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March 5, 2018

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Page 16 March 5, 2018 • Law TiMes SHAUN O'BRIEN BECOMES NEW LEAF LEGAL DIRECTOR The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund has hired To- ronto lawyer Shaun O'Brien to be its next legal director. O'Brien, who is a partner at Cavaluzzo LLP and will join LEAF on April 23, says she con- siders her new job as a natural ex- tension of the work she has done in the past on the equality rights of women. She says she is hoping to build on the work LEAF has been doing in a number of areas, in particular when it comes to the treatment of indigenous women, as the orga- nization has standing at the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. "I expect this will be a critical area of my work at LEAF," she says. Called to the bar in 2000, O'Brien has appeared before every level of court in Ontario, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. She is also the president of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, which provides legal services to women who are victims of violence. O'Brien says her experience working on a number of Charter chal- lenges and cases involving breaches of the Human Rights Code will allow her to offer a practical perspective on litigating such issues. "I am excited . . . to join a national organization [that] has a long history of advocating on these issues across the country," she says. ONTARIO APPOINTS NEW JUDGES The Ministry of the Attorney General recently appointed four new judges to serve on the Ontario Court of Justice. Among the new judges were Hafeez Amarshi, Crown coun- sel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and presi- dent of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto. The other appointees were Allison Dellandrea, counsel for the Crown Law Office — Criminal, Hamilton criminal defence lawyer Joseph Fiorucci and Crown counsel Craig Fra- ser. The federal government ap- pointed John Norris, a Toronto lawyer, and Elizabeth Walker, who heads the RCMP External Review Committee, to serve in the Federal Court. LAWYER JOINS OSLER Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has added one of Canada's leading privacy lawyers to its ranks. Patricia Kosseim will join the firm as counsel to its privacy and data management practice group. She will also co-lead the next generation of Osler's "AccessPri- vacy" platform, which the firm has described as an "integrated suite of innovative information solutions, consulting services and thought leadship." Before joining Osler, Kosseim served as senior general counsel and director general at the Of- fice of the Privacy Commis- sioner of Canada. YES, I AGREE 86 % 14 % NO, I DO NOT AGREE LAW TIMES POLL The Law Society of Ontario recently endorsed a proposed plan to create a new law school at Ryerson University. Readers were asked whether they agree with the creation of a new law school. Roughly 86 per cent of re- spondents said no, the law soci- ety should do more to tackle the articling crisis before approving a new law school. The remaining 14 per cent said yes, the school is necessary as there are a lot of Ontario stu- dents who study abroad. LT u Bizarre Briefs By Viola James u The InsIde story Shaun O'Brien says she expects being part of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be an important part of her new role at LEAF. MAN RIDING HORSE ARRESTED FOR DUI LOS ANGELES — A man was arrested on a charge of driving under the inf luence last week after he was spotted riding a horse along a busy Southern California freeway, according to the New York Post. The California Highway Patrol's Santa Fe Springs district posted on Twitter that the pair was spotted on the eastbound 91 Freeway in Long Beach, located south of Los Angeles. "We get a chuckle out of the interesting situ- ations we encounter from time to time, but one thing the CHP does not do is 'horse' around with DUI," the patrol district wrote on Twitter. Police posted photos of the man's arrest, with the horse keeping an eye on the situation. No injuries were reported during the inci- dent, and while it may make for a good joke, the police said, "No, you may not ride your horse on the freeway, and certainly not while intoxi- cated." The horse was eventually released to the man's mother who came to the scene quickly after the arrest. DRUNK DRIVER PICKS UP BROTHER CHARGED WITH DWI NEW YORK — New York state police say a woman faces charges of driving while intoxicat- ed after she drove drunk to the police station to pick up her brother who had also been charged with DWI, according to AP. Troopers in Fulton County say Scott Vos- burgh was charged after a single-vehicle crash last week when his blood alcohol content al- legedly measured .29 per cent, more than three times the legal limit. His sister, Kimberly Ledoux, drove to the Mayfield barracks to pick him up. Troopers say Ledoux appeared to be intoxi- cated and a breath test showed her blood alco- hol content to be .22 per cent, nearly three times the legal limit. She was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. The siblings were released to another person who was sober. NAKED MAN RIDING ATV ARRESTED CLAYCOMO, Mo. — Police took a man into custody last week after he led them on a pur- suit riding naked on a stolen ATV, according to KCTV. He was arrested at the old Sam's Town Casino location near Interstate 435 and High- way 210. The effort to contain the man lasted about 20 minutes. The Clay County Prosecutor's Office charged Johnathan A. Menth with second- degree burglary, tampering with a motor ve- hicle, property damage and first-degree sexual misconduct. The man was hospitalized. PANICKED PASSENGER POPS CHUTE AT AIRPORT NEWARK, N.J. — A United Airlines f light from New Jersey to Tampa was unable to take off on time last week after a passenger escaped the plane by opening the emergency exit door and jumping off using the inf latable slide, the airline told NBC 4 New York. United Airlines Flight 1640 was parked at the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport when the passenger popped a chute and slid down, according to law enforcement sources. When officers got to the scene, the panicked passenger was yelling that he didn't belong on the plane because it was the wrong f light, ac- cording to the airline and the Port Authority. Despite the claim he was on the wrong f light, the Port Authority said he was ticketed to be on the plane to Tampa. Officials identified the passenger as Troy Fattun and said he was placed under arrest. Charges are pending. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer. 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