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Canadian Legal Newswire - Mar 14


Editor’s Note

For the last few months, we've been working on an update to our Law Times website and today we launch it for all to see. We've reorganized a bit and enhanced the appearance of the site, but it still maintains the solid Law Times content (with archives) that our readers expect. As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the changes.

Gail J. Cohen, Editorial Director.

Cox & Palmer


Lawyers, judges battle at LSUC
Law Times
A Hamilton, Ont., lawyer facing allegations of incivility from six members of the family court bench stood by her conduct at a disciplinary hearing last week, arguing that judges need to have thicker skin.

A question of proportionality
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In the cover story of the latest issue of InHouse, reporter Robert Todd examines how the new proportionality rules have won applause but may also have the potential to place a heavy burden on litigants in complex cases.

Budget documents detail new Crowns for Nunavut only
Law Times
New hiring of prosecutors and judges in Canada's most remote and crime-ridden region signals increased federal spending on the Conservatives' self-described public safety agenda, documents show.

Judge tosses breath evidence
Law Times
A judge has excluded the results of a 20-year-old man's breath test from evidence after finding his Charter rights were breached when police discouraged him from calling duty counsel.

Emergency exit
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Overseas deals come with inherent risks, and proper international arbitration clauses are very important.

Sponsor Spotlight
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network presents "LITIGATING FOR CHANGE"
3RD Symposium on HIV, the Law and Human Rights Featuring a public lecture by Professor Alan Young Counsel in the Ontario case Bedford vs. Canada

Law student cooks up $13K for women's shelter
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Like any good food, the fundraiser organized by Joseph Flowers and the Native Women's Shelter was done with fresh ingredients, good people, and garnished with love.

Hockey lawyer
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
As a youngster, Robin Brudner lived, breathed, and dreamed hockey. It was the Toronto Maple Leafs that entertained her and cemented her in front of the TV on game nights. Now she's the executive vice president and general counsel of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

Video: Foreign-trained lawyers graduate
Law Times
The first batch of students graduated from the University of Toronto's Internationally Trained Lawyer Program at an event last week. Reporter Michael McKiernan was there to see the 47 lawyers from 21 different countries honoured.

Building it up
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Municipalities are increasingly turning to public-private partnerships to fund new infrastructure projects.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 28 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Cox & Palmer


Pros and cons of practising . . .
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
The Spring issue of 4Students looks at the pros and cons of practising: in Montreal, oil & gas law, in London, Ont., medical malpractice law.

Wind challenge not over yet
Law Times
The province of Ontario recently celebrated a victory in a crucial Divisional Court case involving a challenge to requirements for wind turbine setbacks, but opponents to the regulations say the issue is still very much alive.

A courtroom drama
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Questions have always had a foothold in Lwam Ghebrehariat's life. As an actor, he engages in interesting, and sometimes downright controversial works. He asked questions throughout his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta, where he majored in philosophy. And now, as he finishes his final year at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, the only question left is: what's next?

New Ontario Court judge appointed
Law Times
Sandra Marina Bacchus has been appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice to preside in Toronto. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



No more excuses on climate change
Law Times, editorial
Once again, the federal government dropped the ball on climate change in its budget last week.

Preparing for the future
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
At the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association's last world summit, I had a chance to listen to Parag Khanna, an international relations expert and author. In his book, The Second World, Khanna predicted that a combination of a youthful population, lack of economic opportunities, and political authoritarianism made North Africa and the Middle East ripe for the type of revolutions we have been witnessing over the past few months.

The art of examinations-in-chief (and more)
Canadiadn Lawyer, online
In this month's instalment of Arguably the Best, Winnipeg's Dave Hill write that the importance of proper examinations-in-chief is present in all cases obviously, but in some cases is even more important when the opposing party may not call any evidence and you do not get a chance to cross-examine opposing witnesses.

Watt deserves praise for clarity
Law Times
In this week's Speaker's Corner, lawyer James Morton writes that lawyers are often criticized for being incomprehensible. Judges, if anything, are usually said to be even harder to understand.

Video: Making Rain - Leadership skills
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In this month's episode of Making Rain, our monthly business development and practice management coaching column, Debra Forman looks at how lawyers can enhance their leadership skills, to be effective and successful leaders.

Expert conferences and 'hot tubbing' in Federal Court
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, InHouse
Amendments to the Federal Court rules on expert witnesses were adopted on Aug. 4, 2010. Overall, the amendments are designed to encourage experts to be more objective and allow the court to be more efficient when dealing with expert evidence, writes Adam Bobker.



2011 Legal Fees Survey
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Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds BlogCheck out Legal Feeds, the new blog of daily Canadian legal news powered by the award-winning editorial team of Law Times and Canadian Lawyer. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

King pleads guilty to professional misconduct

LSUC hearings involving former B.C. lobbyist start today

Foreign-trained lawyers' program holds first graduation ceremony

SCC case to test unmarried partners' rights

Pensions could play key role in potential election

Looks like we're headed for an election folks

Increased bench strength

Bencher Election

Law Times' in-depth coverage of the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election is in full swing at our dedicated election website so stop by for a visit, read the news and answer the weekly poll question: Is the LSUC doing enough to ensure there are enough articling positions for law school graduates?

Latest bencher election news:

Young bencher candidates seek to bring new perspective

Bencher candidates weigh in on last week's poll question: Are the Law Society of Upper Canada's new continuing professional development requirements necessary?

Moves & Shakes

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Case law

Case Law is a sample selection from the weekly summaries of notable unreported civil and criminal court decisions published in Law Times newspaper.


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