The Profession

Legal aid needs more funding, not less: TLA

The provincial government needs to rethink its “slash and burn of legal aid,” says Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) president Margaret Waddell. Read more

Women’s Law Association of Ontario marks 100th anniversary

The Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO) will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a gala event featuring a pair of impressive keynote speakers, says Toronto family lawyer Kathryn Hendrikx. Read more

Chalk one up in the fight against hunger

Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, and the Toronto Lawyers Association will host an annual fundraising event in support of the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program in November. Read more

LSO revokes rule requiring members to promote diversity

TORONTO — The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) revoked a rule Wednesday that required its members to spell out their commitment to promoting diversity, but the decision did not quell debate over what the organization can and should do to tackle discrimination. Read more

Mega-courthouse falls short of needs: Waddell

Toronto’s new $1-billion mega-courthouse is a good concept built on a flawed foundation, says Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) president Margaret Waddell. Read more

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