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Report touts clinic mergers
Law Times
Legal Aid Ontario report on the future of clinic law suggests legal clinics will be larger and fewer in number in the years to come.

Skin in the game
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In this issue's cover story, Canadian Lawyer InHouse discovers that in-house counsel are asking their external counsel to play by different rules these days.

Lawyer awarded $5,000 for age discrimination
Law Times
An Aurora, Ont., lawyer has won $5,000 in damages after a successful age discrimination lawsuit against legal publisher CCH Canadian Ltd.

Students encouraged to embrace spirit of pro bono work
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
It's not all doom and gloom in the fight for access to justice, law students were told last week.



Taking the politics out of planning
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The much-maligned Ontario Municipal Board has its detractors but many in-house lawyers who appear before it say it works. Does it need to be revamped?

Firm sued for $1.5M as just-cause defence withdrawn
Law Times
Rusonik O'Connor Robbins Ross Gorham & Angelini LLP is now facing an increased claim for $1.5 million in damages for wrongful dismissal after it withdrew a large part of its defence against a former employee who launched a high-profile lawsuit against it.

Conflicting opinions
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
With conflict of interest allegations hitting the headlines, municipal in-house counsel are advised to keep abreast of developments.

Video: Legal thespians
Law Times, online
When a group of lawyers wasn't acting on someone else's behalf in recent months, they were acting on stage in preparation for the upcoming Lawyer Show production of Twelfth Night in Toronto.



Managing cyber risk
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Should in-house counsel be asking more questions about the strength of their company's cyber systems and bringing the conversation to their department?

Critics worried about NCR changes
Law Times
A proposed high-risk accused designation for those declared not criminally responsible could put a greater demand on already-scarce judicial and medical resources as well as increase risks to the public, mental-health and legal practitioners suggest.

Protecting the brand
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
General counsel for the Edmonton Oilers is ever watchful of the impact of social media on the club's trademarks.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of May 27 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

AG to support bill C-489
Law Times
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has announced his support for a private member's bill that would impose further restrictions on offenders conditionally released from prison. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Contract mess leaves pile of legal headaches
Law Times, editorial
While there's been vociferous criticism of the Ontario government's waste of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars through the gas-plant mess, the federal government has found itself having to shell out $40 million in damages and costs for a bungled relocation contract - evidence of yet another scandal that shows our government's capacity to add layer upon layer to its legal headaches.

Certified in-house counsel
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
Unless those who do the hiring of in-house counsel understand what the designation brings to the job, they may not grasp its worth to an organization. But as competition increases for in-house positions it may become a differentiator many could benefit from.

How we want to work and spend our working days
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the first of Canadian Lawyer's new technology column titled "The Future Files," Ben Hanuka identifies what works and does not work in the day-to-day of actual practice.

What are you prepared to do?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
From legal adviser to corporate super hero - the role has changed, writes Mark Johnson in this issue's In Closing.

Video: Making Rain - Regret, and then slow fix
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman will provide you with effective tools you can apply when a setback or crisis prevents you from moving forward. You will see it takes a relatively simple two-step process to progress: regret, followed by a slow fix.



Cases show risks, rewards of using Twitter
Law Times, online
Users who invest time and energy into formulating and executing a well-designed plan for their social media presence can have a tremendous impact and reap significant rewards, argues Bits & Bytes columnist Monica Goyal. But users can also suffer tremendous damage to their reputation should things go wrong.

How to sabotage a mediation: An impractical guide for lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
If you follow a few or more of these suggestions then the mediation is bound to fail despite the mediator's best efforts, suggests Mitchell Rose.

First family law moot organizers seek recognition of profession's poor cousin
Law Times
People too often think of family law as the poor cousin of the profession. To compound the problem, law students seldom get exposure to it, resulting in fewer and fewer graduates becoming family lawyers, writes Patti Cross in this week's Speaker's Corner.

It's about 'reasonable,' not 'right'
Canadian Lawyer, online
In response to recent temporary foreign worker "scandals," the government should have responded with a more reasoned approach. Better to have said no rules appeared to have been broken, but we will continue to take a look at the infrastructure, than to come out in shock that such a thing could happen, opines Jennifer Nees in The Immigration Line column.

When to speak up
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
I've noticed a trend in law school where many students shy away from sharing their political beliefs. It struck me as odd since I've always imagined law school as the place where people could really flex their political muscle for the first time, writes Ab Initio columnist Rebecca Lockwood.

Politicization of the opt-out period
Canadian Lawyer, online
Significant time and expense will be required to combat the tactics used in the opt-out campaign maintained by a well-financed defendant, writes Kirk Baert in his Class Acts column.

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