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Litigant decries 'post-traumatic court disorder'
Law Times
Each time self-represented litigant Rhonda Nordlander leaves the courthouse, she suffers an episode of what she calls "post-traumatic court disorder."

Embattled former Windsor law student allowed to practise
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A University of Windsor law graduate who was previously declared a vexatious litigant has been granted a licence to practise law by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Lawyer 'devastated' after 28-year employee took $3M
Law Times
Real estate lawyer James Naumovich says he couldn't have known his law clerk of 28 years would start diverting millions in client money held in trust.

Diversity in ADR: unfamiliar doesn't mean inferior
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In-house counsel may be developing diverse internal departments and asking their external firms to staff with diversity in mind but when it comes to mediation or arbitration, diversity seems not to be on their radar.



Ontario ruling sheds light on massive scam targeting law firms
Law Times
Details of an international scam targeting law firms in Canada and the United States that bilked them of an estimated $70 million are slowly emerging in court actions on both sides of the border.

Survey shows mixed views on unbundling
Law Times
The majority of firms offering unbundled fees find they're helping them to attract more business, according to a Law Times poll.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of May 13 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

LCO research effort launched
Law Times
The Ontario government has asked the Law Commission of Ontario to look into how more people with mental and developmental disabilities could use the federal Registered Disability Savings Plan without costly assessment tests. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Making legal services by web, phone more useful
Law Times, editorial
It's a big dilemma as governments and legal organizations struggle with limited resources. Shifting to online and phone-based services may save money, but they don't necessarily provide the level of service some people require.

5 things about . . . LinkedIn
Canadian Lawyer, online
Legal recruiter Lana Driscoll shares her knowledge on how to get the most out of your LinkedIn profile in the Career Path column.

Insurance companies don't run scared: be aware
Canadian Lawyer, online
Insurers need not feel threatened by the recent Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench decision in Branco v. American Home Assurance Co., which awarded aggravated and punitive damages in the millions against the insurers, opine Steve Simpson and Stephanie Neate.

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Pet Valu doesn't signal open season to eviscerate class actions
Canadian Lawyer, online
The mere fact the Pet Valu appeal was allowed should not be taken as a signal to defendants or their supporters among putative class members or opt outs that they will now have a freer reign in encouraging class members to exclude themselves from a certified proceeding, writes Trials & Tribulations columnist Margaret Waddell.

LAO refugee changes amount to cutbacks
Law Times
Legal Aid Ontario indicates that in light of the new refugee laws, it's finalizing a model that "ensures access to justice to this marginalized population." We have consistently made it clear that the changes proposed by LAO will do anything but ensure access to justice, argue Maureen Silcoff and Kristin Marshall in this week's Speaker's Corner.

The persuasive art of coded understatement
Canadian Lawyer, online
A sense of humour is an endearing quality, even in a lawyer. It can help you win the confidence of clients and colleagues. A flash of wit can signify a mastery of the facts, writes Lee Akazaki in The Accidental Mentor column.

Art, cultural citizenship, and resistance
Canadian Lawyer, online
Sonya Nigam discusses art as another form of resistance that is perhaps more accessible and more democratic in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There column.


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