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Editor’s Note

This is our last Legal Newswire for 2011, so I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a joyful, happy, and safe holiday season. We'll be back on Jan. 3 with our first newswire for 2012 but in the meantime be sure to check out our Legal Feeds blog, which will be updated regularly with legal news over the holidays.

Season's greetings!

Gail J. Cohen
Editorial Director
Canadian Lawyer/Law Times



Ready for battle
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The cover story of the December-January cross-border issue of Canadian Lawyer InHouse looks at the inside and outside counsel team working on class action litigation for Imperial Tobacco. The team is heading to court this spring and it is readying to present its "made in Canada" defence.

Lawyer's conspiracy allegations against three judges 'hurtful': court official
Law Times
The case of a Toronto lawyer who has levelled allegations of conspiracy against multiple players in the justice system, including several judges, has begun to sound like a movie, counsel for the Law Society of Upper Canada said last week.

SCC says privacy commissioner was right to extend review period
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of an Alberta privacy commission adjudicator in a case that challenged the timeline for the standard of review when dealing with a complaint.



Anti-spam law draws backlash
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
A mid-September webinar gave Patricia Wilson an insight into the waves Canada's anti-spam law is making in the in-house community. She co-hosted the event, which drew an unseasonably large audience of well over 300 viewers, mostly corporate counsel hungry for information on compliance with the new legislation. "I think many businesses are just realizing that this applies to them, too. They're all going, 'Oh my God, what do we have to do?'" Wilson says.

From Canada to the world
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
When Riccardo Trecroce went in-house for the first time, he didn't expect to become chief executive officer - a role that prepared him for his current job at one of the world's most diversified automotive suppliers. Trecroce, now vice president and general counsel for North America with Magna International Inc., learned throughout his career how to negotiate conflict and work with teams from other parts of the world.

Law firms compete for a good cause
Law Times
McLeish Orlando LLP says it's "very serious" about snagging the top prize in the holiday fundraiser for the Daily Bread Food Bank this month, adding another competitor to a nearly decade-old rivalry between Toronto law firms looking to raise more than $280,000 for the organization this year.

Taking claims management online
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Traditionally, managing a large portfolio of litigation can involve e-mails and reams of paper travelling back and forth between a company and its law firm, waiting for phone calls to be returned, and workflow grinding to a halt if any of the above fails to happen on schedule. But in an effort to align litigation management with their broader business and technology goals, in-house counsel at several Canadian companies are making moves to bring their portfolios of claims online, through a portal run by their external law firm.

Warming to adaptation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
With the current global economic outlook, climate change issues may be taking a back seat to fiscal woes, but corporate counsel will want to stay on top of the issue given recent developments in the area of environmental adaptation.

Hand-on business law at UVic
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Many students come to law school with the mistaken notion that they will learn everything they need to become a lawyer in class - I know I did.

Pardons become 'record suspensions'
Law Times
Forget the word pardon. With the passage of the omnibus crime bill, the term now becomes record suspension.

LSUC to review paralegal regulation
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada will begin reviewing the regulation of paralegals under the Law Society Act next year. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Combating the whistleblower bounty
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
Increasingly, what used to be U.S.-only experiences in law are creeping north. The topic of whistleblower payments is getting a lot of attention and rightfully so, especially from Canadian in-house counsel as it may be moving into Canada, complete with financial incentives.

To charge or not to charge - a consultation fee
Canadian Lawyer, online
Lawyers, particularly those new to the practice, often wonder whether they should be charging an initial consultation fee. The dilemma is obvious: lawyers want to get new clients in the door but, at the same time, also want to be paid for their services, David Paul writes in his Field Notes.

Time to ditch sacred cows in addressing articling crisis
Law Times, online
In 2008, the Law Society of Upper Canada looked at the future of articling. The problem was clear: there was a significant shortage of articling positions and a disproportionate number of the candidates unable to find articles were from equity-seeking groups, writes Catherine McKenna in this week's Speaker's Corner.

The change train is picking up speed
Canadian Lawyer, online
When I look back on 2011 it was clearly a year of change. It would seem to me it has been a mixed bag when it comes to the success of the changes attempted by firms, writes Stephen Mabey in his Definitely Mabey column.

So you failed the Ontario bar . . .
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
December is generally a stressful time for articling students. On top of putting together a skit for the firm's holiday party (yes, it's true) and racing to wrap up files, many students are also nervously awaiting their Ontario bar exam results, writes Wela Quan.

My Christmas wish list
Canadian Lawyer, online
Just because I'm too old to believe in Santa Claus, doesn't mean I'm too old to make a wish list. In fact, I have many of them. Keeping in mind that tongue is largely firmly planted in cheek, my wish list this year might look something like this, writes The IT Girl Sarah Dale-Harris.

Ethical development on indigenous lands
Canadian Lawyer, online
On Nov. 25, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre had the privilege of hosting the leader of the Achuar people of Peru, Peas Peas Ayui, notes Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There.

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