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Judge calls foul on 'three-strikes' law
Law Times
A London, Ont., judge has dealt a blow to the federal government's tough-on-crime agenda after declaring a provision of the Criminal Code dealing with dangerous offenders to be unconstitutional.

Bringing e-discovery inside: 12 tips for in-house counsel
Canadian Lawyer InHouse

In this issue's cover story, Canadian Lawyer InHouse explores how large corporate legal departments are taking control of the litigation discovery process.

Bar told to embrace trials over summary judgment
Law Times
A Superior Court judge's refusal to schedule summary judgment motions in two cases could signal an intensification of case management, according to one of the lawyers involved.

How RBC's legal teams navigated SEC red tape for bond issue
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
When RBC embarked more than a year ago on a path to releasing its first covered bond issue with the SEC, it knew it would involve navigating the complicated reporting mechanism required from the SEC, but would be well worth the effort.

Taking control of the client feedback process
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Firms are trying to improve review processes with key clients, but retailer Target decided it wanted to conduct the reviews and hand out the report cards.



Video: Law Practice Management Roundtable - Articling
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the final of four videos from Canadian Lawyer's roundtable series on law firm management, moderated by editorial director Gail J. Cohen and sponsored by the Phoenix Legal Group, our panel of lawyer and non-lawyer management gurus examine the growing articling crisis. This hot topic is on the minds of many law students and continues to be a vexing issue for the profession.

Cashing in on REIT fever
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Canadian Real Estate Investment Trusts have become the darling of the investment community, creating a lot of activity for law firms and corporate departments.

Technology bucks M&A trends
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Mega trends in the industry are prompting interest from dealmakers while activity remains flat in other sectors.

Do police need wiretap authority to obtain texts?
Law Times
The Supreme Court of Canada will determine for the first time how the privacy provisions of the Criminal Code should apply when the state is seeking to obtain text messages as part of a criminal investigation.

Video: HIV and the law
Law Times, online
From lawyers' authority to disclose clients' HIV status to upcoming court cases on people's duty to inform their sex partners, the legal issues around HIV are on a lot of people's minds lately.

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Osgoode beefs up hands-on learning options
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Keeping in line with its five-year strategic plan to boost hands-on learning, Osgoode Hall Law School has several new experiential offerings this fall.

Can government force plain packaging on cigarettes?
Law Times
It's just a matter of time before Canada follows a landmark decision at the Australian High Court to strip intellectual property off cigarette packages, says a Toronto lawyer.

Making lifelong learning a priority in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
General counsel for trucking company was not a model student but now sees the benefit of life experiences as well as education.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of September 24 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Firm launches $5K Facebook contest
Law Times
Toronto immigration law firm Niren & Associates is taking an innovative approach to social media this month. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Program discriminates against low-skilled workers
Law Times, editorial
In the past, Canada accepted immigrants from all walks of life. We still need those people, so why not allow them to stay permanently, particularly given the well-documented aging of our population?

Articling in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
While the legal community awaits the Law Society of Upper Canada's report on the articling crisis, expected out this fall, a partial solution may be hiding in corporate law departments.

The law school subculture
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law school is definitely a unique experience no matter how we differ in our descriptions. And there are certainly enough distinguishing features to argue that it is a subculture of a sort, opines Rebecca Lockwood in this month's Ab Initio column.

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Progress and backlash over same-sex marriage
Canadian Lawyer, online
Damian J. Penny shares his take on the book From the Closet to the Altar in his Law Library review.

Denial by process hinders service to people with mental-health issues
Law Times
Innumerable reports document the disproportionate incarceration of people who live with severe mental-health and addictions issues. In essence, the provincial detention centres have become a replacement for the residential psychiatric hospitals, writes Sarah Shartal in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Video: Making Rain - It takes two to communicate
Canadian Lawyer, online
Last month's episode discussed the importance of listening and hearing. As it takes two to communicate, this month, executive coach Debra Forman looks at the speaker's side of the interaction: getting your message out clearly so the listener will focus and act on your words.

Silver v. Imax: A retreat from Timminco
Canadian Lawyer, online
Last August, Ontario Superior Court Justice Katherine M. van Rensburg narrowed the scope of the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Sharma v. Timminco Ltd. by affirming the court's authority to grant leave nunc pro tunc, or with retroactive effect, to the plaintiffs' secondary market disclosure claims in order to avoid the expiry of a limitation period, writes Class Acts columnist Kirk Baert.

Legal Feeds

This week's Law Times poll
A Law Times story this week noted a judge's comments on a "motions culture" in the Toronto bar of preferring summary judgment over trials in civil cases. Are Toronto lawyers reluctant to take cases to trial? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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