BARE BONES BRIEFS: LSO accredits mindfulness meditation training for lawyers; New CEO at Arbitration Place; Calling a man “a bald c***” is sexual harassment; Bennett Jones provides scholarships for Indigenous, Black and first-generation law students; Top 5 law firm bulletins

By Julius Melnitzer | June 6, 2022


In a nod to the growing recognition of well-being’s importance to the profession, The Law Society of Ontario has accredited a mindfulness training course, Toronto Method Mindfulness, developed and led by Ari Kaplan of Kaplan Law. Kaplan, one of Canada’s leading pension law counsel and mediators, has practised mindfulness for over a decade and is a graduate of the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught mindfulness meditation for the Canadian Bar Association and other professional communities.

The course, offered virtually on Zoom, consists of six weekly one-hour online classes for which lawyers will receive credit for two hours of professional content and one EDI hour. The course, also approved by the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, is open to non-lawyers as well. Discounts are available to subscribers.

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Jeffrey Mandell appointed CEO at Arbitration Place

Jeffrey Mandell has succeeded founder Kimberley Stewart as CEO of Arbitration Place. Mandell is a lawyer, investment banker, and hospitality entrepreneur who has participated in over $1 billion of public and private market transactions. His mandate is to guide AP’s international expansion of ADR hubs around the world. Stewart remains involved as founder and chair, focusing on innovation and strategic direction.

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A supervisor was guilty of sexual harassment when he called an electrician a “bald c***” during an argument on a West Yorkshire factory floor. According to a UK employment tribunal, there “is a connection between the word ‘bald’ on the one hand and the protected characteristic of sex on the other” because “as all three members of the tribunal will vouchsafe, baldness is much more prevalent in men than in women”. Practice Source noted that Irish Legal News and the UK press were “having a field day with this one”. No kidding.

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Beginning in 2022-23, Bennett Jones will award three $10,000 scholarships to first-year law students who identify as Indigenous, Black, or are among the first generation of their immediate family to undertake post-secondary education. Recipients are also eligible to receive an additional $10,000 in each of their second and third years. The Future Leaders in Law Scholarship Program will also provide mentorship, networking and learning opportunities to recipients.

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Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at [email protected] or

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