A Salyzyn: Opinion: Technology on Trial

Opinion: Technology on Trial

Written by Amy Salyzyn for Precedent Magazine

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Walk into any civil courtroom in this province and you will likely find a space that looks as it would have 50, if not 100, years ago. The usual suspects will be there: a raised judge’s bench, a witness box, a few counsel tables, some seating at the back for the public and maybe a royal coat of arms for good measure. What you won’t see is much technology — save perhaps for the requisite BlackBerrys in the hands of lawyers and a laptop or two. Continue reading

Lack of articling placements an access-to-justice issue

From: Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Panel says more opportunities needed in social justice lawyering

Written by Devanne O’Brien

Posted Date: October 31, 2011

A panel at the University of Ottawa’s law school said the Law Society of Upper Canada’s articling task force ought to focus on the lack of social justice articling opportunities available to recent law school graduates.

“The articling task force was set up in response to a perceived and actual shortage of articling positions in Ontario,” explained Suzanne Bouclin, who moderated the Oct. 26 panel discussion. “[T]he critical problem is less a shortage of articling positions, but specifically articling positions in career paths more oriented towards social justice.”

The shortage described by Bouclin was a key finding in a law society report published in May. It showed that 12.1 per cent of those seeking articles in the 2010-11 licensing year went unplaced, a big jump from a rate of 5.8 per cent three years ago.

University of Ottawa law professor David Wiseman said he sees the shortage as related to “the other crisis” in articling: a distribution of articling positions that is not conducive to social justice.

The task force, he suggested, is an opportunity to “put access to justice on the table.”

For the full story, click HERE.

For more on the panel from Adam Dodek, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, commenting at http://www.slaw.ca on November 2, 2011, click HERE.

For more on articling from Jeff Gray, law reporter for the Globe and Mail, reporting on November 1, 2011, click HERE

For information on the consultation process and the Task Force Report, click HERE.

Unauthorized practice and access to justice

Great post by Alice Woolley on how regulating the unauthorized practice of law may lead to injustice on ABlawg.ca.  From the introduction:

Unauthorized practice and access to justice

Written by: Alice Woolley

Case considered: Lameman v Alberta, 2011 ABQB 396

The Beaver Lake Cree Nation have commenced an action against the federal and provincial Crowns claiming that their treaty rights have been infringed by the Crown “taking up so much of their traditional territory that [they] have no meaningful right to hunt, trap or fish” (Lameman v Alberta, 2011 ABQB 396, para 12). The Crown brought applications to strike the Nation’s actions, the hearings in respect of which were adjourned on the basis of the Nation’s impecuniosity.

The full post is available at ABlawg.ca and accessed if you click HERE.