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Editor’s Note

This week, we are launching this year's annual Canadian Lawyer corporate counsel survey in which we ask in-house, general, and corporate counsel about the operation of their legal department. This year we are focusing on particular aspects of the relationship between corporate counsel and external law firms. The results of the survey will be tabulated and presented in the November/December issue of Canadian Lawyer. The responses are always interesting and well recieved, and can be most helpful in enlightening law firms on some of the issues they should be focussing on to better serve their clients.

Please click here to fill out the survey. We assure you all answers are confidential and we thank you for taking the time to participate.

Gail J. Cohen
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Lawsuit alleges abusive culture at T.O. firm
Law Times
Canada's largest criminal defence firm is facing a $200,000 wrongful dismissal lawsuit from a former employee who claims it fired her for making the same kinds of disparaging remarks she alleges were routine among partners there.

Disappointment at competition review
Law Times
The Competition Bureau missed an opportunity to take the lead last week on opening up the legal profession in Canada, says an Ottawa law professor.

Judge orders plaintiff to pay
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
An employee who made a "kitchen sink claim" against her employer has been ordered to pay substantial indemnity costs after she accused them of harassment, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, and a list of other allegations.

Landmark human rights settlement
Law Times
Kate Hughes' file on Michael McKinnon is a "huge" wall of more than 100 boxes of exhibits, transcripts, and books of research. It makes sense considering that Hughes, a Toronto lawyer, spent the last dozen years on what became the longest-running human rights case in Canada.

LSUC caution about referral site 'unfair'
Law Times
The president of a lawyer referral service that was the subject of a recent Law Society of Upper Canada notice of caution to the profession is claiming unfair treatment by the regulator.

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Bike rally 'unforgettable journey' for students
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A transformative experience. The marathon of a lifetime. A true test of endurance. These statements certainly evoke thoughts of bar exams and articling, but also accurately describe our experience as participants in this year's Friends For Life Bike Rally.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of Sept. 12 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Disability law gets a boost
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Disability law is about to get a bit more attention. Marian MacGregor and Sheila Burns have been selected for this year's Law Foundation of Ontario community leadership in justice fellowships. Both will focus on disability within the justice system.

Global nod for Ottawa arbitrator
Law Times
Global Arbitration Review has named Ottawa's Andrew McDougall among the world's top 45 arbitration lawyers under 45. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Tread very carefully on green energy reversal
Law Times, editorial
As Ontarians get set to vote next month, we face the prospect of dramatic shifts in policy should one of the opposition parties form the government.

Managing great expectations
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In her Practising In-house column this month, Cheryl Foy shares what she feels are the two key approaches necessary to be successful and to make a difference both as a first/new in-house lawyer or as a lawyer in a growing role in an organization.

Justice Randy Echlin, cancer, and the law
Law Times
With the recent death of Ontario Superior Court Justice Randy Echlin, a giant in the employment law world, it's an appropriate time to discuss how the law treats cancer, writes Alan Shanoff in his Social Justice column.

Is the EITI a vehicle for corporate social responsibility?
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There column, Sonya Nigam comments that the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative is an impressive reminder that while change can be slow, no change happens without effort, and improvements are the result of multiple efforts by many individuals.

Terminations 101 (Part 4)
Canadian HR Reporter, online
In his ongoing look at terminating employees, Miller Thomson's Stuart Rudner look at what should be included in packages and steps employers can take to minimize their risks and liabilities.


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:

Booze barriers coming down

Judge lays into insurance lawyer

Supreme Court to decide what is a 'sound recording?'

CJC names committee to hear Douglas case

New school year and new school for Julia Shin Doi



Canadian Lawyer annual corporate counsel survey
Each year Canadian Lawyer surveys in-house, general, and corporate counsel about the operation of their legal department. This year we are focusing on particular aspects of the relationship between corporate counsel and external law firms. The results of the survey will be tabulated and presented in the November/December issue of Canadian Lawyer. The responses will also reported in InHouse, and are often cited at various legal seminars throughout the year.

Please click here to fill out the survey. The deadline for submitting responses is Oct. 3, 2011. Thank you for taking the time to participate.

CLB Dir -Alberta

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