Negativity is the governing professional disposition in which a great experiment in Canadian legal education is about to take place. That is the establishment of a degree-granting law school at Ryerson University.
This has been a tough winter in Canada — one of the hardest in recent years, climate change notwithstanding. Thanks to extended periods of frigid temperatures in southern Canada, we’ve all had unhappy tutorials in the science of things such as polar vortexes and weather bombs. So it was that it was often warmer in Whitehorse than in Toronto. At least in the circles I run, that meant that February was a grumpier month than it usually is. It also meant that, more than once, I found myself mumbling the Duke of Gloucester’s famous line from Shakespeare’s Richard III, “Now is the winter of our discontent.”
Fifty-five years ago, Canadians were enjoying the last summer of their innocence. Within 12 months, Canada would be changed irrevocably and the world as we knew it would be swept away forever.
Recently, I had the honour of being invited to take part in and speak at a celebration of the life of Wylie Spicer.
=It’s true that there is some pretty exciting stuff going on in the legal marketplace
Just like lawsuits, organizations — including both law schools and law firms — need a theory of the case, too.
The future of training the next generation of family law professionals is now, and it’s called the Aspire Legal Access Initiative which opened its doors in Calgary last week. It's a for-profit family law firm in the law school that will offer articling positions to law students.
So the leadership of the Law Society of Upper Canada wants to hold a vote this coming Thursday on changing the name of the organization to the more contemporary "Law Society of Ontario."