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Editor’s Note

Today we are launching the annual Canadian Lawyer corporate counsel survey. This year, we are asking corporate counsel about particular aspects of the relationship between themselves and external law firms and how they are managing their budgets. The results of the survey will be tabulated and presented in the November/December issue of Canadian Lawyer. The responses will also be reported in InHouse, and are often cited at various legal seminars throughout the year.

Please click here to fill out the survey. The deadline for submitting responses is Sept. 16.

Thank you in advance to all in-house counsel for taking the time to participate.

Gail J. Cohen
Editor in Chief
Canadian Lawyer/Law Times



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Program aims to bring aboriginal offenders into community
Law Times
The Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto's community justice program aims to help offenders feel a part of a community.



Carter instruction in two-person conspiracies upheld
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has rejected suggestions that the standard instruction to juries about the use of co-conspirator acts and declarations is unfair when an alleged criminal conspiracy involves only two people.

Video: Eighth annual InHouse/ACC general counsel roundtable on law department management: Regulatory and compliance pressures in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the final video from the InHouse/Association of Corporate Counsel general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP, the participants discuss how they manage increasing pressures and workload as a result of regulatory and compliance issues.

Ontario court applies McKercher, allowing lawyer to remain on case
Law Times
In a decision referencing the Supreme Court's ruling in Canadian National Railway Co. v. McKercher LLP, an Ontario court has refused to remove counsel from a case because he had formerly represented the opposing party.



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Free LSAT course making law school a possibility
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Those with low incomes face many barriers when trying to get into the legal profession. For some, even the cost of a prep course for the law school admission test isn't feasible.

Spike in pension-related human rights litigation
Law Times
More baby boomers are reaching retirement age and turning to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to address a perceived injustice regarding their pensions.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of August 19 with Law Times staff writer Yamri Taddese.

Miller Thomson partner moves to Dickinson Wright
Law Times, online
Corporate lawyer Alan Litwack has joined Dickinson Wright LLP. Litwack, who was previously of Miller Thomson LLP, joins the Toronto office as a partner. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Commentary

Raise lawsuit caps
Law Times, editorial
The welfare limit has been in place and remained the same since 1990 while the Ontario Disability Support program cap dates back to 1998. Given the changes on those fronts, it's only reasonable for the government to index the caps to inflation when it comes to lawsuit awards.

Cliff diving v. cliff jumping
Canadian Lawyer, online
There is no getting around it - change is here for the foreseeable future. Law firms have to change not because it is the popular thing to do or because it is necessary. They need to change to get ahead as times change and the new competition emerges, writes Definitely Mabey columnist Stephen Mabey.

BYOD: going beyond your IT policy
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In his Practising In-house column, Renato Pontello shares a few examples of tools and features that come into play under a BYOD IT policy, adding it behooves in-house counsel to become familiar with available technology solutions, the manner in which they impact the allocation of risk between organizations and individuals, and the risks they pose to businesses.

Healthy boundaries make for healthy lawyers
Law Times
Too many lawyers I see are simply too afraid to set boundaries related to workload and they suffer profoundly as a result. The helpless feeling that comes with being asked to do more than one is capable of doing and not feeling able to say no often leads to depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, writes Doron Gold in The Lawyer Therapist column.

HRTO lacks expertise to deal with racial profiling
Law Times, online
With reference to the adjudication of cases involving racial profiling in which individuals are arrested or charged with a criminal offence, the court must hold the HRTO to a standard of correctness, opines Ernest Guiste in the Speaker's Corner column.

iPhone apps for lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
David Paul provides a list of resources to assist with using an iPhone in legal practice, including essential apps for lawyers, in his latest Field Notes column.

CPD basics for Ontario associates
Canadian Lawyer, online
A recent e-mail from the Law Society of Upper Canada regarding continuing professional development time sent Lindsay Scott into a mini-panic. As a result, she lays out the CPD basics for Ontario associates in her latest Trial by Fire column.

Be our guest: a primer on virtualization
Canadian Lawyer, online
In its most basic sense, virtualization is the creation of a virtual computer that acts like a real computer. Instead of building out your IT infrastructure physically, with sprawling stacks of hardware and software, you build it out virtually, writes Danielle Lemon in The IT Girl column.

Once more with feeling
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Sudanese lawyer Amain Khair shares his experience in the University of Toronto's Internationally Trained Lawyers Program.

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Canadian Lawyer annual corporate counsel survey
Each year Canadian Lawyer surveys in-house, general, and corporate counsel about the operation of their legal department. This year, we are focusing on particular aspects of the relationship between corporate counsel and external law firms and how in-house counsel are managing their budgets. The results of the survey will be tabulated and presented in the November/December issue of Canadian Lawyer. The responses will also be reported in InHouse, and are often cited at various legal seminars throughout the year. Please click here to fill out the survey. The deadline for submitting responses is Sept. 16. Thank you for taking the time to participate.

This week's Law Times poll
Should the province increase the cap on litigation awards recipients of Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program can keep? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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