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Fighting for independence
Canadian Lawyer
The May cover story of Canadian Lawyer delves into the civil war between the Canadian Bar Association and the former board of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association that has left behind questions, anger, and even an opening for a rival.

15 fresh faces elected LSUC benchers
Law Times
Fifteen new faces will be joining Convocation following Law Society of Upper Canada bencher elections that wrapped up on Friday.

Lotto dispute ensnares lawyer
Law Times
Alfred Mamo, a London, Ont., lawyer, has found himself caught in the aftermath of a divorced couple's high-profile dispute over a $30-million lottery jackpot long after they settled their matrimonial litigation.

Pallet Valo


Global reach, regional focus
Canadian Lawyer
Aird & Berlis is atop the list of Canadian Lawyer's top 10 Ontario regional firms, all who are proud of their mid-market positions but say that doesn't mean they can't serve clients around the world.

Judge paves way for resolution of law firm breakup
Law Times
A Superior Court judge has paved the way for assessments of more than 200 transferred contingency-fee files following a bitter split at Toronto personal injury firm Loreto Little Morello nearly three years ago.

Hill's inquiry prompts debate on juror compensation
Law Times
Government action to compensate jurors must offset efforts to enforce jury duty, a Brampton, Ont., criminal lawyer says after a judge there tracked down and challenged several people who failed to show up.

Labour arbitration gone 'off trajectory': Ontario chief justice
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The current system of labour arbitration takes too much time, is too costly, and involves too much litigation, says Ontario's Chief Justice Warren K. Winkler.

Minden Gross


Victory in Vienna
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
University of Ottawa wins the Willem C. Vis international commercial arbitration moot. The team recently returned from the 18th annual moot in Vienna, Austria as world champions. Held every year in the week before Easter, the Vis moot attracts more than 250 universities from 65-plus countries.

Seller beware
Canadian Lawyer
A recent ruling clarifes the position of the British Columbia courts on how much detail is required in a disclosure statement from condominium developers.

Sports stars take hit for awareness of head injuries
Law Times
Concussions become headline news when hockey legends sustain them, but personal injury lawyers have long waged a quiet campaign to raise awareness of the traumatic effects of head injuries.

The real truth in sentencing
Canadian Lawyer
An Ontario ruling is being held up as a bastion against the Truth in Sentencing Act, which took away credit for time served.



Licensing candidates shouldn't fear process change: LSUC
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Last week, benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada voted to participate in the National Standards Project, which aims to synchronize the licensing processes among all law societies nationwide.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of May 2 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Vaughan lawyer disbarred
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada has disbarred Vaughan, Ont., lawyer Francesco Puchiele after finding him guilty of professional. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Bad comments from Bay Street
Law Times, editorial
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP unexpectedly landed itself in the news recently after it posted a note on its web site saying hospitals will want to cleanse their files in advance of new freedom-of-information rules.

A world of possibilities
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
I'm not going to opine about who was wrong or right in the conflagration between the Canadian Bar Association and the former board and executive director of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. All I can say is that it has not been pretty, but at the end of the day, here's hoping that corporate counsel end up benefiting from it.


Justice is in the details
Canadian Lawyer
The allowing - or not - of leaves to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada could be made somewhat more transparent, argues Philip Slayton in his Top Court Tales column.

A mental-health lawyer's wake-up call to the profession
Law Times
We should question why so many people with mental-health disabilities end up in prison. As a front-line criminal lawyer who works with individuals with serious mental-health and addiction issues, I find that many systems have failed my clients before their arrest, writes Sarah Shartal in this week's Speaker's Corner.


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