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Groia defends 'forceful advocacy'
Law Times
More than 12 years after his first court appearance defending former Bre-X Minerals Ltd. vice chairman John Felderhof, Joe Groia's disciplinary hearing finally got underway at the Law Society of Upper Canada last week with his lawyer fending off allegations of incivility by arguing that forceful advocacy was necessary during the long-running case.

In-house counsel demand diversity, but firms say they've done the work, now "Show me the money"
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Law firms may be getting "diversity fatigue" when it comes to meeting the requirements set out by the general counsel looking to hire them, but there's still a lot of work to be done according to a panel of in-house lawyers speaking in Toronto this past weekend.

Are courts cracking down on contempt?
Law Times
A couple from Gravenhurst, Ont., is spending alternate weekends in jail this summer after a Superior Court judge imposed a 90-day sentence for civil contempt.

How do protections apply to M&A deal teams?
Law Times
Just about everyone involved in a significant mergers-and-acquisitions transaction knows what a deal team is. And just about everyone assumed that solicitor-client privilege extended to the deal team. That was until the question came up and no one could find any direct Canadian authority on the subject.

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Video: Sixth annual InHouse/ACC general counsel roundtable -- Protecting privacy
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the third of four videos from the InHouse/Association of Corporate Cousnel general counsel roundtable, moderated by Andi Balla and sponsored by Lerners LLP, our esteemed panellists discuss how they are approaching privacy protection — protecting the brand, customer, or employees — in their legal department.


How to be a good advocate
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Advocacy isn't a science, and artful persuasion won't always carry the day. But in a profession where speeches and communication matter, avoiding some simple pitfalls can go a long way in advancing your client's interests as well as your own career and reputation among members of the bench, writes former judicial clerk Marc Whiteley.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of August 8 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Mississauga lawyer disbarred over fraud
Law Times
Mississauga, Ont., lawyer Akbar Ali has had his licence revoked after a Law Society of Upper Canada panel found him guilty of professional misconduct for his part in a mortgage fraud scheme. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Why we need lawyers
Law Times, editorial
Lawyers worried about long-standing mistrust of the legal profession got some help from two academics last week. A new study by Queen's University Faculty of Law professor Nicholas Bala and University of Western Ontario social work professor Rachel Birnbaum showed the value of having lawyers in a family law case.

U.S. and Canadian lawyers: A common bond
Canadian Lawyer, online
Incoming American Bar Association president William T. (Bill) Robinson III, who is in Toronto at the annual ABA meeting writes: "The legal profession is thought to be divided by borders. Lawyers attend different law schools, specialize in different fields, and are admitted to different bars. In fact, those lines only run so deep. At their core, all lawyers share the same dedication to their clients and the same belief in the rule of law."

Will delivery of a defence before certification become the new norm?
Canadian Lawyer, online
In my view, in the vast majority of cases, it is better for the court to work from a full set of pleadings at the certification motion. The end result should be advantageous for all the players in the action, with a better understanding of the nature of the entire case that is to be litigated, and fewer post-certification motions, writes Margaret Waddell in Trials & Tribulations.

Harper's Wild West crusade
Law Times
In his The Hill column, Richard Cleroux notes that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's latest judicial scheme has driven a wedge between Canadians. It's his best wedge yet, way ahead of the abortion issue, Senate reform, the gun registry, and capital punishment.

Aziz & Al-Masri: the complexity of seeking justice in a globalized world
Canadian Lawyer, online
When I first read The Globe and Mail article about the case of Ossama Aziz and Huwayda Al-Masri, I was intrigued by the complexity of the diversity issues at play, writes Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There.


Last Chance - Top 10 Prairie Firms
Voting is open 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.

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