law societies


  • LSO has responsibility to legal aid: Schabas

    LSO has responsibility to legal aid: Schabas

    Jun 18, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario is now better prepared to step up in engaging with Legal Aid Ontario, after years of distance between the two organizations, says outgoing treasurer Paul Schabas. Schabas — who on June 28 leaves the role of treasurer of the regulatory body — says that a deeper relationship with Legal Aid Ontario is one of the most enduring things he accomplished in the role.

  • SCC ruling sends a clear message around civility

    SCC ruling sends a clear message around civility

    Jun 11, 2018

    The lawyer at the centre of the civility debate in the profession says the Supreme Court of Canada has sent a message to law societies that there should be very careful deliberations before initiating a similar disciplinary proceeding in the future.

  • Lawyer gets reprimand for advertising violation

    Lawyer gets reprimand for advertising violation

    Jun 11, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario has come to a disciplinary agreement with a Brampton, Ont.-based lawyer regarding his advertising practices and an agreement he made to pay a Florida-based company for referrals.

  • The modern condition

    Jun 11, 2018

    I once heard a very smart insight, that if we look back at the circumstances of our own lives over one-year increments, momentous change would be difficult to discern.

  • Case dismissed over failure to accommodate

    Case dismissed over failure to accommodate

    Jun 4, 2018

    A Toronto lawyer has had the discipline case against him dismissed in a ground-breaking tribunal decision that found the Law Society of Ontario failed in its duty to accommodate his disability under the province’s Human Rights Code.

  • Mental health

    Jun 4, 2018

    There’s a kinder, gentler way mental health is being approached by the legal profession.

  • LSO will review good character requirements

    LSO will review good character requirements

    May 14, 2018

    A proposal to have a working group review the good character requirements by the Law Society of Ontario has been withdrawn after the LSO indicated its willingness to take on the project of its own accord.

  • Disbarred lawyer ordered to pay nearly $800,000

    Disbarred lawyer ordered to pay nearly $800,000

    May 14, 2018

    A disbarred lawyer is appealing after a judge sentenced him to seven years in jail for his role in a $1.5-million small-business-loan fraud.

  • Adjudicators shouldn’t be benchers: paralegals

    Adjudicators shouldn’t be benchers: paralegals

    Apr 30, 2018

    Some paralegals are calling for deputy judges to be barred from serving as benchers at the Law Society of Ontario.

  • More transparency needed on good character

    More transparency needed on good character

    Apr 9, 2018

    Lawyers are calling on the Law Society of Ontario to confirm whether it considers systemic factors when determining whether Indigenous candidates meet the “good character” requirement to become a lawyer.

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