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IH OctWhy majority should rule
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The cover story of the October issue of Canadian Lawyer InHouse examines how as shareholders demand a greater say in the voting process, the heat is now on Canadian organizations to implement majority-voting policies.

Lawyers gearing up for assault on omnibus bill
Law Times
Criminal lawyers are gearing up for a new assault on the federal government's tough-on-crime agenda in the courts after losing the legislative battle.

Ontario judge slammed for appearance of bias
Law Times
A Superior Court judge has barred Ontario Court Justice John Ritchie from presiding over a man's trial after concluding he appeared biased against the defendant.



Cracking down on corruption
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
After the Niko Resources case, experts now agree that Canada is moving full steam ahead in its efforts to clean up the laissez-faire approach to foreign bribery that many companies continue to demonstrate. And it will be up to in-house counsel to create and help enforce international anti-corruption policies within their own organizations.

Judicial resources uneven, stats show
Law Times
The communities around Toronto are being shortchanged by the distribution of Superior Court judges in Ontario, says a Markham, Ont., family lawyer.

Leading diversity in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Through their role as a client, there is no doubt that many in-house legal departments have the power to push for greater diversity within the profession. But for many corporate counsel, the key to developing the most effective inclusiveness strategy is to join up with colleagues in a collective effort to evoke change through the entire pipeline.
Watch the related video from last week's A Call to Action Canada symposium.

Lawyers warned about negligence in e-discovery
Law Times
In the high-tech world of electronic discovery, lawyers need to take old-world steps to avoid negligence claims, say those who practise in the area.

Hansell to focus on international investment issues
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Carol Hansell has been appointed to the board of the International Corporate Governance Network. She is the only Canadian serving on the ICGN board, which draws its membership from around the world.



Quebec language office launches campaign about French requirements
Law Times
Walk down Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal and the big red Future Shop sign glows in all of its English delight. In fact, it's not uncommon to see English trademarks dominating signs. But those stores will soon be getting a visit from Quebec inspectors enforcing the Charter of the French Language.

The shift from litigator to tomorrow's leader
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Jody Becker has clearly found her path. Now vice president and general counsel at EllisDon Corp. - one of Canada's construction giants - she was initially drawn to law by the prospect of becoming a litigator

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of September 26 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Man gets credit for house-arrest-like bail
Law Times
An Ontario Superior Court judge has awarded 20 months in pretrial credit to a Toronto businessman for the six years he was subjected to house-arrest-like bail conditions before his trial in a high-profile arson case. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



LT EditorHave we lost our tolerance for strikes?
Law Times, editorial
As a party that's presumably a big proponent of free markets, it's a bit surprising to see the federal Conservatives repeatedly showing themselves willing to intervene in labour disputes.

The proactive internal investigation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
If you received information that your organization was going to be the subject of an investigation by a regulator or law enforcement agency, what would be your first reaction?

5 new developments to reshape Canadian legal education
Canadian Lawyer 4Student, online
As the new academic year begins at Osgoode Hall Law School, and elsewhere, it is a good time to make predictions. Osgoode Hall Law School dean Lorne Sossin sets out five developments which, have the potential individually and cumulatively, to reshape Canadian legal education in the coming year.

Unintended taxing consequences
Canadian Lawyer, online
The United States is one of the only major countries in the world to tax its citizens regardless of where they live. And the taxation issues with U.S. citizens who live abroad has never been a more active topic in immigration law than it is right now, writes Jennifer Nees in The Immigration Line.

The advocate as storyteller
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the ninth instalment of Arguably the Best, Calgary's Colin Feasby reflects on the different styles of oral advocates and notes that for him, the most compelling were the storytellers. He then offers up tips on becoming a good storyteller yourself.

Ontario judge's TV show has legs
Law Times
Move over, Dr. Phil. Here comes the judge, as in Ontario Court Justice Harvey Brownstone, writes Ian Harvey in this week Around Queen's Park column.

Know who you want to be
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In this month's Legally Brunette column, Lauren Berdock writes that although you may not know where you will end up at the end of your legal education, it is important to know who you want to be when you get there and to resist compromising that along the way.

Video: Making Rain - Building and sustaining teams
Canadian Lawyer, online
Continuing with her Making Rain Leadership Series, in this month's episode executive coach Debra Forman addresses the skills needed to build and sustain team relationships.

Keep your keywords close
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In this issue's Intellectual Property column, Tim Bourne comments that in 2010, Google earned US$28 billion in advertising revenues. Thus it is no surprise that Google is vigorously defending its AdWords program, the main source of such revenues, in the United States Court of Appeals.

Bay Street firms not just for 'cigar-smoking, old, white male partners'
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Before coming to law school, the image I had of Bay Street law firms was as clichéd as they come: cigar-smoking, old, white male partners sitting around their oak-panelled boardroom discussing golf and women, writes Cameron Bryant, a student at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Legal Feeds

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.

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