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  1. Unfortunately, the BCPC disagrees with you on this:
  2. Ottawa tables legislation to create independent oversight for CBSA
  3. I totally get the point you're making here. But analogizing CBSA's policy on phone searches to Saudi Arabia's treatment of everyone who isn't a Muslim, Saudi man somehow doesn't do it for me.
  4. As someone currently watching self-reps call evidence while I wait for my matter to be heard, I can confidently assert that the LAO cuts will be bad for the efficient administration of justice.
  5. Maybe it just means that I'm a generally hostile asshole, but I wouldn't characterize the responses here as generally hostile. I mean, I suppose at some points, friendlier adjectives could've been used. But fundamentally, I think that these supposedly hostile posts were pointing out a key flaw in the premise of the question: that compensation level strongly correlates to area of law, outside of corporate and tax law. Setting aside whether the question is flawed, I think that if posters sincerely believe that answering a question, as asked, would elicit misleading answers, then it's appropriate to point out the flaw in the question and to provide alternative answers. In fact, it's really the responsible way to give advice. I'll stop, because I know I'm just getting into critiques of critiques of the original question, but I don't share the belief that these responses were somehow inappropriately rude or argumentative.
  6. Fearon is still the leading case from the SCC on privacy and cell phones at the border. They found that search of the cell phone breached Fearon's section 8 rights, but upheld the trial judge's finding that the particular breach was not that grave, and that therefore the evidence should not be excluded under section 24 (2). I personally think that the Nick Wright example above is distinguishable from Fearon. The disregard for the assertion of solicitor-client privilege, the arguable lack of reasonable and probable grounds, and society's interest in upholding SC privilege should all militate towards a more serious breach and towards a remedy under section 24(2).
  7. I've heard, anecdotally, of a lawyer who disconnects from his email and removes all client information from his devices, when he crosses the border. He takes the other files he needs on a portable drive (which I suppose they could search, but maybe don't think of?). That sounds like an awful lot of work to do regularly.
  8. Cash clients are those that provide payment for their lawyer's services. Conversely, legal aid clients are those that qualify for legal aid certificates, in which case legal aid pays the lawyer directly, rather than the clients. In Ontario, LAO certificates cover some criminal cases and family files. Up until very recently, LAO also issued certificates for certain immigration and refugee cases, but has now limited that to a very small number of refugee matters (the preparation of the basis of claim form). Other than pro bono work, I would consider everything that's not legal aid to be a cash client (I suppose you could distinguish contingency fee agreements, proceeds from the sale of the matrimonial home, etc., but I still think of them as a private or cash client).
  9. All of these threads provide a very similar answers to what posters are saying here. There are a lot of variables that impact a lawyer's takehome pay, and area of practice isn't a determinative factor. Other factors, like experience, location, reputation, competence, client income, billing arrangements, hourly rate, fixed costs, and efficiency all influence lawyers' level of compensation. Some areas of law have more of these line up, like corporate or tax. But is it really the area of law that determines the level of compensation? You could also ask which kind of restaurant makes the most money: Italian, Japanese, French, or Mexican? Bob Chinn's Crab House in Wheeling, Illinois supposedly made $24 million in 2012, but I don't think that's because seafood is inherently lucrative. It probably had to do with a bunch of other things. The same is true here.
  10. Yeah, but I'm guessing that Diplock was referring to this paragraph, or something like it: I'll add the same caveat: you're free to do as you like. And maybe you were just making a point to harveyspecter993, rather than describing your actual philosophy. But I'll say this. The bolded text represents an unhealthy attitude towards choosing extracurriculars and the job market. It represents the tendency of law students to work themselves into a frenzy over every decision, to live and die with every OCI, and to talk in hysterical, hushed tones before and after every exam. I have peers like this. I'm not exaggerating when I say that they look they're aging in dog years. They've gained weight because they've stopped eating properly and exercising. They're working too much. They've taken jobs that seem to have little interest in. And it seems like they do a lot of these things, because they keep telling each other horror stories about the labour market, about not getting a 2L summer job, and so on. Sure, by its nature, this is kind of a stressful profession. And granted, I don't know very much about it, because I've barely started. But I swear to god, there are healthier ways to do it, and none of those ways start with the mindset, "if something gives you even the slightest of edges, you should do it." It starts with Diplock's advice. Try new things, until you find stuff you actually like. When you find things you like, do those things more and do them well. For me, at least, those have been the things that have given me actual advantages so far.
