Highlighting Bencher Candidates for the 2019 Election

  I would like to highlight 3 Bencher Candidates, who I think would make excellent Benchers: Isfahan Merali, Addison Cameron-Huff, and Rebecca Durcan. The Law Society of Ontario is governed by a board of directors, known as Benchers. Benchers set policy related to the governance of Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals. Benchers also hear discipline cases … Continue reading Highlighting Bencher Candidates for the 2019 Election

Buying Your Way into College: The Advantage of the Wealthy that Persists Past College

It’s been alleged that dozens of parents have bought their children’s way into some of America’s most prestigious colleges. As a result of these allegations, many people have been forced to confront the myth of equal opportunity in America. The image that once you are 18, you are making your own way through the world … Continue reading Buying Your Way into College: The Advantage of the Wealthy that Persists Past College

Investigating Consent: Lessons From the Documentary Surviving R. Kelly

In the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly”, R. Kelly’s alleged patterns of manipulation and abuse are exposed. R. Kelly begins most of his abusive relationships by promising young girls mentorship and access to music deals. This “mentorship” quickly turns sexual. He then increasingly violates young women’s boundaries. The ones that don’t turn away, he deems fit … Continue reading Investigating Consent: Lessons From the Documentary Surviving R. Kelly

Reversing Roe: A Must See Documentary

Netflix recently released the documentary Reversing Roe. Reversing Roe explores the history of abortion law in the United States and the tenuous state of legal abortions. The documentary shows that being “pro-life” was not always a must for Republican candidates. For example, prior to Regan’s presidency, he passed one of the most progressive laws on … Continue reading Reversing Roe: A Must See Documentary

OBA Institute: How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market

On Thursday February 8, 2018 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm (cocktail reception to follow) the Young Lawyers Division of the Ontario Bar Association will be hosting a CPD Program “How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market”. The program is focussed on the skills that every young lawyer needs for today’s tricky market. We will … Continue reading OBA Institute: How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market

The New York Times Article that Launched a 1,000 Conversations

In the beginning of October, the New York Times published an article exposing Harvey Weinstein as a predator. Weinstein in turn threatened to sue the Times.  Then an avalanche of stories came to light, including commentary by Lena Dunham. Dunham stated that: His behavior, silently co-signed for decades by employees and collaborators, is a microcosm … Continue reading The New York Times Article that Launched a 1,000 Conversations

Third Party Funding of Litigation: Hulk Hogan Edition

“I love my grudges. I tend to them like little pets.” – Big Little Lies  Funding your lawsuit just got easier. People can now start online campaigns to raise money. Including signing up for Kickstarter, Gofundme, IndieGoGo, and so on. However, the most interesting source of funding is Peter Thiel. The co-founder of PayPal. In … Continue reading Third Party Funding of Litigation: Hulk Hogan Edition

Silencing Meghan Markle

Last month, rumoured future princess Meghan Markle disbanded her social media accounts and closed her lifestyle website. You can see her proudly talking about her website in this Holts Muse clip. As a feminist, her descent into silence disturbed me. Transformed into yet another “princess”, whose power lies in a wave or a smile. To quote Shonda Rhimes … Continue reading Silencing Meghan Markle

Do Judges have a Public Relations Problem?

Recently the TV show This Hour has 22 Minutes did a piece on Canadian judges. It’s a riveting piece on the public’s perception of judges. The skit called “Judges: a Danger to Canadian Women” can be viewed here: http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/videos/clips-season-24/judges-a-danger-to-canadian-women. At first viewers think the show is commenting on xenophobia, then it turns out to be about judges. The judiciary … Continue reading Do Judges have a Public Relations Problem?