The Court of Appeal for Ontario has again reinforced state immunity for torture and human rights abuses in Steen v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 2013 ONCA 30 (Ont. C.A.), aff’g 2011 ONSC 6464 (CanLII (Ont. S.C.J.). (“Steen“). (more…)
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Ben Trachtenberg (University of Missouri School of Law) has posted “Law School Marketing and Legal Ethics”, Nebraska Law Review (June 2013) forthcoming/University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-41. Here’s the abstract:
Law schools have misled prospective students for years about the value of legal education. In some cases, law school officials have engaged in outright deceit, knowingly spreading false information about their schools. More commonly, they have presented statistics — especially those concerning the employment outcomes of law graduates — in ways nearly guaranteed to confuse readers. These deceptions and sharp practices violate the norms of the legal profession, a profession that scrupulously regulates the advertising of legal services. The deceptions also violate ethical rules prohibiting lawyers from engaging in dishonesty, misrepresentation, and deceit.
This article exposes how pitches aimed at prospective students, including the seemingly straightforward recitation of statistics on law school websites, still paint an unduly rosy picture of the legal employment market. Focusing on Rule 8.4(c) of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the article explains that law school officials have exposed themselves to professional discipline, which may offer a solution to the pervasive problem of misleading law school marketing.
Download a pdf copy of the article via SSRN here.
The Law Society of Upper Canada has spoken about the future of articling.
Well, the Benchers sure spoke a lot during the Convocation meeting— motioning to vote, motioning to defer the debate, motioning for a “friendly amendment” to the deferral of the vote, and, amusingly, Treasurer Tom Conway motioning to one Bencher on the phone to press “*6” and mute his line and stop talking about “Irene”.
In today’s Canadian Lawyer article, “Trust not reasons, required in leave application process: A response to Philip Slayton“, Jean-Marc Leclerc responds to Phillip Slayton’s Canadian Lawyer article entitled Justice is in the details. Slayton’s key argument rests on lack of judicial transparency: (more…)