NEWSLETTER – June 2007

Reisa Teitelbaum, President
Steven Slimovitch & Allen Mendelsohn, Editor(s)

Message from the Outgoing President

Reisa Teitelbaum

Dear Colleagues and Honorable Judges:

It is hard to believe that my term as president is at an end. The saying is true. Time flies when you’re having fun.

Le succès de la Société est le résultat du travail continu de l’exécutif, des comités et du conseil d’administration.  Je n’aurais pas pu le faire seul et je veux remercier personnellement chacun de vous.

Mark Schrager will be assuming the presidency for the next year. He did an outstanding job as programming chair and will be an exceptional president. I look forward to an exciting year.

Our closing meeting of the season will be held on June 6 2007. We will be welcoming Edward “Eddie” Goldenberg, who served as a senior political advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He also served briefly as Chrétien’s Chief of Staff during his final months in office, before leaving to become a partner at the Ottawa office of law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP. He was an influential figure behind Bob Rae’s bid to become liberal leader.

I invite all of you to attend our closing dinner to officially welcome our new President. Votre présence et votre participation à ce dîner sont importantes.

I look forward to seeing you all on June 6th.


Reisa Teitelbaum

Message from the New President

Mark Schrager

Dear Colleagues and Honorable Judges:

I am honoured to be the incoming President for the 2007-2008 season. It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the new Executive which will be comprised of the following members:

1st vice president Donald Michelin
2nd vice president Ronald Levy
Treasurer Lawrence Glazer
Financial secretary and
Liaison –chambre des notaires Solomon Katz
Recording Secretary Robin Schiller
Membership Hershie Frankel, Mara Greenstone
Programming Steven Slimovitch
Sponsorship Gary Rosen
Communications Allen Mendelsohn
Liaison- bench Justice Israel Mass
Liaison bar Howard Tatner
Liaison- young bar Michael Stern
Archives Morton Bessner
Human Rights Frank Schlesinger
Liaison- industry Elliot Lifson
International relations David Franklin, Leon Jedeikin
Immediate past President Reisa Teitelbaum
Executive director Morris Chaikelson

I am grateful to our immediate past President, Me Reisa Teitelbaum, and her Executive for passing on a Society which is well attended and financially sound. I hope to continue our excellent speakers’ programme, increase membership and enhance the Society’s visibility in the local legal community.

En effet, il est d’une importance primordiale d’assurer la vitalité de notre Association en veillant à maintenir, voire accroître sa visibilité et sa réputation au sein de la communauté juridique du Québec.

Wishing you all a lovely summer,


Mark Schrager

Report of the Lord Reading Career Advancement Committee

The Career Advancement Committee had a very successful year. The Committee was contacted by 15 candidates. The members met with the candidates to determine their interests and then networked their contacts to try and find possible fits.

Members of the committee are unanimous in stating that the experience was extremely rewarding. In most instances, very little was required in order to enable candidates to properly assess their job opportunities, make contacts and find a successful placement.

We wish to make our members aware that many of our applicants are willing to complete their stage with little or no remuneration. We strongly encourage you to consider this as both a service and an opportunity for both the employee and the employer.

Senior members who are considering scaling down their workload are encouraged to consider contacting one of our candidates. The transition can be done at affordable cost and benefits both parties.

Many of our candidates will be happy to take short-term positions such as maternity or sick leave replacements.

There are job opportunities currently available and any of the members of the committee will be more than happy to assist their colleagues and future colleagues in their career search.

We wish to thank the Lord Reading Law Society for their support and forward thinking in allowing us to establish this committee.

Robin Schiller, Chair
on behalf of the Committee


Allen Mendelsohn

On March 22nd, the Society was treated to an interesting lecture from the Honourable James Farley, whose talk was entitled Globalization and the Future of the Practice of Law… or the Good Old days are Over. After a nice Passover message from our President, there was a warm introduction by Max Mendelsohn. He talked about Judge Farley’s 3 C’s – communication, cooperation, and common sense.

Judge Farley talked about the globalization of the economy. This had all sorts of implications for commercial law, an in particular international insolvency.

He discussed the numerous institutions that are attempting to deal with these issues. These included the NAFTA Project, UNCITRAL, and assorted protocols. He said things are problematic, but better than they were 15 years ago. He closed by calling these the “good new days” of cross-border and cross-jurisdiction litigation, as courts are more willing to cooperate with each other.

Upcoming Events

June 6, 2007
Guest: Me Edward “Eddie” Goldenberg
Topic: Public policy challenges in Canada

Society Humour

From the Courtroom:

Prosecutor: Did you kill the victim?
Defendant: No, I did not.
Prosecutor: Do you know what the penalties are for perjury?
Defendant: Yes, I do. And they’re a hell of a lot better than the penalty for murder.



The Lord Reading Law Society would like to extend its sincerest thanks to all of its sponsors over the past year who helped make the season possible.


The Society congratulates George Hendy on having received the CBA Douglas Millar award.


As always, the Newsletter is open to case comments, articles of interest, as well as any other information which may be of relevance to our members.  Please communicate directly with Steven or Allen for further information.