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Advocate's 17-year journey comes to an end
Law Times
Teklemichael Sahlemariam's journey to becoming a lawyer started almost 17 years ago. Next week, after advocacy efforts that landed him in big trouble back home, his journey will end as he becomes a legal advocate at his call to the bar ceremony in Toronto.

Leaders in innovation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In our cover story, we feature the winners of the Innovatio Awards. So often in-house counsel and the efforts of their teams go unnoticed. Our motivation last year to launch Innovatio — an in-house awards program that would highlight the innovative work of legal departments and their legal service provider partners — was largely due to a desire to bring to light the kind of game-changing work taking place in-house.


LAO project tests expanded paralegal role
Law Times
In yet another effort at reform, Legal Aid Ontario says it has trained a handful of its staff paralegals to take on expanded roles in criminal courts.



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JP association concerned about review council process
Law Times
Ontario's justices of the peace have lost their bid to intervene in a misconduct hearing over concerns about the handling of allegations that one of their colleagues falsified expenses.

Access Copyright's next chapter
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Following a landmark Supreme Court decision and amendments to Canada's Copyright Act, it's "business unusual" for Access Copyright, the country's largest copyright-holder group.


Pulling it all together
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
While value billing — and technology such as e-billing and legal case management systems — is still not widely used by internal and external counsel in Canada, it's starting to gain some traction, albeit slowly.



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Law school clinics welcome legal aid funds
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Legal Aid Ontario is filling a gap in access to justice and at the same time giving law students experience and exposure to family law in university legal aid clinics. Six university-operated clinics will get more than $2 million from LAO to fund family law services programs for low-income Ontarians.

Transgender ruling includes surprising twist
Law Times
A recent human rights decision has gained some attention, not only for awarding three transgender people damages but also because the tribunal found the discrimination had harmed a business owner even though she didn't identify with that category.

Patrick McCann joins Faskens
Law Times
Ottawa lawyer Patrick McCann has joined Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP's litigation and dispute-resolution group. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Step up Syrian refugee assistance
Law Times, editorial
With millions of Syrians displaced by the ongoing civil war, accepting a significant number of refugees is one small act we can undertake to alleviate the suffering. Canada needs to do what it can to help.

Innovating in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
Welcome to our first issue dedicated to the innovation taking place in-house. Within the pages of this Canadian Lawyer InHouse we are honouring the winners of our first Innovatio Awards, launched last fall as a program for and judged by Canadian in-house counsel.

Women general counsel do 'lean in'
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In her In Closing column, Cheryl Foy writes about Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. The book raises a concern with which feminists have grappled for years how to avoid making discrimination and inequality problems for women to fix and how to avoid marginalizing issues by describing them as "women's issues.


Be a contact curator: developing your contact list
Canadian Lawyer, online
Building a list of contacts and turning them into meaningful relationships is your key to long-term prosperity, writes Simone Hughes in this month's Make It Count column. A steady flow of good work is your ultimate goal.

OCA slams door on securities class actions involving foreign exchanges
Canadian Lawyer, online
In mid-August, the Ontario Court of Appeal brought speculation that Canada would become a have to international class actions to a close with its decision in Kaynes v. BP plc, writes Margaret Waddell in her Trials & Tribulations column.



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Pre-planning a corporate virtual data room
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Renato Pontello, in his Practising In-house column, writes about the introduction of virtual data rooms some 10 years ago, which have had a major effect on shortening deal cycles, increasing valuations, and increasing productivity.

Tooling around with iAnnotate
Canadian Lawyer, online
If you are looking for a mobile document review app, consider iAnnotate, writes Ben Hanuka in his column, The Future Files. It lets you review and share documents using your tablet. It makes for a simple and easy way to navigate through a document, either page by page or guided by annotations or bookmarks either yours or someone else's.

Why I quit my big firm articling job
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Stephanie Laskoski writes about her decision to quit an excellent articling job at a big firm in Edmonton. Leaving the position was very difficult, but the stress and pressure she was feeling after only three weeks of work was so great she was not eating or sleeping

Teach law students e-discovery
Lexpert
With clients demanding lower rates and greater value for their dollar, lawyers need to be able to plan and execute an organized and cost-efficient e-discovery process, writes Carrie Bowker in this month's accounting column.

Time to make human rights protections for obesity more explicit?
Law Times
The essential controversy on the subject of obesity as a ground for a human rights complaint turned on the particular wording of the relevant human rights legislation, writes David Harris in this week's Speaker's Corner.



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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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