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  1. Yes! We'll have more details on exactly what that special student-only session will entail very soon as well. I'll make sure to come back to this thread and post about it. This might be a long shot considering some of the hostile responses I got before, but if any lawyers here would consider sponsoring a student to attend this event we would love to hear from you. As previously mentioned, we may be able to cover half of their travel expenses to get them to the conference if they're from out of town and we can certainly provide a substantial discount on registration. Please send me a private message or an email to [email protected] if anyone would like to discuss this.
  2. I apologize for taking so long to reply to this thread. I'll try to cover what I can. A private conversation I had with Moderator almostnot seem to imply I could post in both. I apologize if I made a mistake, it was not my intention to spam up your forums. Indeed. The Hon. Justice Stratas will be speaking on an interesting topic too. He provided me with a rough outline: "Reflections on the Decline of Legal Doctrine" Some say that judges are increasingly importing non-legal, freestanding policy considerations to tweak, revise or discard constraining legal doctrine, sometimes repeatedly and frequently in the same area of law. Does precedent and traditional legal principle play a smaller role in judicial decision-making these days? Justice Stratas will kick off the conference by provoking reflection and discussion on that question. To the extent the answer to the question is yes, does this development further or undermine respect for rights, liberties and freedoms? A question period will follow his lecture. If it was the CCF (which I can't confirm), I can only assume you went to our conference many years ago when our organization tended to orient itself with a more conservative crowd. We have a different staff and a different approach these days. I hope you would consider giving it another try. Since we relaunched the conference last year we've worked really hard to include competent speakers on all sides of our debates. For example, last year for our assisted dying panel I would argue most of the crowd sided with the BCCLA's Grace Pastine who was arguing on the non-conservative side of the debate. I don't think the group you described would respond in the same way. I'm not sure how I can respond to this. Try to keep an open mind. We certainly orient our work from a pro-liberty perspective if that is your concern. I can't confirm this as I've only been with the CCF for a year. We certainly wouldn't touch abortion discussions nowadays. Perhaps he or she is confusing us with the JCCF? I'm a little confused here. We certainly have some libertarians and conservatives on our board, but I don't think that should dissuade people from attending our conference. I'm not extremely familiar with all of the board members' work and opinions but I can assure you that our Exective Director Marni Soupcoff works very hard to bring in speakers with different viewpoints to talk on interesting subjects. We will also be talking about some of our big cases at this event: R. v. Comeau (on interprovincial free trade) R. v. Montague (civil foreiture, property rights) Cambie v. MSCBC (on whether there is a constitutional right to procure your health care privately) I would recommend people consider attending based on the speakers and discussions we will be having above all else. If you have concerns that there might be some opinions expressed that are different from yours I would suggest you try to keep an open mind. Sometimes it is good to see your own beliefs and ideas challenged at events like these. Thanks everyone and again I apologize for taking so long to respond to these posts.
  3. Hi everyone. I work for a group called the Canadian Constitution Foundation. We put on an annual law conference and I have been given permisssion to post this here for those who may be interested in attending. I hope this interests at least a few of you on these forums. The conference is a great place to network with some notable lawyers and politicians. We’ll have talks on a wide range of subjects that affect law and human freedom, including the Omar Khadr case, Uber vs. taxi regulators, free trade in alcohol, civil forfeiture law, and vaping regulation. This year's speakers will include the Hon. Justice David Stratas; Omar Khadr lawyer Nate Whitling; dean of Osgoode Hall Law School Lorne Sossin; healthcare freedom advocate Dr. Brian Day; intellectual property lawyer Andrew Mincov; political scientist Tom Flanagan; and alcohol law experts Arnold Schwisberg and Ian Blue. For articling students, a 50% travel scholarship is being offered, as well as a special student-only session with the Hon. Justice David Stratas on Saturday. Registration is cheaper for articling students and a special early-bird discount is also available for anyone who registers before the end of November. Read more about it at theccf.ca/2016conference The conference is at Hart House on the University of Toronto's downtown campus from Jan 8 to 10, 2016.
  4. Great, thank you. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't wasting my time with them. I will definitely pick up some more recent tests to practice with them as well.
  5. I have received a bunch of books, practice tests and other materials from a lawyer I work with who took the LSAT way back in 2006. These books and tests date from 2005/2006. Are these still useful for studying and preparing with? Or is it a waste of time to use these as a starting point? Thank-you.
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