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Conflicts a 'big headache' for ex-judges
Law Times
Avoiding conflicts of interest when former judges take on public inquires is a "big headache" for the law firms they work for, says former Ontario chief justice Roy McMurtry.

Tender raises spectre of Justice Department outsourcing
Law Times
The federal Justice Department has commissioned an evaluation of its litigation branch, a process that will include looking at whether it makes more sense to have legal work done by federal government lawyers or to outsource it to private law firms.

Calgary teaching business skills to law students
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The University of Calgary Faculty of Law wants to ensure its students are armed with some business savvy by the time they graduate. So the law school is offering a new course called Torys LLP Excellence in Business Skills for Lawyers.

New case shows challenge of litigating prison assaults
Law Times
Assaults among prisoners at Ontario jails are common, but a recent case demonstrates the challenges lawyers face in proving liability for inmate incidents.

St. Thomas


Dickinson Wright lures lawyers seeking cross-border work
Law Times
Nearly three years after merging with Aylesworth LLP, Dickinson Wright LLP's mid-market and cross-border focus is luring lawyers who like to have a foot on each side of the Canada-U.S. border.

Testing the climate for worker-choice laws
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Potentially union-busting right-to-work laws would have a tough sell in Canada despite the promises of a Fraser Institute report that suggests allowing workers to opt out of paying union dues would boost the economy.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of September 9 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

New litigation boutique launches
Law Times
Toronto has a new litigation boutique law firm after a group of lawyers left Black Sutherland LLP to found their own firm. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Laurel Hill


Good move on legal expense insurance
Law Times, editorial
It was good to see the Canadian Bar Association embracing legal expense insurance last week. It announced it's partnering with DAS Canada to encourage the development of more legal insurance policies and educate people and the profession about their benefits.

Lawyers and their demons
Canadian Lawyer, online
This summer, the bar became poorer for the admission of a convicted sex offender, and for the departure from this world of an honourable defender of some of history's monsters, writes The Accidental Mentor columnist Lee Akazaki.

Lawyer for victims among issues as MacKay touts bill of rights
Law Times
Justice Minister Peter MacKay vows to champion the rights of victims. Not once does he say the government will also champion the right of an accused to a fair trial and fight for the wrongfully convicted. Either those injustices simply don't occur or somebody else must be taking care of them, opines The Hill columnist Richard Cleroux.

Carswell -Stand Out


Extending the long arm of the worldwide Mareva
Canadian Lawyer, online
Recently, the courts of several Caribbean islands - long considered to be havens where funds could be stashed beyond the reach of creditors - have demonstrated they are prepared to take determinative action to prevent dissipation of assets that might respond to a prospective judgment from a foreign court, writes Margaret Waddell in her Trials & Tribulations column.

Changes to statutory discount rate favour defendants, insurance companies
Law Times
The revised formula for the calculation of the statutory discount rate appears to be more favourable to defendants and insurance companies as it will likely result in a lower current-value lump-sum amount of future losses, writes Stephen Kertzman in this week's Speaker's Corner column.

Working with early-stage startups
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In this month's Practising In-house column, Renato Pontello shares from personal experiences the differences, skills sets, and orientation required to provide strategic legal support to a startup in its early stages.

Human rights on campus
Canadian Lawyer, online
The good and bad behaviour that takes place in our wider society also takes place on campus, including human rights abuses and other serious and unwelcome behaviour, writes Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There column.


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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.

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