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Law practice pilot shortened
Law Times
Law Society of Upper Canada benchers have approved a law practice program as an alternative to articling under a three-year pilot project instead of the original five-year time frame.

New trial ordered due to jury vetting
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has for the first time quashed a conviction and ordered a new trial as a result of background checks on potential jurors that were conducted by police on behalf of the Crown and not disclosed to the defence.

2Ls to be new licensing process guinea pigs
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Change - it's not something that happens very often in the legal profession, so this is probably one for the history books.

Charge stayed as judge casts doubt on police testimony
Law Times
As concerns over the reliability of police testimony on the witness stand mount, an Ontario Court of Justice judge has found two officers used excessive force during the arrest of an accused impaired driver after rejecting their version of events of how the 60-year-old man sustained injuries in October 2010.



Feds get tough on white-collar crimes
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In its efforts to get tougher on white-collar crime, the federal government may have made it tougher for the Competition Bureau to get individuals and corporations to work with its established leniency programs.

Law firm not afraid to cold-call other lawyers
Law Times
In a high-tech era where concepts like social media, webcasts, podcasts, blogs, and a continuing stream of innovative techniques dominate the thinking of law firm marketers, one Ontario firm has returned to fundamentals with an old-fashioned technique: the cold call.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of November 26 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Kip Daechsel appointed to key role at Heenan Blaikie
Law Times
The partners at Heenan Blaikie LLP have elected Kip Daechsel as national co-managing partner of the firm. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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LSUC should back down on Groia costs order
Law Times, editorial
Given the significant price Joe Groia has already paid for a prosecution that's obviously seeking to make an example out of someone, there's a good argument that there should be no costs order. The fact that his case is a high-profile one doesn't mean he should be on the hook for costs as he's already paid the price in other ways.

A brief intro to lawyers on Twitter
Canadian Lawyer, online
Sarah Peterson Herr, a research lawyer with the Kansas Court of Appeals, recently learned the hard way that putting your opinions out on Twitter can get a lawyer in trouble. After calling a former state attorney general now facing ethics charges a "douche bag," Herr found herself out of a job, writes Damian Penny in his Law Library column.

Brave new world or emperor's new clothes?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Are Canadian businesses really facing a brave new world of anti-bribery enforcement, or is there nothing of substance covering an embarrassing reality for Canada's law-enforcers? ask Calgary litigators Anthony J. Cole and Christine E. Silverberg.

Keep on truckin'
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
First semester of first year was probably the most anxiety-inducing academic period of my life. But if you can make it through this first semester, the five semesters that follow will seem a lot more manageable in comparison, writes Rebecca Lockwood in this month's Ab Initio column.

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Why do lawyers insist upon torturing themselves?
Law Times
Suffering is part of the human condition. This may seem painfully trite to say, but in the legal community, we too often view having human vulnerabilities as a failing. We observe our colleagues who all seem so pulled together and assume, therefore, that our suffering is an anomaly in our community and that, as such, we have a particular weakness that we're not skilled or resilient enough to overcome, writes Doron Gold in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Looking at labour market opinions
Canadian Lawyer, online
Immigration lawyers are not the moral compass for the labour market, for the foreign nationals entering Canada, or even for our client companies. We cannot and should not coach our clients on how to weed out viable candidates, or skirt the system. We should help our clients navigate the system, ensuring they understand their obligations, opines Jennifer Nees in The Immigration Line column.

Restoring the cost balance intended by the framers
Canadian Lawyer, online
A recent decision from Ontario Court of Appeal Chief Justice Warren Winkler dramatically alters the landscape of class proceedings in this province by restoring a careful balance between plaintiffs and defendants with respect to costs awards, writes Class Acts columnist Kirk Baert.

Video: Making Rain - Having skin in the game
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman delves into some probing questions that revolve around lawyers' practice management and client development practices.

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2013 Top 10 Prairie Law Firms
Voting is now open for our latest regional firm rankings. We encourage in-house counsel as well as lawyers from firms in other regions to let us know which firms you think are tops across the prairies. We will select 5 firms based in Manitoba and 5 based in Saskatchewan and your input is the best way for us to determine which firms stand out from the crowd and deserve praise for their outstanding performance.

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
The Law Society of Upper Canada is seeking to have lawyer Joe Groia pay $250,000 in costs for his disciplinary hearing. Should he have to pay? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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