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Ontario lagging in court technology
Law Times, online
Provincial plans for a comprehensive electronic system for Ontario's courts are once again up in the air as the government takes another stab at reviewing "all our information technology needs and priorities."


Lawyer's racial profiling case argued at appeal court
Law Times, online
What is considered evidence of racial discrimination was at the heart of a heated debate at the Ontario Appeal Court this month in a case involving two black lawyers who believe they were racially profiled.

Current boss paints different picture of Visic at licensing hearing
Law Times, online
Anica Visic's previous articling principals called her rude and defensive. But during a recent testimony at her licensing hearing, the lawyer currently employing Visic painted a different picture of a young woman dubbed a vexatious litigant for taking her school, professors, and former employers to court.

Focus: Defence lawyers warned of mistrial risks
Law Times, online
High-profile New York defence lawyer Benjamin Brafman used a session at the Criminal Lawyers' Association conference in Toronto last month to call on his Canadian colleagues to tackle the growing challenges posed by technology and social media in the courts.

Small companies need to pay heed to anti-corruption matters
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
It's still early days when it comes to the enforcement of Canada's anti-corruption legislation, but some companies may still not be ready should the RCMP come calling, says a senior counsel with Barrick Gold Corp.


Justice Crossland passes away
Law Times
Former Ontario Superior Court Justice James Crossland passed away on Dec. 23 at his home. He was 80. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Video: Making Rain: Year-end closures
As this is the last episode of 2012, it is fitting that executive coach Debra Forman focuses everyone's attention on year-end closures.





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Sing the changes
Canadian Lawyer online
If Paul McCartney can still sing Helter Skelter at 70, why should lawyers be retiring at 65? That's the question posed by Letter from Law Law Land contributor Tony Wilson.


Previous law practice program participant recalls experience during 1949 Manitoba articling crisis
Law Times
The recent approval by the Law Society of Upper Canada of a three-year pilot project for an articling alternative reminded me of my own experience when a shortage of articling positions in 1949 caused the Law Society of Manitoba to create another option, writes Morley Gorsky.

Abitibi avoids liability
Canadian Lawyer, online
In insolvency matters, everything depends on the facts. This is the message delivered by the Supreme Court of Canada in its recent decision in Newfoundland and Labrador v. AbitibiBowater Inc., write contributors Hugh S. Wilkins, William Amos and R. Graham Phoenix.

Are automated lawyers the way of the future?
Law Times, online
Is there a future with automated lawyers? Personally, I hope not. But I have heard many smart people say the future of law is in expert computer systems that may replace lawyers, writes Bits & Bytes contributor Monica Goyal.

Throw your hat over the wall: A challenge for 2013
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
We have all seen the articles about the increased influence of general counsel both in the boardroom and elsewhere, as well as the expanding role in the C-suite. However, in all the conversations about influence and stature we should not lose sight of the most basic responsibility of the general counsel — to be a good lawyer, writes In-house Coach Fred Krebs.

Ignorance is bliss
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
I relish this time of year. It is one of the only periods when I, as a law student, can truly relinquish control and just sit back. After slogging through an intensive exam season, I can't do anything more about fall term grades until January, writes Ab Initio contributor Rebecca Lockwood.



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