Legal services – Farris Law Firm Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:29:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Legal services – Farris Law Firm 32 32 U.S. Supreme Court rejects Bayer’s bid to drop Roundup weedkiller lawsuits Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:21:00 +0000

WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Bayer AG’s (BAYGn.DE) bid to dismiss lawsuits from customers who claim its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer as the company Germany is seeking to avoid potentially billions of dollars in damages.

Judges rejected an appeal by Bayer and left in place a lower court ruling that upheld $25 million in damages awarded to California resident Edwin Hardeman, a Roundup user who blamed his cancer on glyphosate-based weedkillers of the pharmaceutical and chemical giant.

The Supreme Court action dealt a blow to Bayer as the company maneuvers to limit its legal liability in thousands of cases. The justices have a second Bayer motion pending on a related issue that they could act on in the coming weeks.

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Bayer shares were down 2.9% on the news, wiping out gains in the previous two trading sessions.

In May, US President Joe Biden’s administration urged the court not to hear Bayer’s appeal, reversing the government’s position previously taken under former President Donald Trump.

Bayer lost three trials in which Roundup users received tens of millions of dollars each, while winning four trials. Bayer had pinned its hopes for relief on the conservative-majority Supreme Court, which has a reputation for being pro-business.

Bayer said it “respectfully disagrees” with the court’s decision and that the company is “fully prepared to manage the risk of litigation associated with potential future claims in the United States.”

On Friday, a federal appeals court ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider whether the active ingredient glyphosate poses unreasonable risks to humans and the environment.

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, agreed with several environmental, agricultural worker and food safety groups that the EPA had failed to sufficiently consider whether the glyphosate caused cancer and threatened endangered species. Read more

Bayer asked the Supreme Court to review the verdict in the Hardeman case, which was upheld by the 9th Circuit in May 2021. Hardeman had regularly used Roundup for 26 years at his Northern California home before being diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. .

Bayer said in its March annual report that it resolved about 107,000 cases out of about 138,000 total cases.

Bayer, which also makes aspirin, birth control pills Yasmin and stroke-preventing drug Xarelto, among other products, argued that cancer claims about Roundup and glyphosate run counter to sound science and product clearance by the EPA.

The agency confirmed guidelines that glyphosate is not carcinogenic and does not pose a public health risk when used as directed on the label.

Bayer said it should not be penalized for marketing a product deemed safe by the EPA and on which the agency would not allow a cancer warning to be printed.

The lawsuits against Bayer said the company should have warned customers of the alleged cancer risk.

Roundup-related lawsuits have dogged Bayer since it acquired the brand as part of its $63 billion purchase of agricultural seed and pesticide maker Monsanto in 2018.

Bayer reached a settlement agreement in principle with the plaintiffs in June 2020, but failed to obtain court approval for a separate agreement on how to handle future cases.

In July 2021, Bayer took an additional $4.5 billion litigation provision in the event of an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling or in the event the justices decline to consider its appeal.

The provision is in addition to the $11.6 billion it previously set aside for settlements and litigation over it.

Bayer plans to replace glyphosate in weed killers for the US residential market for home gardeners with other active ingredients.

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Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Will Dunham

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Washington-based journalist covering legal cases with a focus on the United States Supreme Court, Pulitzer Prize winner for a team project on how the qualified immunity defense protects police officers accused of excessive force.

Attend meetings about tenants’ rights, the climate crisis and cutting the ribbon at the Foundry building Sun, 19 Jun 2022 04:09:47 +0000

A rendering of the foundry building, which gets a grand opening Wednesday, in full use. (Image: CambridgeSeven)

Restaurant replacing the Loyal Nine

licensing board8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Boston’s Coda restaurant group, famous for Salty Pig and SRV, has already announced plans to open a Neapolitan-style pizzeria called Si Cara in Central Square this summer; now it is looking to fill the big hole left by Loyal Nine when it closed on December 18 at 660 Cambridge St., East Cambridge. What’s the concept? Unknown, but the space has more than 3,700 square feet and nearly 200 indoor and outdoor seats that Coda’s James Cochener plans to keep open from 8 a.m. to midnight or 1 a.m. daily. Watchable by Zoom videoconference.

