- Toronto blawger/tweeter meetup Tuesday December 4, 2012, P.J. O'Brien's Irish Pub, 39 Colborne Street, Toronto, 6:30 p.m. Special guest Kevin O'Keefe
- Law Societies as Democracies – Not! (Mitch Kowalski)
- Rob Ford still has the support of federal Conservatives
- Lindsay Lohan arrested again over alleged nightclub altercation
- Judge: British press wreaked havoc with lives of innocents
- Municipal Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Top Texas Criminal Judge Over Unpaid Speeding Ticket
- French court overturns Concorde crash conviction
- Web traffic monitors: Syria has been cut off from the Internet
- Alberta's top court dismisses Suncor's bid for random drug, alcohol tests of workers
- Ontario judge gives Chevron lawyers a rough ride in hearing on enforcement of Ecuador environment judgment
- Webinar to be Held on Recent ONCA Pension Decision: Pension Administrators, Employers Invited to "Log-on"
- Poland court rules Jewish, Muslim ritual slaughter of animals violates constitution
- Law Society Chooses New Assistance Program Provider
- Editorial: LSUC should back down on Groia costs order
- Behind the people who brought down Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
- WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning gives evidence for first time (Ed Pilkington/Guardian)
- Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper
- Legal Skills Prof Blog: "Law School Is Worth the Money" - Not.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
- Law Dean: Law School Is Worth the Money (NY Times Opinions)
- French court to rule on Strauss-Kahn sex party probe
- Alberta premier accused of conflict over hiring husband's law firm to act for Province in tobacco case
- British student avoids extradition for TV copyright infringement
- Supreme Court ruling could trigger advertising class actions
- Trial Begins for Lawyer Accused of Letting Suspect Use Her Cellphone in Interrogation Room
- Manitoba courts finally getting to electronic filing
- NJ Gay men sue 'conversion therapy' group for fraud
- Federal judge orders Philip Morris to admit to deceiving public
- LegalZoom Gets in the Ring with Rocket Lawyer
- Rob Ford files notice of appeal in conflict case judgment
- Supreme Court asked to weigh in on cross-border class actions - The Globe and Mail
- “Turn it down” CRTC says no more to loud commercials
- Canada’s anti-spam law soon to be in force – critical compliance planning required
- Egypt courts suspend work to protest presidential decree
- Let's Not Hate on Rob Ford for the Wrong Reasons (Slaw)
- Facebook wants your data, and magic legalese won't keep it away
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
- Ohio Senate kills anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ bill
- NY man suing Facebook surprises court by saying he opposes his lawyer's motion to withdraw
- Marriage over phone is valid, Md. court rules - The Washington Post
- Tips for avoiding sloppy legal writing
- Rob Ford apologizes for actions in conflict case, stay application likely Dec 5
- Non-Traditional Legal Careers
- B.C. appeals court throws out sperm-donor disclosure ruling
- US Supreme Court hears arguments on employer liability for employee harassment
- Rolling Stones Rockers Are Older, on Average, than Justices of the Supreme Court
- Rob Ford can't run again until 2014, city lawyer believes
- Nobody Loves The Mayor
- “Unfair and Cruel” Dismissal of Employee Still Not “Bad Faith Discharge”
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
- BC Legal aid lawyers start job action
- New Canadian copyright law accepts everyday activities
- Twitter Lawsuit Story From Britain Shows the Risks of Repeating Gossip on Social Media
- Rob Ford ruling sets off Twitter, Facebook reaction | CTV Toronto News
- Ontario judge Howard Chisvin reprimanded by Judicial Council for dismissing slew of cases over small delay
- Ontario court nixes employment contract over failure to continue benefits during statutory severance period
- What employers should remember when hosting company parties - Lexology
- Toronto's combative mayor ordered to leave office (Reuters)
- Rob Ford case: Justice Charles Hackland known for careful decisions in high-profile cases
- Blawg 100 Hall of Fame
- Mayor Rob Ford will fight removal ruling 'tooth and nail' - CBC.ca
- Newmarket Judge reprimanded for tossing cases over tardy lawyer - Toronto Sun
- Questions raised about 'draconian' law that saw Toronto's mayor ousted
- A brief intro to lawyers on Twitter | Canadian Lawyer Magazine
- The Right Wing Litigants
- Ex-Navy Lawyer Is Disbarred for Sending Secret Names of Gitmo Detainees to Legal Group
- Lawyer Who Pokes Fun at NYT on Twitter Is Forced to Abandon Distinctive ‘T’ avatar by Twitter, NY Times
- 2Ls to be new licensing process guinea pigs | Canadian Lawyer Magazine
- Rob Ford ordered removed as Toronto mayor in conflict ruling - Toronto - CBC News
- Mayor Ford Removal Decision
- Four members of legal profession invested in Order of Canada | Canadian Lawyer Legal Feeds
- SCOTUS opens door to a new Obamacare challenge
(The guy spends more time in court than I do...)
