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Feds should follow Ontario in seeking bilingual judges: report
Law Times, online
A shortage of bilingual superior court judges is hampering access to justice for English and French speakers, according to findings in a report by the commissioner of official languages.

Be the change you want to see
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
In this issue's cover story, 4Students discovers that making mandatory pro bono work might not be the way to go but the profession is seeing a cultural shift toward more public interest and access to justice work.

Court provides road map for awarding costs for unbundled legal services
Law Times, online
A family court litigant was successful in getting costs she incurred for unbundled services from several lawyers in a case a Superior Court judge described as an example of the courts "struggling to determine entitlement and quantum of costs."

To specialize or not to specialize?
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Should law students hone in on a particular area or is it better to have a more general understanding of the law? Lawyers and law firm recruiters weigh in on the debate.

Video: Time to reform access to information laws?
Law Times, online
Journalist Paul Knox spoke at a Canadian Civil Liberties event last week on problems with Canada's access to information laws. Advocates say Canada has gone from being a leader in this area to a laggard.

Lakehead law launches
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Canada's newest law school aims to help fill a gap for legal services in Ontario's north.

'Ineligible' employees get green light for overtime class action
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Their class action may be certified but now a group of investment advisers who claim they should have been paid overtime will have to prove their case in court.



Mentorship 101
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Tips for mentees and mentors on how to get the most out of their relationship.

$125K libel award against sex abuse complainants sends chill, lawyers warn
Law Times, online
In a decision some lawyers say could create a chilling effect for victims of sexual abuse, an Ontario man has successfully sued his nieces for defamation after they sent out e-mails to family members accusing him of sexually abusing them when they were young girls.

Q & A with Peter Jenkins
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Adjunct professor Peter Jenkins teaches a course at Osgoode Hall Law School called Legal values: Law, ethics & social media.
In addition, visit us online for an exclusive
video interview with Peter Jenkins.

Canadian employers slow to innovate with pension de-risking
Law Times, online
Many of the more innovative measures to remove or reduce the risks associated with employer pension plans have been relatively slow to take off in Canada.

Not your typical law student
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Chris Clarke has body piercings in the double-digits, but he's not going to let stereotypes get in the way of his goal to practise law.

The pros & cons of practising . . .
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Lawyers from across the country share their pros & cons about practising personal injury law, in the B.C. Interior, IT law, and in Halifax.

Austin Cooper receives honorary degree
Law Times, online
The Law Society of Upper Canada has presented prominent criminal defence lawyer Austin Cooper with an honorary doctor of laws. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Long dispute looms as diplomats seek to close pay gap with federal lawyers
Law Times, editorial
With foreign-service officers reportedly receiving 100 per cent of their pay as strike pay on days they withdraw their services, it looks like we may be in for a long dispute unless the government can find some solution that addresses the union's core complaint.

Building a law school doesn't mean it is one
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, editorial
In opening Ontario's first new law school in 44 years this fall, Lakehead University should do all it can to create a collegial environment for everyone and be wary of the mistakes made by Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in Kamloops, B.C.

How I learned to get what I really need from Google
Canadian Lawyer, online
Running successful Google searches isn't as quick or easy as many people think. Don't get me wrong: it isn't difficult but it also isn't totally rudimentary. It requires just a few minutes and focus, writes Ben Hanuka in The Future Files column.

Does MacKay signal shift in approach?
Law Times, online
Now we have a new justice minister, Peter MacKay, who hasn't always done exactly what Stephen Harper told him to and so far seems more concerned with issues such as curbing family violence. It's not necessarily a big change for the government but it's a shift in approach given its emphasis on tougher laws, opines The Hill columnist Richard Cleroux.

The alternate universe
Canadian Lawyer, online
The alternate universe manifests itself in many ways. I had a nice chat with a Greenpeace volunteer a few weeks ago, who seemed to live in it, writes Tony Wilson in this month's Letter from Law Law Land column.

Blue rose
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Schulich School of Law student Jessica Tara's painting Blue rose is featured in this issue's Students' Page.

Video: Making Rain - Corporate Love
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's episode, executive coach Debra Forman focuses on the process for building relationships internally at your firm or organization - or the development of corporate love.

Important constitutional case lives on as turning point for challenging politicians
Law Times, online
As we watch municipal politicians today brought before the courts on corruption charges, insider real estate deals, and breaches of ethics; provincial leaders cancelling huge energy projects in the middle of elections; and federal representatives decrying the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we should remember we walk in the footsteps of the Jew, the Jehovah's Witness, the politician, and the poet who gave us the chutzpah to question our leaders, writes Sam Goldstein in this week's Speaker's Corner column.

Individual issues and the Class Proceedings Act
Canadian Lawyer, online
The individual issues sections of the 1992 Class Proceedings Act give the trial judge broad discretion to fashion proceedings for the resolution of individual issues, writes Kirk Baert in his Class Acts column. In particular, a court is authorized to dispense with any procedure it considers unnecessary, and to direct special procedures where necessary.

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