Brattle Street Safety Improvements

Brattle Street Community Meetingfrom 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. A second meeting (the first was on May 3) on Brattle Street safety improvements between Mason and Mount Auburn streets, which include separate bike lanes and changes to crosswalks. Watchable by Zoom videoconference.

School Non-Discrimination Policy

school committee6 p.m. Tuesday. There’s a revised non-discrimination policy, a presentation of the results of the superintendent’s district plan, and an overview of Falcon Block and Teen Wellness Center supports at Cambridge Rindge and the Latin School. The committee meets in the Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconference.

Hearing of DPW and utilities

planning board6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Council expects to hear from the Department of Public Works, Department of Water and Eversource Gas and Eversource Electric about their work in the city now and in the future. Vicinity Energy, which distributes thermal energy for the purpose of cleaner energy throughout the city (it’s “green steam”) joins. Watchable by Zoom videoconference.

Foundry Ribbon Cutting

Community rally for The FoundryWednesday 4 p.m. Although this creativity hub won’t fully open until the fall, residents can help celebrate the end of major construction and get a first look at the $46 million adaptive renovation of a former industrial space. 132 years old. There will be speeches from municipal officials and community partners, an overview and light refreshments. The foundry is located at 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge, near Kendall Square.

Energy Use Disclosure Act

Orders Committeefrom 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. This committee led by City Councilors Marc McGovern and Quinton Zondervan is discussing amendments to a “Buildings Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance” that could – finally – reduce energy use and emissions in existing buildings in Cambridge, as part of the city’s proposed New Green Deal. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconference.

Climate Crisis Task Force

Health & Environment CommitteeThursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This committee, led by Councilwoman Patty Nolan, reviews the final report of the Task Force on the Climate Crisis, which she has led since its creation in August. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconference.

Tenant Rights Forum

Understanding tenant rights, resources and fair housing protectionsfrom 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Wondering what your rights are as a tenant, including when faced with a rent increase? What steps should you take if you think you have been the victim of discrimination? Maura Pensak, Cambridge Housing Liaison to the City Manager, moderates a forum sponsored by A Better Cambridge that includes Susan Hegel, housing attorney from the Cambridge/Somerville Office of Legal Services of Greater Boston Legal Services, and Carolina Almonte, investigative lawyer for the Cambridge Human Rights Commission. Watchable by Zoom videoconference.

District school boards

School Board Communications and Community Relations Sub-Committeefrom 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. This hearing co-chaired by Fred Fantini and David Weinstein is about school councils. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconference.

Australian law firm Wotton + Kearney sells minority stake to private equity investor Thu, 16 Jun 2022 22:00:53 +0000

Australian and New Zealand law firm Wotton + Kearney has sold a 30% stake to local private equity firm Straight Bat to fund its expansion.

As part of the unusual deal, Straight Bat will appoint two non-executive directors to the specialty insurance company’s board to provide insight and “challenge our traditional thinking”, Wotton + Kearney said.

The company declined to disclose the price paid by Straight Bat for its 30% stake.

“We have always been ambitious for our clients and for ourselves, as evidenced by our evolution from a two-partner firm to a market leader in insurance legal services in just 20 years,” wrote the managing director. David Kearney in a blog post announcing the deal.

“This new partnership enables us to make a significant investment to accelerate the implementation of our strategy, which consists of attracting the best talents in the main lines of insurance, seizing new market opportunities and investing in legal technology. for the benefit of our customers.”

Kearney said the company aims to provide expertise on more insurance products from more locations in the region.

Founded in 2002, Wotton + Kearney is the largest commercial insurance legal specialist in Australasia, with 57 partners and over 300 specialist lawyers. The company has already begun its expansion, having recently opened an office in Adelaide.

Wotton + Kearney also plans to increase its investments in data-driven legal solutions and legal technology innovation. “This is critical as many insurers seek to leverage our wide array of data to aid in risk selection, risk mitigation and appropriate pricing,” Kearney wrote.

Straight Bat describes itself as an income-oriented private equity fund. “We invest in mature, robust, profitable, mid-sized Australian businesses for somewhat old-fashioned reasons – income, wealth preservation and sustainable capital growth,” the fund’s website says.

His other investments include a traffic management equipment rental company, a dairy business, and a plumbing and drainage business.

