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OBA to tackle mental health after president’s talk of own struggles

Yamri Taddese - Monday, December 15, 2014

The Ontario Bar Association has launched a mental-health effort after its president’s candid discussion of his own struggles with mental health struck a chord with many in the profession.
OBA president Orlando Da Silva, who spoke publicly about his depression when he took over the president’s role in the summer, now appears on the organization’s web site talking about his own suicide attempt in an effort to normalize conversations around mental illness.

The association is also going to launch a continuing professional development series under the banner “the mindful lawyer.”

“What we’re trying to do is start the conversation about depression in order to de-stigmatize it, to make the OBA . . . a safe place to talk about depress...

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Leave to appeal granted in novel conflict of interest case

A Toronto law firm has obtained leave to appeal an order of a judge who removed it from a case on the basis of conflict of interest even if the traditional test for a conflict wasn’t met.

CBA offers tips on pandemic advice

With the Ebola outbreak in west Africa on the minds of many people, the Canadian Bar Association has released a guideline to help lawyers advise employers on how to plan for pandemics.

Speaker's Corner: Strengthening the public trust in our self-governance

Among the fundamental issues facing our profession are the proposal for non-lawyer ownership of law firms, the competence of new entrants, Law Society of Upper Canada investigations and transparency, the continued independence of the bar, access to justice in civil and family cases, and the important role of technology in the delivery of legal services.

How can defence make social media their friend?

While Canadians typically think of electronic evidence as something that normally helps the interests of the state in law enforcement matters, it can also help people defending themselves in such cases and the lawyers representing them.

Inside Story

Monday December 15, 2014

Two lawyers will join the bench of the Ontario Court of Justice this week.

Ferhan Javed, the former managing partner of Javed Frost Trehearne, will preside in Oshawa, Ont. Prior to his appointment, Javed prosecuted federal matters as a standing agent of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Durham Region. Previously, he managed his own criminal defence practice at Simcoe Chambers in Toronto.

The other new appointee, Kimberly Moore, was a Crown attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General prior to her appointment. Before that, she was an assistant Crown attorney for 13 years doing prosecutions in both the Ontario Court and the Superior Court of Justice. She’ll preside in Brockville, Ont.

The Federal Court of Canada has awarded lawyer Rocco Galati just $5,000 in costs after calling his $51,000 request “excessive” in relation to his constitutional challenge of Justice Marc Nadon’s appointment to the Supreme...

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