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Disbarred lawyer's 'amazing story of redemption' earns reinstatement to profession
Law Times, online
Disbarred lawyer Vassilios Apostolopoulos has won his bid to have his licence to practise law restored following an inspiring comeback from years of personal struggle that included homelessness, a battle with mental illness, and a return to a law school where he had been a star student.

Windsor Law clarifies stand, will no longer represent men or women in domestic violence cases
Law Times, online
The University of Windsor Law School has announced its Community Legal Aid program will no longer represent men or women accused of domestic violence following a controversy over a recent memo indicating that it would stop all intakes "unless the alleged offender is a woman."

Jackman's $11-million donation to U of T law largest ever
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
With a record-breaking $11-million donation, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law is well on its way to securing the $54 million needed for its new building.

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Why not all mooncakes are created equal
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
It can be tricky to navigate the rocky road that is doing business in corruption-prone countries, but in-house counsel can learn to spot red flags and ask the right questions to help keep their company out of hot water.

LawPRO freezes rates as LSUC introduces new late-payment penalty
Law Times, online
While LawPRO is taking mercy on lawyers by freezing its base rate for the second straight year, the Law Society of Upper Canada is introducing a new late-payment charge for those who miss the deadline for paying member dues.

Conventional trial 'dead as a dodo'
Law Times
Two Ontario judges have a message for lawyers disappointed by the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Combined Air Mechanical Services Inc. v. Flesch on summary judgment: get over it.

Lawyer disbarred for taking $1M from dad's estate
Law Times, online
A Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has disbarred Ottawa lawyer Leslie Vandor for taking $1 million from his father's estate. Click
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Will new immigration rules affect Canada's multiculturalism?
Canadian Lawyer, online
At the very least, before implementation, a study ought to be conducted on the impact that changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Regulations will have on Canada's current multicultural mix, and whether such impacts would be in tune with Canada's multicultural policies, writes guest columnist Rafael Fabregas in The Immigration Line column.

Wind power issues more about politics than health
Law Times
As the federal government squeezes the environmental reviews of the direct health consequences of oil pipelines, it announces yet another study to look at the possible indirect consequences of wind turbines. Unfortunately, it seems that when it comes to wind, the real issue isn't health - it's politics, writes John De Vellis in Speaker's Corner.

Getting hired in the Big Apple
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Wela Quan offers advice to law students on how to land a job in New York City.

What the Quebec tuition protest taught law students
Canadian Lawyer, online
In The Accidental Mentor column, Lee Akazaki asks why the legal profession didn't mobilize itself to respond to an act of violence against student jurists on our own shores.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the most ethical of all?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
As in-house counsel, we should always be trying to do the right thing for our organizations and ensuring our colleagues do the same, opines Cheryl Foy in her Practising In-house column.

So you wanna invest some money . . .
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his Financial Adviser column, Alan Acton summarizes the four "ingredients" that William Bernstein, author of the article "The Probability of Success," suggests the do-it-yourself investor needs to be successful at managing their own money.

Mungwarere: prosecuting crimes against humanity in Canada
Canadian Lawyer, online
Sonya Nigam discusses the trial of Jacques Mungwarere, who was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in her Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

Finally, some plain talk about a pervasive problem
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Trials & Tribulations column, Margaret L. Waddell expresses her support for Alberta Associate Chief Justice J.D. Rooke's decision in Meads v. Meads, in which he identified the pervasive problem of self-represented litigants who follow a prepared modus operandi to disrupt the court system.

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