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Editor’s Note

This week, the voting opens for Canadian Lawyer's Top 10 Western and Northern firms survey, our latest regional firm ranking. Please take a minute to participate in the poll and rank the western and northern-based, full-service firms you work with and feel are deserving of recognition. Have your say by August 10.

As well, we are thrilled to have Fred Krebs join Canadian Lawyer InHouse as our newest monthly online columnist. He will be our In-house Coach, sharing what he has learned over the years and providing advice on everything from how best to chart a path to the general counsel's chair to keeping tabs on emerging trends for in-house counsel. Krebs knows the world of the in-house lawyer and the challenges that come with that position. For 20 years he was president of the Association of Corporate Counsel and has been witness to the evolution of the corporate legal department.

Thanks and as always, I welcome readers' feedback.

Gail J. Cohen
Editorial Director
Canadian Lawyer/Law Times



Target's arrival pushes flat fees forward in Canada
Law Times
When appliance manufacturing giant Whirlpool decided to cut its legal costs in Canada, it turned to an American firm rather than Canadian lawyers to launch an effort that quickly resulted in savings in defending class actions in this country.

LSUC touts success of paralegal regulation
Law Times
A five-year review by the Law Society of Upper Canada that has labelled paralegal regulation in Ontario a success is "far removed" from the truth, according to at least one paralegal.

AFAs, the misunderstood member of the billing family
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A report from the United States reveals that while the use of alternative fee arrangements is increasing, few understand how they work or are very satisfied with them. Despite this, AFAs are ousting the billable hour regime, making way for new billing arrangements.

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Law school star makes third attempt at becoming a lawyer
Law Times
A 30-year old law graduate is launching his third attempt to become a lawyer after a bitter dispute with his condo board derailed his previous applications to the Law Society of Upper Canada.

LSBC gives law student with sketchy academic history a second chance
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A law student with a history riddled with academic fraud has been given a second chance to enter the profession by the Law Society of British Columbia.

Lifestyle lawyers combine passion with legal work
Law Times
Combining your passion and your practice is the recipe for a perfect career, according to lifestyle lawyers Ashlee Froese and Sara Zborovski of Toronto firm Gilbert's LLP.

New partners at Norton Rose
Law Times
Five lawyers joined Norton Rose Canada LLP as partners in Toronto and Ottawa this month focusing on mining and China. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Just pick up the phone
Canadian Lawyer, online
When dealing with opposing counsel, suppress your urge to e-mail. Just pick up the phone. I heard this advice in the first month of my practice. After following it for the past 10 months, I'm officially a believer, writes Lindsay Scott in this month's Trial by Fire.

Evidence key in support variations for adult children
Law Times
Child support for adult children can often be a complicated issue. The matter becomes even more complex when the child has disabilities and is receiving benefits from programs such as the Ontario Disability Support Program, writes Marta Siemiarczuk in her Family Law column.

Moving in(house) for the right reasons
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In his first In-house Coach column, Fred Krebs discusses the real - and right - reasons lawyers should choose for going in-house. Fewer work hours are not one of them.

Law firm style leadership . . . same bus, different seat
Canadian Lawyer, online
The art of leadership (not a science for sure) continues to be a well-documented topic across all industry segments, but like most critical success factors there is no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all answer, according to Stephen Mabey in his Definitely Mabey column.



Time to consider two-year law degrees
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
To get ahead in a crowded field you need to stand out. That's true for businesses, athletes, brands, and even law schools. Instead of opening more traditional three-year programs, what Canada should do is introduce an accelerated law degree program, opines recent law grad Kathryn Marshall.

Employers beware: snoop at your own peril
Canadian Lawyer, online
So many of us connect and market ourselves by way of social media sites. We put so much information about ourselves out into the 'public' domain and while most of us are aware on some level that this information is or might be personal information, we post it nonetheless and rely on site-related policies and the law to protect us from intrusive access, collection, and exploitation of information about us, writes The IT Girl Sarah Dale-Harris.

A Separation gives a glimpse into Iran's justice system
Canadaian Lawyer, online
I went into the Iranian film A Separation expecting a film about, well, a separation. And on its surface, the movie is about the breakdown of a marriage between two upper-middle-class professionals in Tehran, but actually gives the viewer more of a look into Iran's criminal-justice system than its family courts, writes Law Library reviewer Damian Penny.

Third world approaches to international law
Canadian Lawyer, online
The proposition of Third World Approaches to International Law scholars is that our current international law system operates in a manner similar to other organizational systems. It is designed to protect those in power, and dissuade those who resist, writes Human Rights . . . Here & There columnist Sonya Nigam.

Nifty site helps connect family lawyers to target market
Law Times, online
With online advertising, it can be challenging to wade through all of the noise, writes Monica Goyal in Bits & Bytes. So how can you be sure your advertisement is really reaching your potential clients?


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