It almost makes one yearn for the relative calm of the sedate and dignified Lastman years.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Toronto lawyer Garry J. Wise, in particular, has turned his Twitter feed (@wiselaw) into a must-read for Canadian lawyers, especially those practising family law. As I write this, he has posted 20 tweets — on everything from disciplinary proceedings before the Law Society of Upper Canada, to a constitutional challenge to warnings on cigarette packages, to news about a major discovery on Mars.
If only he’d use his Twitter account to tell us how he manages to go without sleep.
Like many Twitter users, Wise uses his feed as an extension of his blog (which actually features a daily recap of his tweets).
- Mayor Rob Ford guilty, kicked from office but can run again
- Legality of Warrantless Cellphone Searches Goes to Courts and Legislatures
- The Size of Canada's Legal Profession
- Ottawa centre helps the lawyerless navigate the legal system
- A Tokyo resident on facing his fear and living with earthquakes - Asia - World - The Independent
- Bob Aaron: Court rules real estate agent isn't responsible for home inspection - yourhome.ca
- Rob Ford's future as Toronto mayor to be decided Monday - Toronto - CBC News
- 4 possible outcomes in Rob Ford's conflict case - Toronto - CBC News
- Why smart people vote for stupid people
- Psychological Health and Safety in the Canadian Workplace: A Standard Is Born (Updated Release Date)
- Taming the Workplace Bully - Businessweek
- About Half of US Law Schools Surveyed Have Cut First-Year Enrollment
- Attorney: TX teen ostracized for protesting school GPS chip.
- Death penalty removed from Ugandan ‘Kill the Gays’ bill
Friday, November 23, 2012
- Top lawyers fear their profession is broken
- Canadian Employment Law Today: Transgender rights to be protected in Nova Scotia Human Rights Act
- Toronto’s Trump Tower sales tactics face probe as buyers revolt
- OPP chief: LSUC directive for lawyers in SIU probes not practical
- An Update On Family Status Discrimination - Family Law - Canada
- Articling Debate Exposes Convocation's Flaws
- Google cooperating with Peel cops in search for anonymous threatening emailer
- Ont. woman's right to choose place of birth stands; SCOC won't hear appeal
- Articling Debate: New licensing programs approved | LSUC Gazette
- Signing off...#articling
- Wrong outcome, but cudos to the LSUC for the open process and live streaming of this important debate #articling
- A couple abstentions on the second motion vote, but it passes as well. 37-13 #articling via Antonin I. Pribetic
- Well that was funnn....#articling
- Motion on member contribution to pilot project funding proceeds to roll call #articling
- Motion passes on roll call vote
- LSUC #articling - Roll Call vote to begin
- Mercer - "The perfect is the enemy of the good. Suck it up and make a choice."
- The #articling debate continues at the Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto
- Robins - Not LSUC's responsibility to limit numbers. #articling
- I'm enjoying hearing all these perspectives. Again.
