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Nicholson rebuffs critics
Law Times
Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson brushed off a barrage of criticism for his tough-on-crime policies during his annual appearance at the Canadian Bar Association's conference in Halifax last week.

Time to have judges preside over inquests?
Law Times
Concerns over two recent inquests in Ontario are prompting calls to have legal professionals, rather than doctors, preside over the proceedings.

The payoff of the internal investigation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Conducting an internal investigation before the RCMP or regulators land on your doorstep could save your company big bucks even if it is guilty of foreign corruption practices.

Video: Governor General and Justice Minister highlight annual legal conference
Law Times, online
Governor General David Johnston kicked off the annual Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Corporate Counsel Association meeting in Halifax by telling lawyers they need to rebuild public trust in the legal profession. The next day, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson dodged his critics.

Case prompts calls for oversight of CN police
Law Times
The private police force employed by the Canadian National Railway Co. is facing allegations that some of its officers acted improperly or even illegally in laying charges against a former employee, yet it appears no agency is willing to investigate the claims.




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UBC law moves into its new digs
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The University of British Columbia's new $56-million Faculty of Law building Allard Hall, which opens today, is the first new law building in Canada built from the ground up in 30 years.

Time to deliver on HIV drug pledge: advocates
Law Times
Canada needs to step up to the plate and deliver on a commitment to help provide affordable generic medicines to developing nations, advocates say.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of August 22 with Law Times staff writer Michael McKiernan.

Ontario launches two reviews
Law Times
The provincial government has appointed former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to head up a review of the process for including members of First Nations reserve communities on the jury rolls. The province has also appointed Andrew Pinto to review its human rights system. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Bar drops ball on national class actions
Law Times, editorial
The push to have some sort of system for co-ordinating national class actions got a small boost during the Canadian Bar Association conference last week.

Keep your mind, and your options, open
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law is not like it is on TV. Passion will go a long way in your ability to meet and exceed the expectations of your future employers and therefore it is important to find an area that can fuel long-burning commitment and enthusiasm, writes Lauren Berdock in this month's Legally Brunette.

Responding effectively to judges in court
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Arguably the Best, our year-long series on litigation skills, Torys' Wendy Matheson gives some pointers on what you should do when you are on your feet in court and encounter some of the more challenging characteristics of our learned judges?

I. Am. Canadian
Canadian Lawyer, online
Most people take stock of the year on New Year's Eve. IÕve always taken stock of it at the end of August when the school year is just about to begin, writes Tony Wilson in his Letter from Law Law Land.



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