The two new directors of Wotton + Kearney are partners of Straight Bat. Steve Gledden has a background in private equity and management consulting, while Rob Nicholls has held senior positions in banking, finance and vehicle towing.

“We see tremendous benefits in our partnership with Wotton + Kearney given the company’s position in a market that is likely to grow as business risks become more varied and complex,” Gledden said in a statement.

“During our discussions with Wotton + Kearney, we were also impressed with the company’s clear customer focus and assurance. We have found that Wotton + Kearney’s clients benefit from multi-partner relationships and that there is clear collaboration between teams, which is different from the siled client relationship model prevalent in many other law firms.

Although some law firms in Australia have incorporated, taking on outside owners is relatively rare. Australia has a handful of publicly listed law firms with outside shareholders.

One of the reasons why most firms remain wholly partner-owned is the difficulty of allocating profits between partners and other owners and the problem of retaining experienced lawyers who receive dividends instead of a part of the partnership pool.

This was one of the factors behind the cancellation of a planned float in Australian company HWL Ebsworth’s stock market in 2020.

Law Firm Delivers Strong Performance Above Market Expectations Mon, 13 Jun 2022 06:53:49 +0000

Legal and professional services group Gateley said it was trading ahead of market expectations following several acquisitions and growth in its advisory service.

The group says it has seen strong levels of activity in 2022, with revenue expected to be no less than £137m, an increase of 13%.

Organic revenue growth in its legal services lines was 9%, alongside exceptional organic growth of 24% in the advisory services lines.

This includes completed acquisitions which are expected to represent £20m of fees in 2022. Following the three acquisitions completed during the year, which integrate well, annualized advisory fees now stand at £32m.

Gateley made three profit-enhancing acquisitions, Tozer Gallagher in July 2021, Adamson Jones in January 2022 and Smithers Purslow in April 2022.

Rod Waldie, CEO of Gateley, said: “We delivered another year of strong revenue and profit growth and I am delighted with our overall performance.

“Our successful return to recruitment has generated strong organic revenue growth of over 10%, which, together with the completion of three exciting acquisitions, is driving annualized consultancy revenue of over £32m.

“We remain committed to our goal of delivering results that delight our customers, inspire our employees and support our communities. We have a strong work pipeline and leave our financial performance guidance unchanged, despite inflationary challenges, as we look forward to continuing to grow the Group, both organically and through acquisitions.

Respond to HBA concerns on e-SPA Sat, 11 Jun 2022 05:36:50 +0000

LETTER | We refer to the article by Chang Kim Loong of the National House Buyers Association (HBA) under the title “Baffled over eSPA” dated June 10, 2022, in the Edge property.

The article indirectly raises questions about the direction and purpose of HBA. It raises questions and doubts about a system that benefits buyers and the housing industry and appears to be standing up for legal fraternity.

Victims Malaysia (VM) had hoped HBA would support the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) initiative as it benefits buyers and boosts the current sluggishness in the housing industry.

In a nutshell, e-SPA is an electronic contract platform created by KPKT where Sales and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) between developers and buyers are concluded on an electronic platform.

The content of the contract remains essentially unchanged in accordance with the existing timetable in HDA118. It is not extended beyond the limits of HDA118 to cover undersales.

If before we used pen and paper for writing, then the typewriter came along followed by MS Office, e-SPA is just another evolutionary step in writing and documentation. It benefits the buyer because it lowers the total cost of owning a home.

For clarity, the existing contract and the e-SPA are the same. It is legal because it is an integral part of the HDA118, which means that it cannot be modified by buyers, developers or their legal representatives. Buyers and developers cannot develop any additional agreement to the SPA as it can be easily voided by a court.

Since the agreement is statutory, lawyers no longer need to draft, evaluate and structure the terms of a contract for the best benefit of their clients. Therefore, the point pointed out that the lawyers providing the necessary checks and balances as claimed in the article are not qualified.

This essentially raises questions about the value lawyers bring to buyers in formalizing the contractual relationship between the parties. In fairness, the exorbitant cost imposed does not justify standard administrative work with very little legal value.

The work can be done by anyone with some degree of knowledge. In the real world, buyers’ legal services are almost unheard of after the formalization of the SPA.

