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Monday, 29 September 2014 08:01

Lawyers filling court technology void

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Michael Tweyman says it’s time to drag court document service into the 21st century.
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.
Monday, 29 September 2014 08:00

Editorial: Lawyers filling the void

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There have been two good examples recently of lawyers finding or advancing solutions to issues governments have failed to act on.
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.
It’s interesting that the article on prison reform (see “Canada’s prison paradox,” Aug. 18) says Canada’s corrections systems are expanding as the severity and number of criminal offences fall.
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.
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?
Monday, 29 September 2014 08:00

Is dot-lawyer domain a good idea?

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Lawyers are weighing the pros and cons of paying a pretty penny to snap up an Internet domain name with the word “lawyer” on the right side of the dot.
Monday, 29 September 2014 08:00

Focus: Lessons from Ford defamation case

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The mayor of Toronto has long been making news in the courts with more recent cases involving the failure of an appeal against a decision that found Rob Ford not liable for defamation.
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