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LSUC treasurer gets $67K boost
Law Times
Despite uncertain economic times, the Law Society of Upper Canada has approved a $67,000 increase to the treasurer's honorarium.

Court cuts award but upholds London Life decision
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Ontario Court of Appeal has cut the amount Great-West Lifeco Inc. must pay to former London Life Insurance Co. policyholders for illegally using money from their accounts to finance the takeover 14 years ago.

Video: Law students support Occupy Toronto
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law students volunteer as legal observers for Occupy Toronto protesters who are camped out in St. James Park in Toronto.

Court upholds human rights tribunal's powers
Law Times
Even as the Supreme Court curtailed the powers of the federal human rights body last month, the Federal Court of Appeal has gone in a different direction in ruling that Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders carry similar weight to court orders and can lead to contempt findings on their own.



LSUC extends Justicia
Law Times
While the Law Society of Upper Canada is hailing its Justicia project following the decision to extend it, at least one lawyer doesn't think much of the effort.

Video: Disclosure denied
Law Times, online
In a recent case, the court turned down defence lawyer Roger Rowe's request for disclosure of materials he believed could show proof of racial profiling of his client. As a result, he believes the courts are making it too difficult to get disclosure of that type of evidence. Law Times' Glenn Kauth examines the issues.

Do we rely too much on guidelines?
Law Times
When succession planning in a business and family law intersect, the result can be complicated and confusing.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of November 7 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Articling shortage to continue: report
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada's articling task force has found articling shortages to be a long-term and pervasive problem in Ontario, according to a report to Convocation on Oct. 27. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Tips for getting on at a small firm
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Maureen Salama describes key attributes that small firms look for in students.

5 things you should know about . . . partnership
Canadian Lawyer, online
Partnership, even for some talented and well-regarded lawyers, has become an increasingly uncertain prospect in a market that has yet to make an encouraging comeback, writes Danya Cohen in this month's Career Path.

School wrong to welcome Charles Smith
Law Times, editorial
Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Stephen Goudge was clear in his criticism of Charles Smith in his 2008 report on the province's child pathology system.

Ruling punishes successful complainant
Canadian Lawyer, online
Paul Groarke argues the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Canada (Canadian Human Rights Commission) v. Canada (Attorney General) is off the mark.

Couple's battle shows dangers of text messages
Law Times
A notable court decision this summer provides a good example of how electronic communications by parents in the age of text messaging can fuel the high-conflict fires that we as lawyers need to be ever mindful of.

Practical solutions to articling crisis
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The lack of articling jobs for law graduates and major reforms in law school curriculum in the United States are creating a perfect storm that could cause major changes to Canadian legal education.

Building your personal brand and profile
Canadian Lawyer, online
Margaret Waddell shares a few suggestions and thoughts on how to increase your professional profile, and promote yourself in this highly competitive career we've chosen in this month's Trials & Tribulations.

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