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Bad behaviour bars star student from becoming a lawyer

Ryan Manilla appeal over ‘good character’ requirement dismissed


 

Ryan Manilla, the 29-year-old star law school student who won jobs at Canada’s top firms, has been officially barred from becoming a lawyer after a scuffle with his condo board, as reported in Maclean’s. After appealing the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)’s decision to ban him from joining the profession over its ages-old “good character” requirement, Manilla appealed, but the LSUC has dismissed his appeal, the Toronto Star reports. As president of his condo board, Manilla sent threatening emails to fellow members, and forged a letter from a woman claiming to be a private investigator, all part of his battle against a proposed fee hike. He was eventually charged with criminal harassment, but charges were dropped after he met certain conditions, including apologizing and making a charitable donation in the names of those he targeted. Even so, the Law Society has banned him.


 
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Bad behaviour bars star student from becoming a lawyer

  1. It’s time a top court defined “good character” which has always meant no unexplained convictions. As lawyers are duty-bound to use all possible legal means to advocate for their clients, unless this matter is properly defined by a top court, lawyers will be unable to safely advocate for their clients. The issue is much larger than a condo board dust-up involving a law grad.
    Also, it is common knowledge that the law society has hidden its own decisions that favoured lawyers making research impossible and otherwise has no jurisidciton as it uses it directors as adjudicators. Even in unsophisticated and highly politicized Canada, this bit of black letter law will never go away.