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Today I am pleased to announce we are opening nominations for our first annual Canadian Lawyer InHouse Innovatio awards program.

The 2014 Innovatio awards seek to recognize innovation in in-house legal departments across the country and across all sectors and organizations. 

Ultimately, it is about sharing best practices of the in-house bar to reflect the maturity of Canadian law departments. These awards celebrate in-house counsel, both individuals and teams, who have found ways to show leadership by becoming more efficient, innovative, and creative in meeting the needs of their clients and organizations.

The Innovatio awards will judged by a panel of highly regarded in-house counsel to determine the winners, based on a range of criteria including outcomes for the overall business, cost savings, efficiency and effectiveness. Nominations will be evaluated based on small and large in-house departments.

Nominations close Nov. 29. We encourage in-house departments to nominate themselves and their peers. Please click here to find the nomination forms.

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



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Civil litigation delays Smith's 'top priority' for coming year
Law Times
As the annual opening of the courts ceremony marked the beginning of a new year for Ontario's justice system, Superior Court Chief Justice Heather Smith said curbing long wait times for civil motions and trials is her "top priority." Video: Opening of the courts.

Doing business with China
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
If anyone understands the potential for Canadian business to benefit from China's evolution towards a more open market it's Joe Bradford. Bradford is vice president, joint ventures and legal, at CNOOC Canada Inc.

 


Lawyers told to get serious about cybercrime
Law Times
Get serious about cybercrime or be ready to pay the cost, LawPRO is telling lawyers as it looks to limit coverage for practitioners who fall victim to such incidents.

Despite legal changes lawyers still waiting for trail decisions on civil claims
Law Times
It has been five years since the government amended the Human Rights Code to allow people to bring human rights issues as civil litigation claims rather than taking them to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Despite this plaintiffs' community's embrace of the change as a boon to strategic flexibility and settlement options, there are no trial decisions to date.

Cracking down on corruption
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Primero Mining Corp. is a young Canadian company cashing in on the global demand for precious metals by digging for gold and silver in Mexico. "We're going through a growth period," says Maura Lendon, vice president and chief general counsel at the company, which was launched in 2007.



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Austin Cooper: 'A fine gentleman while being a fierce advocate'
Law Times
Austin Cooper's successes in the legal profession began before he was even a lawyer.



Basel III: The 'golden era' for lawyers?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
If crisis breeds new opportunity, the future of in-house lawyers at banks and other financial services institutions appears to be bright following all of the regulatory activity to come out of the global financial meltdown five years ago.

Assessing risk in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The Lac-Mégantic train derailment provides a worst-case example of the business risks, not to mention catastrophic human cost, that can stem from unforeseen events. Nearly 50 people were killed, and the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd. faces a raft of class action lawsuits.

Keeping the business on track
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Brian Swartz may well have realized the secret to being a successful in-house counsel long before anyone else who stepped into a company to form a legal department. That's because he's been in-house and integrated into the DNA of the businesses he's represented since he graduated from law school in 1983.



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ABA law school report resonates in Canada
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The American Bar Association's task force on the future of legal education released a draft report on Sept. 20, shining a light on the need for change.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of September 30 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

New judges appointed
Law Times
Two new judges are joining the bench of the Ontario Court of Justice this week. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Commentary

Should G20 plaintiffs pay police legal bills?
Law Times, editorial
On its face, Good v. Toronto Police Services Board is a good candidate for having no costs ordered against the plaintiff.



Effective boards make for good business
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
The makeup of a board of directors and how they function as a group is under greater scrutiny these days as more attention is paid to issues of diversity and just how public companies and stakeholders are served by their boards. For the most part, criticism of the number of women populating Canadian boards of directors has been getting the most attention, writes Canadian Lawyer InHouse editor Jennifer Brown.

Condo bureaucracy set to grow as report touts major reforms
Law Times
Fans of the seminal 1960s conspiracy theorists' TV series The Prisoner will find the recent release of the government's second stage report on Condominium Act solutions very ominous indeed.

Flexibility needed in foreign worker rules
Canadian Lawyer, online
I know I keep saying it, but change has officially become the only constant in the immigration universe, writes The Immigration Line contributor Jennifer Nees.

When lawyers trust their intuitions
Canadian Lawyer, online
Most civil lawsuits settle out of court. If this were not so the legal system would be quickly overwhelmed. When a case settles later than it could have, or a case that should have settled goes to trial, there are costs and consequences for both litigants and society as a whole, and the reputation of counsel may suffer, writes contributor Jeanette Bicknell.

OCIs: consider 'how' you want to work
Canadian Lawyer 4students
, online
This time last year, my 2L peers and I were on edge waiting to hear back from employers after submitting OCI applications, recalls Ab Initio columnist Rebecca Lockwood.

Video: Making Rain - Bring all your values to the table
Canadian Lawyer, online
Video: In this month's Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman discusses how to gauge your success? If you are similar to many lawyers, you gauge it by money, but you have many more attributes that hold value and can play pivotal roles in your success.



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