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Editor’s Note

It's a busy week at the Canadian Legal Newswire this week. Once again, we are presenting the annual InHouse/Association of Corporate Counsel roundtable, this year sponsored by Lerners LLP, and over the next four weeks will be posting a video a week from the discussion covering the topics of managing spending, the growing role of in-house counsel, privacy protection, and solicitor-client privilege issues for corporate counsel.

So I invite you to spend some time to listen to what Kenneth Fredeen, general counsel at Deloitte & Touche LLP; Barry Fisher, vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at SAP Canada Inc.; Fernando Garcia, general counsel and corporate secretary at Navistar Canada Inc.; Sue Gaudi, vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at The Globe and Mail Inc.; Georgia Sievwright, vice president of law and government affairs at Hewlett-Packard Co.; and Fred Krebs, former president of the ACC have to say about it all.

As well, this week, the voting opens for Canadian Lawyer's Top 10 Prairie firms survey, our latest regional firm ranking. Please take a minute to participate in the poll and rank the Prairie-based, full-service firms you feel are deserving of recognition. Have your say by August 14.

Thanks and as always, I welcome readers' feedback.

Gail J. Cohen
Editorial Director

Cohen Hamilton


A growing role
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Properly managing legal spending remains the top concern for leaders of Canadian legal departments, as they try to strike a balance between what they spend and what they get in return. That's the message for the sixth annual Canadian Lawyer InHouse/Association of Corporate Counsel roundtable, the cover story of this month's InHouse magazine.
Also check out the first of four videos from the
roundtable on managing spending

'Dangerous offender' deserves second chance: lawyer
Law Times
A judge's decision to label a Newmarket, Ont., man a dangerous offender for possessing child pornography and attempting to kidnap and murder a young child lowers the bar for putting people behind bars indefinitely, according to his lawyer

Here to stay
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
If Canadian in-house counsel did not feel overwhelmed enough in their role protecting their companies' interests, a new threat reached their radar screens over the course of the past year: shareholder activism.

Taxing Aziga case sparks lawyers' spat
Law Times
A Law Society of Upper Canada panel has found a Toronto lawyer not guilty of professional misconduct related to a dispute with a colleague over his failure to pay their office rent after a groundbreaking case of murder through HIV transmission left him in financial distress.

Mitigating cloud computing risks
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Cloud computing is not without its risks, but it's up to corporations to do due diligence before they hand over their data, says one lawyer who specializes in electronic discovery.

Sponsor Spotlight
Video: Sixth annual InHouse/ACC general counsel roundtable — Managing spending
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the first of four videos from the InHouse/Association of Corporate Counsel general counsel roundtable, sponsored by Lerners LLP and moderated by editor Andi Balla, our esteemed panellists discuss the hot topic of managing their law department’s legal spend.


Video: Legal outsourcing
Law Times
In January 2010, Shelby Austin quit Bay Street to start her own legal outsourcing firm, ATD Legal. As part of Law Times' summer series on innovation in the law, she spoke to reporter Michael McKiernan about the challenges of making her way in an industry that is still in the nascent stages in Canada.

Bring it in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Gone are the days when in-house counsel only managed external counsel. As companies emerge from the recession, the role of in-house counsel has expanded. Not only are corporate counsel doing more legal work in-house, they are also actively engaged on the business side

Appeal court orders costs review in fractious $1.2M estates dispute
Law Times
The losing party shouldn't face adverse consequences for failing to file a bill of costs, even when directed by the judge, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled in a fractious estates case.

A legal clinic with a difference
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Justin Dick is a second-year law student at the University of Western Ontario and co-director of the Western Business Law Clinic shares stories of the clinic that lets students get hands-on business law experience.

PIs responding to cyber attacks
Law Times
As a result of the vulnerabilities posed by computer security breaches that can compromise entire systems at a large company or law firm, more private investigators have established an expertise in that area.



Beyond the wire
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
With recent Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decisions that Internet service providers must meet the increasing needs of broadband users as well as provide accessible services for declining landline phone users, telecommunications sector companies are looking for ways to find a happy medium.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of July 25 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

New partner at Norton Rose
Law Times
Paul Amirault has joined the Ottawa office of Norton Rose OR LLP as a partner in its business law group. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Dangerous versus long-term offenders
Law Times, editorial
The public can be thankful police caught Matthew Byers before he could commit heinous acts on children.

Are you making a difference?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
In-house lawyers have told me several times about particular points in their careers in which they sat down and asked themselves: "What is my role? Where do I stand? How do I make the world a better place?" This is not unique to lawyers, but perhaps because members of this community are smart, well educated, and hard-working, they probably worry about this more than others.

Preparing to save the world
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In her inaugural Legally Brunette column, Osgoode Hall's Lauren Berdock, who will be sharing her experiences and observations of the life of a law student, starts off by pointing out that all the hard work, staying up late, and other madness of law school should be cherished and soaked up as every one will help a student grow and learn.

Solid planning key to cross-exam of experts
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the seventh instalment of Arguably the Best, Stewart McKelvey's Dan Boone notes that cross-examination of an expert witness is one of the most challenging and intellectually invigorating tasks presented to a litigator. He gives some tips on how to do it right!

Video: Making Rain - The effective use of judgment
Canaadian Lawyer, online
In July's Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman focuses on an aspect of business and practice development that is integral to every lawyer's success: the effective use of judgment.

Husband's atheism leads court to nix Muslim marriage contract
Law Times
In this week's Speaker's Corner, Simon Schneiderman writes that different cultures and religions produce their own domestic contracts. Occasionally, the courts have to measure them against Ontario law, as in the recent case of Yar v. Yar.

Business immigration: temporary v. permanent need
Canadian Lawyer, online
In my last The Immigration Line, I looked at the Fraser Institute's report on proposed changes to Canada's immigration system, writes Jennifer Nees. Many of those proposals focused on the need to have foreign workers in Canada and what Canada needs in relation to family versus business immigration. For this column, I want to discuss what the business client seems to need with respect to immigration.

Patent suits
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In this month's IP column, Victor Krichker and Maya Medeiros discuss the case of Walker Digital LLC that has sued more than 100 major companies for patent infringement.

Legal Feeds

Lawyer salaries on the rise in Canada
Associates will be buoyed by news in the 2011 Canadian Lawyer compensation survey that 63 per cent of law firm repsondents to this year's survey say they will boost salaries in 2012. Even better, 77 per cent of corporate law departments say they plan to raise lawyers' average salaries next year.

Moves & Shakes

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