Last July I wrote a blog about Ryan Manilla, who graduated near the top of his class at Osgoode Hall Law School only to be deemed, twice, by the Law Society of Upper Canada to not meet its good character requirement.
Last week Ryan received the word that the Law Society had finally deemed him of good enough character to be admitted to the bar.
According to Ryan’s lawyer, the crucial piece of evidence this time around was a psychiatric assessment which found that Ryan’s prior “misconduct” was out of character with how he conducted both his personal and professional life. Ryan also has been doing a lot of volunteering lately and submitted several character reference letters.
Ryan writes the bar exams in June and plans to open a criminal law practice once he is called to the bar.
So, three years after his struggle began it appears that Ryan Manilla will finally become a lawyer.