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TV judge sheds light on Ontario judiciary
Law Times
Ontario Court Justice Harvey Brownstone says he's tearing down the thick shroud over Canada's judiciary by moving readily between the bench and the TV spotlight.

Sunshine list shows signs of restraint among public-sector legal earners
Law Times
Who earned the most among lawyers working in Ontario's public sector? Once again, you can find out from the sunshine list detailing the names, salaries, and positions of thousands of public sector employees who earn more than $100,000 per year.

Hot competition - part 2
Canadian Lawyer
Intense rivalry and unprecedent numbers of voters in our online survey characterize the latest ranking in Canadian Lawyer's Top 10 arbitration chambers.

Denied NCA, would-be lawyer also loses in court
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
It's not unheard of for internationally trained lawyers to be denied access to the Canadian bar. But in a rare move, a U.K. law graduate whose application was rejected took his case to court, and ultimately lost.

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Insurer to pay $200K in punitive damages
Law Times
In a warning about the use of surveillance evidence, an Ontario Superior Court judge has awarded $300,000 in punitive and aggravated damages against an insurance company found to have demonstrated bad faith towards a long-term disability applicant.

CDLPA head worried about northern Ontario justice system
Law Times
During a recent tour of northern Ontario, County & District Law Presidents' Association chairwoman Janet Whitehead found a courthouse in Fort Frances, Ont., in poor repair where judges were hearing land claim cases in a room outfitted with tarps and hoses carrying water from a leaky roof.

Evaluating worker safety outside Canada
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Canadian companies with workers employed in potentially volatile locations abroad may want to review their occupational health and safety policies and assess potential risks following the recent hostage taking at a natural gas plant in Algeria.

Crafting consistent approach to judicial mediation
Law Times
As judges increasingly participate in dispute resolution efforts, there are few safeguards to protect the integrity of the system. But soon, a new report from an Ontario Bar Association task force on judicial mediation will consider some areas for improvement so that mediation can be a more effective option in the judicial toolkit.

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Top Ontario public service in-house counsel earns $446,513
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
More than 500 in-house counsel made the province of Ontario's "sunshine list" of public sector employees who earned more than $100,000 in 2012.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of April 8 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Victim remembered as decent lawyer
Law Times
Kevin Dunsmuir, one of the victims of a deadly East Gwillimbury, Ont., fire, was a brave and professional lawyer, according to a Toronto litigator who knew him. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Cases show harsh realities of civil litigation
Law Times, editorial
Some people who take on novel and trailblazing legal issues or who face politically motivated litigation raise funds for their cases. In an age of crowdsourcing, there are options, albeit imperfect ones, for those who find themselves in these types of circumstances.

Respect for lawyering
Canadian Lawyer, online
Jurists can learn from the acting profession when it comes to earning respect for our ability to think on behalf of the public we serve. Next time you attend a great play or watch a trained actor on the screen, think about what the actor does to earn your respect while not uttering any words. You might find some tips to earn respect for your abilities as a legal professional, suggests The Accidental Mentor columnist Lee Akazaki.

Staying 'sane' during exams
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Rarely do my peers smile at this time of year, and an aura of doomed gloom is palpable around Osgoode's halls. After all, I believe everyone is less "sane" during exams due to increased anxiety and stress levels, regardless of whether or not they have concurring diagnosed conditions, opines Harjot Atwal.



A big win for the class; not so much for class counsel
Canadian Lawyer, online
If fees are reduced arbitrarily simply because they are large, this could have a deleterious effect on future class actions, argues Margaret Waddell in this month's Trials & Tribulations column.

Lawyers eager for clarity on limitation periods for equitable claims
Law Times
We need either some form of appellate clarity on the issue of equitable claims in family law when it comes to limitation periods or, alternatively, another crack at revisions to or clarification on the revamped scheme by the legislature given the changing landscape, writes Marta Siemiarczuk in her Family Law column.

Hidden fees can hurt your investment portfolio
Canadian Lawyer, online
Instead of actively managed products, consider buying investments like index tracking exchange traded funds, or other passively managed investment products. They typically have much lower costs, simply because they do not trade their securities as much, writes Alan Acton in this month's Financial Adviser column.


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Unbundling of legal services
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This week's Law Times poll
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