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 »
June 29, 2015
So what is Harry up to? Has he given up? Is he a done deal? Is Harry Kopyto gone, gone, gone? That may be wishful thinking from the Law Society spinmeisters. But if that is what they are thinking, they know diddly-squat about Harry.
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April 20, 2015
This past Sunday’s Toronto Star (April 19th, 2015) featured an insightful article about Harry, placing his legal career in both an historic and current context. We welcome this increased attention on the struggle to secure affordable justice in this province and across the country and invite you to click below to read more.
(Please note: the online version has additional material that was not included in the paper version, which can be found on page four (4) of the front section).
Thank you again for all your support,
Harry Kopyto Defence Committee
Why Harry Kopyto won’t quit
To his disenfranchised clients, disbarred lawyer Harry Kopyto is a hero figure, willing to take on their cases and fight for what’s right, often for little or no pay. To his critics, he’s publicity-seeking, self-righteous and erratic. Now in his sunset years, he’s still fighting to set the record straight. Read the rest of this entry »