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CBA undergoing major ‘rethink’

Yamri Taddese - Monday, November 17, 2014

A comprehensive soul-searching is underway at the Canadian Bar Association as the organization attempts to find ways to become more relevant to lawyers.
The massive review, triggered by declining membership and “a relevance gap,” will have the CBA ask itself big questions like what it stands for, what it should stand for, and how it should execute its mission.

The review will look at everything from the governance, organizational, and financial structures of the organization to the kinds of services it provides to lawyers.

CBA president Michele Hollins says that at a time when the legal profession is undergoing major changes, “we, too, as an organization should be taking a look at what we’re doing.”

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Judge finds creative way around mandatory jail time

Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer came up with an appropriate mandatory minimum sentence in a recent child pornography case, but in a twist that has the criminal bar talking about his creative approach, he decided the defendant wouldn’t serve it in jail.

LawPRO ordered to indemnify Heydary’s victims

A year after lawyer Javad Heydary disappeared amid client claims for $3.6 million in missing trust money, a Superior Court judge has ordered LawPRO to indemnify them.

Editorial: Nordheimer’s delicate dance

If there’s a case that demonstrates the complexities of mandatory minimum sentences, R. v. Donnelly is surely a good example.

Letter: Let's have respectful dialogue on race

The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and the South Asian Bar Association collectively comment on an article in the Nov. 3 issue of Law Times, “Non-white lawyers feel alienated, report finds,” by Julius Melnitzer.

A Criminal Mind: Despite flaws, reasonable hypothetical scenarios remain key to judicial oversight

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard arguments in R. v. Nur concerning the three-year mandatory minimum sentence for possessing a loaded prohibited firearm after the Ontario Court of Appeal struck down the law as cruel and unusual punishment under s. 12 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This is obviously an important case, both for the narrow constitutional point at issue and for what it will say about the court’s approach to mandatory minimum sentences going forward.

Bits & Bytes: LSUC needs to offer more guidance on appropriate technology

In October 2014, the Law Society of Upper Canada introduced a significant revision to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Absent from the update was any new material on lawyers’ obligations with respect to the use of technology. While the LSUC does provide some guidance through its online publications and its technology practice management guidelines, neither of them provides concrete answers on what is and isn’t acceptable when it comes to the use of technology in a law practice.

Speaker's Corner: A hypothetical analysis of Ghomeshi’s chances in his employment law case

While none of us knows what will happen with the Jian Ghomeshi matter, let’s assume for the moment that he’s suffering from serious issues. When it comes to the employment law side of his predicament, the irony is that could be his best argument — that he is indeed sick.

Focus: Greenwashers warned about legal risks

More than ever, it pays to be green as companies increasingly put out products that claim to be environmentally friendly in order to go after environmentally conscious consumers. But companies that engage in so-called greenwashing could be opening themselves up to lawsuits and regulatory action.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

FIVE LAWYERS NAMED TO ONTARIO COURT
The provincial government has appointed five lawyers as judges of the Ontario Court of Justice.

Frank Crewe, Kate Doorly, Stuart Konyer, Riun Shandler, and Gerri Wong are the latest additions to the provincial court bench and will begin their new roles Nov. 19.

Crewe, a former criminal lawyer in sole practice, taught advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School and volunteered with the Ontario Justice Education Network. He’ll preside in Toronto.

Doorly is a Crown attorney who has held a variety of positions at the Ministry of the Attorney General over the past 23 years. A volunteer with the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program, she has also been an active fundraiser in her community. She, too, will preside in Toronto.

Konyer, a former criminal defence lawyer at May & Konyer Associates, was also president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. He’ll preside in Lindsay, Ont.

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