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Monday, August 14, 2017


The OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowships in Legal Ethics and Professionalism has selected two recipients for its 2017-2018 awards.

Brooke MacKenzie, co-founder of MacKenzie Barristers PC, has been selected to receive the Fellowship in Studies award.

Cristina Toteda, a faculty lecturer with McGill University’s Faculty of Law, has been selected to receive the Fellowship in Research award.

“Ms. MacKenzie will be researching motions for disqualification of counsel on the basis of conflicts of interest and Ms. Toteda will be researching to develop an immersive one-week module in legal ethics and professionalism for students that will serve as a catalyst towards more practical experienced-based legal ethics and professionalism in the Canadian context,” said Anton Katz, one of the trustees of the OBA Foundation.

The Fellowship in Studies is for $5,000, and the Fellowship in Research is for $15,000. Fellowships will be completed by June 30, 2018.


Community Legal Education Ontario has added a section to its website to help non-profits and the lawyers who guide them, regarding Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010.

“In 2014, Community Legal Education Ontario launched a website to help nonprofits get ready for the ONCA,” according to information provided by CLEO.

“Since the ONCA is still delayed, a new section has been added to the site to help nonprofits navigate current law in Ontario.”

The new information can be accessed at


The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has announced the departure of its executive director and general counsel, Sukanya Pillay.

In its Summer Highlights newsletter, the CCLA announced that Pillay has resigned effective June 30 to relocate to Windsor, Ont. with her family.

“We thank Sukanya for her many valuable contributions to the CCLA over many years and wish her well,” read the top item in the newsletter.

Despite the official date of her departure being late June, Aug. 8 was the first day it was publicly announced that Pillay had left the organization.

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, who has directed the CCLA’s expression and equality programs since 2005, is currently acting executive director.

“I loved working with CCLA, and everything it represents,” Pillay told Legal Feeds.

“But Windsor presented a better context for me and my family and career opportunities I wished to pursue.”


Law Times has reported that despite attempts to speed up the length of time it takes for complaints to be investigated, the Law Society of Upper Canada saw the median age of complaints rise considerably in 2016. Readers were asked if they were concerned about the impact of this increase on the profession.

About 80 per cent said that the increase will have a serious impact on the profession, because prolonged investigations can be anxiety ridden for accused practitioners.

Another 20 per cent said that the increase is not a significant change and will not have far-reaching effects.

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