What's that? The American Bar Association is holding its annual meeting in Canada? Has Ontario joined the Union? Did the United States invade the Great White North and take it over without a shot being fired? Wait, wait...
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CHICAGO, Aug. 2, 2011 – The American Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association are preparing to sign a historic agreement that will lead to enhanced cooperation and information exchanges between the two organizations, their in-house counsel constituencies, and the U.S. and Canadian legal professions.
A signing ceremony with the associations' presidents and witnessed by other bar leaders is scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 6, pending approval of the agreement by the ABA Board of Governors, at the Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. West, Toronto. Following the ceremony will be the ABA Annual Meeting Opening Assembly, featuring remarks by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
“We have enjoyed a long and warm relationship with the Canadian Bar Association,” said ABA President Stephen N. Zack of Miami, Fla. “The signing of the agreement, on the occasion of the ABA's Annual Meeting in Toronto, will formalize our mutually beneficial cooperation that has been in place for the past 80 years.”
Stephen Albainy-Jenei at Patent Baristas hosts his fifth carnival of law bloggers, Blawg Review #313, riffing off Keb Mo's Keep It Simple. It's a laid-back Blawg Review; thoroughly enjoyable.
Today is also Emancipation Day. The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 ended slavery in the British Empire, August 1, 1834, which is remembered in the colonies with various holidays and celebrations, like Caribana Caribbean Carnival in Toronto. From the first colony to abolish slavery, Toronto-based Omar Ha-Redeye earned Blawg Review of the Year kudos for Blawg Review #278 on the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Worth another read.