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Women face 'nefarious' situations
Law Times
With 14 years of long hours and late nights behind her in the male-dominated commercial litigation field, Jane Southren has her fair share of war stories. "I've had people grab me by the back of the head and try to kiss me and I've been equally as physical in my response," she said.

Bonnie Tough a 'role model for any litigator'
Law Times
Bonnie Tough's laugh and love of fun will live on in those who met her. The Toronto litigator and Law Society of Upper Canada bencher died on May 6 at the age of 59 following a 22-month battle with brain cancer.

How do law firm mergers work?
Law Times
With all the talk of law firm mergers within the profession recently, lawyers might be wondering just what goes into the biggest strategic decision a firm can make.



Committing to diversity
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In-house lawyers at some of Canada's largest companies have committed to lead efforts to give minorities, including people with disabilities, more access to jobs.

Feds lose court bid to nix Crowns' overtime
Law Times
A Federal Court judge has rejected a government attempt to roll back overtime and travel allowances awarded to federal lawyers during arbitration in late 2009.

Dal law school fees going up 6%
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law students in Halifax will be paying extra when they return to school in September. Dalhousie University will increase tuition for the Schulich School of Law by six per cent for the 2011-12 school year. Combined with a $500 auxiliary fee approved by the law school, students could be paying up to $3,200 in additional fees.

Video: OBA Awards Gala 2011
Law Times
The Ontario Bar Association honoured the cream of its membership at its annual awards gala earlier this mointh in Toronto. Michael McKiernan reports from the ceremony.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of May 16 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Libelled lawyer gets $20,000 in costs
Law Times
Months after winning $50,000 in damages against a former client who libelled him, Pelham, Ont., lawyer Leigh Daboll is to receive $20,000 in costs on a partial indemnity basis. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Lawyers, court complicit in 'cannibalized procedure'
Law Times, editorial
Once again, we can thank Ontario Court of Appeal Justice David Watt for his powerful writing in a recent judgment ordering a new trial for a man who pleaded not guilty but ended up with an immediate conviction anyway after the Crown read out the allegations against him.

What lawyers can learn from little league baseball
Canadian Lawyer, online
Lethbridge, Alta. lawyer Lee Cutforth opines that perhaps, even as lawyers, we could stand to learn a thing or two - or at least be reminded of a thing or two - from kids playing baseball, principles that would help us become better people and then, better lawyers.

The cost of DUIs: taxis never looked so sensible
Law Times
What does it cost to plead guilty to a drinking and driving offence? It's going to be easily $20,000 or more if your client wants to be back on the road as soon as possible, writes A Criminal Mind columnist Rosalind Conway.

You should be thinking about client data protection
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month, The IT Girl Sarah Dale-Harris notes that client data protection does not only arise with large global transactions but anytime services are being delivered that involve data (be it personal, health, relating to children, etc.) that isn't yours crossing borders.

Notable developments south of the border
Canadian Lawyer, online
There have been two developments from south of the border in recent months that are worth being aware of and investing some time to think about in context of the Canadian legal industry, notes Stephen Mabey in his Definitely Mabey column.

Helpless tells only half the story
Canadian Lawyer, online
To understand what happened in Caledonia, Ont., in 2006, you have to understand what happened in Ipperwash, Ont., in 1995, writes Damian Penny in his Law Library review of Christie Blatchford's book Helpless: Caledonia's Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us.

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. Please have only one representative per organization or location fill out the survey.

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

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