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Not Everyone’s Lawyer?

Should law societies impose gender or age-based restrictions on a lawyer’s practice? Stated otherwise, is it appropriate to permit a lawyer to continue to practice on conditions that restrict their interaction with women (or men) or minors? For the reasons that follow, I believe that the answer to both of these questions is “no”. The issue of practice restrictions of this sort first caught my attention several years ago when a Connecticut lawyer received a lifetime ban on representing women. Thi...
Tags: Law, Star, Connecticut, Facetime, Legal Ethics, Ontario, Manitoba, Toronto Star, Law Society of Manitoba, College of Physicians, Legal Aid Manitoba, Manitoba Law, Manitoba Justice Justice Canada


Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible. This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. 2. Double Aspect 3. Robichaud’s Criminal Law Blog 4. Great LEXpectations 5. Canadian Class Actions Monitor Crossroads Family Law Blog Unbundled legal services can fill the access-to-ju...
Tags: Law, Canada, Vancouver, Calgary, Manitoba, Jarvis, R, Jody Wilson Raybould, Monday’s Mix, Law Society of Manitoba, Robichaud, Alberta Court of Queen 's Bench, Alberta Court, ABQB, Marcus Sixta, AdvocateDaily


Preliminary Thoughts on Green, Groia and TWU

In the last thirty years, Law Societies have been parties before the Supreme Court of Canada in thirteen cases according to CanLII[i] [ii]. Four of these cases have been decided in the last fifteen months[iii]. While others will delve more deeply into this recent jurisprudence, it is interesting to take a preliminary look at the way that the Court has understood the role, responsibility and jurisdiction of the Law Societies. It is noteworthy that the court has been divided in each of these four ...
Tags: Law, Time, Court, Society, Green, Canada, New Brunswick, British Columbia, Legal Ethics, Black, Alice, Ontario, Dunsmuir, Brown, Ryan, Edwards


Man Oh Manitoba

CBC News Manitoba reports a recent disbarment A Winnipeg lawyer has been disbarred after he was found guilty of misappropriating more than $80,000 from clients over a four-year period. The Law Society of Manitoba found James Graeme Earle Young guilty... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Law Society of Manitoba, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, CBC News Manitoba, James Graeme Earle Young


Improving Outcomes in Family Law

The barriers to access to justice in the arena of family law have been well-researched and frequently commented upon, both on these pages and in a myriad of academic papers and government commissioned reports. For the most part, I feel like there’s really not much left to add. I’ve read the research. I’ve practiced in the area. I’ve spoken and assisted self-representing parties. I’ve delivered public legal education sessions on the subject. And I’ve concluded, quite some time ago, that what’s ne...
Tags: Law, Family law, Manitoba, Justice Issues, Substantive Law: Legislation, Law Society of Manitoba, Access to justice, Law Reform, Heather Stefanson, Stefanson, Allan Fineblit, Fineblit


SlawTips and Practice Management

It goes without saying that law school does not teach us how to run an office. For that, I have had to learn on the job, one step at a time. When I founded this firm 2 1/2 years ago, I blocked off Friday afternoons for managing the business end. Of course, the busier I got on the legal side, the more time I needed to spend on business tasks. Thankfully, there is no need to reinvent the wheel and there are many easy solutions out there for sole practitioners – once you find them. For office manag...
Tags: Apple, Law, Manitoba, Law Society of Manitoba, Practice of Law: Practice Management


The Authentic Lawyer?

There’s a bit of buzz in Winnipeg this week about the International Downtown Association’s 63rd annual conference taking place here. The theme of the conference is Authenti city ,  which seems apt in these days of fake news and fake nudes. Living authentically is an ideal espoused by many authors and speakers in the self-improvement sector, whether that path to authenticity is found through meditation, spiritual transformation or some other means. The general idea is simply that an individual a...
Tags: Law, Integrity, Society, Canada, Code Of Ethics, Education & Training, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Practice Of Law, Education & Training: Law Schools, Law Society of Manitoba, Robson Hall, International Downtown Association, Advice To New Law Students, Articling Students, Code of Professional Conduct of Lawyers


Asking the Right Questions at the 2017 Isaac Pitblado Lectures

It is said that change is the one constant in life. While personally, I’ve no reason to doubt the truth of that statement, as a member of the legal profession for the past 20(+) years, I sometimes have questioned whether others in the profession would argue against it. We are a profession reliant upon precedent, adept at identifying and avoiding risk and often, slow to adapt to the changing world around us. Taking on this inherent resistance to new ways of lawyering, I’ve heard Jordan Furlong as...
Tags: Law, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Jordan Furlong, Education & Training: CLE/PD, Practice of Law: Future of Practice, Law Society of Manitoba, Future of Law, Fort Garry Hotel, Isaac Pitblado Lectures


Rape Victim Forcibly Shackled, Jailed Near Rapist

A rape victim in Edmonton, Canada, was jailed in a cell near her attacker and even had to ride with him to court in the same van.  On Monday, Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley spoke out on the case and ordered an investigation to ensure nothing like that ever happens again. Though the trial happened in 2015, it’s back in the news because Ganley has formed a special committee to review the case and make what she calls “aggressive changes.” “The facts of this case are disturbing and tragic,...
Tags: News, Bbc, Alberta, Huffington Post, Edmonton, Cbc, David Moye, Campbell, Blanchard, Aren, Edmonton Canada, Kathleen Ganley, Ganley, Law Society of Manitoba, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Edmonton Sun


