Posts Tagged ‘Law Society’

The Articling Revolution Will Be Tweeted

October 26, 2012

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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”.

Meanwhile,  back at the War Room, my co-panellists and I listened, commented and tweeted. Check out the archive of the live discussion on the Law Society website here(more…)

An Open Letter to Alberta Premier Alison Redford

October 5, 2012
English: Alison Redford

English: Alison Redford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Honourable Alison Merrilla Redford, Q.C., MLA,
Premier of Alberta
Office of the Premier Room 307,
Legislature Building
10800-97 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2B7

Dear Premier:

I read with an abiding interest a news story by Calgary Herald reporter Darcy Henton dated October 4, 2012 entitled ” Redford defends compensation for law society dues“. Henton writes:

Premier Alison Redford says it is “entirely appropriate” for her to bill taxpayers for her Law Society of Alberta membership dues, but lawyers who serve as opposition MLAs called the practice “ridiculous” and “a gross misuse of taxpayers’ dollars.”

Redford told reporters at a Chamber of Commerce conference at Enoch’s River Cree Resort that it is the practice of the Alberta government to pay the professional membership fees for “people that are practising professions.”

“I am a member of the Law Society in good standing,” she said.

“As justice minister I was the chief legal adviser for the province. I think it was entirely appropriate.”

She said that didn’t change when she became premier.

“From my perspective, it’s part of my professional standing,” she said.

“It’s one of the things I stand forward with and say, that I am proud of the fact I am a member of a profession with a great deal of integrity. It is part of what has been government policy.”

By way of background, I am a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, admitted to the Ontario bar in 1993.

The purpose of this letter is to highlight what I consider, on your part, to be a fundamental misunderstanding of your role as an elected public official, who also happens to be a lawyer. (more…)

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