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Lawyers frustrated as motion delays hit 7 months
Law Times
As Toronto civil litigators grow increasingly frustrated with delays of up to seven months to have simple motions heard, Superior Court Chief Justice Heather Smith says she and her colleagues are working to address the issue.

Video: McGill law student's film premieres at TIFF
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
McGill University law student Michael Glasz helped produce an animated 3D short film called The Chaperone, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11.

Admission of judge's comments in Groia hearing challenged
Law Times
A Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel erred in admitting a judge's comments during lawyer Joe Groia's civility proceedings, counsel for The Advocates' Society told an appeal panel last week.

More in-house cutting firms loose: study
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
More general counsel decided to cut ties with their external law firms this year compared to 2012, highlighting price and budget reduction among the top reasons.

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Is Verizon's retreat a small victory in losing war for incumbents?
Law Times
Scaring off Verizon Communications Inc. from Canada's wireless market could be no more than a small battle victory in a losing war for the country's big three telecommunications giants, according to one Toronto competition lawyer.

Is racism defence futile in wake of Pieters?
Law Times
As the Peel Law Association decides it won't seek leave to appeal from the Supreme Court of Canada following a racial discrimination ruling against it, lawyers on both sides of the matter agree on one thing: early resolution is better than prolonged litigation in cases like Peel Law Association v. Pieters.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of September 16 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Lerners launches family practice
Law Times
Lerners LLP has launched a family law practice group at its Toronto office. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



A reasonable response to multiple murderers
Law Times, editorial
Canada's courts experienced a significant milestone last week as an Alberta judge considered a proposed 40-year period of parole ineligibility for triple murderer Travis Baumgartner.

Appeal court favours certainty, efficiency in guarantee case
Canadian Lawyer, online
The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Royal Bank of Canada v. Samson Management and Solutions Ltd. strikes a blow for contractual certainty and transactional efficiency, while in the process overturning a lower court determination that promoted neither, writes Jim Shanks.

A law degree with added value (that can't be taught)
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
For the employer, prospective student, or client who has in their mind the question: What is a JD from TRU law worth? Only time will answer that question, but there are skills that come with a JD from TRU law that can't be taught and can't be articulated on a piece of paper, writes Chris Albinati.

We are not quite perfect
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In-house Coach columnist Fred Krebs shares some of Tim Corcoran's suggestions on how the in-house community can perform better.

Learned helplessness
Canadian Lawyer, online
While conceding law firms are not your most normal, nurturing environments, there are things the management and leadership of firms can do to help build resilience in their lawyers and combat this phenomenon of learned helplessness, writes Stephen Mabey in this month's Definitely Mabey column.

Succession laws disadvantaging women have long history
Law Times
This spring, Parliament passed the Succession to the Throne Act to provide that birth order alone, not gender, would henceforth govern succession to the Crown. The move to overturn the ancient law of primogeniture is a reminder of the importance of the law of succession despite its slow pace of change, writes Philip Girard in his That's History column.

Ready, set, pay
Canadian Lawyer, online
For your clients, familiarity with standards such as PCI will be important to them in establishing their business practices, and this is where you can add value as an adviser, opines The IT Girl columnist Danielle Lemon.

Toward the lawyers of tomorrow
Canadian Lawyer, online
Trial by Fire guest columnist Brendan Clancy explains why Richard Susskind's new book, Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future, is worth a read.

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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 TODAY. Thank you for taking the time to participate.

This week's Law Times poll
In a story this week, civil litigators note increased problems with trial and motion delays in Toronto. Are you finding the wait times intolerable? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.


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