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.
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 »
Harry Kopyto is seething with angry determination. He now escalates his struggle for affordable justice to the next stage. That means asking a five member Appeal Panel of the Law Society to overturn the outrageous decision of the Hearing Panel made by Chair Margot Blight on February 3, 2015 declaring him to be “ungovernable”.
The foundation for the decision to remove Harry’s paralegal status was the unauthorized legal access Harry gave clients who couldn’t afford lawyers in the high courts. That was the central reason given by Blight and her two spear carriers for dissing him in a decision that interred his career as a legal advocate in a zinc coffin after 41 years of trying to make the justice system live up to its pretensions.
The decision came down six months and 23 days after Kopyto blasted the Law Society on July 9th and 10th last year in his final hurrah. He accused the Law Society—a well-connected nub of power and politics—of creating a price-fixing monopoly with its takeover of more affordable paralegals while drastically reducing or eliminating their scope of practice in areas where they competed with lawyers such as family law, real estate, wills, criminal law and negligence cases. It took four years for the charade of injustice by the Hearing Panel to wind its way through about 100 hearing days before the show finally went dark. Add another two years for hearings before two prior hearing panels who imploded under Kopyto’s hammer blows including one where the Panel chair admitted a perception of bias.
Pyrrhic Victory For the Haute Monde
The negative decision was a Pyrrhic victory for the Law Society’s haute monde. Shock and awe, it wasn’t. Read the rest of this entry »
Pending our own analysis, which is forthcoming, we thought you would be interested in some of the initial coverage on the unsurprising Law Society decision denying Harry Kopyto a paralegal licence:
Harry Kopyto Defence Committee
It is now five months since Harry Kopyto’s closing submissions to the firing squad masquerading as his Hearing Panel. Mired in conflicts of interest, documented bias and a caricature of fairness, the Hearing Panel now carefully crafts what may likely be the obituary of Harry’s legal career, deeming him of poor character despite the prosecutor’s admission of his “illustrious legal career” and the testimony of almost 25 clients attesting to Harry’s good character.
In this segment of his closing submissions, made by Harry on July 9, 2014, Harry meticulously turns the table on the judges’ panel. He goes to the root of how they are selected and the factors that shape their judgments—both conscious and unconscious. He unpacks the social and psychological roots of the LSUC Panel. He challenges them forcefully and explicitly to examine their influences and their motives by drawing attention to scientific knowledge. He challenges them, yet doesn’t explicitly accuse them. But, in the final analysis, he utters a “J’accuse” in the spirit of Emile Zola.
Establishment lawyer Margot Blight, was selected by the Law Society’s elite to channel their opposition to Harry in his admissibility hearing to be grandparented as a paralegal. Below is the third installment of a slightly edited version of his address. The remainder of his comments will continue to be presented serially on this blog.
Character Rarely Changes Overnight
What this hearing means to me Read the rest of this entry »
Starting on the morning of July 9th, 2014 and continuing on July 10, 2014, Harry Kopyto presented his closing submissions to the Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel judging his moral character to decide if he could continue to work as a legal advocate. Below is the second installment of an edited version of his comments. The remainder of his submissions will continue to be published serially on this blog.
Lawyers Control the Moral Character Evaluation Process
When you look at the case law—and I have looked at dozens of them, though not as many as the prosecution—you will see almost every single one of them contains a recitation of what constitutes moral character: courage, honesty, integrity, candor. And then you will see that in almost every single reason for finding poor character— the evidence has nothing to do with courage. It has nothing to do with candor. It has nothing to do with honesty. It has nothing to do with having a conscience. It has nothing to do with having a moral compass. It has nothing to do with bravery. It has to do with rules being broken, sometimes important rules, sometimes less important rules. You have this big broad list of the perfect qualities that a human being, a moral human being should have, and then you have the findings, and they all end up not addressing those issues. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a while. But Kopyto is still alive and well, hoping that the Law Society’s guillotine will not cut off his professional head after 40 years of legal service.
While he awaits the verdict of the Margot Blight Panel, there’s not much left of his fingernails. Of course he’s proclaimed his intended retirement to the Panel (Ha! Ha!) but we know what’s in the D.N.A. in Harry’s blood and we know that he won’t (can’t), say no to anyone facing the well-oiled machine of class justice. Now that his batteries have recharged during the short Ontario summer, Kopyto’s blog is back on track. We thought you’d be interested in reading his parting shot.
Starting on the morning of July 9th and continuing on July 10, 2014, Harry Kopyto presented his closing submissions to the Law Society of Upper Canada panel presiding at his character hearing. Below is an edited version of part 1 of his submissions. The remainder of his presentation will be printed serially on this blog at regular intervals.
I Come to Bury Caesar, Not to Praise Him
Good morning, Members of the Panel. When I began my defense, Read the rest of this entry »