Malaysian laws do not prevent two or more parties from signing an agreement without legal representation. Self-representation is a standard in any contract and is even practiced in court.

Any agreement must be stamped by the stamp office to make it legally enforceable. This can be done by runners or self service and it only costs the buyer RM10 stamping fee.

Regardless of the form of the agreement (paper or electronic), the government is never a party to the SPA. The position of the government is and always has been that SPAs are private matters between developers and purchasers.

He created a standard SPA for the good of the industry. The government’s role is to ensure that all parties comply with the HDA118. This does not change with the introduction of e-SPA.

The positive aspect of the e-SPA should not be ignored. It will boost the housing industry by reducing the total cost of ownership. Essentially, it formalizes existing marketing practices by developers where they provide a “free legal fee” package in their offerings at a low cost for everyone.

The MOT attestation concerns raised in the editorial do not arise. In Section 211 (Fifth Schedule) of the National Land Code 1965 (Revised 2020), a list of several other persons who can perform the attestation is provided.

Department’s role

Do not confuse the MOT certificate (Form 14A) and the SPAs, as they are two separate documents. In the housing industry, developer lawyers can easily provide these services.

KPKT’s role has been to ensure a sustainable housing industry and this includes ensuring that developers have sufficient funds to carry out their projects.

With the proposed revision of HDA118, VM has made numerous contributions to further boost buyer interest with minimal impact on developers to ensure that Malaysia has a sustainable and vibrant housing industry that would be attractive to buyers. local and foreign.

The goal is to ensure that the consumer can buy homes with confidence with minimal risk of loss.

With or without e-SPA, the promoter is required to provide buyer information to the regulator, either voluntarily or via court order.

Under e-SPA, this process is now streamlined so that the housing controller would have easy access to the information when needed and use the information for the benefit of the industry.

In writing, HBA compared the information gathered under e-SPA with MySJ with the aim of linking issues related to MySJ with e-SPA. It is simply irresponsible.

The question of monitoring buyers does not arise because the data has little value once the project has been completed and the promoter has discharged its responsibility. The data has no long-term value to anyone other than the government, as they can use it for analytical purposes to develop new policies.

Collecting and tracking information on undersales naturally does not arise as it falls outside the scope of the HDA118. The government, including KPKT, collects a lot of data on Malaysian on a daily basis and must ensure that there is no data breach.

It’s not something new. Data stewardship and data security are an integral part of data custody accountability and all data holders are subject to the PDPA.

HBA raised a valid point about the government changing the terms of the SPA and that case was ruled illegal by the Federal Court.

VM has raised its objection to the modification of the relevant section to empower the data controller to modify the terms of the SPAs and will be jointly and severally liable with HBA. This shouldn’t happen. However, we must be clear that this is a separate issue from the evolution of the e-SPA.

The legal fraternity’s concerns about the impact of e-SPA on their business are understandable as they are on the verge of losing the golden goose. However, it must be understood that the cost imposed by lawyers is exorbitant compared to the value and the services provided.

In conclusion, e-SPA will help boost the sluggish housing industry. It creates value for the entire ecosystem. Buyers will benefit from reduced legal costs and it will also help the regulator in policy making.

The legal fraternity must also evolve and find a value-added business for its clientele.

The author is the president of Victims Malaysia.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

Blak MPs Give First Nations Women Hope We Could Be Heard | Antoinette Braybrook for AutochtoneX Thu, 09 Jun 2022 05:22:00 +0000

I I write this article after a week of isolation with Covid, two years of pandemic, nine years of coalition government and more than 250 years of First Nations colonization, dispossession and resistance. Like many of you, I’m tired. But I am also hopeful and determined that now is the time for change.

This election was to be the election against violence against women.

Last year we saw thousands of women take to the lawns of Parliament to protest against sexual assaults and demand real action. Then Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to meet them on the lawns and hear their concerns, offering instead to meet the organizers privately and saying he shared the marchers’ concerns. In September, we met for the former government’s National Security Summit. Again, our message was clear: we need real action, with real solutions – designed for us and by us.