How Lawyers Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love CPD

Is continuing professional development a waste of time? Or, more specifically, have law societies made a mistake by using mandatory professional development as a mechanism for ensuring lawyer competence? The Supreme Court of Canada recently upheld the Law Society of Manitoba’s mandatory CPD requirement in Green v Law Society of Manitoba 2017 SCC 20. I blogged about the case at ABlawg.ca, where I suggested that the Court’s decision was obviously correct. My analysis on that point was, though, pre...
Tags: Law, Court, Green, Legal Ethics, Rocco, Supreme Court of Canada, CPD, Law Society, Law Society of Manitoba, Rocco Galati, Law Society of Manitoba 2017 SCC, Omar Ha Redeye


Immigration Lawyers: Use Provincial Resources

This week is Bring a Buddy to a Section Meeting for CBA/MBA groups. For the fun of it, I attended my first meeting with the General Practitioners Section. Our resident research guru, Karen Sawatzky gave a lively and information presentation on services provided by the Law Society of Manitoba. These are free for members but the services are not widely advertised and, apparently, not widely known. Let’s fix that! Caught in my immigration bubble, I did not expect to learn about useful services from...
Tags: Law, Toronto, Law Society of Manitoba, Karen Sawatzky, Canada Gazette, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Sawatzky


Canada: SCC Affirms Law Society's Authority To Suspend Lawyers For Failing To Comply With CPD Requirements - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

In Green v. Law Society of Manitoba, a majority of the SCC held that the Law Society of Manitoba has the authority to suspend lawyers who fail to comply with the Law Society's mandatory CPD program
Tags: News, Green, Canada, SCC, Law Society of Manitoba, Blake Cassels, Graydon LLP, SCC Affirms Law Society s Authority


The Mandatory Nature of CPD

Love it or hate it, we all have to do continuing professional development (CPD). One lawyer hated it so much that he refused to do it at all. When the Law Society of Manitoba automatically suspended him, he took his challenge all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. As you might expect, the lawyer was unsuccessful on his appeal in Green v. Law Society of Manitoba, released this week. The law society was empowered under the Legal Profession Act to achieve its mandate of self-regulation and pro...
Tags: Law, Green, Manitoba, Abella, Supreme Court of Canada, CPD, Education & Training: CLE/PD, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Law Society of Manitoba, Supreme Court of Canada As


First Steps on a Journey of Reconciliation

A sold-out audience of lawyers, judges, academics and others gathered in Winnipeg last week for a Journey to of Reconciliation as part of the 2016 Isaac Pitblado Lectures. This event was a first step for The Law Society of Manitoba in meeting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #27: We call upon the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to ensure that lawyers receive appropriate cultural competency training, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the...
Tags: Law, Canada, United Nations, Lawyers, Education & Training, Manitoba, Winnipeg, PAUL, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Truth and Reconciliation, Justice Issues, Law Society of Manitoba


Student Load Debt: A Crisis for Law Students, Young Lawyers and Far Too Many Underserviced Communities

It is a distinct honour for me, in my capacity as Dean of Law at Thompson Rivers University (TRU Law), to provide a contribution to the Canadian Council of Law Deans series of important issues affecting legal education and the legal profession. I have chosen to select the critical challenge for today’s law students (and recent law graduates) of the ever increasing costs of legal education in Canada. I recently was talking with a law classmate of mine (UBC ’75,) who is now a distinguished justice...
Tags: Law, Canada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, NCA, Quebec, Mcgill, University of Toronto, CBA, Ontario, Manitoba, Interior, UBC, Christy Clark


Student Loan Debt: A Crisis for Law Students, Young Lawyers and Far Too Many Underserviced Communities

It is a distinct honour for me, in my capacity as Dean of Law at Thompson Rivers University (TRU Law), to provide a contribution to the Canadian Council of Law Deans series of important issues affecting legal education and the legal profession. I have chosen to select the critical challenge for today’s law students (and recent law graduates) of the ever increasing costs of legal education in Canada. I recently was talking with a law classmate of mine (UBC ’75,) who is now a distinguished justice...
Tags: Law, Canada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, NCA, Quebec, Mcgill, University of Toronto, CBA, Ontario, Manitoba, Interior, UBC, Christy Clark


A Definite Yes!

One of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions was to start with “Yes.” Happily, every so often an opportunity comes around that makes saying “Yes!” the only logical response. The Law Society of Manitoba’s annual Lawyers for Literacy event is just such an opportunity. Each year for the past 5 years, lawyers and Law Society staff have signed on to spend the better part of a Saturday reading to children at West Broadway Youth Outreach (“WBYO”). As well as reading to kids, participating lawyers raise pledge...
Tags: Miscellaneous, Reading, Literacy, Lawyers, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Law Society, Justice Issues, Law Society of Manitoba, West Broadway Youth Outreach, WBYO, Lawyers for Literacy