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Groia eyes Supreme Court after losing appeal

Alex Robinson - Monday, June 20, 2016

Lawyer Joseph Groia has vowed to take his fight with the Law Society of Upper Canada to the Supreme Court.
The case, which was recently dismissed by the Ontario Court of Appeal, has sparked concern from some in the legal community that the proceedings could affect the way trial lawyers defend their clients.

Groia says the proceedings have had a “chilling effect” on advocates.

 “It’s very difficult to put a defence lawyer in a position where he or she has to be looking over their shoulder for fear that the judge is allowing things to unfold, but a regulator wants to come along and second-guess that,” Groia says.

The Court of Appeal recently dismissed Groia’...


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Monday, June 20, 2016

RETIRED LAWYER WALKS FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE RESEARCH
Harry McMurtry never listened to the doubters.

The retired lawyer, who has Parkinson’s disease, was set to walk 500 miles (804.6 kilometres) with others to spread awareness and raise money for Parkinson’s research. Two of the other people who round out the core of his group — Ross Sugar and Sue Thompson — also suffer from the affliction.

“A lot of people doubted we could pull this off, but I think we have,” he says. “There are a lot of doubters out there, but I had a dream and it’s come to fruition.”

McMurtry and his group left his adopted home of New York City on May 6 and have since made their way up to Canada, as various guest walkers have joined them along their way. They planned to finish the walk in Toronto.

McMurtry retired in 2010 as a partner of Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, after living in Toronto for many...

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Law Times poll

Law Times reports Joseph Groia is considering taking hs fight against the Law Society of Upper Canada to the Supreme Court, over discipline for unprofessional behaviour. Do you support Groia's move?
Yes, I think Joseph Groia should take the case to the SCC. The interest has wider implications for the profession, and what's considered to be "unprofessional" behaviour.
No, Joseph Groia is grandstanding and this fight has already dragged on for years. He should take his lumps, and let it die peacefully.