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Courts divided on cellphone searches
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal is considering whether police can search a suspect's cellphone upon arrest without a warrant in a case that could delve further into the idea that cellphones aren't akin to briefcases, a lawyer involved in the matter says.

Punishment right for fire captain's 'repugnant comments,' rules arbitrator
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
An arbitration board has upheld the decision by the Calgary Fire Department to temporarily suspend and demote a captain after he used an expletive to describe female members of the fire crew.

Video: Law Practice Management Roundtable - Recruiting
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the second of four videos from Canadian Lawyer's Law Practice Management Roundtable, moderated by editorial director Gail J. Cohen and sponsored by the Phoenix Legal Group, the participants look at recruitment issues, with the discussion focusing on how firm culture comes into play and why people choose to stay or leave.



Windsor lawyer's dream comes true
Law Times
For Windsor defence lawyer Greg Goulin, the Sept. 1 opening of the Windsor Residence for Young Men represents not only a personal dream come true but it also fills a large gap in the city's social services.

Ford matter hears diverging views on conflicts of interest
Law Times
The Superior Court judge deciding the political fate of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been presented with sharply different interpretations of the law that must be applied in determining whether he should be removed from office.

Lean on me
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Along with the excitement of a new school year, it's natural to feel a bit anxious. But don't worry, there are fellow students who want to help with the transition.



FSCO arbitrator awards medical marijuana to accident claimant
Law Times
A decision of a Financial Services Commission of Ontario arbitrator to allow medical marijuana as a medical benefit may open the floodgates to accident-benefits claimants seeking payment for the drug.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of September 10 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Immigration backlog matter moves ahead
Law Times
Members of Toronto's Bellissimo Law Group will head to Ottawa on Sept. 18 to argue that a stay should remain in effect preventing Citizenship and Immigration Canada from terminating federal skilled-worker applications filed prior to Feb. 27, 2008. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Time to end cities' discriminatory bylaws
Law Times, editorial
It's amazing that in 2012, a number of municipalities in Ontario are still fighting group homes for people with disabilities.

Four simple ways to make our courts more efficient
Canadian Lawyer, online
With the annual September opening of the courts upon us, Trials & Tribulations columnist Margaret Waddell suggests a few simple methods to improve efficiencies in the system.

Opportunity in the form of a brown envelope
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
For me, opportunity presented itself in the unexpected form of an acceptance to law school and an invitation to be among the first in my community to enter a professional field, writes Faiza Ahmed-Hassan.

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Much more to say on the gun registry
Canadian Lawyer, online
Overall levels of crime are down, but gun violence appears to be rising. What is puzzling, however, is why the gun registry debate became so heated and polarized in the first place, and why it was eliminated, writes Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

Superintendent cloaks policy issue as science on catastrophic impairment
Law Times
The superintendent's report on the definition of catastrophic impairment in the statutory accident benefits schedule may seem like a dry topic, but for those suffering injuries in motor vehicle accidents, the difference between having a catastrophic impairment designation and not getting one can be a life-altering distinction, writes Social Justice columnist Alan Shanoff.

In memoriam: The Law Society of Alberta Code of Professional Conduct, 1995-2011
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the fall of 2011, the Law Society of Alberta implemented a new Code of Professional Conduct, which resulted in the repeal of the prior LSA code of conduct (1995 code). To simply allow the 1995 code to fade into history would be a tremendous, and unnecessary, loss, argues Alice Woolley.

Developing the next generation of lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
September marks the real beginning of the lawyer's year. For many new lawyers after their call to the bar in June, the end of the summer means both legal mentors and mentees working side by side, in earnest, opines Lee Akazaki in The Accidental Mentor column.

Legal Feeds

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Windsor law grad declared vexatious litigant

Part-time lawyer, part-time coach


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
A Law Times story this week noted a ruling that awarded medical marijuana to an accident claimant. Should medical marijuana be part of accident benefits? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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