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Articling crisis gets worse
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada's articling task force has reported a three-percentage-point increase in Ontario's articling shortage this year in a grim forecast that has left law students and lawyers grappling for answers.

Legal lag in medical advances
Canadian Lawyer
In the last 10 or 15 years new genetic discoveries have allowed doctors to tell who is and who is not at risk, and at the same time prescribe treatments for them. What has come with this redefinition is a whole raft of unresolved legal questions.

Top 10 Quebec Regional Law Firms
Canadian Lawyer
Regional law firms in Quebec are hoping to prove the home field advantage is just as much a factor in legal services as it is in sports. Once again, Lavery de Billy tops the regional firm rankings in la belle province.

Bar divided over judge who 'bullied' litigant
Law Times
In a ruling that's provoking divided reaction among the bar, the Divisional Court has set aside the order of an Ottawa judge who "effectively bullied" an Iranian family law litigant into accepting his ex-wife's position on support.



Do you know what you're paying for?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
On his first day as director of litigation and information in the legal department of Manitoba Public Insurance, Dean Scaletta asked to see the retainer agreement the Crown corporation had with its external legal providers. "I got a blank stare," says Scaletta.

Judge orders law student to hand over Facebook pics
Canadian Laywer 4Students, online
You might want to think twice before posting that photo of you skiing on Whistler Mountain - you never know where it could end up.

Certification denied in CIBC eligibility case
Law Times
Even as the Ontario Court of Appeal ponders the fate of overtime class actions, Ontario Superior Court Justice George Strathy has handed the plaintiffs' bar a major setback with his recent decision denying certification in Brown v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Going for gold
Canadian Lawyer
For McMillan LLP associate Andrea St. Bernard, law has always been a passion, as has competitive sports. But rather than choose between the two, she's managed to find room for both in her life - although it's a tricky balance, especially as she prepares to compete at the Olympics this summer.



ISO certification for law firms
Law Times
When an organization wants to provide consistent service that meets clients' requirements and expectations, they apply for ISO certification. Of course, there's nothing to say that a personal injury law firm can't join the club. In fact, one Ontario firm is now the proud holder of that guarantee of organizational excellence.

The catch-22 of group home bylaws
Canadian Lawyer
There are a growing number of claims that municipal zoning bylaws discriminate against disabled people and other vulnerable groups.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of May 7 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

LawTechCamp this week
Law Times
LawTechCamp will take place at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law this week. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Let's train court interpreters
Law Times, editorial
With unclear guidelines and a shortage of qualified people, Ontario's courts are muddling along when it comes to dealing with language interpreters.

Safety first
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
On a 30 C April day in Montreal, I sat in on a session about ethical obligations of in-house counsel in a technological world. Here are few random tips gleaned from that session on keeping your digital information safe.

Limit SCC judges' terms to 18 years
Canadian Lawyer
Let's amend the Supreme Court Act so the judges are appointed for staggered, fixed, non-renewable terms, opines Top Court Tales columinst Philip Slayton. This would curb the prime minister's ability to mould the court in his ideological image for generations to come. It would stop his political point of view being perpetuated long after he is put out to pasture.

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FSCO decision puts accident-benefit settlements at standstill
Law Times, online
Accident benefit settlements are at a complete standstill thanks to a recent Financial Services Commission of Ontario arbitration decision invaliding the mandatory settlement documents approved by the superintendent, writes Darcy Merkur in his Personal Injury Law column.

Constructive dismissal of executive suffering from cancer costly
Canadian HR Reporter, online
A recent decision of the Quebec Superior Court provides a good example of circumstances that will be found to constitute a constructive dismissal and also warrant substantial punitive and moral damages, writes Stuart Rudner in his HR law blog.

Mitch Kowalski offers entertaining insight on the future of law
Law Times
Mitch Kowalski is the modern renaissance lawyer. He is, at times, all blue chip and corporate as a director for Infrastructure Ontario. At other times, he's academic and ethereal as a former instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School. He's a regular blogger and a fiction writer. He does all of this while maintaining a bustling real estate practice in Toronto. Kowalski can now add law firm management author to his eclectic list of accomplishments, writes Jeffrey Lem in The Dirt.


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