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Canadian Legal Newswire

Millar Kreklewetz

Editor’s Note

Last week, Canadian Lawyer launched the first national pro bono survey aimed at law firms. Today we are releasing our pro bono survey aimed at individual lawyers. Canadian Lawyer is interested in each practising lawyer's experience of, and views on, pro bono work, to help inform this important debate. You'll also have a chance to share your success stories, which may appear in the April issue of the publication. It'll take no more than 10 minutes to complete the survey and all responses will be entirely anonymous. The pro bono survey is here.

Also today, the latest Canadian Lawyer Top Boutiques survey is open for voting. We're looking for readers' input on the best firms specializing in business immigration law, commercial real estate law, and litigation. Results will appear in the May issue of Canadian Lawyer.

Thanks in advance to everyone who takes the time to participate in the Canadian Lawyer surveys.

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

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Judging 101
Canadian Lawyer
In a mission to strengthen the global rule of law, Canadian judges are sharing their expertise in judicial training, court administration, ethics, judgment writing, and legal reform with many developing nations.

Bay Street watches as Heenan Blaikie tries to regroup
Canadian Lawyer, Legal Feeds
As Heenan Blaikie LLP's senior partners try and figure out what the next move should be for the iconic Canadian firm that has seen large groups of lawyers jumping ship for the last 18 months, the legal community is watching closely as it questions whether it's just another example of what's yet to come for other big firms.

Running just as fast as she can . . .
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, we profile Lanni Marchant, who holds the Canadian women's record in the marathon but is still working on her Plan B of practising criminal law.

New round of approvals surprise Trinity Western University president
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Future graduates of Trinity Western University's law school risk having their law degrees refuted by provincial law societies, which would prevent them practising law in those regions.

View 2014: Positioned for growth
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Canadian Lawyer InHouse listened to general counsel at some of the country's most dynamic organizations about where things are headed. In the second of six videos, BMO Financial Group EVP & general counsel Simon Fish talks about the growth BMO has been experiencing, the bank's venture into China and how the legal team works with external counsel.



Warman victorious in 'legal odyssey'
Law Times
The webmasters of an online conservative forum say they had "no choice" but to shut down their web site after an Ottawa lawyer succeeded in getting a court order banning them from publishing defamatory comments about him.

Droning on
Canadian Lawyer
Amazon's announcement that it wanted to start making deliveries by unmanned drones drew much attention; and while there is lots of drone activity in Canada already, regulations around it are scarce.

Pension trust trumps creditor in Timminco
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The much-anticipated decision of the Quebec Superior Court in the Timminco CCAA matter involving pension plans in Quebec declares pension deemed trusts a priority over secured creditors.

Federal Court takes step towards e-filing system
Law Times
The Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal are looking at changing the rules to allow for electronic filing and service of documents in what one judge says is the first step towards a full electronic system in the future.

Shareholder activism's new age
Will current activist tactics, from Twitter to golden leashes to vote buying, mean an even bumpier ride for companies involved in proxy fights?

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'Employment revolution' signals rise of freelance lawyers
Law Times
An "employment revolution" has arrived in the legal industry that will mean the rise of the freelance lawyer, an Ottawa industry analyst says in a new paper on the changing world of legal work.

Chinese competition law sharpening its teeth
Law Times
It has taken some five years since China's modern competition regime took effect in August 2008, but by all appearances the country's courts and regulator have only recently started to give the legislation some teeth.

Plan Nord enabled
The fourth time was the charm for passage of an updated Quebec Mining Act, covering nearly all of the province above the 49th parallel.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of February 3 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Ronald Dimock joins JAMS
Law Times
Intellectual property lawyer Ronald Dimock has joined the JAMS Toronto dispute resolution centre. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Balancing requests for gender segregation
Law Times, editorial
While York University has come under much criticism, it's not clear that its decision to accommodate a religious man's request for gender segregation was entirely unreasonable.

Time to embrace those disruptions
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
Firms that have embraced "disruptions" are doing well, having their "best years ever." Those who are loath to change their ways are going to find they are up against it in 2014. The time for hand-wringing about change is past. The time for actual change is now.

Defence counsel reserving judgment on new LAO senior counsel
Law Times
Legal Aid Ontario has announced that it will hire 10 staff lawyers this month. Given the limited nature of this new effort, however, it appears that defence lawyers will wait and see if it has any impact on their practices, writes Rosalind Conway in her column, A Criminal Mind.

Hryniak will have profound impact on civil proceeding
Law Times
The impact of Hryniak on civil proceedings will be profound, not just in Ontario but in every jurisdiction in Canada that permits summary judgments, writes litigator Jonathan Rosenstein at Pape Barristers Professional Corp.

10 corporate governance trends for 2014
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The volume and velocity of corporate governance changes over the past few years has not been insignificant, to put it mildly, and that trend is expected to continue well into 2014 and 2015. Corporate governance lawyer Richard Leblanc's shares his top trends.

Pricing legal services: Is the tail wagging the dog?
Canadian Lawyer
It would be foolish in this environment to turn away work simply because it costs us too much to do it, writes Danielle Olofsson in her Tech Support column. Bidding reactively on files, however, with a view of landing the deal at any cost is also unwise.

No end to the circus
Canadian Lawyer
In his Legal Ethics column, Philip Slayton asks, Is there no end to the Lori Douglas circus? The whole affair makes the judiciary look bad to the person on the street.

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Pro bono surveys
Canadian Lawyer's law firm pro bono survey closes on Feb. 20. We're asking law firms to provide basic info on the pro bono hours worked each year at your firm. We also want to hear your pro bono success stories. Please click here to download the questionnaire. We ask that one representative from each firm complete it and forward responses to Jennifer Brown at

Canadian lawyer's
individual pro bono survey closes on Feb. 19. We're interested in each practising lawyer's experience and opinions on pro bono work. You'll also have a chance to share your success stories, which may appear in the April issue. Click
here to take the survey.

Top boutiques survey
Canadian Lawyer's Top boutiques survey is also open for voting. We're looking for input on the best firms specializing in business immigration law, commercial real estate law, and litigation. Results will appear in the May issue of Canadian Lawyer. Click here to take the survey. Polls close on March 3.

This week's Law Times poll
Are Heenan Blaikie LLP's troubles a sign of bigger problems to come in the legal industry? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.


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