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Less Painful Duties

Less Painful Duties

Less Painful Duties: Reflections on the Revolution
in the Legal Profession

Written by C.D. Evans QC
Less Painful Duties is a sequel to C.D. Evans’ memoir A Painful Duty: Forty Years at the Criminal Bar. In Less Painful Duties, Evans reflects on truly revolutionary changes that have come about within the Canadian legal profession, in particular the Criminal Bar, over the past fifty years. Topics he covers include ascendancy of women in the profession, effects on criminal litigation of the Canadian Charter of Rights, Crown disclosure, legal aid and pro bono, Judicial appointments, Law Society governance, Human Rights tribunals, and the impacts of cell phone and computer technology.
ISBN: 978-0-9952322-1-1 | 160 Pages | $29.95 | Release, May 31, 2017

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
ON THE CUSP
LEGAL AID & PRO BONO
LAW SOCIETY GOVERNANCE
THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS
THE FEMALE ASCENDANCY
DISCLOSURE
THE JUDICIARY
IMPACT OF THE COMPUTER
THE DECLINE OF ADVOCACY
NOSTALGIE DE LA BAR
OTHER INNOVATIONS

From the Chapter “NOSTALGIE DE LA BAR”

“I have always said that the strength of this Profession is not found in the great sonorously omnipotent legal mills with their Persian rugs and overpriced artwork, but is found in every young lawyer who gets on her or his hind legs in a hostile courtroom before an incompetent or stupid judge, opposed by a sanctimonious puke of a prosecutor, defending a notoriously opprobrious client who has lied and prevaricated from day one, and says, in a calm and confident and clear voice, “I defend this prisoner!”

The suggestion that a law firm, purporting to be made up of professionals who have qualified to practice our Profession, should be obsessed with the efficacy of its ‘brand’ at large is anathema to those of us who are practicing Barristers.

One could well ask, what is to regret with the passing of those early years? Nostalgia is a powerful emotional sentiment that infects all of us at a certain age and perspective, when we find ourselves making comparisons and noting contrasts. Conclusion: one is at one with the moneyed old bag in Beyond the Fringe’s superb satire on The War: ”I said to my husband – as he then was – Squiffy, this is the end of an era.”

From the Chapter “IMPACT OF THE COMPUTER

“I should think if a criminal lawyer is addicted to his or her social media feed, he or she will need to consider everything he/she types, posts, shares and uploads. One must check, for example, the security of one’s profile to know what other people can see. What you once thought was private might have become public. In sum, I fail to see how any person can claim to have 3,752 ‘friends’ and never have met any of them. Some of them may not be friendly. That settles it. If I want a friend, I’ll buy a dog.”