NEWSLETTER – March 2011

David Stolow, President
Allen Mendelsohn, Dorith Toledano and Larry Markowitz, Editor(s)

President’s Message

David Stolow

Dear Friends,

On the occasion of our annual Henry Steinberg Memorial Lecture on April 7th, we are thrilled to welcome Lawrence M. Kaye, Esq., Co-chair of the Art Law Group at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York.  Mr. Kaye is a preeminent authority on the subject of international art litigation and has, over the past thirty (30) years, litigated some of the earliest and most noteworthy cases involving the repatriation of cultural property. He has represented foreign governments, victims of the Holocaust, museums, families of renowned artists and others in connection with the recovery of art and antiquities and has written and lectured extensively on this topic.  Mr. Kaye’s talk is entitled Show me the Monet: Litigation Strategies When Suing to Recover Art Stolen During the Holocaust. It should be a fascinating presentation. I am also pleased to report that we received CLE accreditation (for paid-up members). You can download the dinner invitation here.

In addition to our terrific guest speaker, there will also be a special presentation to McGill University’s Nahum Gelber Law Library of two books that the Lord Reading Law Society obtained in the context of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Israel Bar. These books were commissioned to memorialize Jewish lawyers in Austria and the Netherlands after the Second World War and will be presented to the head of the Law Library.

I look forward to seeing you on April 7th.

Thank you to our sponsors for the evening, Franklin & Franklin and Stein & Stein.

Sincerely yours,

David Stolow
President, Lord Reading Law Society

Large Turnout Makes the Annual Students’ Dinner a Huge Success

Allen Mendelsohn

On the occasion of the Annual Students’ Dinner on January 26, the Society was pleased to welcome Me Sylvain Lussier of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, whose talk was entitled “Solicitor-client Privilege: from evidentiary rule to constitutional right.”

The evening began with the awarding of the Lord Reading student prizes. The winners were Adela Gotz and Pascale Cornut St-Pierre from McGill, Sabrina Vigneau-Courchesne from the Université de Montréal, and Mathieu Prince from Sherbrooke. The presentation of the awards was enhanced by the presence of the Dean Daniel Jutras of McGill, Dean Gilles Trudeau of UdeM, and Professor Nathalie Vézina from Sherbrooke.

After being warmly introduced by his Osler partner Me Mark Brender, Me Lussier gave the audience a thorough tour through the intricacies of solicitor-client privilege. Me Lussier has been kind enough to allow the Society to reproduce the slides from his presentation, which you can see here. The themes for the talk were the “evolution” and “constitutionalization” of the privilege whcih Me Lussier described as “a flower. Once you pluck it, you can’t replant it.” Me Lussier surveyed the exceptions and waivers to privilege. He also touched on the litigation privilege and the “dominant purpose” test adopted by the S.C.C. in such circumstances. All in all, Me Lussier’s presentation was extremely informative.

On an editorial note, this writer has participated in at least a dozen Lord Reading Student Dinners, and has never seen as large a turnout of students and stagiaires as was present this year. This certainly bodes well for the future of the Society, and we are thrilled that the evening was such a success.

Registering your CLE Credits

If you have not yet registered your CLE credits with the Barreau for the 2009-2011 period, or if you are having difficulty, the following instructions may be helpful.

When you fill out your personalized summary of hours attended, under the section Formations Structurées en milieu de travail you should enter the number 10004319, Lord Reading Law Society under dispensateur. Under Titre you should enter Formations exclusivement reservées aux participants invités if it is not already there; nothing under dates, and under Durée you enter the total number of CLE hours you have from LRLS.

Canadian Bar Association Presidential Dinner

On behalf of the CBA and the Society, we are pleased to inform you of the CBA’s Presidential Dinner on May 12, 2011. The dinner’s theme this year is “The Role of the Legal Community in Advancing Human Rights Globally” and it promises to be an outstanding event. More information and registration can be found here.

Society Humour

News from the Mishpuchah

Mazel Tov

  • To the Honourables Mark Schrager and Michael Stober on their appointment to the Québec Superior Court
  • To Board member Leon Jedeikin on the birth of his grandson


  • To the family of Ilan Berlinski, who passed away January 23rd