people that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only.  ... [read more]