Monday, 31 August 2015 08:00

It’s a lifestyle choice

Jeff Courson lives150 metres from work and can look out his window and see the ocean in Port Hardy, B.C.
Jeff Courson lives150 metres from work and can look out his window and see the ocean in Port Hardy, B.C.
There is an articling crisis afoot and Kenneth Walker, the Law Society of British Columbia’s president, says articling students need to tap into unique business opportunities, one of which he recently shared on his blog.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Ken-Chasse.jpgLaw societies in Canada have ignored the unaffordable legal services problem, because of the obsolescence of their management structure. Its major defects are:
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Monday, 24 August 2015 08:01

LPP year 1

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2015_Fall_Issue_2015_4S-DigitalFall_2015Cover.jpgJoshua D’Cunha feels pretty pumped about landing a full-time job at Infrastructure Ontario as legal counsel. The University of Windsor Faculty of Law grad found his way to the legal department of 32 lawyers this past spring after completing Ryerson University’s inaugural Law Practice Program — the first cohort to come through the Law Society of Upper Canada’s three-year pilot project aimed at providing an alternative route to traditional articling. “I really love the work, it’s fabulous,” says an enthusiastic D’Cunha, who is now legal counsel, contract management at IO, an agency of the Ontario government.
Published in 4Students Cover Story
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

Total ad ban a no go

The Law Society of Upper Canada is looking at making changes to the rules governing lawyer advertising. It has stirred up a hornet’s nest.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 06 July 2015 08:10

Careers derailed

Photo: John Hyrniuk
Photo: John Hyrniuk
After five years spent at ground zero of a spreading financial disaster known as the Hollinger newspaper swap, Elizabeth DeMerchant was acutely aware of its toxicity. As the Torys LLP counsel watched from the sidelines, the reputations of one director, auditor, or legal counsel after another had been laid waste by scandal or suspicion.
Monday, 06 July 2015 08:00

Making lemon aid

Photo: Bronwen Sharp
Photo: Bronwen Sharp
When Vassilios Apostolopoulos had fallen to the lowest depth of his life, he didn’t have to go back to law, after all he had made mistakes, given up practising, and been disbarred. He could have chosen to take other routes on the road to rebuilding his life. He had other interests, other degrees — he had been working on his doctorate in political science when he switched to law. But to not go back wasn’t an option for him.
Published in Departments
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ted-Flett2015.jpgIt’s an inconceivable thought for some, including this naïve columnist: a supervising lawyer sexually harassing an articling student. Members of a profession that protects one’s rights violating earnest newcomers.
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Steven Breslauer switched over to Alberta’s new articling system as soon as he could.
Steven Breslauer switched over to Alberta’s new articling system as soon as he could.
The Law Society of Alberta is launching its new education plan, which will change the face of articling in Alberta for good.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ian-Holloway.jpgTradition is the foundation on which our professional culture is built. It is the centripetal force that holds us together in the face of centrifugal forces wanting to pull us apart. Things like gowning or bowing to the court, or talking about a place called “Upper Canada,” may seem quaint and old-fashioned, but they give us a sense of rootedness and they guard against the human tendency to the arrogance of the here and now.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_calder-johnson.jpgIn June 2015, after seven years of collecting evidence the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its 388-page executive summary, centred on the TRC’s 94 recommendations and written as a call to action.
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