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Monday, July 14, 2014


The province has appointed Toronto family lawyer Victoria Starr as a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice.

Starr, who ran her own law firm, practised family and child protection law. She has been a panel member for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer as well as chairwoman of the Family Lawyers Association. Starr also taught at Centennial College.

Starr will preside in Milton, Ont., in her new role.

The province also named two new regional senior justices of the peace last week.

Justice of the peace Theodore Hodgins is the new regional senior justice of the peace for the northeast region. Hodgins, who became a justice of the peace in 1990, replaces regional senior justice of the peace Kathleen Bryant.

Meanwhile, justice of the peace Raymond Zuliani becomes regional senior justice of the peace in the northwest region. He replaces regional senior justice of the peace Bruce Leaman.


Legal Aid Ontario says it will fund 15 new clinic projects through a three-year, $9-million commitment.

The funded projects focus on “delivering integrated services through existing community access points and clinic modernization,” LAO said in a news release last week.

“We are pleased to fund these projects, which will make an important difference in clients’ ability to access justice” said LAO board chairman John McCamus.

“We were impressed with the thinking that went into the proposals we received — so much so, that LAO will support some of the projects that didn’t meet the funding criteria through other LAO funds.”

The funded organizations included:

—    The ARCH Disability Law Centre for $205,000

—    The Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic for $95,000

—    The Community Legal Clinic of Simcoe - Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes for $275,000

—    Eastern region community legal clinics for $265,000

—    Flemingdon Community Legal Services for $400,000

—    Halton Community Legal Services for $380,000

—    HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario for $55,000

—    Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County for $150,000

—    Northern Ontario Community Legal Clinic for $239,160

—    Northumberland, Durham, and community legal clinics (Orillia) for $115,840

—    Northwest Community Legal Clinic, Huron Perth Legal Clinic, Community Advocacy and Legal Centre, and Northumberland Community Legal Clinic for $380,000

—    Rural Legal Services and Lanark, Leeds and, Grenville Legal Clinic for $75,000

—    Specialty clinics transformation project for $125,000

—    Waterloo Region Community Legal Services for $150,000

—    Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic for $90,000


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

According to the poll, about 64 per cent of respondents said they were ready when the anti-spam legislation took effect. The majority said they had sent their consents and were up on the rules so they could advise their clients.

The anti-spam legislation took effect on July 1. It creates a whole set of rules around consents for sending commercial electronic messages as well as significant monetary penalties for those who break the rules.

Law Times Poll

Experts at a recent Legal Marketing Association panel said with clients expecting more price transparency, law firms need to get better at using data. Is your firm currently collecting consistent data from all its members to measure output?