Stop letting the TWU controversy make fools of the Canadian bar

It came to my notice that my last post on the British Columbia Law Society’s handling of the accreditation of Trinity Western Law School may have appeared at odds with a prior entry encouraging a negotiated solution.  In the September 26 post, “B.C. Law Society abdicates self-governance in favour of non-governance,” I stated that the decision to refer… Read More

Why can’t a lawyer be more like a share capital corporation? A reflection on the CBA Legal Futures Final Report

Henry Higgins, in My Fair Lady, famously sang, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?”  For Higgins, an elocution teacher who traded in British class prejudice by offering to improve clients’ social standing through posh talk, the education of a woman was essentially a troublesome Alternative Business Structure (ABS) – he could work with the… Read More

A Very Canadian “Mexican Standoff” of an American Contest between Executive and Judicial Power

Marbury v. Madison is the considered the seminal decision in judicial review of executive and legislative action.  At least, that is what the U.S. courts have subsequently repeated.  In fact, the 1803 decision of a fledgling American high court represented a Mexican standoff between executive and judicial power in which the limits of the U.S.… Read More

Intellect, bad behaviour and the professional brain

Historically, being smart in competitive endeavours went hand in hand with ruthlessness.  So, too, the law has sometimes countenanced anti-social traits and even coveted possessors of the killer instinct.  As law becomes a more socially relevant, more collaborative pursuit, the aggressive lawyer needs to change, to remain smart.  This sea change is, in part, behind… Read More

Mentors sound off

Inter-generational communication is always challenging, but never wasted. Precedent’s Sandra Rosier provides feedback from law firm mentors in (follow link:) “Bar Code: The biggest challenges [of] working with juniors.”  Unfair and one-sided?  Most unattributed comments are, but there are some truths to be found, too.  Just remember, everyone, including the senior lawyer, needs constructive criticism but… Read More

Talking law with the men in the office

“The partners believed the women’s excuses. … Everyone took the women’s words at face value. ‘Leaving for family reasons’ had a familiar ring to it. As some of the partners told me themselves, ‘It goes with being a woman.’ It was predictable. None of them made the connection between the atmosphere they described to me… Read More

Keynote Address to ABA YLD Conference

   Lee Akazaki delivered the Keynote Address to ABA YLD Conference, on August 5, 2011.  He talked about the “OF” and “FOR” dichotomy of being a lawyer and a representative professional.  Click ABA YLD Keynote  for the full text.   Terms of use / Mentions légales

OJEN Civil Law Confidential

In 2008, Lee Akazaki, Jeffrey Radnoff and Jennifer McAleer from the OBA Civil Litigation Section Executive presented Civil Law Confidential, an interactive programme of teaching resources for high school civics and law teachers, at the Summer Law Institute.  Click on the above link, for information and materials.  

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… Read More