  11. [20] For the foregoing reasons, the Respondent submits that the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Order Sought [21] The Respondent requests that the application of them bitches be dismissed, and that this honourable Court pay them no mind. All of which is respectfully submitted. Taylor P. Swift Swift Fake Legal Strategies LLP 181 University Ave, Suite 12000 Toronto, ON M5H 3M7 Solicitor for the Respondent
  12. I always introduce myself by explaining that I was in the top 80% of my class at one of the 21 best Canadian common law schools. It works really well
  13. I did both in law school. I preferred taking handwritten notes. Taking notes by computer usually meant that I had a lot more information in my notes. It also meant that I had a lot of information I didn't need. I'm disorganized. So I found that the main disadvantage of handwritten notes was that I needed to work at keeping my notes together and in order. Otherwise, I found that I was less distracted and more engaged with the material when I was writing, rather than typing. I think that the exam software at Dal was available for ipad. I seem to remember most people using laptops, but admittedly, I wasn't really paying attention right before an exam.
  14. Asking whether someone would be allowed to undertake a course of action within a regulated context is a request for an opinion, based upon legal considerations, and with possible, foreseeable legal implications. That's legal advice. The requester's subjective reason for asking -- i.e., that this is "an intellectual and philosophical discussion--" does not necessarily determine whether the forthcoming response will constitute legal advice.
  15. Grammatically speaking, this sentence is a real adventure.
  16. True. Although a mortgage is kinda like having several law degrees, none of which allow you to bill $300.00 per hour.
  17. I try to just focus on the things in my control. You can't achieve a certain GPA/LSAT through sheer force of will (or at least, I never could). But you can control lots of other things. For instance, are you studying enough for your tests? You can do that. Are you going to class? You can do that. Are you spending enough time on your essays? You can control that. Do you understand how to study for an exam? You can figure that out. Do you know how to write a decent essay? You can talk to your profs, improve your writing style, get better at research, etc. So I mean, you can spend as much time as you want gaming out where you'll get in with GPA X or LSAT score Y. And it's fine to think about that. But at the end of the day, you can control your study habits and work ethic. Otherwise, let the chips will fall as they may.
  18. I needed to study for the LSAT. I wrote my first practice test, and my score was so bad that it wouldn't have gotten me into any Canadian law school. I tried another few and got similar scores. I was consistently bombing the logic games section. They were completely unintuitive to me and I couldn't get them done in time. I read the Powerscore Logic Games Bible (i.e., studying), did a bunch more practice tests (i.e., more studying), and my score went up pretty dramatically, because I understood how to do the logic games. So I don't know whether studying was strictly "required," but I feel pretty confident that if I hadn't studied, I wouldn't have been able to go to law school. Point being, if there's something future readers don't understand on the LSAT that's holding them back, don't be afraid to study.
  19. I don't know what the purpose of this question is, but I'll answer anyway. Profs and lawyers, who I know and respect. And friends from law school, with more weight given to those who seem to know what they're talking about. There's a small-ish group of posters who have had a pretty outsized impact on my values and choices. There are some threads that have caused me to rethink certain things or think about other things for the first time. There's also a certain amount of pretty bad advice floating around. But I guess that's to be expected on an online forum. And I wouldn't say that it's any worse than the advice that was floating around campus at law school, or than was coming out of the career office.
  20. Definitely not. That's not how proportionality works.
  21. CARL Media Release: Legal Aid to refugees and immigrants to end Tuesday morning Well, this fucking sucks.
  22. True. Although an eviction application in the middle of winter, for a person with severe mental health issues is pretty close to being life or death. Especially when a lot of the shelters were full.
  23. I know that it's exam season. But really. Must we always do this?
  24. Legal Aid Services Act, 1998, SO 1998, c 26 , General, O Reg 107/99 , & Administration of System for Providing Legal aid Services, O Reg 106/99.
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