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Mapping project 'a new beginning'
Law Times
A new map of Ontario's civil legal services has produced the first solid data comparing lawyer and paralegal distribution to the barriers faced by low- and middle-income communities across the province, says former chief justice Roy McMurtry.


Lawyer who took mom's home wants licence back
Law Times
In an apology-filled appearance, disbarred lawyer Dennis Gross made his case to get his licence back on Nov. 17 despite defrauding several victims, including his mother, more than a decade ago.

Canadian food sector needs to get hungry and look abroad
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Canada is seen as a leader in food production and innovation but risks falling behind by not pursuing opportunities in international markets, according to a panel of experts from the sector.



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Suspended lawyers acting as paralegals in limbo
Law Times
The Paralegal Society of Ontario says it's "seriously concerned" about Law Society of Upper Canada regulations allowing disbarred and suspended lawyers to apply for paralegal licences, an issue that culminated in Mississauga, Ont., lawyer David Robert Conway's successful appeal of his disbarment this month.

Is cloud computing like e-mail was in 1995?
Law Times
In the early 20th century, as electricity made its transition from novelty to necessity, many businesses maintained their own generators to power their operations. "A lot of places had no backup, and eventually people started relying on a grid system when they realized it was much more efficient, cheaper, and you ended up with much less downtime," says Kevin West.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of November 28 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Former Superior Court judge Coo dies
Law Times
Former Ontario Superior Court justice Norman Coo died at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Nov. 13. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Money wasted on legal costs fighting whistleblower
Law Times, editorial
As a new report reveals Ontario cities' spending habits on legal services, the City of Cornwall provides a good example of how municipalities waste money on litigation.

Beware the backfire
Canadian Lawyer, online
Since Ontario's Rules of Civil Procedure were amended in January 2010, summary judgment has become a far more attractive option than it was before. But going that route can have consequences, writes litigator Matthew Diskin.


Students would benefit from re-evaluating work
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The current articling crisis in Canada is encouraging many people to rethink the very nature of law school, comments 2L Terrah Smith.

Video: Making Rain - Weaving business and socializing
Canadian Lawyer, online
With the holiday season quickly approaching, executive coach Debra Forman focuses on how to weave business development initiatives effectively and successfully with your holiday cheer.

Oklahoma frauds return as scam of choice
Law Times
A recent lawsuit brought by the liquidators of the Croatian (Toronto) Credit Union Ltd. seeking the recovery of $6.5 million in damages highlights a supposedly new form of mortgage fraud currently affecting lenders and, as is all too often the case, requiring vigilance from mortgage lending lawyers, writes Jeffrey Lem in The Dirt.

Balancing social and economic interests with family sponsorships
Canadian Lawyer, online
On Nov. 4, the Canadian government announced it was taking immediate action to cut the backlog of parent/grandparent sponsorship applications by suspending any new applications for the program and introducing a new "Super Visa," writes Jennifer Nees in her Immigration Line column.

Fuelled by Americanos
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Two weeks into November, second-year law students have some major hurdles behind them. On-campus and in-firm interviews are finally over. The cards have been dealt and it is time to either celebrate your accomplishment or drown your sorrows. Either way, you're off to the local watering hole, says Lauren Berdock in this month's Legally Brunette column.

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