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Trial judges better suited to regulating civility: panel
Law Times, online
Trial judges, not law societies, are in the best position to regulate lawyers' conduct in the courtroom, according to a panel of legal professionals who participated in a recent discussion on civility.

The class action migration
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In this issue's cover story, Canadian Lawyer InHouse discovers that in the last five years the class action pendulum has been swinging in favour of the plaintiff perspective. Many say it's long overdue for the pendulum to swing back to the centre.

Blakes chops Ottawa staff to four lawyers
Law Times, online
Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP has cut its Ottawa office staff to just four lawyers, according to a source.

Clearing the air on cloud contracts
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
What you don't know about cloud computing contracts could hurt your data.

Ontario's planned electronic case management system facing the axe
Law Times, online
The Ministry of the Attorney General is considering scrapping plans for an electronic case management system that has been in the works for more than half a decade and has already cost taxpayers $5.2 million.



Who carries the true duty to consult?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Lawyers on both sides hope changes to Ontario's Mining Act will clarify the duty to consult, but skeptics say the province continues to wash its hands of the issue.

Defence urged to think broadly in domestic violence cases
Law Times, online
Criminal lawyers need to take greater heed of family law issues in domestic violence cases, according to panellists at November's Criminal Lawyers' Association conference.

The lure of project lawyers
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
They offer a get-it-done corporate-counsel mentality, the flexibility to work when and where you need them, and hourly rates at half those charged by typical law firms. Are Canadian general counsel embracing this growing source of legal talent?

Taking a global and local perspective
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
When working on deals abroad, Grant Borbridge looks to local counsel to get the deal done efficiently.

New master, judge, JPs appointed
Law Times, online
The provincial government has appointed a new judge, a new master, and a slew of new justices of the peace. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Shifting tide
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
Perhaps it's time for in-house counsel to look in the mirror before they criticize the actions of their law firms unless they've initiated some action themselves first.

Court to determine fate of Harper's residential schools promise
Law Times, online
At the end of the month, the final chapter in what has been an enduring horror story of the residential schools will emerge from a Toronto courtroom to determine whether a promise is a promise or if the words of a white man are worth no more than they have been for the past 140 years, writes The Hill columnist Richard Cleroux.

Love the one you are with
Canadian Lawyer, online
As careers evolve and dissolve, one simple theme seems to surface repeatedly - even if there is no choice about the work itself that you do, there is always a choice about the way you do your work, opines Stephen Mabey in this month's Definitely Mabey column.

Finding opportunities beyond Bay Street
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A current student at a large, commercial law firm gives advice on how to seek out opportunities outside of Bay Street.

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If the profession is broken, it may not be so bad
Canadian Lawyer, online
If you are contemplating a career in law in Canada, or are already in the pipeline toward your call to the bar, the articling debate at the Law Society of Upper Canada revealed some stark truths about the state of the legal profession - as well as cause for optimism, opines Lee Akazaki in The Accidental Mentor column.

Victim surcharge bill among many changes making sentencing more complex
Law Times, online
Victim surcharges will probably soon be mandatory, double what they have been, and a key part of taking instructions from clients in criminal matters, writes A Criminal Mind columnist Rosalind Conway.

The care and cultivation of good colleagues
Canadian Lawyer, online
Trial by Fire columnist Lindsay Scott explains what it means to be a good colleague and why it's worth your time to be one.

Lower courts struggling to apply Timminco
Canadian Lawyer, online
The impact of the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Sharma v. Timminco has now been seen in three cases in which lower courts have struggled to manage the practical consequences that flow from it, writes Kirk Baert in this month's Class Acts column.

Candour, the gift that keeps on giving
Canadian Lawyer, online
For Christmas give yourself and your colleagues a gift that keeps on giving by practising these four agreements: be impeccable with your word, don't take things personally, don't make assumptions, and do your best in all circumstances, David A. Paul suggests in his Field Notes column.

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