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GTA law firms lag on diversity: report
Law Times
Toronto's legal sector will suffer if greater numbers of qualified women don't start making their way into senior leadership positions, according to a report by Ryerson University's Diversity Institute in Management & Technology.

Lawyers skeptical of LAO's 'phenomenal' changes
Law Times
Almost two years after Legal Aid Ontario implemented its block-fee system, criminal defence lawyers argue deterrents to taking on cases remain, including for younger practitioners.

Video: Indispensable counsel
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Canadian Lawyer InHouse recently spoke with former Delaware chief justice E. Norman Veasey to talk about his new book, Indispensable Counsel, The Chief Legal Office in the New Reality.




Protests target family law practitioners
Law Times
Family lawyers are creating added conflict between former spouses in order to cash in on cases languishing in the province's court system, says an activist group that launched protests against a practitioner in Sarnia, Ont., last month.

Bringing the Charter to the people
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In September 2009, two University of Windsor law students were chatting outside their first-year access-to-justice class about all things legal. One of them mentioned the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and suggested it would be funny for public figures to recite it.

Business lawyers relieved at Timminco decision
Law Times
The recent decision of Ontario Superior Court Justice Geoff Morawetz in the restructuring proceedings involving Timminco Ltd. entities poses a conundrum for lenders concerned about the impact of the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Re Indalex Ltd.



Montreal's the place to be for in-house in April
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Montreal will be the place to be for in-house counsel April 12 to 17 as the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association hosts back-to-back conferences.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 19 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Legal hiring to increase: survey
Law Times
Nearly two in five lawyers plan to hire full-time legal staff during the second quarter of 2012, a quarterly Robert Half Legal survey shows. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Government's priorities misplaced
Law Times, editorial
If people were wondering what the federal government's priorities are, it left no doubt about them last week with its actions on crime, the environment, and labour relations.

Working well with your assistant
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month, as part of the typical annual review period, I was asked to review my assistant and the firm's law clerks and articling students. It occurred to me that one of the most challenging aspects of transitioning from student to associate is supervising others, writes Lindsay Scott in Trial by Fire.

LSUC articling proposals evidence of capture by big law firms
Law Times
As a graduate law student, I have a significant concern with the consultation report of the Law Society of Upper Canada's articling task force, writes Nachshon Goltz in this week's Speaker's Corner.



A fresh look at the strategy process
Canadian Lawyer, online
It is with no intended humour that I speculate that there are law firms claiming success in achieving their strategic targets having done so by shooting first and calling whatever they hit their target, writes Stephen Mabey in this month's Definitely Mabey column.

Articling crisis runs much deeper than just articling
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Often apocalyptically referred to as "the articling crisis," one of the hot-button issues in the legal world today is the increasing disparity between the number of articling positions offered versus the number of new law graduates seeking articling positions.

Freedom of expression under attack
Canadian Lawyer, online
Britain's plaintiff-friendly libel laws are so infamous, they've even inspired a gag on South Park, writes Damian Penny in his Law Library review of You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom by Nick Cohen.


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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:

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FMC named one of Canada's best employers for new Canadians

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