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Leave to appeal granted in novel conflict of interest case

A Toronto law firm has obtained leave to appeal an order of a judge who removed it from a case on the basis of conflict of interest even if the traditional test for a conflict wasn’t met.
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CBA offers tips on pandemic advice

With the Ebola outbreak in west Africa on the minds of many people, the Canadian Bar Association has released a guideline to help lawyers advise employers on how to plan for pandemics.

OBA to tackle mental health after president’s talk of own struggles

The Ontario Bar Association has launched a mental-health effort after its president’s candid discussion of his own struggles with mental health struck a chord with many in the profession.
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Emotional debate over plan for more administrative calls

A proposal to allow prospective lawyers to skip the call to the bar ceremony started a heated debate among Law Society of Upper Canada benchers at Convocation on Nov. 28 with some calling the plan “the final coup d’état” of a profession that’s continually “dumbing down.”
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Lawyer who overbilled LAO spared disbarment

A Law Society of Upper Canada tribunal hearing panel has decided not to disbar a Grand Bend, Ont., lawyer found to have overbilled Legal Aid Ontario after concluding his actions weren’t intentional.

Associates threatened by artificial intelligence

It’s just a matter of time before artificial intelligence and robotics put a lot of law firm associates and paralegals out of work, according to a report authored by Jomati Consultants LLP.
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Judicial vacancies pile up

Despite Superior Court Chief Justice Heather Smith’s call for prompt judicial appointments, Ontario is approaching the end of the year with nearly 30 vacancies for federally appointed judges across the province and no new appointments since April.

Ukrainian lawyers organize to help situation back home

The Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association is alive once again with a renewed purpose of helping out with the situation in Ukraine.

Clinic’s unpaid articling job creates a stir

A pro bono articling job posted for a Greater Toronto Area legal clinic has created a stir around unpaid legal work.
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Cancer decision a shock to lawyers

An Ontario Court judge’s recent decision to allow an aboriginal girl with cancer to withdraw from chemotherapy and pursue traditional treatment is a throwback to a “prescientific era,” says a Toronto health lawyer.
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Justice on Target continues to fall short, stats show

As the provincial government announced its Better Justice Together effort last week aimed at improving the court system and addressing access to justice, new statistics from the six-year-old Justice on Target project show it continues to fall short of its goals of making the courts more efficient.

Should defence lawyers ever agree to no-contest pleas?

Should criminal defence lawyers agree to no-contest pleas when their clients are asserting their innocence? The Court of Appeal says it’s possible, but new guidance from the Law Society Tribunal suggests otherwise.
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