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This month I argued the last 8 days of a 13 day trial, while preparing for Christmas, and attempting to keep up with all the rest of my regular work at the same time!

One day I may be able to do a general update that isn't about how busy I am in my day job, but...that day likely will not come soon.

I also completed the first draft of an intensive course about motivation. If you're interested in being involved in the closed beta and getting to take the course for free, while also giving me valuable feedback, head over here and join the mailing list. I'll be sending out a call for beta readers in the new year.

I hope you all are having a great holiday and are looking forward to the new year with optimism!
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6-day Supreme Court trial (which I totally won), and I still won NaNoWriMo with a day to spare.

I'm pretty much the most badass person I know.

Now to rest.
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Today I received one of those emails with a petition to sign. Sometimes I sign them, sometimes I don't. This one was one of the few that got me digging a bit deeper, and say something.

Apparently Trinity Western University has petitioned to have an accredited law school. TWU is a Christian university in British Columbia, the same province where I practice law.

They also have a discriminatory anti-homosexual policy. They have said that gay students will not be welcome at their law school, and that those who are homosexuals who want to go to law school will simply have to go somewhere else. I find this appalling.

I certainly hope that the Law Society of British Columbia refuses the accreditation. A school that violates the Charter - which actually does apply to Canadian universities, if I'm remembering my first year Constitutional law class correctly - should not be tasked with teaching that Charter to the next generation of lawyers.

One of the things that I feel strongly is that the legal profession is there to push the envelope. We not only uphold the law, but justice. We should be better than the average population at rising above stereotypes and prejudice. We shouldn't perpetuate racism, sexism, or homophobia in the way our laws are interpreted and applied. We should fight against such things, and when a law is being applied in a discriminatory way, we should recognize that, and fight against it.

Lawyers can be Christians - many of my colleagues are, and they are ones that I have deep respect for. I don't have an issue with TWU being a Christian university. What I do have a problem with, is hate. And a university that operates in violation of our most fundamental constitutional principles of equality should not teach law.

The petition is here. I don't know that it'll help, but who knows?

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