The Voice of Toronto Lawyers
In Memoriam - Martin Teplitsky, Q.C. (1941-2016)
The Toronto Lawyers Association mourns the loss of one of its own and a legal and humanitarian icon, Martin Teplitsky, Q.C. We express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Marty was a prominent Toronto civil litigator who was a colleague, adversary, friend and mentor of countless lawyers for over 50 years. The full obituary is available here.
Others will recount the many stories of his life as a loving family man. Others will share their experiences they had with Marty the lawyer, who had a larger than life personality, who was a tenacious opponent, but still always found the time to mentor younger lawyers and law students.
The TLA is grateful for Marty’s impact and contribution to the practice of law in Toronto. But we give special thanks for his tireless and unwavering contribution to our city through the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program. A program that he co-founded in 1998 and continued to promote and serve as a leading donor for the rest of his life. The program has grown in size to serving more than 60,000 meals each year. His contribution to the practice of law and by making our community a better place, earned him the TLA’s highest honour, the Award of Distinction in 2001.
Marty’s humanitarian efforts will always be remembered, and as long as there are people in need, the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program will live on.
Thank you Marty.
Stephen A. Mullings
Consulting offices at downtown courthouses a convenient option
For lawyers who don't want to rent an expensive office downtown or carry large boxes of materials to and from court every day during a trial, the Toronto Lawyers Association has the perfect solution with conveniently situated consulting rooms inside three courthouses, says its executive director Joan Rataic-Lang.
"We have rooms they can rent from us — they can store their materials there for the length of their trial,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read the full article here.
Justice Ian Nordheimer’s recent ruling in the case of Tyrell Moodie broadcast to the outside world what litigants, lawyers, judges and governments have known for quite some time –the legal aid system, in particular the ‘poverty’ threshold to obtain legal aid, is woefully inadequate and out of line with the economic challenges facing accused persons in the province, specifically Toronto. Read the full message here.
TLA offers free legal research for members
"Many lawyers don’t know that the Courthouse Library is here and others may think they don’t need a physical library; however, we provide a variety of services from this space,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com. "We have librarians on staff and we can assist with research, including Quicklaw searches, and send them the cases they need. We have secondary sources, from which we can scan and send them the pages.
"It’s all included in their TLA membership. We do not charge extra for research and many are surprised to learn that. Members are always pleasantly surprised.” Read the full article here.
A myriad of information sources are available to members of the profession. Our state-of-the-art legal Library at 361 University Ave. provides an extensive collection of printed and electronic sources of legal information. Our monthly Toronto Law Journal discusses current legal issues, by prominent authors. The TLA Newsletter, distributed quarterly, provides our members with important information on the Association and its many activities.
The Association provides educational programs for all members of the Ontario bar, many of these programs certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada to provide CPD credit. Our Nutshell programs are designed to provide quick, current and relevant information on a variety of legal issues, featuring distinguished speakers. Our Library programs equip professional lawyers and articling students with the mechanics of legal research, including use of electronic resources.
While involved in innumerable community activities, the Association represents our members to the Ontario bench and bar, to all levels of government and to the public at large. We participate in charitable events, liaise with other professional lawyers' associations, provide educational mock trials at local public schools and sit on committees related to legal and courthouse issues.