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CoverA decade on
Canadian Lawyer
After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Canadian government, like others, ratcheted up its laws to try to avoid a repeat of those tragic events. After 10 years, it's fairly obvious that some legislation and other measures have worked but others need to be overhauled or put to rest. Canadian Lawyer's September cover story examines the issues.


Briber plans career as legal clinic lawyer
Law Times
A former B.C. lobbyist who admitted to bribing a public official says he's ready to get on with his career after a Law Society of Upper Canada panel ruled he had the good character necessary to practise law in Ontario.

Class action means more trouble for Sino-Forest
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A class action suit has been brought against Sino-Forest Corp., adding yet another element to the drama playing out with what was considered one of the biggest Canadian-based forest products companies operating overseas. Koskie Minsky LLP and Siskinds LLP, counsel in the Sino-Forest Corp. securities class action, have served a statement of claim on Sino-Forest and others. The plaintiffs are claiming $6.5 billion.

Hacked!
Canadian Lawyer
Computer systems at law firms, governments, companies, courts, and high-profile organizations have been targets of increasing numbers of cyber attacks as perpetrators become more sophisticated in their ability to steal information. What can law firms do to protect themselves.



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GoderichGoderich firms pick up the pieces
Law Times
When lawyers at the Ross Firm Professional Corp. in Goderich, Ont., moved into their newly renovated office in the city's Courthouse Square in April, they figured they'd be working at that location for years to come.

Getting the word out
Canadian Lawyer
Canada has a stellar international reputation as a centre for arbitration but stands to lose business to other locales if it doesn't start better promoting its well-earned reputation, say lawyers in the area.

Police embracing e-disclosure
Law Times
When Toronto police Det. Greg Groves joined the homicide squad in 2004, two of the most important players in the elaborate process that delivered disclosure into the hands of defence counsel were the photocopier and the printer.

Video: U of T launches new global LLM program
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Classes have begun for the University of Toronto's new Global Professional Master of Laws program. Heather Gardiner attended the orientation for Canadian Lawyer 4Students.

Can class actions tackle social wrongs?
Law Times
While the class action proceeding has opened up opportunities for litigants who couldn't possibly pursue a matter individually, some lawyers worry that the process still appears to be challenging and sometimes completely unavailable to the most vulnerable and powerless.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of Sept. 5 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

U.S. firm opens office in Kitchener, Ont.
Law Times
New York firm Phillips Lytle LLP has set up shop in Kitchener, Ont. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Should judges have gone to Deerhurst?
Law Times, editorial
Ontario judges and justices of the peace found themselves at the centre of public criticism last week following revelations that they spent $590,000 for three conferences at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ont., last year.

Reflections on a changed world
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
This month's cover story, "A decade on," examines the state of anti-terrorism laws in Canada over the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. These efforts have two difficult issues to surmount, and they are the same ones faced by many countries, including the U.S.: how to heighten security while balancing individual rights and freedoms, and how to fight a "war" on terror that's often beyond national borders and doesn't involve a state player. Not an easy task for any government.

CoverToo much secrecy
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's Back Page column, Jim Middlemiss opines that there is starting to be just too much secrecy starting with coroner's inquests but also within the courts, government, and just about everywhere else where information should be public.



How to choose an e-discovery tool and e-discovery vendor
Canadian Lawyer
Tech Support columinst Dera J. Nevin points out that e-discovery expertise rests on two major skills: choosing the right e-discovery tools and using them appropriately within the data to meet the case team's needs. In her column this month, she'll help you to get there.

Terminations 101 (part 3)
Canadian HR Reporter, online
In the third installment of his series on terminating employees, Stuart Rudner of Miller Thomson outlines why it's in the employer's best interest to help former employees find work and monitor their progress.

Lawyers' letters can be perilous
Law Times
In this week's Speaker's Corner, workplace lawyer Daniel Lublin notes: employees today feel empowered to complain. When upset about their bosses or their jobs, they no longer visit their doctors seeking a note for a leave of absence. Instead, they just call their lawyers.



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