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The Friday Brief

The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 2:17 PM | By Matthew Grace


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Matthew Grace
Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Lawyers foresee bumpy road ahead if TWU renews its bid for law school accreditation
Lawyers foresee a bumpy road ahead if Trinity Western University (TWU) renews its failed bid to create Canada’s first religious law school. The Langley, B.C.-based evangelical Christian private university announced Aug. 14 that starting in the 2018-2019 school year student adherence to its religious-based code of ethics (“community covenant”) will be optional (but not for professors or other staff) — not mandatory as before.

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Wagner picks francophone litigator as new principal advisor
The Supreme Court of Canada has announced a key personnel change as it prepares for a busy fall session. On Aug. 14, the top court revealed that Vancouver civil litigator Gib van Ert, the executive legal officer (ELO) to the Chief Justice of Canada for the past three years, has been succeeded in that key role by Renée Thériault — the first francophone female ELO and only the third woman to take on the influential behind-the-scenes job as principal advisor to Canada’s top judge.

LSO seeks feedback on report: Proper regulation needs proper governance, treasurer Mercer says
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has been considering changes to its governance structure since 2016 and has finally released a call for comment on the size of Convocation and terms for benchers.

Nova Scotia set to join B.C. in conducting residential tenancy hearings by phone
Landlords and tenants in Nova Scotia looking to put an official end to arguments will no longer look each other in the eye. Effective Sept. 4, the province will become only the second in the country to conduct residential tenancy hearings via telephone.

Ruling out stereotypes
In their column, Jennifer Taylor and Jessica Piper write: “Even if you admit that these rules are sexist, it only perpetuates sexism to suggest they should still be followed. Instead, we should be working to dismantle stereotypes about women in the legal profession, and advocating for systemic change.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.