Darryl Singer believes in speaking his mind, contributing to the legal profession, and standing up to do the right thing. He is frequently quoted in The Law Times and has been published in The Globe and Mail. He is regularly featured on Newstalk 1010, Toronto’s largest talk radio station. He is a member of AdvocateDaily.com. He is the wellness columnist for The Lawyer’s Daily, a LexisNexis Canada publication.
THE EVAN SOLOMON SHOW - "My life as a drug addicted lawyer" (NEWSTALK 1010, syndicated across Canada)
Popular radio show hosts Evan Solomon and Amanda Lang talk to Darryl Singer about his 4-year addiction to OxyContin and how it wreaked havoc with his family life, personal friendships, and his law practice.
There are a lot of movies about drug lords, drug dealers and drug addicts. That's Hollywood for you. But two hours later, you're back in your own world. Comfy, cozy.
What is more difficult for Hollywood to depict is what it's like living with a drug addict, the effect they have on the people around them, plus how long people actually battle drug addiction. It's not as sexy as snorting cocaine through rolled-up $1,000 bills in a fancy New York nightclub. Or as seedy as shooting up in a filthy public washroom.
University of Toronto appeals tribunal says recommendation last June to cancel former TDSB director's doctorate 'was correct.' Spence now intends to seek a judicial review of the decision, his lawyer says.
Five years after facing the first explosive allegations of plagiarism, Chris Spence has lost his fight to hold onto his PhD at the University of Toronto.
A 2015 British study showed that the average smartphone user checks their phone 150 times a day. That’s every six minutes. Microsoft itself published a report in 2015 that stated that the average attention span of smartphone users was reduced from 12 to eight seconds. Experts believe, based on studies like these, that the long-term impact of smartphones is to reduce both brainpower and memory elasticity.
I have a trusted associate lawyer who has been with my firm for six years. She runs many of the client files on her own and is, in fact, the main point of contact for almost all of the personal injury files in my office.
Yet I cannot count the number of times in the last six years when clients, opposing male counsel and insurance adjusters have referred to her as my “assistant.” This, despite the fact they have been introduced to her as a lawyer and have her email or letters, which clearly indicate that she is a lawyer.
It is nerve-wracking for lawyers and paralegals to receive a letter from the Law Society Disciplinary Committee advising that a complaint has been filed against them, but the good news is most cases are relatively straightforward and resolved without discipline, says Toronto-area civil litigator Darryl Singer.
THE LAWYERS DAILY - Wellness: How other disciplinary bodies handle addiction and mental health issues
I have urged in other columns that the law society deal with AMH [Addiction and Mental Health] issues at the investigation stage by ensuring that members get the help they need rather than pushing the matter through to discipline. I have also suggested where it is inevitable there must be discipline; that the AMH circumstances that surround it be taken into account with regard to the misconduct itself as opposed to just the penalty.
Ian Burns, The Lawyers Daily reporter, writes: “The law society has spent a lot of time and energy over the past few months dealing with the statement of principles but I don’t see how on the ground anything has changed,” he said. “Racialized lawyers are still being discriminated against. My frustration is I want to see the debate on how do we change it — you don’t change it by signing a piece of paper,” quoting Darryl Singer.
THE LAWYERS DAILY - Three ways to help with mental health and addiction in lawyer discipline proceedings
What can the law society do about this issue? I have three concrete solutions to propose:
1. At the intake and investigative stage, when it is apparent the lawyer has AMH [Addiction and Mental Health] issues, the focus should be on getting the lawyer help and ensuring the lawyers’ clients are protected.
“I would like to see more fulsome discussion with the profession where they [the law society] say ‘look, we know we have an issue. We’ve done this big, fancy report.’ The report has told us what everybody knew,” he says, adding that racism and discrimination in the legal profession were apparent before the report was released.