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Former treasurer touts 3rd option for articling crisis
Law Times
Former Law Society of Upper Canada treasurer Gavin MacKenzie has jumped into the articling controversy by criticizing the current options on the table and positing a new alternative for Convocation to consider when the debate resumes this week.

Rare ruling sends family law litigant to jail for contempt
Law Times
Family law litigant Robert Ross Picken spent 20 days of a 30-day sentence in a maximum-security jail sharing a pod with six accused killers after a judge found him in contempt of court.

Law deans straddle line on future of articling
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
With the upcoming debate at the Law Society of Upper Canada this week, the pending solution to the articling crisis is on everyone's minds. Particularly troubled are those at the helm of legal education in Canada - the law school deans.

Lawyer vindicated as appeal court tosses judge's fine
Law Times
An Ontario lawyer has won an appeal of the decision of a New Brunswick judge who slapped her with a steep fine last year after striking her clients' claim in a fraud case.



Why there are so few Asian lawyers at the top
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The general counsel for Xerox Corp. says there are too few Asian lawyers in positions of power in the legal profession and more should be putting themselves forward for leadership positions both in-house and at law firms.

Getting beyond bias
Canadian Lawyer
There are many ways expert witnesses' testimony can be influenced, the trick is in overcoming them.

Ontario lags as Quebec, California move ahead on climate deal
Law Times
An agreement between several provinces and states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work on a regional reduction program is seeing some dramatic action this winter. It's also seeing some dramatic inaction.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of November 19 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Monahan to become deputy AG next week
Law Times
Patrick Monahan leaves York University next week to become Ontario's new deputy attorney general. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Balancing help for alleged victims and wrongdoers
Law Times, editorial
A major complaint about Ontario's human rights system is that it provides alleged victims with certain advantages over the purported wrongdoers. As we've seen, problematic cases still get through and sometimes result in unfair awards, which is why there needs to be a mechanism to provide more balance.

Dealing with incivility from senior counsel
Canadian Lawyer, online
Trial by Fire columnist Lindsay Scott shares tips she recently learned at a forum on how to best deal with incivility from other more senior counsel.

Are lawyers prone to tattoo thinking?
Law Times, online
Instead of making decisions and taking bold steps, lawyers wait for others to try something and learn from them. We say we're too busy to take those risks. And while we wait on the sidelines for others to make those mistakes, we lose out on the opportunities that could change our own and our clients' lives, opines Monica Goyal in her Bits and Bytes column.

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Law firm leadership - by the numbers
Canadian Lawyer, online
Yes, the challenges facing the legal profession are somewhat daunting; yes, law firm leadership is often like pushing a wheelbarrow full of frogs with them jumping in and out at will; and yes, some will fail. But if it were easy everyone would be lined up to do it, writes Stephen Mabey in this month's Definitely Mabey column.

Legal pitfalls show need for workplace social media policies
Law Times
Given that the law on social media isn't yet clear, the notion of workplaces where employees are unsure of expectations towards their online behaviour should force prudent employers to take proactive steps to minimize misuse of the Internet and their exposure to wrongful dismissal lawsuits, writes Labour Pains columnist Nikolay Chsherbinin.

Things I wish I had been taught in law school
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In-house Coach columnist Fred Krebs recently invited Mike Dillon, a former board member at the Association of Corporate Counsel and Adobe's new general counsel, to share his advice on things he wished he had been taught in law school with his students at Georgetown University Law School.


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2013 Top 10 Prairie Law Firms
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Please click here to fill out the survey, it will only take a few minutes. Polling is open until Dec. 4. The results will appear in the February 2013 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

This week's Law Times poll
Former Law Society of Upper Canada treasurer Gavin MacKenzie is calling on benchers to consider maintaining articling as is with financial incentives to increase the number of positions rather than accepting the current proposals. Do you agree? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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