Letters to the editor

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By Precedent

On Wednesday May 28th, 2008

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Re: The Professionals, Spring ’08

I have enjoyed reading your articles which are both current and well-written (I thought your editorial titled “Those who can’t do, need to be taught” hit the nail on the head — so true). I am also intrigued by the fashion section of the magazine and think it is a fresh idea to include practising lawyers who don stylish clothes and model for some pictures. I also think that including minorities from the legal profession in various parts of your magazine makes the magazine more appealing and serves as a reminder to its readers that, yes, the face of the legal profession has changed and we no longer find only white males and females in the practice of law.  Keep up the good work!

Gurlal Kler
Singer, Kwinter
Remembering

Re: Legal community loses star, Spring ’08
Thank you for writing about my dear friend Brad Davis.  His untimely death has left many of us heartbroken. He was my colleague for four years at Stikemans and was an amazingly supportive friend over the last six years.  Canada has lost one of its finest and I was very happy to see that you included a tribute to him in your Spring 2008 issue. May we all be so strong in life to leave a legacy as inspired as his.
Jessica S. Bookman
ThorntonGroutFinnigan LLP

Online discussion

Re: Law and Border, Spring ’08
Our last cover story generated a lot of discussion at lawandstyle.ca. Some felt sorry for foreign-trained lawyers struggling to bring their skills to Canada, while others were less than sympathetic. One reader pointed out that the license to practise law in Ontario “is a privilege, not a right, and there is no principled reason that foreign-educated candidates should automatically be entitled to start on the same footing.” Meanwhile, “Claire” took the opposite view. She would “abolish the articling requirement for lawyers with practice experience, and move to a NY-style system where the only requirement for practicing is passing the bar.” Reader “More Openness” thought it was really all about “pushing the legal community to be leaders in designing an accreditation system that reflects values of openness, equity, and global competitiveness.”