January 21, 2016
On March 2, 2015, a three member hearing panel of the Law Society decided that Harry could no longer work as a paralegal advocate. Harry appealed this decision. On October 27th, five Law Society Appeal judges reviewed this decision. Their decision was reserved and is expected to be pronounced soon. In the meantime, we publish the fifth installment of Harry’s submissions made on July 9, 2014 to the hearing panel of the Law Society. It focuses on the reasons for the skewed investigation of his character. The original transcript of his submissions has been enhanced for clarity and emphasis.
I have to mention Adrian Greenaway. He is Read the rest of this entry »
December 21, 2015
Below you will find the fourth installment of Harry’s final submissions made on July 9, 2014 to the Law Society Panel judging his character. Harry pulled no punches. A decision finding that Harry had poor moral character and could no longer work as a paralegal, made March 2, 2015, is presently under appeal. In his Appeal, heard on October 27, 2015 by five members of the Law Society Appeal Panel, he questioned both the impartiality of the Appeal Panel as well as the hearing panel. See the blog article posted here. No decision has been rendered to date. Harry’s submissions to the original hearing panel, printed below, have been adapted from the original for emphasis and clarity. Read the rest of this entry »
November 5, 2015
Let’s start by asking you a question. What do the following five people have in common?
One of them is a no-nonsense lawyer often acting for other lawyers in sensitive disputes among partners in Bay Street law firms. She is highly regarded as a “strategic” thinker. She has senior status as a Law Society adjudicator. Another is an aggressive businessman. He is a horse breeder (no kidding) and Governor of the Royal Ontario Agricultural Winter Fair. A third is an ex-criminal prosecutor, now a partner in a major Bay Street law firm—the epitome of happiness outside the gates of heaven for a certain category of lawyers. The fourth one is an ex-cop (the Toronto Police Service as well as the O.P.P.) and is now cashing in on his connections as a hard-driving paralegal who can pull strings. The last is a member of a firm that has a full nelson on the market in Workplace Safety and Insurance appeals. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Ontario Bar Association, a group that lobbied successfully for the takeover of paralegals by the Law Society.
Do You Want to Guess the Outcome?
So, what do all these esteemed personages of standing have in common? Read the rest of this entry »
October 20, 2015
Harry Kopyto was already in the cross-hairs of Big Law when the Law Society decided he had to prove his good character to them to be a legal representative. The three Law Society hearing panels that were serially appointed to do the job were about as neutral as a pack of hyenas gnarling at the blood-soaked underbelly of a wounded prey after a lengthy fast.
Are we exaggerating? Judge for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
October 9, 2015
When Kopyto shows up on Tuesday October 27th at 2:30 p.m. at the new digs of the Law Society Tribunal to argue his appeal, he will start with a bang. He will present a motion that strikes a dagger at the heart of the Law Society’s twisted and biased procedure in dealing with his appeal. He will be asking all five members of the Appeals Panel appointed by Law Society Tribunal Chair, Richard Wright, to resign. This is because the process by which they were appointed is controlled by the Benchers, the ruling body of the Law Society who are elected by lawyers who charged him in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »
September 18, 2015
The Law Society has set a date for Harry Kopyto’s appeal of the decision of the Blight Panel made February 3, 2015 finding that he did not have good character to be grandparented as a paralegal. The appeal has been scheduled to be heard at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday October 27, 2015 before a Panel of five lawyers.
The appeal hearing will be held at the Law Society Tribunal’s new office—suite 402, 375 University Avenue in downtown Toronto.
September 16, 2015
The Harry Kopyto Defence Committee wishes to circulate the following article, The high cost of justice puts it out of reach for many, by Julias H. Grey, a Montreal lawyer well known for his advocacy of human rights and civil liberties. This article provides a concise outline of the transformation of Canada’s judicial system into an institution that denies the vast majority of Canadians access to justice while becoming an increasingly exclusive domain for the wealthy elites. Read the rest of this entry »