We launched our national roadmap, Pathways to Safety, and campaigned for the systemic reform we need to end violence against First Nations women. This means governments freeing First Nations women from punitive and ineffective bail laws, reforming a cruel child welfare system that tears families apart, ending the housing affordability crisis, and fixing a system social safety net that pushes women into poverty instead of providing them with a safety net when they need help.

Our calls were largely ignored by the previous government. Our demands are not new, but this Albanian government is. We are ready to engage and build a better future for First Nations women – if the political will is there.

There is reason to hope

An unprecedented number of blak politicians have been elected to the federal parliament. The first Aboriginal woman, Linda Burney, has been appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians. And Labor has pledged $3 million to our top domestic violence prevention and legal services body, the Forum, to carry out its crucial national advocacy.

The Labor government has pledged to end the punitive and discriminatory cashless debit card and has made (albeit insufficient) commitments to invest in more affordable housing in remote communities in the Northern Territory. They promised to pass the baton so that we can design our own First Nations national security plan – for and by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

It is a source of hope, but we are far from being able to celebrate.

First Nations women are the fastest growing criminalized population in the country. Children are being taken from families at the highest rates in recent history. First Nations women experience family violence at rates that are grossly disproportionate to the rest of the population. Decades of top-down and paternalistic government decisions have made things worse, not better, for First Nations women, children and communities.

Despite seemingly endless reports, royal commissions and research on and by our communities, previous governments have continued to ignore what we know works: our solutions, designed and implemented for us and by us.

We are the experts and we have the solutions

The First Nations women screamed until we were hoarse. We protested and rallied, we became academics and lawyers, presented our solutions time and time again to previous governments, but they refused to hear us.

I hope politicians have learned something from this election: people fight back when they are ignored and silenced.

The fact that we now have 10 First Nations members in the federal parliament, and more in state and territory governments, means that we inspire the trust of the communities in which we live. The growing public attention and outcry over the unbearable reality of Blak’s deaths in custody makes me cautiously believe that attitudes are changing.

Now we need to see real structural power returned to us and our communities. Women must have access to basic human dignities, such as a safe place to live, and enough money to feed their families and live above the poverty line. We will not fight violence in our communities as long as governments spend money building more police and jail cells, but refuse to fund our community-based early intervention and prevention services, mental health support and drug and alcohol services.

First Nations families will continue to suffer as governments threaten to kidnap children instead of providing safe housing and culturally safe family support. And children will be denied their right to reach their full potential as long as outdated laws criminalize them at age 10 and the education system fails to tell the truth about the history, culture and resilience of the First Peoples of this country.

There is a lot of work to do. But I know we can do it because our communities already have the solutions. What we need now is the political will to return the power governments have taken from us and put us in the driver’s seat.

Antoinette Braybrook is Co-Chair of Change the Record and CEO of Djirra, an Aboriginal community-controlled organization that provides legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of domestic violence.

]]> Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of Ontario June 7 Mon, 06 Jun 2022 14:50:00 +0000

The Honorable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the judicial nomination process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Lia M. Bramwell, Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in Ottawa, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Cornwall. Justice Bramwell replaces Justice RT Leroy (Cornwall), who has elected to become a supernumerary judge effective July 9, 2021.

Julie Bergeron, a sole practitioner in Hawkesbury, is appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Cornwall. Justice Bergeron replaces Justice GW Tranmer (Kingston), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective March 28, 2022. The Chief Justice transferred Justice L. Lacelle (Cornwall) to this vacant position. The vacant position is therefore located in Cornwall.

Jaye Hooper, a partner at Hooper Litigation in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Pembroke. Justice Hooper replaces Justice M. James (Pembroke), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective February 13, 2022.

Ian M. Carter, a partner at Bayne Sellar Ertel Carter in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Ottawa. Justice Carter replaces Justice SJ Kershman (Ottawa), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective January 31, 2022.

Sharon E. Hassan, Managing Partner at Hassan Law in London, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Family Court Division, in London. Justice Hassan replaces Justice V. Mitrow (London), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective February 1, 2022.


“I wish Justices Bramwell, Bergeron, Hooper, Carter and Hassan every success in their new roles. I am confident that they will serve the people of Ontario well as members of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

-The deputy. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


Justice Lia M. Bramwell grew up in the St. Thomas area and attended Central Elgin Collegiate Institute. She received a BA (Hons.) from McMaster University in 1993 and an LL.B. from the University of Windsor in 1997. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1999.

