Ethics and professionalism

AuthorStephen Grant
g Part Seven g
Of the many changes wrought in our profession over these
years, perhaps the most profound relate not to the nature of
advocacy but to our roles and responsibilities as advocates. The
standards of ethics and professionalism loom large in our day-to-day
practices, more so as self-represented litigants, especially in the family
law sphere, nd their way into courtrooms. Ethics and professionalism
are hallmarks of the privilege of practising law as advocates in a ercely
adversarial profession, the modern equivalent of gladiatorial combat.
For the last decade at least, one case has occupied as much academic and
jurisprudential air time as any (Groia v. The Law Society of Upper Canada)
and the saga is only now nearing an end, but not yet resolved as of this
writing. Two judges– one now retired, one now deceased– and a former
Law Society treasurer oer their thoughts on these critically important
aspects of our work.

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