On October 18, 2015, Flex Lawyer, Heather Cross presented her paper "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Retroactive versus Prospective Application of the 2013 Defence of the Person and Property Amendments" at the Montebello Criminal Law Conference hosted by the County of Carleton Law Association.
The paper examines three different approaches Ontario courts have taken to the issue, including the leading Ontario Court of Appeal case of R. v. Bengy that ruled that the amendments apply prospectively. The paper discusses some of the problems with Bengy and suggests that the issue of the retroactive versus prospective application of the amendments is ripe for appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
A copy of Heather's paper can be found here.
The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association are hosting the first annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, tomorrow October 21, 2015 at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. One of the organizers of the event is Flex Lawyer, Laura Chaves Paz.
The Keynote Address will be by the Honourable Justice Joseph W. Bovard, Ontario Court of Justice, the first Hispanic lawyer to be appointed to the Bench in Canada, and remarks will also be made by Mr. Juan Carranza, recipient of the inaugural Canadian Hispanic Bar Association Achievement Award. It is great to see a lot of interest in this event, as according to the LSUC's website, the registration is now full.
Flex Lawyer's article on Professional Responsibility Reminders for 'Social' Lawyers published in TLA Mirror
Are you a 'social' lawyer? Do you use social media as a marketing tool for your legal practice? You might want to review Erin Cowling's article "Professional Responsibility Reminders for 'Social' Lawyers", which was published in the Fall 2015 edition of the Toronto Lawyers Association's online magazine the TLA Mirror. Erin provides some helpful tips and reminders on using social media as a marketing tool without being offside your professional responsibilities as a lawyer.
The full article can be viewed here.