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Diversity on bench 'long way' off
Law Times
Ontario still has "a long way to go" if it hopes to create a more culturally diverse bench in the next decade, says the head of the committee responsible for processing applications to the province's judiciary.

Risk and reward
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Risk management has become the hot topic for general counsel these days and covers myriad subject matter, but managing the risk around executive compensation has attracted greater attention since the recession. The cover story of June's InHouse magazine looks at the delicate balance between compensating well and managing risk.

String of fires affecting Sault Ste. Marie legal community
Law Times
An Ontario fire marshal investigator and the Ontario Provincial Police are looking into a fire that gutted criminal defence lawyer Stacy Tijerina's law office in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Choosing arbitration to mend leasing woes
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The relationship between a landlord and tenant can get just as fraught with ups and downs as any long-term union so parties are increasingly turning to rent arbitration to solve commercial leasing disputes faster and at lower cost.



Undercover Boss savours success at Molson Coors
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Is working for an iconic Canadian beer-maker really as great as it sounds? For Kelly Brown, chief legal officer at Molson Coors Canada, it's a dream job.

Lawyer's epic legal battle over family's sunken ship revisited

Law Times
Toronto lawyer Alexander David Crooks tried to comfort himself with the family motto - "perseverando" - when he inherited the biggest case of his career in 1912.

Opening up the vault
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Ontario's hospitals had a steep learning curve when it came to getting their information ready for public consumption in the wake of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Court clarifies forthwith requirement in impaired cases
Law Times
An Ontario Superior Court decision drives home police officers' duty to act with dispatch during roadside detentions, says a Toronto criminal defence lawyer.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of May 28 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Ottawa law prof lauded
Law Times
University of Ottawa law professor Adam Dodek was one of 16 educators to receive the Capital Educators' Award on May 17. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Quebec should narrow protest bill
Law Times, editorial
Quebec's emergency law in response to student protests has prompted lots of discussion around its constitutionality.

Are you just another service provider?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
If there wasn't enough for in-house counsel to do in a day, the pressure is on to reduce external spend and take on projects that improve the bottom line of their internal client.

More collaboration, less competition
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Last September, I walked into law school eager to join a new community of capable, energized individuals with big ideas. Everyone was certainly capable and everyone had ideas. But it took me until the end of the academic year to feel the sense of unity I had been expecting. Instead, competition smacked me in the face, writes Rebecca Lockwood.

Stop sweating the small stuff: a guide to delegating well
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Managing Partner Forum article, Lisa Borsook she would like her colleagues to think she is a superwoman, the reality of successful firm management is prioritizing, compartmentalizing, and most importantly, delegating.



Removing judges has never been easy
Law Times
Squaring judicial independence with the need for accountability for judges who go seriously astray has never been easy, points out Philip Girard in his That’s History column.

New considerations for summary judgment in class proceedings
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month, Ontario Superior Court Justice George Strathy denied a defendant's motions for summary judgment dismissing the plaintiff's proposed class proceeding, holding that where an issue is capable of resolution on a class-wide basis, the nature of class proceedings militates against the use of summary judgment, notes Kirk Baert in his Class Acts column.

Video: Making Rain - The closer
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's business development and practice management coaching column, executive coach Debra Forman discusses the importance of closing the circle on your networking efforts so you don't leave money on the table.

Is it time to review your company's workplace violence policy?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In this installment of Workplace Solutions, Malcolm MacKillop and Hendrik Nieuwland note that in the wake of Bill 168, readers will be surprised to learn that according to a recent decision, the answer to whether there was just cause to terminate an employee who physically assaulted a co-worker is no if workplace violence training is deficient.

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25 Most Influential Lawyers
Again this year, we will be picking the top 5 lawyers most influential 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. 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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