- Robins - Equity seeking groups oppose #articling - they fear that they will be overepresented in the second tier if it is created
- #Articling debate continues at LSUC. 12:30 vote not happening. Perhaps 1:30?
- The #articling debate - press and panel watching the proceedings
- The #articling debate war room
- Translation: we have nothing to show you but trust us #articling
While I certainly didn't favour the Ontario Articling Task Force's majority recommendations that were adopted by the Law Society's Benchers at Convocation yesterday, I don't think the vote for approval was a terrible outcome.
Some good may well come of it, yet.
As clumsy, semi-feudal and wholly undefined as the new two-tier system may now appear to be, if the new pathway ultimately comes to fruition - and I still have genuine lingering doubts about that - it will at very least, and at long last, eliminate the articling "numbers crisis." Nobody can seriously object to that.
We are left with many unanswered questions about the structure, curriculum, delivery and cost - to the Bar and prospective licensees - of the new, alternate path for licensing.
Many of us objected to the new approach because we felt it to be inadequately creative, bold, innovative or respectful of time-tested evidence as to the necessity of articling in the making of a lawyer.
Hope nevertheless remains that the development and refinement of this new educational path will begin with a deep and genuine analysis of the practical skills actually required to enter today's legal profession, a profession that is increasingly being better understood and defined by the Jordan Furlongs and Mitchell Kowalskis among us than our Benchers and regulators.
Let us not train our new lawyers for entry into a prior generation's legal profession.
We must first develop a better understanding of what it will take to succeed as a professional, proprietor and manager in today's and tomorrow's legal profession.
Advocacy, drafting and negotiation skills, business acumen, practical skills, knowledge base, legal ethics, technological literacy, communications skills, social media engagement, and cultural awareness of what being a lawyer is - these considerations may be but the most obvious tip of the iceberg of knowledge a new curriculum must embrace to prepare licensees to enter a modern legal landscape now marked by ever-hastening challenge and change.
The existing articling programme will necessarily be impacted and ultimately improved by the conclusions reached in developing this new programme.
Ultimately, this pilot project - whether successful or not in getting off the ground and developing enduring credibility - will be a catalyst for long-overdue modernization of legal education and the Ontario lawyer licensing process.
We have our work cut out for us.
Let us hope this new pathway will not turn out to be an alternate "mere formality" or rubber stamped rite of passage into the legal profession.
Not every candidate for licensing necessarily must succeed. Quality - and competency - control counts more than ever.
The public deserves and requires that.
Convocation's direction was ultimately a compromise - an imperfect solution that gave most stakeholders at least a little of what they wanted.
Let us hope our profession uses this important milestone as a window of opportunity for genuine improvement in the licensing process.
Credit is due to the Benchers. As tempting as it may have been to bounce this ball forward for another generation or two, they resisted that temptation and have acted with resolve.
Cudos are also appropriate for the open process that was adopted. Webcasts of Convocation are an idea whose time has come. Our regulators and the public will benefit from the resulting transparency.
I was very glad - and honoured - to have been involved in this process as one of the profession's "designated tweeters." The Law Society deserves real credit for that initiative, as well. I am pretty sure that there is no other regulator of any profession, anywhere, that is more advanced than our Law Society of Upper Canada (i.e. Ontario) in its utilization of social media as a communications tool in furtherance of its varied mandates.
