professional regulation


  • 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.

  • May their memory be a blessing

    Jun 18, 2018

    This Lawyer Therapist column to which I’ve been honoured to contribute since 2013 isn’t about me.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Legal education could do with more competition

    May 14, 2018

    The Canadian law degree, as we know it, needs to be seriously re-thought, and a future Ryerson law school might be just the kind of disruption our legal education market needs.

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    A proposal to have a working group review the good character requirements by the Law Society of Ontario has been withdrawn after the LSO indicated its willingness to take on the project of its own accord.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

  • Judge orders punitive damages to be paid

    Judge orders punitive damages to be paid

    Apr 23, 2018

    A small claims deputy judge has ordered a lawyer to pay punitive damages after he threatened criminal charges against a physiotherapist who was bringing a civil action against him.

  • 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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