The Montreal floods and the pull of duty as a lawyerIt sometimes takes a big pair of rain boots to remind us of what our profession can truly accomplish.
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How pro bono work made me a stronger advocateMahmood always presents well: He’s clean shaven, well dressed, gracious and polite. Soft-spoken, with a medium build and slight frame, and, though not yet fluent, he speaks English proficiently thanks to Canada’s English as a second language program for immigrants.
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Salvatore Frisina, senior vice president at President’s Choice Financial, accepts the Community Builder Award on behalf of the George Weston Ltd. Company. The award was presented by Mary Ellen Bench and Fernando Garcia.
Salvatore Frisina, senior vice president at President’s Choice Financial, accepts the Community Builder Award on behalf of the George Weston Ltd. Company. The award was presented by Mary Ellen Bench and Fernando Garcia.
Some in-house counsel were recently recognized for pro bono projects geared toward helping communities in need of access to legal services in the Greater Toronto Area.
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Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Proponents of unbundling family law services say it can help access to justice and tap into a new market.
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Valuable lessons come from working for freeThis year I will have been called to the bar for 10 years. Such a milestone necessarily results in reflection, and so I have been thinking about the lessons I have learned and the valuable experiences I have had.
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Sana Halwani says the intent of a recent pro bono effort was to achieve some certainty on gene patents.
Sana Halwani says the intent of a recent pro bono effort was to achieve some certainty on gene patents.
A recent settlement reached in Federal Court means the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and all public hospitals in Canada can license a genetic test for a potentially deadly heart rhythm condition on a not-for-profit basis.
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Student Jennifer Cox says the new clinic will provide a fantastic opportunity for students to receive credit for public interest work.
Student Jennifer Cox says the new clinic will provide a fantastic opportunity for students to receive credit for public interest work.
The University of Calgary opened its new Public Interest Law Clinic on Nov. 2, made possible by a $1-million gift from the Peacock Family Foundation.
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It is often the case that discussions of “access to justice” revolve around legal aid funding and alternative dispute resolution processes, and with good reason. In a climate such as British Columbia, where members of the legal profession once took job action to draw attention to the dire need for investment in legal aid, the courts remain inaccessible to many.
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Building the right legal team for public interest litigationThis summer, Pivot Legal Society represented a group of homeless people from Abbotsford, B.C., at the British Columbia Supreme Court in a groundbreaking lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of city bylaws that have endangered their lives. Never before had a group of homeless Canadians been able to challenge the constitutionality of how they are treated and displaced by government authorities or police. It would’ve been impossible without the support of pro bono counsel.
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A2J: Solving the unaffordable legal services problem by changing law society management structureLaw 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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