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New model touts affiliated boutique firms
Law Times
Javad Heydary has a theory: the future of law belongs to large international and small boutique firms. So when he sought to expand his law firm a couple of years ago, he decided he didn't want to go with something between those two extremes.

Canada ratifies international arbitration treaty
Law Times
Thanks to an investment dispute resolution treaty ratified by Canada this month, Canadian investors can do business overseas with less risk, according to a leading international arbitration lawyer.

CCCA tests certification program with pilot group of GCs
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The first wave of in-house counsel will soon be embarking on the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association's new certification for in-house lawyers in February, and the program has already been vetted by a collection of senior counsel who have test-driven the content.

Feds pouring big money into aboriginal litigation
Law Times
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is at the top of the list of federal departmental spending on legal fees as newly released public accounts figures show the government is pouring big money into litigation over First Nations issues.

Legal Notice
Notice regarding settlement of lawsuit against Thomson Reuters
The parties to the Waldman v. Thomson Reuters Canada Limited class action have reached
an agreement to resolve the matter, and the Court will hear a motion to approve that settlement on February 19, 2014. Click on the link for more information, first English
then in French.


U of T alters admissions policies
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The University of Toronto Faculty of Law has modified its admissions policies and ramped up its outreach and diversity efforts.

Is Small Claims Court a good venue for wrongful dismissal cases?
Law Times
Plaintiffs who pick the Small Claims Court to fight their wrongful dismissal suits are taking a gamble with their cases due to a lack of judicial expertise, according to a Toronto employment lawyer.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of November 11 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

No compensation for JP who misled police
Law Times
A Justices of the Peace Review Council hearing panel has rejected former justice of the peace Donna Phillips' request for compensation for her legal costs associated with her misconduct proceedings. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Innovatio Awards


A way forward on jury representativeness
Law Times, editorial
The federal government in recent years has been particularly reluctant to acknowledge and address First Nations' deep disagreements with the system as it stands. Unless that changes, we'll continue to see the types of unsatisfactory and ridiculous scenarios evident in R. v. Kennedy.

2013 Key Performance Indicators
Canadian Lawyer, online
Definitely Mabey columnist Stephen Mabey discusses the results of the 2013 Canadian KPI Survey conducted by Law Firm KPI Inc.

Naming co-trustees a risky proposition in estates law
Law Times
The stakes are high if people fail to follow proper planning procedures as a poorly devised will can mean bitter disputes between the heirs and potential lawsuits involving the estate, opines A Matter of Trust columnist Jeremy Richler.

Canadian in-house counsel: Global practice, global leadership
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In-house lawyers from around the world have more similarities than differences and we have much to learn from each other, opines Fred Krebs in his In-house Coach column.

2014 OLPB Early Bird


Help for lawyers' bad habits
Canadian Lawyer, online
Coaching for Attorneys contains dozens of very helpful suggestions for making your practice more efficient, effective, and trustworthy, writes Damian Penny in his latest Law Library column.

Public sector employee protections watered down under bill C-4
Law Times
The amendments incorporated within bill C-4 have definitely watered down employee powers and protections and, in the process, effectively removed many of those rights, writes Barry Goldman and Matthew Scott in this week's Speaker's Corner column.

Armed conflict and the right to health
Canadian Lawyer, online
We need to expand our view of the right to health to encompass both international development and security policies so it can have real meaning in the global south, writes Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

Go on exchange - it's worth it!
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
There are several advantages to exchanges, writes Sasha Toten, including the opportunity to live in a different country, experience new cultures, meet new people, and learn about a new legal system.

Be flexible with your career path
Canadian Lawyer, online
As a junior lawyer growing a practice, "how did I get here" is an excellent question to ask yourself every now and again - both to assess what you have been able to accomplish and evaluate where you're headed, writes Trial by Fire guest columnist Debra Newell.

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Legal Feeds


The 2014 Canadian Lawyer InHouse 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. Nominations will be evaluated based on small and large in-house departments. We encourage in-house departments to nominate themselves and their peers. Nominations close Nov. 29. Please click here to find the nomination forms.

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This week's Law Times poll
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