Do lawyers have an ethical obligation to defend the expression of opinions they despise?
The legal profession in Turkey is under assault and needs our support.
Lawyers in Pakistan have been pushing for regime change. Could or should that ever happen in Canada?
Top Court Tales is retiring along with the chief justice, so a reflection is in order. Goodbye. Goodbye to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who this June announced she would retire at the end of the year (more about that later). Also, dear reader, goodbye to me, at least when it comes to Top Court Tales.
I’m very busy!”
Ask a lawyer how they’re doing, what they’re up to these days, some sort of vague question like that, and they’ll almost certainly say “I’m very busy” or something similar, maybe even something more dramatic, such as “I’m going out of my mind with all the work, it just keeps pouring in” accompanied by a nervous shake of the head and possibly a wringing of hands.
Top courts in other countries play very different roles than Canada’s Supreme Court.
As democracy falters, top courts, sometimes reluctantly, sometimes eagerly, take on political and policy roles previously the prerogative of elected officials. Professors of political science sometimes call this process “countermajoritarianism.” (Only academics could dream up such a hideous word.)