May these innovations continue.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
- Good morning all! Looking forward to the #articling debate today. See you soon at#osgoodehall
- Watch the #LSUCArticlingDebate debate live webcast - today at 9:00 a.m. I'll be live-commenting along with a stellar panel
- Twinkies, Wonder Bread Carry on in Canada
- Cop lawyers warned against aiding collusion during criminal probes of police
- Marni Soupcoff: Women lawyers will survive without parental-leave program
- Ontario law society poised to drop parental leave program
- Federal judge grants summary judgment against 9/11 negligence claim
- Court says father ‘nothing more than a wallet’ to estranged daughter but still must pay toward her tuition
- NHL receives players' union's percentage-based proposal
- Judge Approves Hostess's Plan to Close Down (DealBook)
- Toronto mayor Rob Ford not to blame for the way media spins his words, lawyer tells court
- 'Tripping' B.C. hockey coach pleads guilty
- Video: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tumbles to turf at Grey Cup event
- MacKenzie’s helpful contribution to articling debate
- Wal-Mart’s Black Friday showdown
- Teacher sues Calif. district over breastfeeding
Inevitably, our discussion turned to the current articling debate, a topic upon which we certainly have very little agreement. Here's the video of the somewhat animated "articling segment" of our talk:
We also make a bit of news in this video, with Mr. Kowalski confirming his intention to run again in the LSUC Bencher elections of 2015. "When the Law Society gets stuff right, I'll go away," he declared.
I'll be posting video of the balance of our discussion - we canvassed Mr. Kowalski's book, his recent speaking tour in the UK, and the future of the legal profession, here and overseas - over then next short while.
Or will common sense prevail, with Benchers electing to devote the LSUC's resources and energies to strengthening, modernizing and expanding the province's current articling system, to ensure that an adequate number of quality articling positions will created by the profession for aspiring licensees?
Tune in to the resumption of the Law Society of Upper Canada's articling debate today at 9:00 a.m.
I will be live-tweeting from Osgoode Hall, along with a stellar panel of commentators.
For those interested in more of my thoughts, my previous post on the "articling crisis" is here.
(And while I have your attention - don't forget to download WiseLii, our free mobile legal research app for the iPhone. It's available at iTunes)
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
- Toronto courtroom rudeness: Make ‘uncivil’ lawyer pay $247,000, LSUC prosecutor says
- Conviction in iPad Website Hacking Case | TechCrunch
- Bre-X lawyer Joe Groia blasts proposed LSUC suspension for ‘incivility’
- Former LSUC treasurer touts 3rd option for articling crisis
- B.C marijuana tax could net billions if pot legalized
- Lawyer bios are the most read portion of law firm websites
- Serious safety violation not cause for termination - Lexology
- The Supreme Court Of Canada’s Latest Take On Discrimination And The Duty To Accommodate - Employment and HR
- Blogger’s Fair-Use Argument Regarding Copyrighted Photo Questionable
- Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Dismisses Discrimination Complaint by Employee with Scent Hypersensitivity
- Kelley Sister in Tearful Event with Gloria Allred
- Plastics News - Plastic bag manufacturers take legal action against Toronto bag ban
- Law Society Makes Top Employers List for Seventh Consecutive Year
- Six points to consider before commencing an arbitration - Lexology
- Dismissing a pregnant employee? Act carefully (Levitt)
- OpEd: CNOOC-Nexen deal is good for Canada, says Justin Trudeau
- CNN’s Costello pushes Walmart VP on labor practices
- Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum For Now (Joe Palca/NPR)Feds asks court to toss out constitutional challenge over cigarette pack warnings
- Feds asks court to toss out constitutional challenge over cigarette pack warnings
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
- Judge asks if Mayor Rob Ford’s remarks went ‘too far’ - The Globe and Mail
- Barrie lawyer Jim Vigmond drops $5,300 for toilet from Leafs’ dressing room - Macleans.ca
- "If judge decides Rob Ford’s comments referred to café owner, I’ll invoked ‘fair comment’ defence:" lawyer
- Law Society disbars Ron Hatcher, veteran Toronto real estate lawyer, for assisting in ‘sham’ deals
- The number of LSAT test-takers dropped 16.4% in October
- The Supreme Court of Canada VIAGRA case: 5 messages technology businesses should receive
- Judge rules against Christians in Santa Monica Nativity battle
- Top 10 Do's of Social Media for Professionals: via @Sandra_Bekhor
- Kashrut agency denies coercion in labour case | The Canadian Jewish News
- Amici Curiae: Retailers Taking Quebec’s Language Laws to Court
- "10 Years Ago Today, This Blog Was Launched" - Congrats to Robert Ambrogi
- Woman hits 'like' on Facebook, gets arrested in India
- Donuts and Coffee: The two most talked-about franchise cases of the year
- DOJ files antitrust suit against eBay
- The Practice: The Future of Law, Circa 1972
- Pickton inquiry accused of failing marginalized women
- Mayor Ford slammed business deal to get votes, lawyer suggests | CTV Toronto News
- Lawsuit claims Winnipeg man fired for being white - Toronto Sun
- Chicago Tribune - Hostess, unions agree to mediation
- Toronto Marlies sign pledge to fight homophobia in sports
- We're on pace for 4C of global warming. Here's why that terrifies the World Bank.
