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Diversity Awareness and Cultural Competency as Core Skills for Canadian Lawyers

Later today, I will have the privilege of participating in a working group of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism tasked with modernizing the basic principles of professionalism for lawyers.  High in priority is the importance of integrating equity, diversity and cultural competency into the package that lawyers must offer the public. Historically…

My Choice for “Best New Blog” in the #clawbies2012 Awards

My Choice for CLawBies 2012 Best New Blog?  The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Treasurer’s Blog. Not because the idea of a Treasurer’s blog is “cool.”  (Do we even want that?  No one outside of Ontario know he is actually the President of the Law Society, and we cling on to the misnomer to prevent the leader from being described with such epithets.) Not because the Law Society under Tom Conway has embraced social media.  (He’s still a one-man-band.  We’ll wait for the chorus of  “lifer” benchers to sign up on Twitter.) Not because it reaches out to a new…

What the Québec Tuition Protest Taught Law Students

“The first thing we do, let’s …” On May 16, 2012, masked protesters invaded a law class in Montréal.  (Protesters target law students at UQÀM, CJAD Radio Blog.)  What was the symbolism of this event?  This, particularly in a city where the invasion of a classroom of polytechnical learning has shaped the sensibilities of a generation.  What did it say about the fact that the event went hardly noticed in the rest of Canada?  What does it say about us, as mentors of future lawyers?  This month’s column, The Accidental Mentor, in Canadian Lawyer (follow link) explores the manifold lessons we learned…

Why Option 5 may not be a help to equality-seeking law candidates

(la version française suit) This follows my earlier post on the articling options. Following the Toronto stop on the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Articling Task Force Consultation’s road show, it appears many lawyers and stakeholders from equality-seeking groups (ESG) favour Option 5 (practical training course only) over Option 4 (keep articling and provide the practical training course to fill the gap, or accredit a third-year law school practicum in the “Carnegie” model).  (See the Canadian Lawyer report from the meeting.)  ESG members point to the statistic that this group secures articling placements at a 4% lower rate than the group overall.…

The Economics of articling, our Titanic

Apart from all the stale metaphors about deck chairs etc. … (la version française suit) A historical significance of the fatal 1912 maiden voyage of the Titanic was its foreboding of an end of a European social order already seeking a rescue from the New World. When it sank, there were not enough lifeboats. Aristocrats and steerage passengers alike perished, as a result. Had they survived, White Star Line would simply have built another and implemented better iceberg detection. The shortage of lifeboats was a matter of choice. So, too, is the decision the Bar of Ontario has to make…