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29 May 2020, 4:00 am by Ken Chasse
[v] But, to contrary appearances, on February 27, 2020, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) released its Priority Planning Committee’s Strategic Plan (LSO’s Treasurer (“President” in other provinces), Malcolm Mercer, being the Chair of the Committee). [read post]
24 Apr 2020, 4:00 am by Deanne Sowter
There is no provision in the Model Code that specifically regulates non-adversarial advocacy. [read post]
9 Apr 2020, 4:00 am by Ken Chasse
[see the full text on the SSRN (updated in March, 2020)] The comment of the Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario (Malcolm Mercer, its CEO) responding to my first article having the above same title, published in Slaw, on July 25, 2019, contains the following objections: 1. [read post]
26 Feb 2020, 4:00 am by Deanne Sowter
(For a fantastic overview of their respective histories and their differences, see Malcolm Mercer’s Slaw post here.) [read post]
26 Sep 2019, 4:00 am by Ken Chasse
In spite of the duties set out in s. 4.2, in a Comment dated July 27th, in response to one of my Slaw articles,[2] LSO’s Treasurer and CEO, Malcolm Mercer, stated: The role of the Law Society is not to “deliver access to justice. [read post]
6 Sep 2019, 4:01 am by Guest Blogger
In the Law Times article “Diversity and inclusion fundamental to the OBA” (July 3, 2019), Law Society of Ontario Treasurer Malcolm Mercer said that the Statement of Principles “genuinely divides” people in the profession. [read post]
18 Apr 2019, 4:00 am by Sarah Sutherland
Workers in other sectors expect to have similar wage gains, which means that the products they produce become more expensive relative to the products that experienced those gains (Malcolm Mercer has also written about cost disease in Slaw here: “Cost Disease, the Practice of Law and Access to Justice” in November 2017). [read post]
22 Mar 2019, 4:00 am by Guest Blogger
As noted by Malcolm Mercer, It should be clearly understood that the most important variable in the PRISM Report is the projected expansionary demand. [read post]
23 Jan 2019, 4:00 am by Ken Chasse
LSO’s Treasurer, Malcolm Mercer, wrote this recent, revealing post: “What Is the Mandate of the Law Society? [read post]
14 Dec 2018, 4:00 am by Noel Semple
Giving People Other Ways to Decide Malcolm Mercer has observed that mass-market legal advertising works, in part, because clients lack good information about the respective merits of law firms. [read post]
28 Nov 2018, 4:00 am by Ken Chasse
[See the full text article for this summary on the SSRN, using the same title] Law societies are not trying to solve the A2J problem, but instead provide “alternative legal services”[1] that merely help that majority of the population that cannot afford legal services learn to live with the problem. [read post]
19 Oct 2018, 4:00 am by The Action Group on Access to Justice
Opening remarks will be provided by Malcolm Mercer, Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario, followed by an innovation showcase which will demonstrate how community-driven work can increase awareness and accessibility for the public. [read post]
18 Oct 2018, 4:00 am by Amy Salyzyn
The Law Society is currently consulting on several different options for its lawyer licensing process (my fellow legal ethics co-columnists Noel Semple and Malcolm Mercer have written recently in Slaw about this consultation – here and here). [read post]
27 Jul 2018, 4:00 am by Noel Semple
Ensuring the baseline competence of licensees to practice law is job #1, as Malcolm Mercer explains. [read post]
9 Jul 2018, 4:00 am by Administrator
Courts emphasize the law societies’ broad discretion to determine what the public interest requires in governing the profession and, accordingly, defer to the law societies’ exercise of that discretion (See Malcolm Mercer’s analysis of this on [read post]
3 Jul 2018, 12:42 pm by Steve Matthews
A short note of congratulations to our Slaw colleague Malcolm Mercer who was elected June 28th as Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario. [read post]
27 Jun 2018, 5:00 pm
Making sure that lawyers and paralegals are meeting entry-level competency requirements will be a key role of the law society under new treasurer Malcolm Mercer. [read post]
25 Jun 2018, 7:12 am by Joy Yusi
Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of June 25, 2018 from Wise Law on Twitter: Proposed class-action lawsuits filed against Bank of Montreal, CIBC’s Simplii over security breachesJudge Rejects Kansas Law Requiring Voters to Show Proof of CitizenshipJudge strikes down Kansas voter ID law and orders Kris Kobach to take additional CLE 600+ members of Sessions' church charge him with violating church rulesImmigrants illegally entering the country experience… [read post]
5 Feb 2018, 4:00 am by Jordan Furlong
As I warned my conversant, and as I’ll warn you, I’m a complete amateur when it comes to legal ethics, and I fully expect to be schooled by Alice Woolley or Malcolm Mercer for the elementary errors I’m about to make. [read post]