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Changes and challenges
Canadian Lawyer
A shifting economy has resulted in a transformation in the business of law. In this month's cover story, Canadian Lawyer gathered a panel of experts to discuss the changes at a roundtable on law practice management.

There is also a series of four videos from the roundtable, moderated by editorial director Gail J. Cohen and sponsored by Phoenix Legal Group. Click here to watch the first video in which participants explore the future of law firms in Canada.

Stress leaves lawyers prone to addiction

Law Times
As a successful legal professional, former attorney general Michael Bryant struggled to accept that he was an alcoholic.

Plotting a course for prosperity
Canadian Lawyer
Halifax is home to the $25-billion Irving Shipbuilding contract to launch Canada's next fleet of combat ships. Law firms in the region are already battling for a slice of the pie.

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Appeal court reinforces ADR clauses in family law cases
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has reinforced the validity of arbitration provisions with its decision late last month that it won't vary spousal support in cases where there's a separation agreement containing an exclusive arbitration clause.

B.C. arbitrator rules in favour of ICBC employees in unpaid overtime case
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A British Columbia labour arbitrator has ordered the Insurance Corp. of B.C. to pay overtime wages retroactively to employees who worked longer shifts, but weren't properly compensated.

The problem is enforcement
Canadian Lawyer
Changes to China's arbitration commission aim to make problem solving for commercial matters easier, but they won't fix many of the underlying issues that handcuff dispute resolution in the Asian nation.

Romney Ontario getaway's dark legal past
Law Times
The Beach O'Pines community on Lake Huron has always been a favourite summer get-away for rich Americans, including the family of someone who's a big name in the news right now: Mitt Romney.

Collins Barrow


UBC making aboriginal law course mandatory
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Known for its emphasis on teaching aboriginal law, the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law is taking it one step further by making it a mandatory component of the curriculum.

Diverging franchise rulings raise eyebrows
Law Times
Two landmark franchise class action judgments have left both franchisors and franchisees with something to cheer about.

Video: How to start your own firm - Regina Lee
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Regina Lee, who started her own general law practice in North York, Ont., last year, gives her thoughts on what she has learned along the way.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of September 3 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

CBA fee changes
Law Times
The Canadian Bar Association has changed its fee structure. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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A reminder of lawyers' valiant contributions
Law Times, editorial
Looking back, the Supreme Court of Canada should have gone further, but it's precisely cases like Noble v. Alley and the lawyers who fight them that play a crucial role in developing the body of law that later moves society further ahead.

The inner workings exposed
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
A panel of experts on law firm management gathered in Toronto in late June to discuss the hottest topics - vexing issues, even - on the minds of law firm leaders. Some of them resonated across all the firms, including that of transparency within the firm. Law firms are partnerships and one thing everyone at the table agreed on was the need for openness.

Times have changed
Canadian Lawyer
Society isn't in the same place it was when the Supreme Court ruled against physician-assisted suicide in 1992. Will Gloria Taylor's case be different? poses Philip Slayton in his Top Court Tales column.

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New Tarion addenda introduce additional transparency to home pricing
Law Times
Even if we ignore the extensive provisions related exclusively to parcels of tied land associated with common element condominiums, the changes to the existing Tarion addenda are significant and detailed, writes The Dirt columnist Jeffrey W. Lem.

Know what you're getting into
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
With summer coming to a close and interview season forthcoming, Canadian Lawyer 4Students will be running a series of articles over the coming months to assist students with the recruitment process. In part 1, Kap Rooney, a current student at a large, commercial law firm, provides some thoughts on what you should be looking into before and while putting together your application package.

Why should I consider production in 'native' format?
Canadian Lawyer
Increasingly, lawyers are "going native" for production, writes Tech Support expert Dera Nevin. The trend appears to be in its early stages, but all indications are that the use of native productions is expanding.

Striving for equilibrio
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Perhaps as we prepare for another year of summaries, OCIs, lectures, and research papers, we should take a page from the Spaniards' book and keep equilibrio higher up on our list, writes Rebecca Lockwood in this month's Ab Initio column.

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Canadian Lawyer annual corporate counsel survey
Each year Canadian Lawyer surveys in-house, general, and corporate counsel about the operation of their legal department. This year we are focusing on particular aspects of the relationship between corporate counsel and external law firms. The results of the survey will be tabulated and presented in the November/December issue of Canadian Lawyer. The responses will also be reported in InHouse, and are often cited at various legal seminars throughout the year. Please click here to fill out the survey. The deadline for submitting responses is Sept. 18, 2012. Thank you for taking the time to participate.

This week's Law Times poll
Have you known a colleague in the profession who has dealt with alcoholism or other addictions? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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