When I applied to law school in 1975, the nation was recovering from a severe and prolonged recession. Even so, I always assumed that I’d be able to make a comfortable living with a legal degree, although I didn’t think that practicing law would make me rich.
Canada’s controversial 20-year-old legal definition of hatred is set to be updated or even overturned on Wednesday, as the Supreme Court of Canada rules in the case of William Whatcott, a born-again anti-gay pamphleteer who ran afoul of Saskatchewan’s Human Rights Code.
Pitting freedom of religion and speech against a legal regime that bans the repeated public expression of hate, the Whatcott case could see the legal foundation of several anti-hate laws crumble, including Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Cheaper legal education and more liberal rules would benefit America’s lawyers--and their clients. All around the world, lawyers generate more hostility than the members of any other profession--with the possible exception of journalism. But there are few places where clients have more grounds for complaint than America.
A recent decision by the Law Society of Upper Canada to grant a law licence to a convicted sex offender raises concerns about objectivity and consistency in determining good character in prospective lawyers, says a specialist in Canadian regulation of law ethics.
In a big win for athletes and entertainers everywhere, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled yesterday in Hart v. Electronic Arts that the First Amendment does not definitively protect Electronic Arts's unlicensed use of college football players' likenesses in commercial video games -- not even where the video games include creative elements apart from the players' likenesses. This decision overturns an earlier opinion by the U.S.