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© 2014 Pascal Elie
Monday, 29 September 2014 08:01 Written by Yamri Taddese
A lawyer found guilty of charging Legal Aid Ontario for work he didn’t do told a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel his “sloppy record keeping” and his chaotic life due to his addiction to alcohol are to blame for his actions.
The Speaker’s Corner opinion piece piece on Sept. 15 (see “Choir of voices needed to tackle depression in legal profession and beyond”) included inaccurate information about the Member Assistance Program for lawyers and paralegals in Ontario, a confidential and comprehensive service offered by Homewood Human Solutions and sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
I note the media reports (see “Actions against Cho proliferate,” Sept. 1) that clients of lawyer Meerai Cho claim that they have been defrauded of $15 million. There are believed to be as many as 141 victims. Claims against the Law Society of Upper Canada’s compensation fund are anticipated. The source of the compensation fund is, of course, money collected from lawyers. The lawyer for one of the claimants anticipates making a claim against LawPRO, the insurer for Cho. LawPRO is, of course, funded by lawyers.
Monday, 29 September 2014 08:00 Written by Doron Gold
Two years ago, amid news of lawyer and law student suicides, I penned an article for Law Times that asked why lawyers insist upon torturing themselves. As a lawyer assistance professional, I was intent upon examining and elucidating why, despite the obvious need in the legal community for assistance with issues such as depression, anxiety, career stress, and addiction and the extensive services available across Canada to help those who were suffering, lawyers were nonetheless frustratingly hesitant to reach out. It’s now two years later, and recently I learned of another law student suicide in Ontario. How can we prevent these needless tragedies from occurring?