The Profession

Let’s practise ‘belonging’ and stop talking about ‘inclusion’

It’s time for the legal profession to stop focusing on “inclusion” and instead focus on “belonging,” says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Miller lauds B.C.'s plan to improve technology in courtrooms

Toronto litigator Jonathan Miller tells The Lawyer’s Daily that it’s commendable for British Columbia to look at ways to improve technology in its court system. Read more

New calls must continue to welcome change in profession

The legal profession has changed considerably in the last six decades — and lawyers called to the bar in 2019 have the duty to continue embracing change in order to maintain Canadian values and the rule of law, Toronto lawyer and arbitrator Earl Cherniak said as he received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree from the Law Society of Ontario. Read more

New benchers must stay mindful of all issues within mandate

While a new group of Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers were seemingly elected to get rid of the Statement of Principles (SOP), they also need to be aware that they are serving a four-year term to govern the profession in the public interest — which is the statutory LSO mandate, Toronto lawyer and arbitrator Earl Cherniak writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Strong protocols, personal brand key to successful small firm

Starting a solo or small firm is a reality for many new lawyers — but before opening your doors to clients, a number of important tools and processes have to be put in place, says Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen. Read more

'Distinguished' Court of Appeal justice Sharpe to speak at TLA event

The Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) has secured a dynamic speaker and one of the best legal minds in the province for an upcoming event that promises to be an informative night for members, TLA executive director Joan Rataic-Lang tells . Read more

Bencher candidate Tailor looks to bring 'fresh perspective' to LSO

Mississauga family lawyer Deepa Tailor says she is running for Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher because the “regulation of the legal profession should reflect the demographics of the lawyers within it.” Read more

Sole practitioners need a seat at LSO table: Lesage

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) needs benchers who are sole practitioners with experience in personal injury law, candidate Michael Lesage tells Read more

What the heck is a bencher?

By Jasmine Daya . During my first few years practicing law, I heard about “benchers” and had no idea who they were. I learned a little by the ads in the OR’s (social media didn’t exist back then, yes, I know, shocker!) and figured that they were individuals who had something to do with the Law Society of Upper Canada, now known as the Law Society of Ontario. Read more

Imparting wisdom, without sounding like a jerk

By Inga Andriessen . The Law Society of Ontario’s bencher elections are in full swing. There are many candidates, some running for specific causes and some running because they want the Law Society to have benchers whose average year of call is not 27 years. Read more

Lippa seeks second term as paralegal bencher

Toronto paralegal Marian Lippa tells that if she is re-elected as a bencher for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), she will commit to fighting to advance her profession. Read more

LSO change starts with casting a ballot: Rastin

The best way to effect change at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is to cast a ballot in the bencher elections, says candidate Steve Rastin , managing partner with the Barrie, Ont. firm Rastin & Associates. Read more

Bencher candidate Hicks would introduce LSO ombudsperson

It’s time for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) to change its “firing line” approach to discipline, bencher candidate and Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks tells Read more

Sa'd calls on young lawyers to vote in bencher election

Boosting voter turnout among younger lawyers in the upcoming Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher election is vital, bencher candidate and Toronto criminal and landlord/tenant lawyer Caryma Sa’d tells Read more

LSO needs 'diverse mix' of experience: bencher candidate Singer

It’s time for a Law Society of Ontario (LSO) Convocation that “represents the profession as a whole,” bencher candidate Darryl Singer , a Toronto civil and commercial litigator, tells . Read more