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What's hot, hot, hot
Canadian Lawyer
Money isn't everything when it comes to the law. Much like possession, it's about nine-tenths of it. For the cover of this year's Money Issue, reporter Michael McKiernan looks at the most potentially lucrative practice areas for individual lawyers, as well as the hottest fields where every law firm is scrambling for a piece of the action.

Majority of bar opposed to big changes to articling: report
Law Times
More than half of those involved in the Law Society of Upper Canada's articling task force consultations strongly opposed major changes to articling despite roughly one in seven law students being unable to find articling positions by 2013, an interim report on the issue indicates.

AG seeking judicial supervision over former JP
Law Times
A former justice of the peace is vowing to make sure "the truth is known" despite an application by Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General for judicial supervision over any future litigation launched by him.

The going rate: Canadian Lawyer's Legal Fees Survey
Canadian Lawyer
What to charge? It's a question that vexes lawyers and law firms every year when the talk turns to the bottom line. It can be a guessing game at best to find the right balance between affordable rates that meet clients' expectations and making enough money to pay the rising cost of fuelling the law firm engine. This has particularly been the case in recent years, with individual clients and major corporations aiming to prudently navigate volatile economic times.

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Lawyers alarmed at criminal charges in family cases
Law Times
During his 20 years as a criminal defence lawyer, Joseph Neuberger has defended more than 400 cases involving charges arising from domestic relationships. Many, he says, relate to separation and bitter family court battles.

New Lakehead law dean to focus on small-town practice

Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
With the first law school in northern Ontario set to open next year, it seems fitting that the founding dean is from a small community himself.

Paying it forward
Canadian Lawyer
For J.S. Vijaya, raised in Toronto's notorious Jane and Finch tenement housing in the 1970s, the expression "pay it forward" goes deeper than a pop culture reference to the concept of good deeds being repaid by doing them for others.

Why good governance can come from smaller boards
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Boards should be smaller, meet more often, and be populated by those with greater industry expertise, says a Harvard Business School lecturer and former general counsel for Fidelity Mutual Funds.

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New guidance on business-method patents 'troubling'
Law Times
After protracted and sometimes confusing litigation, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office in December 2011 granted Inc.'s patent application for a one-click shopping system that related to the placement of online purchase orders with a single mouse click. Although a U.S. patent for the one-click feature had issued in 1998, the Canadian intellectual property office subsequently refused to issue one to Amazon.

Mediating a way forward
Canadian Lawyer
As Nortel Networks Corp. headed into its bankruptcy mediation at the end of April, the legal community was wondering whether this time the process would be effective given the depth and complexity of the case.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news for the week of June 4 in the Ontario Legal News Update with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Court tosses case against Hall Mattson
Law Times
The Superior Court of Justice has quashed an order committing criminal defence lawyer Hal Mattson for trial on a charge of attempting to obstruct justice. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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How long is too long?
Law Times, editorial
If it's OK to have an accused wait six days for a mental-health bed, as the Ontario Court of Appeal determined in a ruling on May 24, would even longer be fine as well?

A gentle nudge
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
I'm always fascinated by the results of the Legal Fees Survey that runs annually in our money issue. And this year is no different as the results do tend to reflect much of what's happening in the economy at large.

Lawyers take on Quebec government with dignity
Law Times
The Hill's Richard Cleroux notes: From a distance, it could have been a colony of giant black ants moving relentlessly down the street in full determination towards some invisible foe.

Global law firms rule M&A list

Canadian Lawyer
On this month's Back Page, Jim Middlemiss writes that Canadian merger-and-acquisition activity continues to be golden, which is good news for local law firms. While global mergers-and-acquisitions activity trended down by 34.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2012, Canada fared much better.

Mourning the loss of a tradition of transparency
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this installment of The Immigration Line, Jennifer Nees says: As a business immigration lawyer, my days and nights are spent discussing and strategizing around the world of global migration. Getting person X from country A to country B quickly and efficiently in order to meet a business' goals is a large focus of my work. While the big news in immigration this year has dealt with somewhat draconian changes the government is making to the refugee system, big changes are coming for the economic programs as well.

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This week's Law Times poll
A new report suggests the majority of lawyers consulted by the Law Society of Upper Canada's articling task force don't want major changes to articling. Do you agree? Vote at Law Times.

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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