Monday, September 24, 2012

Former attorney general Michael Bryant will speak at a lunch organized by A Call to Action Canada this week.

The event is in support of A Call to Action’s activities in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. It takes place at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto at 123 Queen St. W. at noon on Sept. 28. For more information, call 416-795-9747.

Bryant has been in the news lately with the release of his book, 28 Seconds: A True Story of Addiction, Tragedy, and Hope.

In the book, he chronicles his battles with alcohol addiction, the highs and lows of his political career, and the aftermath of his deadly encounter with a cyclist in 2009.

Edmond Lamek has left Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP to join Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

“Edmond is a leading insolvency and restructuring practitioner and is a proven advocate with an ability to get deals done,” said Michael MacNaughton, national leader of BLG’s insolvency and restructuring group.

“Our clients will benefit from his experience and judgment. His addition strengthens our national team and shows our continuing commitment to leadership in this area.”

Lamek, who becomes a partner at BLG, has more than 20 years of experience practising exclusively in the area of insolvency and restructuring law. “I’m pleased to join a firm that is so focused on professional excellence and committed to providing the best possible service to their clients,” he said.

Osgoode Hall Law School is launching a new fellowship focused on experiential learning.

The McMurtry Visiting Clinical Fellowship, named after former Ontario chief justice Roy McMurtry, will bring lawyers and other practitioners to Osgoode for a term to provide mentorship to students and lawyers engaged in experiential education.

“McMurtry fellowships will play a vital role in creating bridges between the academic, policy, and practice communities and provide Osgoode students, staff, and faculty with the opportunity to connect with broader practice networks and expertise,” said Osgoode dean Lorne Sossin.

Fellowship holders will receive an office, administrative support, and a stipend with the expectation that they’ll spend a semester in residence at Osgoode. An ad hoc selection committee will choose the fellowship holders each spring.

The fellowships follow a recent announcement that Osgoode is changing its law degree program to focus on experiential learning by introducing what it calls a praxicum into the curriculum.

Toronto immigration law firm Niren & Associates is taking an innovative approach to social media this month.

The firm is launching a Facebook contest offering up to $5,000 in immigration services. To enter, people simply need to like its Facebook page and share their story. The contest wraps up on Sept. 30.

“We’ve noticed our clients seem more engaged when they are part of the Facebook community,” said firm founder Michael Niren. “So we were looking for ways to make our Facebook fan page more interesting.”

The results of the latest Law Times online poll are in.

According to the poll, 70 per cent of respondents believe accident benefits should provide for medical marijuana.

The poll follows a Law Times story about an arbitrator’s ruling that provided medical marijuana to an insurance claimant who said the drug was the only substance that alleviated her pain, anxiety, insomnia, and poor appetite without significant side-effects.

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