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New tricks
Canadian Lawyer
Last December, when the mandatory retirement policy at Stikeman Elliott LLP finally kicked in for Mortimer Freiheit after 43 years with the firm, the Montreal litigator had a clear flight path ahead. Rather than retire or stay on in another capacity following his obligatory withdrawal from the equity partnership at the firm, Freiheit is throwing his energy behind a new legal venture. This month's cover story looks at some of the new roads seasoned lawyers at big firms are choosing to take.

Lawyer's clients out of luck
Law Times
A missing Ottawa lawyer resurfaced briefly under a new name in Paris last month while many of his former clients still wait to get their money back as efforts by the Law Society of Upper Canada have recovered only a small portion of the missing funds.

Eyes to the soul of justice
Canadian Lawyer
The argument over whether cameras should be allowed in the courtroom has been going on for years, but the Vancouver riot cases brought the debate front and centre again.

Court rejects lawyer's bid to question wife
Law Times
The Ontario Superior Court has delivered an unusual decision that places a limit on when it can grant motions for questioning in family law cases.

Argosy Partners


SCC decision lowers the bar for advertisers
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision may give advertising and promotion execs pause the next time they come up with a witty or coy campaign.

Listening to children's voices
Canadian Lawyer
Gone are the days when a family law judge would tell a child's counsel in a custody and access case that they should have their mouth washed out with soap for even broaching the idea of a judicial interview with the youngster.

The way forward for R2P
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The thorny issue of intervening in the conflict in Syria was high on the agenda at Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights and the International Law Students Association's eighth annual Global Generations Conference at the University of Ottawa recently.

Class action tackling copyright in legal documents to go ahead
Law Times
The Ontario Superior Court has certified a class action that will consider the copyright in legal documents as it pertains to commercial corporations.

The muscle behind
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Kathryn Marshall is not afraid to share her opinions and fight for what she believes in, including standing up for Canada's oil industry.



SCC to consider ministerial exemptions
Law Times
Immigration lawyers are hoping the Supreme Court of Canada will make ministerial exemptions from the broad inadmissibility provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act a more realistic possibility.

The pros and cons of...
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
The pros and cons of practising in Vancouver, practising corporate-commercial law, human rights law, and criminal law.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 5 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Distant shores
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Law students from abroad find studying in Canada offers a variety of benefits and new experiences.

Bowling fundraiser for Lawyers Feed the Hungry program
Law Times

Lawyers are hoping for strong participation in next month's bowling fundraiser for the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Canada's position on man's refugee status incongruent
Law Times, editorial
In many ways, Muhsen Ahmed Ramadan Agraira's application for ministerial relief from the inadmissibility provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act is a poor case for testing the law.

Be the better person
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
I'm going to put this out there as a universal truth in the legal profession: at one point, everyone's been on the other side of the table to another lawyer who's not been civil.

Getting better search results from an electronic database
Canadian Lawyer
A database of electronic documents to review presents a number of challenges, including how to find relevant and privileged documents in a quick and cost-effective manner. By taking simple steps to improve the search context, you could improve your review efficiency and accuracy, suggests Dera Nevin in this month's Tech Support column.

Vikileaks case shows need for privacy in family court files
Law Times
If you ever wondered what the real housewives of your local suburb were up to, there's an easy way to find out. Just walk on down to a courthouse near you and ask to see their file, writes Andrew Feldstein in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Pulling the rug out
Canadian Lawyer
Just when you thought the Supreme Court of Canada was making good business law decisions, along comes the securities reference, writes Philip Slayton in this instalment of Top Court Tales.

Gatekeeping defined
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month, Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell certified a class proceeding, a decision that highlights the trajectory of certification motion case law as courts recognize certification for what it was intended to be: merely a procedural step designed to ensure that an action conforms to the requirements set out in the CPA, writes Kirk Baert in Class Acts.

Holding on to the dream
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
After completing dual law degrees at McGill University and an LLM from the University of Toronto, Howie Kislowicz opted to pursue a doctorate in law in 2009 but that didn't mean the end of his musical dreams, he writes.


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:

Victoria Stafford murder trial begins today

Binnie lauded by TLA

UBC takes the Gale Cup

LSUC disbars Canadian convicted in Bermuda

Canada Goose lawsuit heats up trademark concerns



Top 10 Quebec regional firms
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Case law

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