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The new subclass?
Canadian Lawyer
The cover story of July's Canadian Lawyer looks at how the economic environment is changing the traditional law firm structure leading many law firms to turn to two-tier parternships and even, in some cases, the de-equitization of partners.

LSUC sends 'unhappy message' with Groia ruling: Cherniak

Legal Feeds
The Law Society of Upper Canada has sent a "very unhappy message to the bar" with its decision finding Joe Groia engaged in professional misconduct, according to his lawyer. Groia is 'very disappointed' with the ruling.

Visible minorities absent from judicial selection process: report
Law Times, online
Visible minorities are significantly less likely to become federal judges compared to straight, white men and are noticeably absent from the judicial selection process, a new report by Ryerson University's Diversity Institute shows.

Shapiro Cohen


The 2012 Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey
Canadian Lawyer
The difficult economic environment of the last few years is being reflected in the salaries of Canadian lawyers, both in-house and in private practice. According to the results of the 2012 Compensation Survey, the median salaries of newly called lawyers are lower than last year.

Government called on to help push into emerging markets
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The future prosperity of Canadian business is threatened if all levels of government fail to work with the private sector to aid its expansion into emerging markets, according to a report presented to the prime minister last week.

Ruling puts onus on employers to specify duty to mitigate
Law Times, online
A former Goss Power Products Ltd. employee will receive full severance pay from his former employer despite his quick return to work, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled.

Do strong IP laws stifle innovation?
Canadian Lawyer
If the relationship between intellectual property laws and innovation had been on the agenda 10 years ago, there would have been a unified call for stronger IP laws. In current reviews of the dynamic between the two, it is evident that many stakeholders have experienced a mind-shift brought about by a recognition that the "more is better" approach to IP rights can be more stifling than productive.

Deeth Williams


Professor touts compensation for emotional loss from expropriation
Law Times
The Windsor-Essex Parkway construction project, the most expensive highway effort currently underway in Ontario, is also one of the largest cases of property expropriation in Canada.

Dal law to offer new scholarship for disabled students
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In an effort to make law school more inclusive, a new scholarship for disabled students has been established at Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law.

Ecojustice lauded for innovative legal clinic
Law Times, online
Over the past year they have worked on a World Trade Organization dispute, a submission to the Supreme Court of Canada, a National Energy Board review, and presentations before parliamentary committees.

Two new partners at Cassels Brock
Law Times
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP has taken on two new partners. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



The future of law
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
When I attended the year-end gala for the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers in the spring, what struck me the most, beyond the incredibly varied backgrounds of the attendees, is that most of them were young. Sitting beneath the stained-glass windows and wood panelling in the University of Toronto's Hart House was quite a striking visualization of the future of law - young, diverse, engaged, and ready to take on the world.

What is a 'custodian interview' and why should I do one?
Canadian Lawyer
I find it surprising when litigators choose not to do full "custodian interviews" before beginning the discovery process. An effective custodian interview done at the earliest possible opportunity can improve the discovery process, particularly when electronically stored information is involved, writes Dera Nevin in this month's Tech Support.

Environmental law runs afoul
Canadian Lawyer
I find it surprising when litigators choose not to do full "custodian interviews" before beginning the discovery process. An effective custodian interview done at the earliest possible opportunity can improve the discovery process, particularly when electronically stored information is involved, writes Dera Nevin in this month's Tech Support.

KPI Law Firm


Top 5 things GCs need to know about workplace investigations
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The use of external workplace investigators to investigate harassment and discrimination complaints is on the rise. This is because, at their best, workplace investigators can deliver a process that is neutral, effective, and hopefully, legally defensible, writes Janice Rubin.

Government moving fast on reform of still-modern condo law
Law Times
The Ontario government recently announced its long-awaited public review of the Condominium Act with a call for input from owners, residents, and other stakeholders in advance of an expected major overhaul of the legislation, writes Jeffrey W. Lem in The Dirt.

Don't walk alone - books for aspiring law students
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
As a student about to enter law school, I have hundreds of questions. At any stage - especially deciding to go and then choosing a school - students will likely have questions. For those who do, there are a couple of books you can read to find the answers you're looking for.

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