Justice Bramwell worked in high school, university and law school in a variety of settings with people with physical and developmental disabilities. She practiced civil litigation in Toronto before becoming an Assistant Crown Attorney, first in Toronto and then in Ottawa. For more than 20 years, she prosecuted criminal cases in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She has frequently contributed to the legal education of Crown prosecutors, police officers, defense attorneys, law students and high school students. She was a member of the Ottawa Committee of the Ontario Justice Education Network.

Justice Bramwell has been a mentor through the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General’s Crown Mentorship Program and the University of Ottawa’s Courthouse Mentorship Program. She was a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Ontario Crown Attorneys Association and a member of the Board of Immigrant Women’s Services of Ottawa. She has also volunteered with the Community Harvest program for the Ottawa Food Bank.

In her spare time, Justice Bramwell enjoys spending time with her two children and her husband, traveling and spending time in the beautiful nature of Ottawa and the surrounding area.

Justice Julie Bergeron was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2000. She founded her own law firm under the name L’Etude juridique Julie Bergeron in her hometown of Hawkesbury. Her law practice focused primarily on the areas of family law and real estate law. During her career, she has also served as an officer for the Family Responsibility Office, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Transportation, the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. She has also acted in municipal and criminal law matters and represented the interests of Ontario municipalities. Since 2019, she has been a deputy judge at the Small Claims Court.

In her practice, Justice Bergeron has argued cases in English and French before the trial courts, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She received the Heidi Levenson Polowin Award in 2018 and was named Special Patron of Cornwall Children’s Treatment Centre.

Judge Bergeron has also been involved in her community. She was a member of the Prescott and Russell Superior Court of Justice Liaison Committee, a member of the board of directors of Center York Centre, a supervised access center, and a member of the ad hoc family law committee of the Association of Jurists. French-speaking people from Ontario.

Justice Jaye Hooper was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. After earning her undergraduate degree in international relations, she earned her law degree from the University of Windsor. Throughout her time at Windsor Law, she was involved in community legal aid, becoming the finance director in her senior year. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2001.

Justice Hooper spent most of her career with a specialty litigation firm in Ottawa before establishing her own firm, Hooper Litigation, in 2015. She has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of litigation, including personal injury, employment, professional negligence, commercial litigation. , and construction law. She has acted as trial and appellate counsel in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

In addition to her practice, Justice Hooper has been active in the Ontario legal community. She is Past President of the County of Carleton Law Association and Past President of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. She has been a frequent speaker at various legal conferences. In 2021, she contributed to the book Autonomous Vehicles: Self-Driving Cars and the Law of Canada.

Justice Hooper enjoys writing, spending time at the family cabin and travelling. She and her husband, Paul, are very proud of their four exceptional children.

Justice Ian M. Carter was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. He obtained his BA from McGill University in 1995 and then worked as a television journalist for several years before completing his LL.B. at Queen’s University in 2002.

Justice Carter clerked at the British Columbia Court of Appeal after graduation. He then practiced criminal and civil law in Vancouver before joining Bayne Sellar Boxall in Ottawa in 2008. His practice has focused primarily on criminal law. He has conducted trials in several provinces and argued numerous appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to criminal defense, he has developed a practice of representing plaintiffs in sexual assault cases.

Justice Carter has published articles on criminal law issues and has lectured frequently in legal and judicial education programs. As a member of the executive of the National Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Bar Association for many years, including as chair from 2018 to 2019, he made representations at Senate committee hearings and parliamentarians on bills. He was the 2014 recipient of the Regional Senior Justice Award, given to a member of the County of Carleton Law Association who has made an outstanding contribution as a litigator or attorney.

Justice Carter, an avid skier and mountain biker, enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Justice Sharon E. Hassan is a first-generation Dutch farmer, born in Meaford, Ontario, on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. From there, she pursued her first love – horses – at Humber College, Equine Studies. A summer job at a local law firm sparked her interest in law, and she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guelph and her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Ontario.

Justice Hassan began her career at Aston Berg Kennedy & Morrissey in London, where her mentor, David Aston (now Justice Aston), inspired a passion and respect for family law, which she followed for the next 29 years. In 1998, she joined her husband, Hamoody Hassan, in his firm, Hassan Law, where she practiced primarily family law and was passionate about mentoring students and young lawyers.

