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Contingency-fee lawyers get reprieve
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal made a key decision this month holding that law firms working under a contingency-fee agreement don't have to post security for costs when representing cash-strapped clients.

Alternative options
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Practising law isn't for everyone. Law may not be your thing, or you might not be able to get an articling position, but whatever the case may be, the cover story of the Spring issue of Canadian Lawyer 4Students highlights some other career options for those who have an LLB or a JD. Plus check out our
video interviews with Oded Orgil and Michelle Dagnino on how they're using their law degrees in other fields.

Major costs award under simplified rules
Law Times
The Ontario Superior Court has delivered a rare decision that places a limit on when and how the simplified rules of civil procedure may apply in defamation cases where it awards full indemnity costs.

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Articling how-to
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
As law societies grapple with a crisis that could change articling forever, students are still looking for their own ways to clear the final hurdle to a career in law. Staff writer Michael McKiernan asked articling students past and present for their advice on setting up articles away from the mainstream and at smaller firms.

Learning by doing
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Law schools around the country are starting to offer more opportunities for students to use their training in legal thinking and apply it to the actual practice of law.

Travelling judge not good enough, Rainy River lawyers say
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Justice has disappointed lawyers in the Rainy River, Ont., district for the second time since it appointed Justice Thomas McKay as its resident judge as a growing chorus of voices decries the loss of judicial resources there.

Canadian drumming up support for Gambian law students
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
It's safe to say almost every Canadian law student participates in at least one moot during his or her time at law school. However, that's not the case for some students at law schools in other parts of the world.



Bill 168 light on harassment obligations
Law Times
Early rulings interpreting Bill 168 have so far placed very little obligation on employers to actually ensure a harassment-free workplace, employment lawyers say.

Tips from the top
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Dreaming of becoming a law firm managing partner someday? Then you'll want to take note of what these law firm leaders across the country shared with Canadian Lawyer 4Students about what it takes.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of February 27 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

New leaders at Norton Rose Canada
Law Times
Norton Rose Canada LLP has appointed five new members to its leadership team in Calgary. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Governments mishandling suggestions on judges' pay
Law Times, editorial
Recent moves by the federal and B.C. governments on judges' pay are raising concerns about judicial independence.

Think outside the box
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, editorial
Articling: the difficulties of it are on the minds of everyone these days - students, law societies, law firms, and, well let's admit it, parents, too.

Getting into the marketing game
Canadian Lawyer, online
We're not necessarily doing it because we want to. We have to, writes Bruce King, managing partner of Pitblado Law in Winnipeg, in this month's Managing Partner Forum column about his firm's recent rebranding excercise.

Video: Avoiding the groundhog day of business development
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the February episode of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman talks about how you can pull the plug on tired and repeated efforts and performances when it comes to networking and building relationships.

The case of the missing subsection
Canadian Lawyer, online
Fredericton, N.B., has its revolutionary side. The Occupy Movement took over a piece of Phoenix Square last fall and erected a shelter, complete with wooden beams and a door. In ousting the occupiers, the city seemed to rely on a section of a bylaw that wasn't actually there, writes Paul Groarke.

Appointment of elected senator moves with tide of history
Law Times
Alberta's Betty Unger made history recently when she received a call from the prime minister appointing her to the Senate, writes Ed Morgan in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Make the rich (not) pay!
Canadian Lawyer, online
Remember that old slogan the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) used when you were in university? T "Make the rich pay!" was their mantra. Anyone recall that? Anyone? asks Tony Wilson in his Letter from Law Law Land.

What in-house counsel should know about the workplace investigation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Knowing when and how to conduct a workplace investigation is an important part of providing legal guidance to your organization. Taking the time to learn the key steps of a proper investigation before the need arises will help manage risk and minimize liability, writes Lisa Bolton.

Memories of Mock Trial
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Most law students can draft memorandums, analyze cases, and even walk, talk, and chew gum (all at the same time). At Osgoode Hall Law School, they can do even more. Mock Trial, a long-standing tradition of the school, showcases the numerous and diverse talents of both students and faculty. My two years as an Osgoode student have been largely shaped by my attempts at acting and dancing in the show, writes Lauren Berdock in this month's Legally Brunette.


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:

LCO calls for evaluation of family law information centres

Political mud slinging dirties Quebec law firms

Canadians snag ILO Client Choice Awards

Winnipeg lawyer disbarred for overcharging residential school clients

Osgoode tweets to victory

Law firms recognized for diversity programs


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