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Bar divided over CBA withdrawal

Yamri Taddese - Monday, October 20, 2014

Even with the Canadian Bar Association dropping its planned intervention in the Chevron Corp. matter at the Supreme Court of Canada, the question around the appropriateness of its initial plan remains divisive with some lawyers celebrating the last-minute withdrawal while others say it would have been helpful if it had continued with the case.

“This is the result we hoped for,” says David McRobert, one of the 120 lawyers across Canada who signed an open letter that urged the CBA to drop its intervention.

“The whole intervention had a bad smell about it.”

But for civil litigation lawyer James Morton, news of the withdrawal is “unfortunate.”

“To my thinking, this is one of the most important jurisdictional decisions in my career. It will have a significant impact, depending on the result, on the practice of law and business generally,...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Bennett Jones LLP litigator Jeffrey Leon has received the Ontario Bar Association’s civil litigation award.

The award goes to a litigator who has made exceptional contributions through outstanding advocacy skills, professionalism, integrity and civility, and teaching. Throughout his 25-year career, Leon has “generously given back to his profession and the community it serves,” according to the OBA, which recognized Leon’s efforts as chairman of Pro Bono Law Ontario, a mentor, and a contributor to law school courses.

“Jeff Leon personifies everything this award is meant to recognize. His outstanding advocacy skills are matched only by his integrity and civility,” said Chris Jaglowitz, a partner at Gardiner Miller Arnold LLP in Toronto and chairman of the nomination and selection committee.

Mervyn Abramowitz, a partner at Kronis Rotsztain Margles Cappel LLP and chairman of the OBA civil litigation section, praised Leon’s work as well.

“Jeff Leon is the consummate professional. He has given back to the profession through...

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