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JP accused of sexually harassing six court clerks
Law Times, online
An Ontario justice of the peace accused of making inappropriate or sexually harassing comments to court staff says they formed a false image of him based on a misinterpretation of his "friendly and jovial" manner.

Appeal court strikes blow to deputy judges
Law Times, online
The Federal Court of Appeal has struck a blow to the Federal Court practice of requesting that a retired judge of a superior court continue as a deputy judge after reaching the age of 75, declaring it to be in violation of the Federal Courts Act.


National securities act, majority voting top priorities for CCGG's Erlichman
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The new executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance knows he is taking on the role at a pivotal time in the history of the securities industry in Canada.

Energy, resources key in Norton Rose-Macleod Dixon deal
Law Times
The Norton Rose Group has shaken up Canada's legal marketplace for the second year running after planting roots in the West by sealing a merger with Calgary-based Macleod Dixon LLP.



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Ottawa U launches women's mentorship program
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
"Women are not all the same, and there is room for all of us," Mary Dawson, Canada's conflict of interest and ethics commissioner, told University of Ottawa law students at the launch of its new women's legal mentorship program.


Arbitration becomes more like litigation
Law Times
The gap between litigation and arbitration, it appears, is constantly narrowing.

JAG celebrates 100 years
Law Times
The Canadian Forces marked the 100th anniversary of the appointment of the first judge advocate general earlier this month. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Flexing the negotiation muscle
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
As in-house counsel, you are in the best position to improve your company's approach to negotiations. Blast the myth that in-house counsel simply "paper the deals" - we don't (at least not if we're doing our jobs well). So what do you need to do to move the negotiation skills bar upward in your organization? Cheryl Foy helps out in this month's Practising In-House column.

Beyond the grinder
Canadian Lawyer, online
There are three types of lawyers at a firm: the finders, the minders, and the grinders. The finders bring in the clients, the minders manage them, and the grinders, well, they carry out the time-consuming, sometimes tedious, and often thankless, tasks for the rest of the group. Get tips on hiring the best fit from Marie Maron, acting director of student programs at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Directors can be liable for doing nothing
Canadian Lawyer, online
A new case addressing the issue of the standard of care to be exercised by independent directors of a publicly traded investment fund is sending shock waves through common law jurisdictions, writes Margaret Waddell in her Trials & Tribulations column.

What is JusticeNet and how will it affect your practice?
Law Times
JusticeNet is a Canada-wide non-profit service that connects low-income clients with lawyers who will accept their cases on a reduced-fee basis, writes Rosalind Conway in her A Criminal Mind column.

Reflections in the wake of Troy Davis' execution
Canadian Lawyer, online
On Sept. 21, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis. Like many organizations that fought for a stay of his execution, the International Association of Lawyers was deeply disappointed with this final turn of events, notes Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There.

It's not all high-level securities fraud
Canadian Lawyer, online
High-profile securities fraud cases like Bernie Madoff often get a lot of media attention, while the examination of financial adviser negligence gets overlooked, writes our Financial Adviser columnist Alan Acton.



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