Tagged Bar leadership

Articling Task Force Consultation Report: The Case for Option 4

In an effort to start a meaningful dialogue on the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Articling Task Force Consultation Report, I have prepared the following draft responses to the five options.  (I will not submit my final views to the Law Society until March, 2012.) (la version française suit le scrutin) Consistent with my previous posts on this issue (The Economics of Articling and Do More than Save Articling), my current preference is for Option 4, because it provides the most realistic option for saving articling, while promoting innovation for the Common Law degree through an integrated curriculum and a fast track to…

A mentorship site for new lawyers?

Welcome to Canada’s first blog devoted to mentoring new lawyers. (la version française suit) It’s French label, « SQP jeunes avocats, » captures the reality for many lawyers starting out.  (Sauve qui peut! meaning ‘everyone for himself.’) The site intentionally plays the words ‘jeune’ and ‘new’ off each other, because a life in law has always been measured from one’s year of Call to the Bar.  Increasingly, ‘new’ can also mean ‘different.’  Men and women from different socioeconomic backgrounds, demographic origins, hopes and dreams wonder how they might fit in, or whether integration comes at too high a price. To the…