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Court clerks can now be called to bar
Law Times
Clerks at the Ontario Superior Court will no longer have to consider deferring their call to the bar after their articles in order to take their positions, an arbitrator has ruled.

Conflicting decisions call duty to consult into question
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A decision by the Ontario Superior Court to grant leave to appeal an interim injunction obtained by a First Nation against a junior mining company could have significant implications for the resource industry, First Nation communities, and government.

Ontario prison conditions at 'all-time low'
Law Times
Prisoners and their guards have found a common enemy this summer: the provincial government.



Western Law creates chair in corporate law following $1.5M donation
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
What could a law school do with $3 million? Plenty, says Western University law dean Iain Scott.

Video: Law Practice Management Roundtable - Globalization & Outsourcing
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this third of four videos from Canadian Lawyer's law firm management roundtable, moderated by editorial director Gail J. Cohen and sponsored by the Phoenix Legal Group, our panel of experts discuss the issues of globalization and outsourcing legal services. They look at the use of legal process outsourcing and expanding it from e-discovery and document review into other areas.

Electronic surveillance evidence up for grabs
Law Times
To date, the Competition Bureau has sparingly used its powers to obtain electronic evidence such as wiretaps and videos, but it appears that in the not-so-distant future, there will be a whole lot more surveillance taking place.



Deceased lawyer passionate about flying
Law Times
The legal community in Thunder Bay, Ont., is in mourning after the death of criminal lawyer Peter Mrowiec in a plane crash.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of September 17 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Marlys Edwardh honoured
Law Times
The Advocates' Society has honoured Toronto lawyer Marlys Edwardh with the Advocates' Society Medal. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Let clerks be called to the bar
Law Times, editorial
Clerks with more experience bring added skills to the job and restricting their call to the bar can hold their careers back. The government's financial concerns are real, but that doesn't justify its policy in this area.

Business development should be fun
Canadian Lawyer, online
Working as a new lawyer is hard enough without having to strategize about developing business. The good news, I'm told, is business development should be fun or you're not doing it right, writes Trial by Fire columnist Lindsay Scott.

A lawyer's call for a fairer, more transparent law society

Law Times
There's a remarkable opportunity for change at the law society with the chief executive officer now firmly in place, a new treasurer, and revamped committees with new benchers taking on fresh responsibilities, writes William Trudell in this week's Speaker's Corner.

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Judicial notice of Internet sources not guaranteed
Canadian Lawyer, online
Has the online world become so pervasive as to warrant judicial notice? For the most part, the answer remains no, argues Leonard Polsky.

Promise of RFID technology raises personal privacy concerns
Canadian Lawyer, online
RFID technology offers many benefits from tracking patient health records to fugitives. However, the impact to human rights and freedoms - if not sufficiently monitored and regulated - could have devastating results, opines Sarah Dale-Harris in this month's The IT Girl column.

2012 Key Performance Indicators
Canadian Lawyer, online
Definitely Mabey columnist Stephen Mabey explores some of the key results of the 2012 Canadian KPI Survey, which provides Canadian law firms with industry information in order to benchmark their own performance against the performance of other firms of reasonably comparable size.

Why great leaders need great followers
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Fred Krebs reflects on his time working with Bill Lytton, the Association of Corporate Counsel board chairman in 2002, and discusses the importance of leadership and followership in his In-house Coach column.

Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds BlogCheck out Legal Feeds, the blog of daily Canadian legal news powered by the award-winning editorial team of Law Times and Canadian Lawyer. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

CCLA sounds alarm on retention of non-conviction records

Judge wants system to hear his side of the story

Chiefs upbeat on future of court technology

Victoria to get a new Justice Access Centre

Former Vision TV GC disbarred


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
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is sounding the alarm about the release of non-conviction information in police background checks. Is it time to change the system to deal with this issue? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.



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