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Federal Crowns to get 15.25% pay boost
Law Times
The Association of Justice Counsel has reached a tentative agreement with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat that will spike the wages of roughly 2,700 federal Crown counsel by 12 per cent in the same year the Justice Department is looking for millions in savings. The deal also provides for a 1.5-per-cent increase this year on top of a 1.75-per-cent boost last year.

Toronto lawyer facing criminal charges consents to suspension
Law Times
Kenneth James, a 71-year-old Toronto-area lawyer facing criminal charges following a police search at his law office last month, is out on bail and has consented to the suspension of his licence.

Judge dismisses CIBC class action but favours plaintiff in decision
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Plaintiffs in a secondary markets securities class action case involving CIBC and its subprime mortgage exposure may have been denied certification, but Ontario Superior Court Justice George Strathy's lengthy decision indicates he saw merit in the case.

Delays predicted as DOJ chops more jobs
Law Times
Unions representing lawyers and support staff at the federal Department of Justice are predicting possible delays in legal proceedings involving the government and a reduction in service to the public after hundreds of additional employees learned their jobs are in jeopardy.

Hill Sokalski


Mishpatim program life-changing experience
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A group of first-year law students - participating in the Winnipeg chapter of Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's second annual tour of Israel under the Mishpatim program received a different perspective on the law.

Fertility lawyers press ahead despite legal vacuum
Law Times
As the confusing state of the law governing reproductive issues hasn't put off Canadians from seeking technological help to have children, at least two Ontario lawyers are forging careers in the area with practices devoted to helping people through the process.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news for the week of July 9 in the Ontario Legal News Update with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

New LSUC bencher named
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada shuffled the deck during Convocation proceedings on June 28. With Thomas Conway assumed his post as treasurer and Ross Earnshaw, a partner at Gowlings' office in Waterloo, Ont., to take a position as bencher to Conway's spot. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Mathews Dinsdale


Tentative steps at reform
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada took a tentative step at reform of the legal profession recently with a move to allow lawyers to form multidisciplinary practices with someone from another profession through a professional corporation.

Build relationships but don't make friends
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In-house lawyers have legal, professional, and ethical obligations to their organizations and fulfilling these obligations is an ongoing challenge. One of the most difficult things about being an in-house lawyer is the realization that these obligations make it difficult, if not impossible, to have close friends in the workplace, writes Cheryl Foy in this month's Practising In-house.

Freedom of association requires authentic collective bargaining
Law Times
In a recent editorial, Law Times editor Glenn Kauth welcomed the recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling restricting the collective bargaining rights of RCMP members as signalling the arrival of a more balanced, less adversarial, Wisconsin-style future for labour relations. Labour lawyer Steven Barrett begs to differ.



Winning at meeting
Canadian Lawyer, online
It's now 2012. Look around you. How many scheming "warriors" of the business world have survived? asks Lee Akazaki, The Accidental Mentor.

The live wire of duty to mitigate
Canadian Lawyer, online
Terminated employees have a duty to mitigate their losses by seeking out alternate employment during the notice period (assuming they have not been given working notice). The scope and nature of this duty is a common battleground in litigious disputes, writes Trials & Tribulations guest columnist Jean-Claude Killey.

Financial issues facing Canadian lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
Looking through some old files of mine recently, I came across a white paper I wrote in the summer of 2007 entitled "Insights on Issues Facing Canadian Lawyers." I decided that it has become relevant once again and that not much has changed; so I have updated it for this article, writes Financial Adviser Alan Acton.

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