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Here is a former Toronto lawyer who always fought for the underdog – rare breed indeed!

On April 19, 2015 the Toronto Star ran a feature on Harry Kypoto. I remember Mr. Kypoto from an earlier time in his career. Whether you liked him or not,  Harry Kypoto was worked hard for his clients.

I am posting this article because it is the story of a man who really did try to make a difference for this clients. Sure me may have made some mistakes. But, he reminds of a time when the practice of law was more of a calling and less or a business. I the Province of Ontario people are still “Called to the bar”.

An excerpt from the article includes:

To his disenfranchised clients, disbarred lawyer Harry Kopyto is a hero figure, willing to take on their cases and fight for what’s right, often for little or no pay. To his critics, he’s publicity-seeking, self-righteous and erratic. Now in his sunset years, he’s still fighting to set the record straight.


What exactly should be the requirements to become a licensed lawyer? #LSAT? #LawSchool?

The article referenced in the above tweet continues the discussion of what exactly should be the licensing standard to become a lawyer? This discussion has been prompted largely be the decline in law school applicants in the United States. During the last few years the following questions have been raised:

1. Should the LSAT be required for law school admissions?

2. How long should law school be?

3. What is the role of the bar exam?
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When I grow up

“Lawyers appear among the “most hated” occupational groups on all the lists I’ve ever seen except one, a recent list from the south of England. Look, ma, no lawyers! What’s wrong with those people? Even politicians make it only to 9th spot, just ahead of Reality TV show contestants.”

George Jonas, National Post · Oct. 19, 2011 | Last Updated: Oct. 19, 2011 3:09 ET


Adults rarely like what they do because they rarely do anything they like. There are probably 100 sales clerks for every dentist, 100 dentists for every MP, 100 MPs for every concert pianist and 100 concert pianists for every crocodile hunter, such as the late Steve Irwin. Guess what the proportion would be if the choices were people’s own.

Children are what they are: Firefighters, generals or lion tamers. One child I met was a bishop (no kidding). Never knew a child who expressed the slightest interest in being a sales manager or a civil servant. That was only what most of them became.

Adults lead dreary lives. They generally manufacture, sell, distribute, service, administer, or manage. A smaller number heal, inform, educate, arbitrate, and adjudicate. Only a handful will explore, entertain, invent, create, inspire, lead or protect.

Why are people unhappy? That’s why. They end up disappointing their 10-year-old selves.

“What would you like to be when you grow up?” Not what you’ll end up being, in all likelihood. When you ask 10-year-olds, few pick occupations in which most 40-year-olds are actually engaged. Growing up means giving up on things you like and coming to terms with things you don’t.

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