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Toronto criminal lawyer challenges CJC's handling of judicial complaints
Law Times
Toronto criminal lawyer Paul Slansky, who clashed repeatedly with a judge during a murder trial, wants to change the way judicial complaints are dealt with after the Canadian Judicial Council rejected his complaint.

Ontario appeal court to consider privacy tort
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal will soon have an opportunity to decide the vexing question of whether the common law recognizes the existence of a tort for invasion of privacy.

Companies relying more on corporate counsel: survey
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Facing a bad economy, more complex regulations, and higher risk, Canadian companies have been relying much more on their corporate counsel over the past five years, according to a recent survey.

New benchers eager to govern
Law Times
Ontario lawyers have elected 15 fresh faces among the 40 benchers heading to Convocation following this year’s Law Society of Upper Canada elections.

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Both hearing and vision loss won't keep Carrie Moffatt down
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
While Carrie Moffatt is just finishing up her first year of law at the University of Victoria, she's already winning accolades. Her instructors are hailing her as a sort of paragon of the field; a complete natural who speaks legalese like it's her mother tongue.

The future of e-discovery: An interview with author Michael Rogers
Law Times
Michael Rogers is an author and journalist whose consultancy, the Practical Futurist, helps businesses think about the future. He has consulted to FedEx, Boeing Co., NBCUniversal, Prudential Financial Inc., Dow Corning Corp., American Express, and Genentech Inc. In an interview with Law Times, he discusses the future of e-discovery.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of May 9 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Researchers seeking law firm participant
Law Times
Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management is looking to partner with a local Toronto law firm to learn more about how it uses mobile technology and its effect on work-life balance. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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. The Symposium can be applied towards 9 of the 12 hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Upper Canada.


Public hoodwinked over pay hike
Law Times
The province hoodwinked us into believing it had restrained public workers' salaries, a recent Ontario Labour Relations Board ruling reveals.

Class counsel fees are not dirty words
Canadian Lawyer, online
Greed. Economic opportunism. Conflict of interest. Potential for abuse. I've heard all the negative epithets that have been directed at class counsel seeking court approval of the fees they have earned following the successful prosecution or settlement of a class action, writes Margaret Waddell in this month's Trials & Tribulations column.

Trust, not reasons, required in leave application process
Canadian Lawyer, online
In a perfect world, the Supreme Court would give reasons for everything it does. Complete transparency. Because this is not practical, inherent in the leave process is a certain amount of trust; trust that the court will seriously consider each and every application and do what it believes is right, writes Jean-Marc Leclrec in a response to Philip Slayton's Canadian Lawyer column this month.

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5 simple, but often forgotten, steps to help you get ahead
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this installment of our Career Path column, guest columinst André Bacchus offers up five simple steps to help young lawyers avoid some of the pitfalls and missteps that can sideline their hopes of getting ahead.

A bencher's final remarks as elected representative
Law Times
After 16 years as an elected representative, outgoing Law Society of Upper Canada bencher Bob Aaron reflects on governing the profession and his time on Convocation.

A Harper majority means it's time to focus and strategize
Canadian Lawyer, online
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a fighter and he and the Conservative party won a majority in the recent federal election. So where does that leave the human rights community? Sonya Nigam examines the issue in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There column.


Legal Feeds



2011 Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey
Canadian Lawyer's Compensation Survey is the only survey of its kind in Canada, providing unique insight into the ways in which partners, associates, and in-house counsel are compensated across the country. Our survey can help benchmark against the marketplace, and at annual compensation review time, is indispensable for managing partners, chief legal officers, partners, associates, and staff alike. Compensation information is always in great demand from our readers and your participation in this survey is extremely important. We need to compile as broad a picture as possible in as many sectors as possible, so the results will be accurate and useful to you. We are looking for managing partners and the heads of corporate legal departments of all shapes and sizes to please take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire.

As always, participant's confidentiality is guaranteed: we use your data only in aggregate and no respondent, firm, or company will be identified.

Please click here to complete the survey. Results will be in the July 2011 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

Moves & Shakes

Keep up to date with Canadian Lawyer's online Moves and Shakes section. Send your announcements of new hires, lateral moves, mergers, breakups, award winners, appointments and any other news about yourself or your firm to Click here to read what your colleagues are up to. It's updated daily.


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