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The annual Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel survey is out, asking in-house, general, and corporate counsel about the operation of their legal departments. This year, in collaboration with our survey sponsor Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, we are focusing on particular aspects of the relationship between corporate counsel and external law firms.

The results of the survey will be tabulated and presented in the November/December issue of Canadian Lawyer as well as an issue of InHouse, and are often cited at various legal seminars throughout the year.

As is our policy with every Canadian Lawyer survey, all answers will remain confidential and the results will only be presented in aggregate form. Please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey. The deadline for submitting responses is Sept. 15, 2014.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate.

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New duty counsel not public defenders: LAO
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Legal Aid Ontario is vigorously denying that a spate of hiring new duty counsel who are reportedly handling minor trial matters is a move towards a public-defender system.

Dramatic changes' on tap as CBA report touts outside ownership
Law Times
A sustainable legal profession will involve the ability to sell law firm shares to non-lawyers and lawyers rubbing shoulders with other professionals at work, according to the final report of the Canadian Bar Association's Legal Futures initiative that looked at ways the industry must change to remain relevant.

Canada's prison paradox
Law Times
The latest instalment in the Jammed Jail series: last month, Statistics Canada reported that between 2012 and 2013, the index that measures crime rates and the severity of offences went down by almost 10 per cent.

Leaked CETA document raises concerns, questions
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Almost a year after Canada and the European Union announced an agreement in principle on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, a hefty excerpt of the deal was leaked last week raising red flags in the business community.



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New law practice program prepares for take off
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
With the law practice program's French and English sections ramping up for Sept. 2 and Aug. 25 launches, respectively, there is a common vibe from those at the helm of the innovative program: optimism.

Financial law departments expanding
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For some years now, large Canadian financial institutions have been growing their legal departments at a steady rate, creating career opportunities for lawyers, including junior associates.

Will lawsuit deter target-benefit plans?
Law Times
As weak markets following the credit crisis of 2007-08 created huge pension deficits relating to future liabilities, both governments and employers began seeking alternatives to volatile defined-benefit pension obligations.

Purdy Crawford mourned
Law Times
Canada's legal community is mourning the death of the "dean emeritus of Canada's corporate bar." Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Bold move by CBA
Law Times, editorial
The Canadian Bar Association came out with a bold set of recommendations with its Legal Futures report last week. The report is a great contribution that should move innovation and reform issues significantly forward.

Do harms of criminalization outweigh the benefits?
Law Times
Debate about the new prostitution law needs to begin with the acknowledgement that wildly differing characterizations of sex work can be misleading. Sex work is portrayed as either the destructive handmaiden of sexual exploitation or the healthy expression of a valid occupational choice. Matthew Gourlay, in his column, A Criminal Mind, says that, depending on context, it can be either of those two things.

Car hacking is the new car jacking
Canadian Lawyer, online
By 2017, it is estimated more than 60 per cent of cars and trucks will be connected to the Internet. To date there is (unfortunately) no single policy or set of industry standards that govern the security of these technology systems and as a result, writes Lisa Lifshitz in her The IT Girl column, "car hacking" — where hackers maliciously compromise the technological systems of cars — is becoming an increasingly growing concern of late.

Experiential learning at Canadian law schools
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The challenge for law schools is to address the pedagogical questions associated with experiential learning in a way that enables them to match their commitment to experiential learning with the types of resources needed to deliver it well, writes Philip Bryden in his Law School Futures column.



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Talk less, listen more
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
At one or more times during your career, you will have (or have had) some communication training, writes Fred Krebs in his In-house Coach column. This training likely will seek to improve your speaking or writing skills. Very few programs focus on being a good listener.

The importance of taking a proper affidavit
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his column, David Paul's Field Notes, David Paul writes about notarizing documents or swearing affidavits for friends. As lawyers, we must follow, without exception, rules incumbent to our integrity in those circumstances — even if doing so might offend the person seeking your assistance.

A present of gratitude
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her column, The Twila Zone, Twila Reid writes that self-reflection should not be guilt, but rather gratitude. Reid's 2014 birthday resolution is to focus on gratitude. She shares her birthday gratitude list with us here.



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