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Articling crisis set to grow
Law Times
A spike in applicants fighting it out for a static pool of articling positions has created a crisis in Ontario. And Law Society of Upper Canada Treasurer Laurie Pawlitza has decided to act, announcing to Convocation on May 26 that she'll establish a working group to examine the state of articling.

Crunching the numbers: associate profitability
Canadian Lawyer
The cover story in this month's Money Issue of Canadian Lawyer looks at associate profitability. With greater pressure from clients about fees, firms are starting to understand the importance of this issue and are ramping up efforts to make it part of their business plans.


The going rate — 2011 legal fees survey
Canadian Lawyer
Canadian Lawyer's 2011 legal fees survey reveals evidence of a more vibrant legal industry, with responses from over 700 lawyers across the country signaling a greater willingness to charge higher fees than in 2010, when belt-tightening was the theme in response to ongoing global economic malaise.

Arbitration system 'dysfunctional'
Law Times
Employers, unions, and labour lawyers all need to change the way they approach arbitration in order to save a dysfunctional system, says a new vice chairman of the Ontario Labour Relations Board.



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It's still eat-what-you-kill
Canadian Lawyer
In another article in the special Money Issue, this month's Law Office Management department shows that while partner compensation models may be changing, for the most part, money remains the prime motivator.

Alarm sounded on new SEC bounty payments
Law Times
In a move that could have serious implications for Canadian companies doing business in the United States, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is implementing provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that authorize what amount to large bounty payments to whistleblowers for information about violations of securities laws.

Lawyers, courts look for privacy balance in surveillance
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Technology has opened up a wealth of information for lawyers conducting investigations through surveillance for use in court cases, but they need to make sure the collecting of such information is within the bounds of Canada's privacy rules, experts at a Toronto seminar said last week.

Pro bono, 15 years strong
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The "germ" has caught on. University of Toronto Faculty of Law dean Mayo Moran was referring to the growth of the pro bono movement in Canada since the inception of Pro Bono Students Canada in 1996.



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New weapons of today's proxy battles
Canadian Lawyer
The art of war has changed for shareholders and the companies they're looking to bring down or take over. The weapon of choice for many: proxy fights.

U.S. store wins IP battle over web site
Law Times
In a recent decision, the Federal Court provided clarity on when and why a company can maintain a trademark for its web site even if it isn't doing business out of a brick-and-mortar operation in Canada.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of June 6 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.


New role at Shibley Righton
Law Times
Shibley Righton LLP has appointed Jacqueline King as its first chairwoman of business development. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Commentary

In praise of second chances
Law Times, editorial
Every day in court, defence lawyers ask judges to take mercy on their clients given their efforts at redemption.

EWYK and other comp issues
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
For both partners and associates at law firms, it's all about the money. And I don't mean that in a derogatory way. The way lawyers get paid and earn revenue is at the heart of most law firms.

Ontario needs a northern law school
Law Times
Ontario has not had a new law school in more than 40 years, but many people believe it needs one, particularly in the north, writes Métis lawyer Karen Drake. Indeed, an examination of the rationale underlying Lakehead University's proposal reveals a compelling case for a new law school that would address both current and prospective unmet needs.

Keep in mind third-party-beneficiary issues
Canadian Lawyer
In her June Banking on Corporate column, Cheryl Satin notes that a recent U.S. court decision reminds us of the importance of considering potential third-party-beneficiary issues when drafting contractual indemnity provisions in Canada.

Top 25 Most Influential
In the second annual Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential, we gave our readers the chance to suggest who should be recognized and received some excellent responses from across the country. Those responses along with input from our internal panel of editors and writers form the basis for this year's lists of nominees, who span all practice areas and areas of the country. We are really impressed with the calibre and accomplishments of all of the lawyers who have made it into this voting round.

So who do you think are the most influential lawyers in Canada? Click here to have your say. Watch for the final list in the August 2011 issue of Canadian Lawyer. Poll closes June 17

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