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Monday, 07 July 2014 08:00

Everybody need apply

It seems the federal government has pissed lawyers off again, this time over who’s applying for spots on the federal bench. “I was just so pissed off,” Avvy Yao-Yao Go, a well-known social justice activist and lawyer, wrote in the Toronto Star after Justice Minister Peter MacKay made comments at a recent Ontario Bar Association meeting that women and visible minorities aren’t applying for judge jobs and that’s why they’re under-represented on the bench. He reportedly also said a woman’s bond with her children might also be the reason few would apply for judicial positions on the federal “circuit courts” where they may be forced to travel away from family (say for a week in another big city or something crazy like that).
Published in Commentary
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:00

Defining roles

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_June_shutterstock_152657705.jpgWhen it comes to related-party transactions, are the roles of in-house counsel, audit committees, and external lawyers always clearly defined?
Published in Latest News
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Philip-Bryden1.jpgIn the spring of 1963, Bob Jarvis graduated with an LLB from the University of Alberta. He moved to Ontario and wanted to enter the Law Society of Upper Canada’s bar admission program. He was informed his University of Alberta LLB did not satisfy the LSUC’s education requirements for entry into the program.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgAs legal professionals, we must keep our clients’ information confidential. At the same time, cloud storage of client files is starting to become popular. The benefits of cloud services are significant; not only for the end user, but also from a security perspective.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Knocking down hurdles

As Canadians come out of one of the worst winters in the history of ever, you can smell spring in the air; you can feel a palpable change in attitude as we expose our lily-white skin to a little warmth and sunshine. Like the crocuses that push up through the semi-frozen ground to herald the new season, dire economic reality appears to be the fertilizer for change in the legal profession.
Published in Commentary
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society president Rene Gallant says meeting with TWU president was ‘very helpful.’
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society president Rene Gallant says meeting with TWU president was ‘very helpful.’
The president of Trinity Western University travelled to Nova Scotia last week to make the case for his school’s proposed faith-based law program. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society was discussing the merits of recognizing potential law graduates from the Langley, B.C., school.
Published in Latest News
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Philip-Bryden1.jpgI started teaching law in 1985. For the first 20 years of my career, the institutional landscape of university legal education in Canada was extraordinarily stable. The same 21 law schools that were around in the 1970s were educating roughly the same number of undergraduate students each year. The deans of the 16 schools whose undergraduate degree programs were recognized by the law societies of the common law provinces and territories did not worry about whether or not their students would be accepted into the bar admission programs in those jurisdictions, and provincial law societies did not inquire too deeply into the details of the programs the law schools were offering.
Published in Latest News
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgI was one of those students who was hit with a mega invoice from the Law Society of Upper Canada a few weeks ago. As I finished tallying the numbers, my mouth agape, I tabbed from the LSUC web site onto Facebook to see if it was just me who was surprised by the licensing fee bill. Thinking I would leave a message in the Class of 2014 group to gather my classmates’ opinions, I was met with my answer immediately upon opening my newsfeed: expletives, CAPSLOCK, and series upon series of exclamation marks described the general reaction to this LSUC fee. Yes, everyone was appalled by the bill and yes, it was significantly higher than normal — 79-per-cent higher to be exact.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 24 February 2014 08:02

The Evolution of Legal Education

Illustration: Sebastien Thibault
Illustration: Sebastien Thibault
Students enrolled in Lakehead University’s new law program will be able to practise law after completing just three years of law school. No need to article for a year or complete Ontario’s experimental law practice programs.
Published in 4Students Cover Story
Monday, 24 February 2014 08:01

Licensing version 2.0

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_February_NewLLP-shutterstock_1038982.jpgUntil now, all Ontario lawyers had to complete the traditional articling process before being called to the bar. But last November, the Law Society of
Upper Canada announced it would be running the law practice program, a pilot project intended to give aspiring lawyers an alternative pathway to the Ontario bar.
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