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Walmart law already here
Law Times
Some said it was only a matter of time and they were right. Walmart law, and the accompanying low prices, is here in Canada.

Procedural feat at Nortel trial
Law Times
Complex and unique logistics for the joint proceedings in the Nortel Networks Corp. bankruptcy case are in the works as the Ontario Superior Court gets set to hold its first simultaneous trial with a U.S. counterpart.

Video: Behind the scenes - May Canadian Lawyer's cover shoot
Canadian Lawyer, online
The cover shoot for the May issue features Osgoode Hall law professor Alan Young, who fought a decades long battle to update Canada's prostitution laws. Take a peek at how the fantastic photgraphy of Liam Sharp became this month's cover art.

Pay now, appeal later
In an unprecedented move, UK tax authorities will be able to seize amounts in tax-avoidance disputes directly from bank accounts. British taxpayers at odds with Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) over their use of these schemes will now have to pay the amount up front.

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Kidnap and ransom insurance a new reality
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
If your company or organization has executives and employees travelling to and working in potentially volatile locations around the world, managing the risk associated with making sure they don't become a target for kidnapping may well fall under the responsibilities of the legal department.

Lawyers to resist Getahun pending appeal
Law Times
An organization of prominent medical malpractice practitioners have announced they'll continue to review and discuss draft reports with experts pending an appeal of an Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision that categorically prohibits the practice.

Moot wrap-up 2014
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
This year, moot competitions looked at issues ranging from religious freedom rights, the validity of police searches, and Ponzi scheme-related tax problems. 4Students has gathered results from this year's competitions, which show a wide range of schools fared well when it was time to stand up and present their argument.

Disclosure of mining payments a hot topic
Law Times
Forcing energy companies to disclose payments to aboriginal communities could make treaty negotiations smoother and more transparent, lawyers believe.

Concert for civil liberties
Law Times
In honour of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association's 50th anniversary, Canadian Artists for Civil Liberties will throw a concert on May 3. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Refugee policy on Syria a failure
Law Times, editorial
With Syria's civil war having passed the three-year mark, Canada's policy on accepting Syrian refugees is coming under scrutiny. It's clear Canada has failed on this issue.

Video: Making Rain: Golden rules for success
Canadian Lawyer, online
The Making Rain series reaches a milestone with its 50th episode. This month, executive coach Debra Forman, at Pinstripe Coaching, lays out a few golden rules for success.

Is the docket dead for class counsel?
Canadian Lawyer, online
A 13-paragraph decision of Justice Edward Belobaba in Cannon v. Funds for Canada Foundation may kill the docket for class counsel in Ontario, writes Kirk Baert in this month's Class Acts column.

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King Lofts shows growing perils, provides lessons for real estate lawyers
Law Times
Life as a modern real estate solicitor is, to quote a famous saying, nasty, brutish, and short, writes Jeffrey Lem in his column, The Dirt. King Lofts has simply reminded us of that reality.

In sum
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
It's over, done, finito. Law school is finally complete for Rebecca Lockwood. In her Ab Initio column, whe wrote that 3L was like rolling down the grassy side of the big JD mountain. However, now having finished third year, she thinks that roll happens quite quickly during the final three hours of your last exam.

The news isn't quite what it used to be
Canadian Lawyer, online
In Letter from Law Law Land, columnist Tony Wilson writes about a news "bubble" that is anti-Obama, anti-Obamacare, anti-liberal, (and to some extent, anti-science). If you're in this bubble, there's no one there to call out "bullshit," or to speak truth to power.

Four elements of effectiveness
In-house counsel have a hard time dealing with their work backlog. Here's a system that focuses on what matters.

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Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds BlogCheck out Legal Feeds, the blog of daily Canadian legal news powered by the award-winning editorial team of Law Times and Canadian Lawyer. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

Groia, LSUC steadfast as appeal, cross-appeal filed

SCC pours cold water on Harper's Senate plans

LSUC says no to TWU law school

Cy-près awards turning access to justice 'on its head'

Ryerson LPP wants input from in-house


Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers — Nominations Close May 6
Readers are urged to nominate someone in the legal profession who has been influential over the past year to 18 months. The Top 25 is not a lifetime achievement award. This year, we have added a category called "the world stage" in order to celebrate the work of Canadian lawyers who have had an impact on law and society beyond our borders. You can get more details, including all five categories in which we are looking for nominees, here. Please e-mail editor-in-chief Gail Cohen by May 6 the name of the person you'd like to nominate as well as a few sentences as to why you think they should be included on the list.

Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey — Survey Closes May 5
This survey will provide unique insight into how partners, associates and in-house counsel are compensated. We are looking for managing partners and heads of corporate legal departments to take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. Since the online survey must be filled out all at once and we do ask for financial information, we have provided PDFs of the questions to help you prepare. If you are a law firm, click here to download the questions. If you are an in-house legal department click here. Once you are ready to fill in the survey, you can find it here. As always, confidentiality is guaranteed: we use your data only in aggregate and no respondent is identified. The survey closes May 5. Results will appear in the July 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

This week's Law Times poll
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