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OPSEU accuses province of contempt
Law Times
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is taking the province to court over its failure to abide by a ruling involving court interpreters as the government gets set to create a new body that would oversee their work as independent contractors.

Man suing lawyers fights vexatious litigant ruling
Law Times
William Malamas, a former real estate developer who is appealing a Superior Court judge's order declaring him a vexatious litigant, says the justice system has failed him.

Unjust dismissal hearing interrupted over privilege challenge
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Federal Court says issues of litigation and solicitor-client privilege trump the interests of an individual seeking the completion of his unjust dismissal hearing.

Paper touts 'no jail' option in exchange for reduced Charter protection
Law Times
A discussion paper issued by the federal Department of Justice is suggesting that for certain offences, the assurance of lower penalties or no time in jail in exchange for reduced protection under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms could lead to a more efficient criminal justice system.



Law through a different lens
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
How does art come into play with the law? Osgoode Hall Law School has found a new way to intersect the two.

Aboriginals battling family law changes
Law Times
The federal government's latest attempt to bring western family law principles to native reserves is once again attracting controversy.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of June 17 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Judicial appointments announced
Law Times
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has appointed two lawyers to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice bench. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Embracing reform
Law Times, editorial
Given the slow pace of change to the structure of the legal profession so far, it was good to see the Canadian Bar Association take the issue on with the release of a discussion paper as part of its CBA Legal Futures Initiative last week.

BlackBerry apps for lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
David Paul shares his thoughts on the best BlackBerry apps for lawyers in his latest Field Notes column.

Critique of SCC judges' patriation interventions a house of cards
Law Times
Frédéric Bastien's book La Bataille de Londres has been causing a stir since its recent release with its allegations of back-channel contacts between former Supreme Court chief justice Bora Laskin and justice Willard Estey and the federal and British governments while the court was deliberating over its opinion in the patriation reference, writes That's History columnist Philip Girard.



Hard-earned lessons of associate life
Canadian Lawyer, online
Trial by Fire columnist Lindsay Scott shares some hard-earned lessons for newly-called lawyers.

Situational awareness and in-house counsel: technology
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In this month's In-house Coach column, Fred Krebs explains that in order to be effective, in-house counsel must practise good situational awareness when it comes to technology.

Current thinking of U.S. small to mid-size firms (Canadian standards)
Canadian Lawyer, online
Firms need to create a situation where their managing partners have an opportunity to lead and get out of the weeds (administrative work done by administrative staff), writes Stephen Mabey in his Definitely Mabey column.

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Canadian Lawyer regional law firm ranking
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This week's Law Times poll
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