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Controversies put lots on plate for Muslim women lawyers

When Legal Aid Alberta lawyer Amna Qureshi walks into court, the hijab on her head is the last thing on her mind. There are clients to fight for who may be homeless or suffer from mental illnesses and can’t afford a lawyer.
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Lawyer with sloppy office found not guilty of fraud

Superior Court judge has acquitted a former lawyer charged with fraud after finding that while he was “a model case of imprudent lawyering,” he had doubts about whether he was seeking personal gain in failing to register second mortgages for clients.

Lawyers confused at stance on document review

The Law Society of Upper Canada is investigating lawyers who work for document review companies to ensure what they’re doing isn’t legal work outside of an authorized law firm, but how it’s applying the rules has confused some people.
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Bencher election: LSUC hoping for boost in voter turnout

With voter turnout having lagged in recent Law Society of Upper Canada bencher elections, the regulator is hoping efforts this time around will help boost the numbers.
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Prof praises legal advice pilot for sex assault victims

A pilot program to give victims of sexual violence free legal advice is the most promising part of the Ontario government’s new plan to stop sexual violence from the justice system’s perspective, according to a Dalhousie University law professor.
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Judge rules protection should apply to common law couples

If married couples cannot be compelled to testify against each other in criminal matters, the same privilege should apply to common law partners, an Ontario Court judge has ruled.
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Police liable for breaching informer confidentiality

In a legal first, a Superior Court judge has ordered the Durham Regional Police Service to pay $345,000 in damages for releasing the identity of a confidential informant who faced her neighbours’ wrath and harassment for speaking to police.
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Diamond and Diamond expands to 12 offices

Even as it’s announcing new locations across Ontario, Diamond and Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers says it has been “extremely” difficult to shake off an image as a firm that does referrals only.
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British small solicitors see little harm from ABS so far

The damage caused by alternative business structures to sole solicitors in Britain has been minimal in the three years since legislation enabling them came into force, according to a group that led a high-profile lobbying effort against the law.

Diversity push for 2015 elections

With at least 19 of 40 Law Society of Upper Canada benchers preparing to vacate their seats this spring, a number of lawyers are working to make sure their replacements won’t look just like their predecessors.
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Bencher election: An interesting race for 2015

A number of well-known lawyers have put themselves forward as candidates in the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election this year.

Arbitrator’s removal reignites debate over med-arb

A mediator-arbitrator removed from a case for apprehension of bias says he was simply giving the parties what people sign up for when they choose that particular method of alternative dispute resolution.
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