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Are judges appointed for political ties?
Law Times
When Prime Minister Stephen Harper made appointments to the Senate recently, critics decried them as examples of more government patronage. But what about appointments to the Ontario Superior Court bench?

Mix of articles, practical training seems to be popular option
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
While the Law Society of Upper Canada is looking at solutions to the articling crisis, practical training remains a key requirement, says the head of its articling task force.

Lawyers face higher standard over privacy
Law Times
Lawyers and law firms face a higher standard in dealing with personal information, according to the counsel for an insurance defence firm rebuked by a Federal Court judge for breaching the privacy of an opposing litigant on a web site posting.



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Follow the money
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Whether an in-house legal department is large or small, having a solid understanding of the time and cost being billed by outside law firms has become more important than ever as executives eye the bottom line.


M&A lawyers cautiously optimistic for 2012
Law Times
Bay Street lawyers who earn their bread and butter on multimillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions are keeping a sharp eye on the European debt crisis and the slow economic recovery in the United States, hoping with cautious optimism for generous deals in the new year despite the uncertainty.

LAO not living up to boycott bargain, lawyers say
Law Times
As B.C. lawyers start their own legal aid boycott nearly two years after a last-minute deal netted additional funding for Legal Aid Ontario in response to similar actions in this province, the organization is facing tough criticism from criminal defence counsel in Ontario who say it hasn't been living up to its end of the bargain.

Western law launches new student journal
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The University of Western Ontario's law school has a new student-run online law review. The Journal of Legal Studies published its first issue on Jan. 20.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest headlines in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of January 23 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Disbarred lawyer's appeal dismissed
Law Times, online
The Law Society of Upper Canada has dismissed an appeal by disbarred lawyer Dunstan Dan Senjule after it found medical evidence used to support his adjournment request was "piecemeal" and "vague." Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Commentary

Privacy ruling long overdue
Law Times
In many ways, last week's Jones v. Tsige ruling on the tort of invasion of privacy was long overdue.

Perell was right, the others wrong
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his new column Class Acts, Kirk Baert says Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell was right to certify a class proceeding last May on the condition that the representative plaintiffs plead a fresh as amended statement of claim with revisions to the proposed class definition and proposed common issues.

Processing delays in the age of increased scrutiny
Canadian Lawyer, online
So far it's been a quiet 2012 for the immigration bar, except for one area that is heating up: the myriad issues facing the Temporary Foreign Worker program and new temporary foreign worker audits, writes The Immigration Line columnist Jennifer Nees.

Prosecutors acting as demagogues in riot trials
Law Times
It was chilling to hear that the criminal justice branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General of British Columbia intends to film the trials of more than 700 mainly first-time offenders for a rash of comparatively trivial public mischief offences that took place in downtown Vancouver on June 15, 2011, writes Toronto litigator Shane O'Herlihy in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Made-to-order books, 21st-century style
Canadian Lawyer, online
In my Christmas wish list, I mentioned a most amazing machine - the "espresso" machine. No, not the kind that makes coffee, the kind that can print a made-to-order softcover book, writes The IT Girl Sarah Dale-Harris.

Even Brad Pitt can't make tax sexy
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
I'm going to be brutally honest - I don't like tax law. Although my professor is charismatic and engaging, I don't think I would like tax even if Brad Pitt was teaching it to me, writes Lauren Berdock in her Legally Brunette column.

Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds BlogCheck out Legal Feeds, the blog of daily Canadian legal news powered by the award-winning editorial team of Law Times and Canadian Lawyer, was named the Best Legal News blog in the 2011 CLawBies awards. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

Lawyer warns about further jury roundups

Welcome to the new tort of 'intrusion upon seclusion'

Loophole, lack of direction in Occupational Therapy Act

B.C. lawyer fined $1,500 for outburst at Ontario colleague

Nortel case delay highlights Canada approach to white-collar crime

Can in-house counsel help combat fraud?

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