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The elusive brass ring
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
The cover story of the fall issue of 4Students examines the growing shortage of articling positions that has left hundreds of law grads saddled with the prospect of running up massive student debts for a shot at a profession that has no room left at the inn. The problem - primarily concentrated in Ontario - has a simple explanation. More prospective lawyers than ever before are seeking entry to the legal profession, especially practitioners trained outside Canada.

U of O law prof suing colleague over 'house negro' remark
Law Times, online
A racial reference on a blog posting is at the centre of a lawsuit between two former University of Ottawa professors. Joanne St. Lewis, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, is suing former physics professor Denis Rancourt over statements he published about her on his blog.

New kid on the block
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
It may have taken more than 30 years, but Canada finally has a new law school. On Sept. 6, the law faculty at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., opens its doors. Along with law schools at the universities of British Columbia and Victoria, TRU's will be the third in British Columbia.

Judge orders anonymous blogger to reveal identity
Law Times, online
An Ontario judge has ordered an anonymous blogger sued by a defendant in the Lawbuzz defamation case to reveal his or her identity.



Getting to in-house
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
When Osgoode Hall Law School graduate Eileen Tan accepted an articling position with food retailer Loblaw Companies Ltd. last year, she knew she was in limited company. Her first choice was to article in the corporate world in spite of the fact she knew only one classmate doing the same.

Appeal process for interim support orders in question
Law Times, online
A Toronto man is going to the Supreme Court for the right to appeal a record-breaking interim spousal support order.

A new school year, lots of new offerings
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The days are getting cooler - a sign that fall is just around the corner - which also means it's time to go back to school. Law schools across Canada are ready with new faculty and course offerings for hungry students.

Yes, councillor
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Since late 2008, the Bowmanville, Ont., branch of the Clarington Public Library has been like a second home to Osgoode Hall Law School student Corinna Traill. And now she's on the town council.



Reproductive laws remain in limbo
Law Times
While legal experts continue to debate the merits of the Supreme Court of Canada's contentious decision in a reference case on the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, many people agree that it deals with a topic of increasing importance to Canadian society.

New-style interviewing
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
In the evolving landscape of law firm interviews, recruiters are saying it's now much more businesslike and less nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

Tips from the top
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Think you have what it takes to complete a joint degree program? Canadian Lawyer 4Students finds out what's involved from these joint-program medal winners who have taken the time to ponder the following questions:

The pros and cons of...
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Practising in Calgary, practising personal injury law, practising in Trois-Rivières, practising litigation.

Two Crowns appointed to Ontario Court bench
Law Times
The province of Ontario has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective Aug. 24. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Try the road less travelled
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, editorial
This month's cover story centres on the shortage of articling spaces for all the lawyers in training graduating from law school and wanting to get into the practice of law. The problem appears to be that there are more law school grads than there are spots for them to get their mandatory 10 months or so of training. But it seems to me that there are other options if students are interested in taking a non-traditional route.

LSUC pursuing civility at expense of justice
Law Times, online
In this week's Speaker's Corner, Kip Daechsel writes: While we are all trying to enjoy what is left of the summer, a proceeding is taking place at the instigation of the Law Society of Upper Canada that should concern all members of our profession.

Firm culture can be silly, but it's serious business
Canadian Lawyer, online
Firms that remain true to their foundational values and culture should find receptive employees willing to adapt. It is at this very moment of great change when leaders are most needed to restore faith and chart the course for the coming era and help create the next set of ideas to guide the firm.

Video: Making Rain - A commanding communication presence
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month's episode kicks off the Making Rain Leadership Series, spotlighting key management proficiencies and how to use these skills to be a more successful leader. Executive coach Debra Forman starts the series with tips on sustaining a commanding communication presence.

Terminations 101
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Dismissing a worker is difficult job, fraught with misunderstanding that can expose organizations to liability. In this two-part blog, labour lawyer Stuart Rudner dispels common termination myths and how to put together a package.

A dose of reality
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
University of Western Ontario law student Faith Feldman writes: I couldn't have imagined how much a trip to Kenya would affect my life. Read more about her trip in this issue of 4Students.

Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds BlogCheck out Legal Feeds, the blog of daily Canadian legal news powered by the award-winning editorial team of Law Times and Canadian Lawyer. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

Lawyers advised to avoid referral service

Admitted briber gets green light to practise law in Ontario

Barreau du Québec insists SCC judges be bilingual

Pinto to review Ontario human rights law

CCCA moves beyond controversy

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