What we do as lawyers can be life affirming, helping our clients, and potentially shaping society for the public good. A career as a lawyer is an extraordinary calling, and to be a lawyer in the legal profession is a privilege. Nevertheless, the profession of law today is more challenging today than ever before. The…

It is important to understand that just because someone holds a position of leadership, does not mean they should. Not all leaders are created equal. The problem that is sometimes encountered is a “recognition problem” – we don’t always recognize good leaders from bad leaders, those that may have the necessary skill and ability, but…

In recent years, the number of news stories regarding ethical lapses at many leading organizations reminds us of the critical importance of a strong ethical culture. Regulators and enforcement authorities around the world are progressively of the view that an ethical and compliant business culture is one of the most important tasks for corporate boards…

Summary The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Professional Development & Competence Committee (“Committee”) has recommended the termination of the Law Practice Program (“LPP” or “LLP program”) at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 year. The Committee’s report – which includes information on its analysis and recommendations – will be debated by Convocation[1] on November 9, 2016….

We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. ― Winston Churchill 10.  Turkey – frontline personnel: 410,500; budget: $18.2 billion. 9.  United Kingdom – frontline personnel: 146,980; budget: $60.5 billion. 8.  Italy – frontline personnel: 320,000; budget: $34 billion. 7.  South…

The Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (CURIE) is an insurer for universities in Canada. CURIE provides universities with insurance coverage, risk management services, and essential knowledge sharing and insight. Coverage includes legal liability and defence costs.[1] Universities are covered for professional liability, which is a sophisticated way of saying they have insurance for legal claims…

Mandatory arbitration clauses often appear as pre-dispute provisions in standard form contracts and generally are not negotiable by consumers. From a public policy perspective, the question is whether powerful corporations should be permitted to be able to force individual citizens, with limited financial and legal resources, to submit to mandatory arbitration after a dispute arises…

Global inequality is growing.  The richest 1% of the world’s population now own 50% of its total wealth in U.S. dollars, according to an October 2015 Global Wealth Report by Credit Suisse.[1] Oxfam International reported in January 2016 that 62 individuals have the same wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people in the world.  The World…