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Are lawyers ready to give up BlackBerrys?
Law Times
The mere mention of a lawyer using anything but a BlackBerry smartphone would have raised a few eyebrows several years ago. Some may have even laughed at the idea.

Lawyer alleges LSUC probe violates solicitor-client privilege
Law Times
A Toronto lawyer has filed a constitutional motion against the Law Society of Upper Canada alleging the regulator violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by compelling the production of solicitor-client communications during an investigation into her conduct.

SEC rules on conflict minerals expected this year
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Rules being written into the Dodd-Frank Act intended to crack down on the use of "conflict minerals" mined in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will also impact Canadian issuers trading in the United States.



Calgary, Houston law schools brand new energy program
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The University of Houston recently held a branding ceremony at the city's annual Livestock Show and Rodeo — only this one didn't involve cows.

Court upholds $470K award for workplace assault

Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a rare Divisional Court decision to award a former Deluxe Windows of Canada employee nearly $470,000 after her supervisor sexually assaulted her.

Conference focuses on managing first five years in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
If you're new to the life of in-house counsel you might benefit from learning a few tips from those who have some solid experience navigating the transition from a law firm to the life of the internal legal department.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 12 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

BLG lands three Blaney McMurty lawyers
Law Times
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has appointed three lawyers to its national insurance corporate and regulatory group in Toronto after snagging them from Blaney McMurtry LLP. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Where is action on SLAPP suits?
Law Times, editorial
In a ruling on March 1, Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Beaudoin awarded costs to the defendant in a case for which the claims "gave rise to a reasonable suspicion" that the matter involved strategic litigation against public participation.

Don't leave your humanity at the office door
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
We regularly lose our humanity - not completely, but for moments at a time. What I mean by "humanity" is our ability to relate to those around us as human beings and to treat them with the respect with which we would like to be treated, writes Cheryl Foy in her Practising In-house column.

Talk to kids about law: It'll be good for your career, too
Canadian Lawyer, online
Unless you enter therapy, where do you find people who will listen to you talk about what you do as a lawyer?Kids, writes Lee Akazaki in this month's Accidental Mentor column.

Caveat venditor: Paying the price for being tricksy
Canadian Lawyer, online
A recent Supreme Court decision has emphasized that Canada's consumer protection legislation is meant to protect the "credulous and inexperienced" (read: "gullible and naive") from predatory schemers, whose modus operandi is to trick consumers into handing over their hard-earned cash for something less than what they thought they were getting, writes Margaret Waddell in Trials & Tribulations.



Personal injury lawyers fed up with FSCO mediation delays
Law Times, online
The delays associated with Ontario's mandatory accident benefit dispute process are ridiculous, writes Darcy Merkur in his inaugural online exclusive Personal Injury Law column.

Internet activism: A look at the KONY 2012 campaign
Canadian Lawyer, online
Human Rights . . . Here & There writer Sonya Nigam notes that her daughter stopped her before she went to work on March 7 and said, "Mom, you have to watch this!" Whether or not one agrees with the Kony 2012 campaign, it will be interesting to see how it plays out, and you can be sure that there will be others to follow.

Differing wheat board rulings highlight democracy and the rule of law
Canadian Lawyer, online
Democracy and the rule of law have been appealed to by both sides in the dispute over the Harper government's plan to end the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly, and have resulted in two conflicting court decisions, writes Michael Osborne.

A call to curb Ontario's insatiable voyeurism through Day Nurseries Act
Law Times
Hosting children's birthday parties, neighbourhood barbecues, or family reunions without first acquiring a licence from the provincial government may be an offence that can result in a penalty of up to $2,000 and/or six months in prison. That's per offence, writes Joshua Juneau in this week's Speaker's Corner.


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