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Colleague gives missing Ottawa lawyer benefit of doubt
Law Times
Bruce La Rochelle first met fellow Ottawa lawyer Luc Barrick last summer when they were opposing counsel in a real estate case. La Rochelle was impressed with Barrick's attention to detail, and the pair soon became friends. Their relationship began to take a different turn after Barrick failed to return from a trip to Paris on May 15 as scheduled and didn't respond to phone calls or e-mails.

Survey highlights top SCC candidates
In a survey conducted by Lexpert magazine, civil litigators from each region of the country named their top picks for upcoming vacancies on the Supreme Court of Canada. A feature highlighting the achievements of each candidate can be read exclusively in Lexpert's digital edition.

Canadian-born lawyer in trouble over Bermuda conviction
Law Times
A Canadian-born lawyer convicted of fraud in Bermuda is seeking to re-litigate the case at his Law Society of Upper Canada disciplinary hearing.

SCC 'ambivalent' on labour rights as human rights debate continues
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Is collective bargaining a constitutional right? If employers and labour lawyers were looking for a clear answer from the Supreme Court of Canada on the matter, they will have to wait some more. A recent case dealing with the matter still leaves the debate open, lawyers and legal scholars said at a Kingston, Ont., event last week.

Domestic violence court opens in Toronto
Law Times
Ontarians with concurrent family and criminal law matters now have the option of having their issues managed by a single judge in Canada's first-ever integrated domestic violence court.

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Connecting women at McCarthys
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
When Lara Nathans, a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, first considered initiating the firm's now annual Women Connecting event six years ago, she did it in part because when she was at law school, Bay Street was not advertised to female law students.

What is appropriate lump-sum support?
Law Times
A recent Ontario Superior Court decision offers crucial details for the bar in relation to the calculation of lump-sum spousal support payments.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of June 20 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Toronto court lists now online
Law Times
The Toronto Lawyers Association is now making Toronto civil court lists available online. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Canada's contradictory prostitution laws
Law Times, editorial
Ontario's Court of Appeal judges did a good job of probing lawyers during hearings into Canada's prostitution laws last week.

Law firms harmed by risk aversion
Canadian Lawyer, online
The legal profession has repeatedly shown itself to be risk-averse in preferring others to be early adopters and making sure that somehow there will not be any short-term pain for long-term gain from overdue and necessary changes, writes Stephen Mabey in his Definitely Mabey column.

Judges show conflicting thoughts on enhanced credit
Law Times
Pre-sentence time spent at the detention centre is called dead time. Dead time is hard time. Prior to Feb. 22, 2010, the usual calculation throughout Canada for adults serving pretrial custody involved a system of double credit, writes Rosalind Conway in A Criminal Mind.

Finding balance among the grape vines
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this instalment of his his Field Notes, David Paul discusses how his hobby of viticulture and wine making are integral in helping him maintain his sanity in the crazy world of law practice.

Is ultraviolet the next great advancement in entertainment?
Canadian Lawyer, online
The IT Girl, Sarah Dale-Harris writes that most of us who grew up in the 1980s probably remember ultraviolet as the light in the wand that was waved over your arm to light up the bar stamp — not to mention your white bra and all the lint on your clothes. But it has become far more than that. It is the brand name of a technology some say is going to revolutionize the entertainment industry.


Legal Feeds

The going rate
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.

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