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Canadian Legal Newswire



LSUC budget among new treasurer's priorities
Law Times, online
Thomas Conway admits he has "big shoes to fill" but says he's ready to tackle the budget in his new role as treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Cassels Brock's counterclaim raises eyebrows
Law Times, online
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP has shocked lawyers across the country after it sued more than 150 practitioners and law firms in the midst of highly publicized conflict of interest allegations against it.

Court rejects favouritism for murdered lawyer's daughter
Law Times
The child of a criminal defence lawyer and a computer expert who were shot to death in their home in Ancaster, Ont., in 1998 won't get more favourable treatment from the courts than the man once accused of murdering them, the Ontario Superior Court has ruled.



Lawyers navigate tricky world of unbundling
Law Times
Toronto lawyer Mitch Kowalski wants to change how lawyers do business by dragging them kicking and screaming into the new realities.

Competition Bureau asked to clarify AMPs under abuse of dominance provisions
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Competition Bureau needs to issue clear guidelines on what it considers to be anticompetitive behaviour or consumers could lose out as companies become overly cautious, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute.

How to rebound after failing to get hired back
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
So you didn't get hired back. It's nothing to be ashamed of, many others are in the same position, which is why it's time to swallow that rejection pill and learn a new craft - that of the job hunt.

Video: Career paths for women
Law Times, online
Last week, the Law Society of Upper Canada hosted a panel on alternative career paths for women. Reporter Kendyl Sebesta was there.

Toronto firm merges with cross-border boutique

Law Times
Nesathurai & Luk LLP has merged with Toronto law firm Devry Smith Frank LLP. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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A Criminal Mind: Vulnerable-sector checks a growing challenge for defence lawyers
Law Times
Organizations are requiring police checks more often for employment, even for volunteer work, and it's becoming an issue for lawyers' clients.

Get out of your den of shame
Canadian Lawyer, online
I had dinner with three friends from law school this past week. One of my friends was in a bit of a rut, as she had made a mistake on an important file the night before, writes Trial by Fire columnist Lindsay Scott. Her superiors were very understanding and the error was quickly rectified, but she worried that she could have handled the whole situation better.

Getting the work done right
Canadian Lawyer, online
Quality control is one of three drivers of profitability in a flattened or mature market. For the most part, in many firms, formal quality control procedures are trumped by autonomy, writes Definitely Mabey columnist Stephen Mabey. In fact many firms share a common approach to quality control - they hire good lawyers!

New book offers insight into great judicial minds
Canadian Lawyer, online
Most judges are competent, thoughtful, and professional. A few, who shall remain nameless, arguably have no business sweeping up the courtroom, much less presiding over it, writes Law Library contributor Damian J. Penny. And an even smaller number achieve true greatness on the bench.


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25 Most Influential Lawyers
Welcome to the third annual Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential. Again this year, we will be picking the top 5 lawyers in the following 5 categories:

• Corporate-commercial, including litigation, deals, class actions, etc.
• Changemakers
• Criminal/Human Rights
• Government/non-profits/associations, including public inquiries and officers of Parliament
• Outliers: a catch-all category for anyone who's a lawyer and has been influential somehow over the past 18 months and doesn't fit into the above categories.

Our list of nominees this year was created through our internal editorial panel as well as suggestions from readers and past honorees.The following lists of nominees, who span all practice areas and areas of the country, was the result. We are calling on our readers to make their picks from the list of accomplished nominees.

The Top 25 Most Influential is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have been played a significant role in the legal profession and Canadian society in the last year to year and a half.

For more details and to cast your votes, visit the survey page.



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