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Lawyers feed the hungry at risk

Neil Etienne - Monday, October 5, 2015

Toronto’s Lawyers Feed the Hungry program is famished.
Launched in Toronto in 1998 and funded primarily through donations to the Law Society Foundation, the program is facing a major shortfall that one bencher said is putting it at risk.

“When I joined the foundation board, I would characterize the Feed the Hungry program as healthy and vibrant,” Bencher Michael Lerner, who’s also a member of the foundation’s board, told Convocation on Sept. 24. “In the last few years, sadly to say, there have been times when it has been approaching, if not on, life support.”

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Lawyers get primer on how to stay safe

Despite a letter bomb that left her severely injured this summer, lawyer Maria Mitousis is emphasizing her plan to resume her practice.

Chief justices call for better security at Ontario courts

Improved technology and better courtroom security are among the priorities for Ontario’s chief justices as the courts begin a new year.

Editorial: A more pessimistic view

While Ontario’s chief justices offered a largely sunny view of the state of the province’s justice system during the opening of the courts ceremony last month, Ontario Court Justice Lesley Baldwin offered a more pessimistic outlook in a ruling issued the day before.

A criminal mind: Justice policy flying under the radar in election campaign

Criminal justice policy hasn’t usually been a ballot-box issue in Canada. Under Liberal and Conservative governments alike, there used to be a broad consensus in favour of an evidence-based, mildly progressive agenda with the details generally left to policy experts from the academy, bar, and judiciary to work out. The punitive turn taken by American legislators in the face of rising crime rates and the crack epidemic in the 1980s largely, although not entirely, passed Canada by.

Letter: Criticism of immigration minister misses the work

Your editorial criticism of Immigration Minister Chris Alexander (see “A shameful performance,” Sept. 8) is misdirected.

Letter: More on the history of contingency fees

I read Prof. Philip Girard’s piece (“Debate over contingency fees goes back a long time”) in the Sept. 21 issue with interest.

Bits & Bytes: 3D printing an emerging tool for legal work

While much attention is focusing on legal technologies offering artificial intelligence and Uber-like solutions, there are many other transformative developments that may complement and enhance our legal practices.

Focus: New best practices seek reboot of civil trials

Without any injection of public funding or significant changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure, The Advocates’ Society is hoping to reshape the civil trial system with its new best practices for civil trials.

Claims and Coverage: Lawyers key in fight against motor vehicle insurance fraud

In a shocking criminal trial earlier this year, the Ontario Superior Court found a Peel police officer guilty of creating nine false motor vehicle accident reports for a fee (see R. v. Watson).

Inside Story

Monday, October 5, 2015

Legal Aid Ontario’s Nye Thomas is the next executive director of the Law Commission of Ontario.

Thomas, whose most recent role at LAO was as director general of policy and strategic research, will join the commission on Oct. 19 as current executive director Patricia Hughes prepares to leave the role on Dec. 14. “I am confident that under Nye’s leadership, the commission will continue to maintain the highest standards in legal research and law reform initiatives,” said commission chairman Bruce Elman in announcing Thomas’ new role.

Allen & Overy LLP is closing its Canadian representative office in Toronto.

The move comes as François Duquette, the firm’s partner in Canada, is leaving for a position at the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec.

“I can also confirm that we will be closing our representative office in Canada as a result and will revert to how we...

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