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SCC nominations leave gap in Ontario court
Law Times
Ontario legal watchers are turning their attention to the province's Court of Appeal after the federal government raided that body to fill both of its Supreme Court of Canada vacancies last week.


Lawyers' fees under scrutiny
Law Times
A small minority of lawyers representing survivors of Indian residential schools are being "unethical" by overcharging their clients and providing illegal cash payments at high interest rates before the settlements are complete, an official has warned.

An odd, but sensible, ruling
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The vice chairman of the Ontario Labour Relations Board will continue to preside over a hearing involving a union group and an employer even though he has resigned to become in-house counsel for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

Disbarred lawyer now facing criminal charges
Law Times
Richard Chojnacki, a 61-year-old former lawyer in Peel Region accused of defrauding six victims of $4.8 million between 2003 and 2010, was in provincial court last week following a major investigation by the Peel Regional Police fraud bureau.

Students to get hands-on tax court experience
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Six University of Toronto Faculty of Law students are getting hands-on experience in the Tax Court of Canada.


Lawyer ordered to give will to prospective trustee
Law Times
A recent decision by Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown in Hope v. Martin provides useful guidance on how lawyers who are in possession of an original will ought to deal with questions of solicitor-client privilege and the duty of confidentiality.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of October 24 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

No relitigating criminal conviction at discipline hearing
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada has barred Ontario lawyer Robert Martyn from relitigating his fraud conviction in Bermuda at a disciplinary hearing. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Bay Street steps up to the plate
Law Times, editorial
Bay Street firms stepped up to the plate last week for people struggling with the legal system via a new litigation assistance program for unrepresented respondents at the Ontario Securities Commission.

Lessons from Lewis Carrol on excellence in written appellate advocacy
Canadian Lawyer, online
Some months ago, when I was asked to prepare a short article on the art of advocacy, it seemed an easy task. It is a road well tread. How hard could it be? But as I put pen to paper, I was reminded of just how difficult it is to begin a discussion on excellence in written appellate advocacy, writes Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Eleanore Cronk in this month's Arguably the Best feature.

I can see Surrey from my house - and it needs a law school
Canadian Lawyer, online
The soon-to-be second largest city in British Columbia, that would be Surrey, should have a law school, writes Tony Wilson in his Letter from Law Law Land.

One unilingual judge on SCC bench enough
Law Times

The type of questioning our two Supreme Court nominees faced in Parliament last week could only happen in Canada, writes The Hill columnist Richard Cleroux.

A total lack of transparency
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
There is something awry when a dispute between a company and a government that engages public policy is resolved by arbitrators subject to the authority of an international business organization. It becomes ridiculous when virtually everything about the process is kept confidential, writes Osgoode Hall law professor Gus Van Harten.

Keep calm and carry on for OCIs
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
As a 23-year-old female, I can tell you I have been on some very, very bad dates. Men chewing with their mouths open, bragging about their fancy cars and stomping on my pretty pumps is only the beginning. As you can imagine, my nightmarish dating past served only to add to the terror I felt leading up to on-campus interviews phase two: the speed date, writes Lauren Berdock in Legally Brunette.

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