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Bar divided over CBA withdrawal

Yamri Taddese - Monday, October 20, 2014

Even with the Canadian Bar Association dropping its planned intervention in the Chevron Corp. matter at the Supreme Court of Canada, the question around the appropriateness of its initial plan remains divisive with some lawyers celebrating the last-minute withdrawal while others say it would have been helpful if it had continued with the case.

“This is the result we hoped for,” says David McRobert, one of the 120 lawyers across Canada who signed an open letter that urged the CBA to drop its intervention.

“The whole intervention had a bad smell about it.”

But for civil litigation lawyer James Morton, news of the withdrawal is “unfortunate.”

“To my thinking, this is one of the most important jurisdictional decisions in my career. It will have a significant impact, depending on the result, on the practice of law and business generally,...

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Judge steps into role of soccer referee

A Divisional Court judge found himself quite literally in the role of a referee when he decided the winner of a recent under 16 Ontario Cup soccer match.

More LAO improvements coming as family services boosted

Legal Aid Ontario has more than doubled the number of hours family lawyers can spend on child protection proceedings and more good news is coming with the provincial government expected to make an announcement soon about expanded eligibility for legal aid.

Editorial: Wake-up call for mental health at work

Shortly after the Ontario Human Rights Commission released its policy on mental-health disabilities earlier this year, along comes a Divisional Court decision that offers some useful guidance on the issue.

Speaker's Corner: Mining company lawsuit shows need for international law reform

In a case that once again demonstrates the lack of international legal protections, a civil suit filed against Tahoe Resources Inc. alleges the Vancouver-headquartered mining company is liable for injuries sustained by seven Guatemalan men at a protest in April 2013.

Letter: In praise of civil jury trials

I had an opportunity to read Alan Shanoff’s article on abolishing civil jury trials in Ontario in the Sept. 22 edition of Law Times.

Letter: Lawyer puzzled by Meerai Cho case

Who is Meerai Cho?

Focus: Lawyers worry about misuse of prior capable wishes by doctors

There’s growing frustration among patient advocates over the depth of misunderstanding in the medical system regarding the prior capable wishes of patients who now require others to make their decisions for them.

Inside Story

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bennett Jones LLP litigator Jeffrey Leon has received the Ontario Bar Association’s civil litigation award.

The award goes to a litigator who has made exceptional contributions through outstanding advocacy skills, professionalism, integrity and civility, and teaching. Throughout his 25-year career, Leon has “generously given back to his profession and the community it serves,” according to the OBA, which recognized Leon’s efforts as chairman of Pro Bono Law Ontario, a mentor, and a contributor to law school courses.

“Jeff Leon personifies everything this award is meant to recognize. His outstanding advocacy skills are matched only by his integrity and civility,” said Chris Jaglowitz, a partner at Gardiner Miller Arnold LLP in Toronto and chairman of the nomination and selection committee.

Mervyn Abramowitz, a partner at Kronis Rotsztain Margles Cappel LLP and chairman of the OBA civil litigation section, praised Leon’s work as well.

“Jeff Leon is the consummate professional. He has given back to the profession through...

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