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Master issues rallying cry for 'meaningful' insurance for lawyers' clients in
insolvency situations

Law Times, online
Following a Superior Court master's rallying cry for "meaningful professional negligence insurance in insolvency situations" for innocent clients of insured solicitors, the Ontario government has confirmed it will consider the issue as part of its upcoming review of the Insurance Act.

New lawyers signal reduced expectations in sluggish economy
Law Times, online
A study on new lawyers' career choices released by the Law Society of Upper Canada recently suggests job seekers are putting less influence on factors like law firm prestige and salary as they look for their first position.

Leveling the international tax field
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A report expected this week from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development could help kick-start changes to an international tax system many say is out of date for the times.

McKercher 'makes it easier' for counsel to argue they're not in conflict
Law Times, online
The Supreme Court of Canada clarified the scope of the bright-line rule this month in a ruling at least one lawyer suggests will make it easier for law firms to argue they're not in a conflict of interest.



Academic reputation key in students' law school choices
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A law school's academic reputation had the greatest influence on a student's decision to go there, says a recent report from the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Lawyers differentiating themselves through linguistic specialties
Law Times, online
Toronto lawyer Juan Carranza isn't always the first port of call for his Spanish-speaking clients but he's usually the last.

LSUC orders ex-Hollinger exec to pay $10K in costs

Law Times, online
The Law Society has ordered one of the players from the long-running Hollinger International Inc. saga to pay $10,000 in costs as part of an order placing practice restrictions on him for two years. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Big Brother is alive and well and reading your Facebook posts
Canadian Lawyer, online
The IT Girl columnist Danielle Lemon discusses PRISM, the real-life alias of the United States National Security Agency's massive data collection and surveillance computer program, and how it could affect Canadians' rights to privacy.

Ontario's economic future out of its hands as Ring of Fire languishes
Law Times, online
Hooked up to cheap hydro electric power, Ontario used to be the engine that drove the nation, writes Ian Harvey in his Queen's Park column. But today, it languishes as a have-not province in Confederation while hamstrung by deficits and a debt that will hover like a thundercloud over successive governments for generations.

Toews: the provocative lawman
Canadian Lawyer, online
Sam Goldstein sums up the political life of former Public Safety minister Vic Toews, who is retiring after 18 years of public service.

Lippa provides important guidance for legal profession
Law Times, online
The recent decision in R. v. Lippa, which permits judicial officers to decide how to manage the courtroom effectively, highlights the importance of the differences between lawyers and paralegals, opines Nathan Baker in this week's Speaker's Corner column.



Preparing to battle the lawyer who 'wrote the book'
Canadian Lawyer, online
Trial by Fire columnist Lindsay Scott gives her advice on going up against a top senior counsel on a pro bono file.

Leading four generations to work while avoiding stereotypes
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Fred Krebs discusses the challenges of a multi-generational workplace in his In-house Coach column.

New book sheds light on how to bring value to clients
Law Times, online
Bits & Bytes columnist Monica Goyal shares her review of the book Breaking the Time Barrier, co-written by FreshBooks founder Mike McDerment, which she says is a must-read for lawyers.

Just saying . . . some things about the profession
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Definitely Mabey column, Stephen Mabey shares his thoughts on the future of the legal profession and generational differences.

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