Tagged legal profession

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 an afterthought The equity and diversity file has historically been an afterthought, tucked into the discussion after other ‘Wonder Bread’ aspects of professional merit are given full airing.  This has been a fault of those leading the discussion.  It is time to turn the agenda…

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…

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…