Is it baffling to anyone else that at a time when so many aspects of the legal profession are being reconsidered in terms of how work gets done and what lawyers learn in law school that the Law Society of Upper Canada is suggesting it wants to cut short an innovative new model to train lawyers for the future?
Published in Issue Archive
Killing the LPP and resistance to innovationSo the Law Society of Upper Canada has been invited by one of its committees to deep-six the Legal Practice Program. Convocation is set to vote on a proposal by the Professional Development and Competence Committee on Nov. 9. The question now is, “What next?”
Published in Latest News
Monday, 03 October 2016 09:00

Educating Sidney Green

Sidney Green’s fight with the Manitoba Law Society has become the most expensive continuing education course that he never took.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 06 June 2016 09:00

Telling it like it is

Illustration: Dushan Milic
Illustration: Dushan Milic
Ezra Levant is a conservative media commentator or, if you prefer, an over-the-top right-wing rabble-rouser. He thrives on controversy and conflict. He feeds the flames of intemperance. He’s always having a fight with somebody. He’s rude. He makes people angry and delights in doing so. He’s scoffed at by flaneurs in what American public intellectual David Brooks calls the “corridors of the cognoscenti.” He’s not to be taken seriously, the flaneurs say. Maybe they’re right. Maybe they’re not.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 30 May 2016 09:00

Oops, I did it again!

Oops, I did it again!I don’t imagine that Britney Spears has often thought about the Canadian legal profession. But if she did, she might have been forgiven for having been inspired to name her second album by watching us in action. To paraphrase Abba Eban, we never seem to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity — an opportunity, that is, to chart a new course in the relationship between the practising arm of the profession and the teaching one.
Published in Latest News
Incentivization and change in legal educationThe genius of our version of the rule of law is that it is not the law of rules. Yes, there are imperatives — what we lawyers call statutes and regulations — with which we all are obliged to comply. But for the most part, the rule of law in the anglo-Canadian tradition is premised on the notion that freedom is a paramount social value.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 07 March 2016 09:00

Planning for a sale

Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Jeff Phillips didn’t rush into retirement when he began thinking about how he would wind up his sole practice in London, Ont. Selling seemed like a good idea as his clients would get continuity, but he also wanted to protect his staff and ensure the successors had the similar philosophical approach. “I had to have the right situation,” says Phillips during a call from Florida where he visits while continuing to work part time with Carlyle Peterson Lawyers LLP. The agreement was that he work full time for six months after the sale, but that was three years ago. Phillips enjoys the new arrangement and the ability to bounce ideas off other lawyers, so he continues to work part time and is able to take time when he wants it. “Having been on my own for so long and having practised for 35 years, it was a little difficult coming into a firm with other lawyers,” he says. But it didn’t take long for him to appreciate the benefits of the new situation.
Published in Departments
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:01

The bâtonnière who fell from grace

The bâtonnière who fell from graceLu Chan Khuong is one tough cookie. Three days and 21 interviews after her resignation from the top job at the Quebec Bar, she breezed in for interview No. 22 over lunch on the terrace of an upscale Quebec City restaurant looking fit, poised, and radiant. The resignation was a surprise move that put an end to a summer-long public and legal drama that dominated news headlines and divided lawyers in la belle province like never before.
Monday, 12 October 2015 09:00

Opportunity is knocking

Opportunity is knockingDuring my term representing the Ontario Bar Association, I met many individuals keen on the possibility of working in a sole and small firm, and willing to relocate to do so. There were law and articling students, lawyers wanting to leave a big firm, and others lawyers moving to Canada. But few knew how to proceed other than by following up on the few job ads posted.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 05 October 2015 09:00

Entity regulation - whaaaaat?

Entity regulation - whaaaaat?Most lawyers have likely heard or read the phrase somewhere, and yet to many, “entity regulation” doesn’t really mean much. But as law societies across Canada consider what could be the biggest shift in the regulation of the legal profession in the last century, becoming familiar with entity regulation may no longer be an option.
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