Series: Trinity Western University

Will Lawyers In Canada Soon Face A Religious Test? The Hypersensitive Response Over Canada’s First Openly Christian Law School

This entry is part 1 of 37 in the series Trinity Western University.

Introduction The hypersensitive response over Canada’s first openly Christian law school at Trinity Western University (TWU) has led to a demand (from some) that law societies across Canada not allow TWU law graduates to practise law – primarily because TWU, as a religious organization, holds and exercises religious beliefs concerning… More

BC Law Society Approves TWU Law School Graduates

This entry is part 2 of 37 in the series Trinity Western University.

The BC Law Society benchers voted 20-6 against a motion that would have seen TWU law school graduates not be able to practise law in BC.  The failure of that motion means that the Federation of Law Schools decision on December 16, 2013 to approve TWU stands. At first glance… More

The Cold Chill of the Legal Profession’s Rejection of Religious Freedom

This entry is part 3 of 37 in the series Trinity Western University.

Cold winds blew on Trinity Western University’s (TWU) Law School last week. On Thursday April 24, the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) voted 28-21 against TWU’s accreditation. On Friday April 25, the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (NSBS) followed Ontario’s leading and voted 10-9 to accept TWU only if it… More

A Referendum On Religious Freedom

This entry is part 4 of 37 in the series Trinity Western University.

What is the point of enshrining religious freedom in the Canadian Charter of Rights if you can call a referendum to take it away?  It would appear that the British Columbia Law Society—its benchers and membership—no longer see that irony in their animus against Trinity Western University’s Law School. In… More

Called To Participate, But Not At The Table

This entry is part 6 of 37 in the series Trinity Western University.

A strange thing has occurred in the case of Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of Upper Canada. On July 17, 2014, Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) received a public notice from the Law Society outlining how CCCC could participate by applying to intervene in the case. On… More

Hearing Update On Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

This entry is part 7 of 37 in the series Trinity Western University.

Below are my speaking notes for my oral argument delivered today, December 17, 2014, at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in the case of Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. You may watch the delivery at: http://courts.ns.ca/Webcasts/webcasts_archive_trials.htm  under tab December 17, 2014, Morning 1 Here is a picture of… More