Harry Kopyto is back before the three-person Panel appointed by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) who will determine whether he has the good character to continue practicing as a paralegal. The next hearing date is on Friday September 14, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in the Museum Room, Osgoode Hall, northeast corner of Queen and University in Toronto.
Kopyto made his opening statement in his defence last Friday September 7th. He completely shattered the Law Society’s attempt to picture him as dishonest and ungovernable. In the presence of numerous supporters who filled most of the seats in the Museum Room where the hearing was taking place, Kopyto outlined a 38 year history of struggling to make the law responsive to the 99% against the interests of the 1%.
In his statement, Kopyto outlined numerous precedent-setting cases that he has fought for tenants’ rights, prisoners’ rights, women’s rights, the rights of minorities and victims of discrimination, the rights of the disabled and the rights of victims of police abuse. His presentation clearly impacted on the three-person panel and contrasted sharply with the image that the LSUC prosecutors attempted to paint of him during prior hearings. At the end of the day, the Chair of the Panel hearing, Margot Blight, acknowledged that Kopyto’s opening statement was “interesting and engaging”. Were these just sweet words or was she truly engaged?
Kopyto will be on the stand next Friday September 14, 2012 to start giving sworn evidence on his own behalf. He will outline in greater detail the nature of his practice as a weapon for both social and legal justice and the legal achievements that he has achieved over the last 38 years.
Interestingly, Blight refrained from admonishing the public that was present during the hearing when it burst into applause at the conclusion of the morning session. In the past, Margot Blight made an effort to restrain the audience from expressing its support for Harry.
It remains essential that those for whom Harry has been a voice in the past will continue to be present to ensure that justice is done. See you at 9:30 a.m. on Friday September 14, 2012 at Osgoode Hall.