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Monday, March 26, 2012

LAWYERS RAISE FUNDS FOR AFRICA

The Lawyers International Food Network will host a live musical variety show to raise awareness of and funding for child poverty in Africa.

The show will take place at the Lula Lounge in Toronto on May 24.

Featured bands will include the Tokyo Giants, The One Shot Band, Mo Vista, Notorious Road, and Quammie aka Greybeard.

Tickets are $100 with a tax contribution made to either World Vision or the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  

Founded in 2010 by Shields O’Donnell MacKillop LLP partner Malcolm MacKillop and Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP litigator Jonathan Lisus, the network aims to address poverty among children in sub-Saharan Africa by raising awareness and funds among fellow lawyers and judges.

PROF NAMED LCO SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE

Osgoode Hall Law School professor Stephanie Ben-Ishai has been named the OHLS LCO scholar in residence for 2012-13.

Ben-Ishai will conduct research related to her work on the debt-relief industry in Ontario and will focus on debt regulation and non-profit credit counselling organizations.

Ben-Ishai will also conduct consultations and organize a symposium during her research and hopes to produce background and final papers with law reform proposals.

OBA LOOKING AT JUSTICE SECTOR EFFECTIVENESS

The Ontario Bar Association has created a task force on justice sector effectiveness and is seeking input from the bar.

The task force will focus on cutting spending and increasing revenues in the province’s justice sector and will provide advice to the government on potential savings.

The task force will conclude with a report to Ontario’s attorney general later this year that will detail the OBA’s and participants’ ideas.

Members of the bar will have the option of being on the list of report participants if the task force uses their idea.

To submit an idea, e-mail efficiency@oba.org with a description of a cost-saving idea and an explanation of how it will save the province money. For more information, see oba.org.

EXTENSION FOR LAO CERTIFICATES

Legal Aid Ontario has extended the expiry time for its online certificates.

Starting March 18, LAO is extending the certificate expiry period to 180 days from 90 days from the date of issuance.

After 180 days have passed, unacknowledged certificates will automatically expire and a notice will be sent to the client. The case will be closed the following day.

EQUITY ADVISORY GROUP MEMBERS SOUGHT

The Law Society of Upper Canada is asking paralegals, paralegal students, and representatives of paralegal organizations and associations to join its equity advisory group.

The group provides advice to the law society on equity issues and is responsible for identifying, reviewing, and reporting on diversity matters in the legal profession.

The law society is seeking applicants with a background in issues related to, among others, aboriginals, racialized communities, and women.

The group meets each month in person or by teleconference.

For more information, contact the LSUC’s equity initiatives department.

CROSS-BORDER LEGAL SUMMIT

The Ontario Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association are holding a conference in two countries this week.

The event will take place on March 28 in Toronto and March 29 in Buffalo. The agenda includes programs related to mergers and acquisitions, immigration, employment law, child support, estate planning, tax law, health-care data privacy, and alternative dispute resolution.

Speakers include New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler during a plenary session on professionalism and access to justice on Wednesday afternoon in Toronto.

For more information, see oba.org.

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