Justice Hassan’s commitment to community service began in law school, where she received the Greta Grant Award for Community Legal Service. She continued to serve her community through her support and involvement with many organizations including the Canadian Hearing Society, London Abused Women’s Centre, Indwell London and Forest City Community Church.

Justice Hassan and his wife are the proud parents of a 19-year-old daughter and Hamoody’s two children, who work alongside her at Hassan Law. In her spare time, she can be found skating on the ponds or walking the paths of the pretty creeks bordering her home in south London.

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Latest US jobs report shows legal sector growth in May Fri, 03 Jun 2022 20:02:00 +0000
  • The sector totaled 1,178,800 jobs last month
  • Jobs numbers are closely watched as experts predict trouble ahead for the US economy

(Reuters) – The legal services sector added 600 jobs in May, new data from the Labor Department showed, as overall employment in the United States rose more than expected last month.

Jobs in the legal sector totaled 1,178,800 in May, according to seasonally adjusted preliminary data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jobs in the sector had recovered in April after two months of slight declines, following what has been largely a monthly growth trend since May 2020. The number of jobs includes lawyers, paralegals and other professionals in the right.

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The overall number of jobs in the United States is under intense scrutiny, with some economists and executives offering worrisome economic forecasts amid rising inflation.

Reuters reported on Friday that Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a message to executives this week that he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy and planned to cut about 10% of staff from the company. company.

But nonfarm payrolls beat expectations in May, increasing by 390,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%, according to the Labor Department.

The May total is approaching the all-time high of 1,179,500 legal sector jobs reached in May 2007, shortly before the Great Recession, which led to widespread layoffs in the industry.

“Historically, legal jobs and the economy as a whole, but I’m not sure that will be the case this time around,” said John Cashman, president of legal recruitment firm Major, Lindsey & Africa. He cited factors such as a shortage of legal talent and regulatory changes boosting legal work.

“Having said that, no one is completely immune to the pressures of the recession. If they do come, there will be an impact,” Cashman said.

An increase in the number of corporate contracts in 2020 and 2021 kept law firms busy and boosted recruitment. Large firms have increased partner compensation and implemented other benefits to attract and retain lawyers.

In the first five months of 2022, law firm jobs are opening and being filled at about the same rate, said Phil Flora, vice president of sales and marketing at Leopard Solutions, which tracks the hiring law firms.

Leopard had a record 12,000 legal openings in January and has seen the number remain relatively stable since then, Flora said.

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Sara Merken reports on privacy and data security, as well as legal affairs, including legal innovation and key players in the legal services industry. Contact her at

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Judicial candidate ShawnTe Raines-Welch sheds light on legal aspects Mon, 30 May 2022 13:30:00 +0000

HILLSIDE, Ill., May 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ShawnTe Raines-Welch, Democratic candidate for Cook County Judge, highlights the legal resources available to veterans this Memorial Day.

“The brave men and women who have served our nation have sacrificed to keep our country safe,” Raines-Welch said. “We must recognize their heroism and also recognize that the struggles of some veterans are not limited to the battlefield. When veterans need legal assistance, it is important that they know that there are resources available to help them.

Raines-Welch shares the online legal resources below to help veterans and their families.

US Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans Justice Outreach Program

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Free Legal Aid

State side legal

Prairie State Legal Services

American Bar Association Veterans Legal Services Initiative

Raines-Welch has over 12 years of litigation experience in various areas of law, including civil rights, disability rights, and labor and employment law. Raines-Welch conducts training programs to help organizations, businesses, and government entities ensure they comply with important federal laws protecting the rights of individuals. In addition to her service as Commissioner of the Proviso Township Mental Health Board, she volunteers in the community for a variety of causes, including autism awareness and support.

If elected, Raines-Welch would be the first woman of color ever elected as a 4th Sub-Circuit judge. The 4th sub-circuit (map) in the western suburbs of Chicago includes all of the townships of Lyons, Riverside, and Stickney, as well as parts of the townships of Leyden, Palos, Proviso, and Worth. Raines-Welch’s campaign website is