- Family to take end-of-life fight to Supreme Court of Canada
- Lawyer vindicated as NB appeal court tosses judge’s fine
- Rare ruling sends Ontario family law litigant to jail for contempt
- Minister won't interfere with generic OxyContin approval
- Twinkies-maker headed to bankruptcy court today
- Michigan court rules ban on life without parole for minors does not apply retroactively
Monday, November 19, 2012
- The Future of Articling – in Canada
- For Nunavut judges, going to court 'truly an adventure'
- Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
- "Raising the 'bar' on law school data reporting: solutions to the transparency problem."
- Sixth Circuit strikes down Michigan affirmative action ban
- Oklahoma Judge sentences drunk driver to 10 years of church services for manslaughter charges
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands his ground at defamation hearing
- The end of the Twinkie?
- Supreme Court upholds conviction for man who tried to circumcise son at home - The Globe and Mail
- US Judge sides with Christian publishing company on refusing contraceptive coverage
- Justice Alito’s speech at the Federalist Society
- Ford's unapologetic style on display in court
- Federal judge approves $22.5 million fine for Google privacy violations
- NY prosecutor admits he acted in '70s porn films
- Rogers et al v SOCAN: W(h)ither the "Making Available" Right? via Bob Tarantino
- A Discussion of Discrimination in Job Ads via DooreyWorkLaw
- ‘The Partisan - The Life of William Rehnquist,’ by John A. Jenkins - review from NY Times
- Wrongly accused UK ex-politician vows to sue Twitter users
- LSUC likely to axe parental leave benefits
- Professor debunks myths surrounding Muslim family law.
Friday, November 16, 2012
- 120 lawsuits from car crash is too much: After 24 years, Ontario court restricts man from legal proceedings
- Convenience store owners' group asks courts to stop Toronto plastic bag - The Globe and Mail
- Supreme Court of Canada to hear botched B.C. home circumcision case Friday
- BP Announces Resolution of All Claims by U.S. Government Relating to Deepwater Horizon Accident
- Updated: U.S. firm to launch NAFTA challenge to Quebec fracking ban
- Toronto lawyer Michael Ingram, 69, stripped of licence after $3M taken, mostly from charity
- Jamaica to abolish slavery-era flogging law - Times Union
- Can giving birth get you fired in NYC?
- US Walmart workers begin Black Friday disruption.
- Toronto woman, denied haircut over barber's religious beliefs, files human rights complaint
- Budget Shortfall Closes 10 Los Angeles Courthouses
- Ron Paul's Last Speech to Congress: 30+ Strangely Ordered Questions
- Canlawpedia? Crowd-Sourcing and the Law
- Key recording in Rob Ford libel trial to be entered Friday
- Trial Begins for Rhode Island Estate Planning Lawyer, Bought Annuities for the Dying; Was His Idea Legal?
- Fun with petitions…
- Why is your law firm merging?
- In UK, Twitter, Facebook rants land some in jail - CTV News
- BP to get record criminal fine in US over Deepwater disaster (BBC)
- Report Finds ‘Stagnation’ in Diversity at New York City Law Firms.