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Lawyer under fire after $15M in condo deposits goes missing
Law Times
As a Toronto lawyer is facing a Law Society of Upper Canada investigation over $15 million in buyers' missing property deposit fees after she transferred the money to the developer even though the transactions hadn't closed and the project wasn't complete.

Landing the big one
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
In the fall issue cover story, we tell the stories of law students who managed to land big cases early in their careers and get some pointers on how it can be done.





Chief justice pushes back against bias claims, insinuations of kangaroo court
Law Times
Federal Court of Canada Chief Justice Paul Crampton is pushing back against suggestions of bias in the government's favour following Justice Marc Nadon's failed nomination to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The law school of the future — today
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
When asked to assess how important McGill University's introduction of a "transsystemic" law program in 1999 was, Harry Arthurs is definitive. "I think it's one of the most dramatic changes in English-language legal education in 100 years," he says.



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10 questions for Paul Paton
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
We caught up with the University of Alberta's new law dean Paul Paton soon after he officially assumed his new position to get his thoughts on the profession, legal education, and how his previous experiences will influence him in his new role.


CLA concerned about duty counsel expansion
Law Times
If Legal Aid Ontario has the money to hire more duty counsel, it should also invest in private-bar services through certificates, according to the Criminal Lawyers' Association.

Futures report offers some food for thought for law students, teachers
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The Canadian Bar Association's 2014 Legal Futures report explores some interesting possibilities for law students and their education.

The pros & cons of practising...
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Eight lawyers from around the country offer their take on the pros and cons of practising in class actions, in government, in Windsor, and in Edmonton.

Study right!
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
No matter what your undergraduate specialty was, law school is a different beast altogether. So what do you need to know to tame it?



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Bull by the horns
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Entrepreneurship is a catchword in the practice of law these days, but it's also a skill you could use when articling in a small law firm, where there is less structure and more room to innovate and create the kind of experience you want.

Hireback rates rising, articling positions scarce
Lexpert
Anyone who started law school with the hopes of someday becoming a business lawyer in the years after the 2008 global financial crisis brought the deals economy to its knees is either bungee-jumping brave or a crazy optimist — things haven't gotten much easier.

Eyes on the prize
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Randy Campbell fills each box from issue to reasoning before moving on to the next, keeping pace with the lecture. While his classmates succumb to temptation at lulls in the lecture, Campbell's screen does not waiver from the notes. No Facebook. No Buzzfeed.

Longevity insurance debated as OSFI weighs in
Law Times
Longevity insurance and swaps are currently enjoying heightened attention as a de-risking mechanism for defined-benefit pension plans.

Five new judges named
Law Times
The province has appointed five new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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The dawn of a new licensing age
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, editorial
Ontario's new law practice program has taken flight providing budding lawyers with the opportunity to get their licence to practise law outside the traditional articling structure. There has been much fanfare, discussion, and gnashing of teeth about the LPP but the rubber is finally hitting the road on this seismic shift in legal licensing.

Making Rain: Be visible and brand effectively
Canadian Lawyer, online
Lawyers who are successful and effective leaders are recognized and trusted by colleagues and clients. This month, executive coach Debra Forman offers some tips to become more visible and brand effectively.


Heard about the high margins and so you want to invest in a law firm?
Canadian Lawyer, online
In Stephen Mabey's column, Definitely Mabey, he writes about legal "margins." When for-profit companies talk about net income before income tax they are talking about what's left after the salary and bonus pay for all of the executive team. Not so at a law firm.

Long summer of government discord with legal profession
Law Times
The long, nasty summer Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Justice Minister Peter MacKay spent attacking Canadian courts and the judiciary is almost over now, writes Richard Cleroux in his column, The Hill. It's all been so ugly, and we have so little to show for it besides looking like fools around the world.

Inspired by ghosts
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
In this issue's Students' Page, Veronica Yeung writes about her love of costume design. Hers are inspired by an interest in classical Japanese ghost folklore and her studies in law and social justice relating to women's experiences of inequality.

Lawyers eagerly awaiting hearing into LSUC's dubious Trinity Western decision
Law Times
The profession will be eagerly watching as the Divisional Court hearing into Trinity Western University's application for judicial review of the Law Society of Upper Canada's dubious refusal to accredit its proposed law school gets underway in December, writes Anna Wong in this week's Speaker's Corner.



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Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel Survey
The annual Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel survey is out. This year, we're focusing on the relationship between corporate counsel and external law firms. Results will be presented in the November/December issue of Canadian Lawyer as well as an issue of InHouse. All answers will remain confidential. The deadline is Sept. 15, 2014.

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