In case you missed it, the Law Society of Ontario now requires lawyers to prepare and embrace a ‘Statement of Principles‘ regarding diversity in their practices. I have been critical of the initiative because, at the end of the day, it requires no more than yet another act of lip service to fix real diversity… Read More
Fans of Charles Dickens’ novels will know that his lawyers are practitioners of an obscure art. In that regard, they are plot devices, agents of change in the course of principal characters’ lives. None is more iconic than Jaggers, or Mr. Jaggers, in Great Expectations. The trustee of a sum of money left by an anonymous… Read More
Le droit et le combat (For English version, click here or click on the image – right) Les outils de notre métier sont-ils les insultes et les arguments ad hominem? Est-ce que nous allons collaborer à la suppression des puissances des avocats plaideurs? Suivrons-nous le « mouvement de civilité » en droit canadien? Ou devons-nous… Read More
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… Read More
Call it what it is, instead of what it is not. Call it: Ontario Independent Regulator of Lawyers and Paralegals. (le résumé en français suit) The Law Society of Upper Canada‘s name is a millstone around our necks in the battle to preserve self-regulation.
This is my final post on the Law Society of Upper Canada’s articling consultation. During the last few months, some interesting ideas have emerged from various quarters. (la version française suit) First, the “articling” crisis is perceived to be a Toronto-centric problem. It has long been known to be a predominantly Ontario problem, probably because… Read More
If you haven’t cast your vote, you’ve got till March 7, at 5:00 EST. (Voting on sidebar to the right, beneath the CL Logo.) Current poll rankings: Option 4 – Save articling but allow training course option : 56% Option 5 – Training course only (no articling) : 19% Option 1 – Status Quo :… Read More
University students eyeing a law career, both in law school and undergrad, need to make themselves heard in the Law Society’s Articling Consultation. Start with the University of Western Ontario’s Gazette article, and spread the word. ~ ~ ~ Étudiants universitaires, si vous considérez le droit comme carrière, vous devez vous intéresser à… Read More