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Lawyer's drug conviction raising hackles over custodial searches
Law Times
Veteran Toronto defence lawyer Deryk Gravesande has been found guilty of smuggling 58 grams of marijuana to a prisoner he was visiting in the Toronto (Don) Jail, a verdict that has criminal lawyers raising concerns about custodial searches.

Ontario licensing fees nearly double to almost $5,000
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Ontario common law students taking on an articling position or participating in the new law practice program have been served a $4,860 bill to get licensed to practise law.

Mixed reactions to federal budget
Law Times
The federal government's proposal to eliminate the immigrant investor and entrepreneur programs in the 2014 budget should come as "no surprise" for immigration lawyers, says a lawyer in the area.

MOE targeting 'convenient victims,' lawyers charge
Law Times
Ontario's Ministry of the Environment targeted "the most convenient victim" in its chemical contamination clean-up order against the directors of a now-insolvent company, say lawyers who represented company directors.



Innes takes on lead role with CCCA
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
As competition heats up for in-house positions the role of organizations like the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association becomes more critical, says the group's in-coming chairwoman.

'Local remedy first' clauses gain a new life in arbitration
Arbitral tribunals have tended to downplay "local remedy first" clauses, but they may gaining a new life

Video: View 2014: Positioned for growth with Daniel Desjardins
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 fourth of six videos, Daniel Desjardins, SVP, general counsel & corporate secretary at Bombardier, talks about the organization's growth strategy and the challenge of getting external counsel to become more efficient.

African project's success an example of why we went to law school
Law Times
The altruistic desire to help others less fortunate is something most lawyers apply in either their work or through their community involvement. With the many good causes and worthwhile charities to choose from, however, it's often difficult for lawyers and law firms to decide where to invest their energies and financial contributions.

Lawyers concerned about push for new regime
Law Times
The Ontario government is taking a second kick at the can with its latest attempt to capture unclaimed intangible property for government use in the event that it can't locate the owner. But the trusts and estates bar feels the existing legal mechanisms are working well and isn't embracing the new scheme.

Bob Rae joins aboriginal law firm
Law Times
Former Ontario premier and Liberal leader Bob Rae has joined aboriginal law firm Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP as senior counsel. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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The lawyer 'bulle'
Canadian Lawyer, online
We will not be able to obtain the required context and perspective on Heenan Blaikie LLP's collapse until one of the major players, the law faculties, steps up to assume its share of responsibility for the present crisis in the legal profession so as to assist in providing solutions for the future, writes Danielle Olofsson in her Tech Support column.

Sochi, the Olympics, politics, and human rights -- again
Canadian Lawyer, online
John Packer, in his Human Rights . . . Here & There column, writes that excessive spending in Russia for two weeks of elite sporting games -- double the total expenditures on Russia's education system and approaching the same expenditure for Russia's entire health-care system -- is simply disproportionate and in effect discriminatory.

Pricing: too critical to be left to the accountants
Canadian Lawyer, online
Pricing is simply too strategic to be left to the accountants, writes Stephen Mabey in his Definitely Mabey column. It behooves marketing departments to get engaged in their firm's pricing process. It also presents the ideal opportunity to reinvent themselves, increasingly important given the perceived direction marketing of law firms is headed in.

Eyes everywhere: what duties of confidentiality do lawyers owe to their clients?
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her latest column, The IT Girl, Lisa Lifshitz argues that, in order to meet ongoing duties of confidentiality, it is perhaps no longer legal best practice (or even acceptable practice) to connect to public Wi-Fi services in order to respond to client e-mails or engage in phone discussions with clients in public places.

Macs, PCs, mobile, the cloud: can they all work together?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Can Macs, PCs, and mobile devices really work together in the cloud? In the latest David Paul's Field Notes, our columnist says yes. However, the process does require some planning.

General counsel as innovators?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The in-house community can assume a role as innovators, writes Fred Krebs in his In-house Coach column. The technology, people, and processes are available, and the logical place to begin is the legal profession. So let's get started.

The Ball Is Rolling
In this month's Last Word column, Paul Paton argues that the legal profession in North America has been impervious to innovation. But now, finally, change is afoot

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Pro bono surveys - closing this week
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 - closing this week
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
Is the federal government right to look at eliminating the immigrant investor program? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.


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