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Bid to force articling positions shot down

Yamri Taddese - Monday, May 18, 2015

Members of the legal profession shot down a motion that proposed forcing law firms to take articling students at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s annual general meeting last week.
The articling motion “would solve nothing,” said newly elected Bencher Rocco Galati.

“It’s not focused and it doesn’t really address the real problem.”

The motion, moved by lawyer Peter Waldmann, would have compelled members of Convocation to consider assigning articling students to law firms on a random basis to ensure equal opportunity for all candidates. It also proposed requiring law firms with eight or more lawyers to provide articles to the students assigned to them.

Representing The Advocates’ Society, lawyer Brent Arnold said the idea was bad for law firms a...

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Hohots case shows need for ‘massive reform’: Eberts

The disciplinary case of Viktor Hohots, a lawyer suspended last week for failure to adequately serve his clients, reveals the need for “massive reform” in the way lawyers represent refugee claimants, says constitutional lawyer Mary Eberts.

Lessons from the Nortel case

One of the lawyers involved in the Nortel Networks Corp. proceedings says the biggest lesson to take away from the difficult cross-border trial is the need for an international insolvency adjudication forum.

Speaker's Corner: One lawyer’s wish list for change from newly elected benchers

While lawyers have chosen 40 new or re-elected benchers to govern the profession, an embarrassingly low number of them — just 34 per cent of eligible voters — cast ballots in the recent election.

Trade Matters: Plenty of opportunities for Canada to improve trade with China

On May 8, the University of Alberta’s China Institute held its fifth annual national forum in Toronto. The daylong conference focused on the topic of inbound Chinese investments amid the current context of a slowing Chinese economy and lower energy prices.

Focus: Families struggling with attendant-care limits

With attendant-care benefits limited since Feb. 1, 2014, to the amount of a family member’s actual economic loss, families have been struggling to care for their relatives under the new regime as their advocates look for ways to help them find any tool available to provide assistance.

Inside Story

Monday, May 18, 2015

Former Crown attorney Julie Bourgeois will take her place as a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice this week.

Bourgeois, who worked as a Crown attorney and assistant Crown attorney for 16 years, will join the bench on May 20. Ontario Court Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Bourgeois to preside in Ottawa.

Before starting her law career in 1999, Bourgeois worked with clients suffering from severe mental disorders and provided intervention and support to young offenders.

The bilingual judge is also an active member of her community as a volunteer on several francophone associations, according to the Ministry of the Attorney General. She has served as a board member and trustee of the Canadian Mental Health Association for the counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, and Prescott-Russell as well as the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, the ministry said.

Also joining the Ontario Court bench is Allan Maclure, a Crown prosecutor...

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