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Unfilled vacancies threatening court progress
Law Times
Despite progress on reducing wait times for civil motions, a lag in filling judicial vacancies at the Ontario Superior Court is a growing concern for the justice system, Chief Justice Heather Smith said last week.

Sparks fly as Cassels Brock rejects GM conflict claim
Law Times
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP was "hopelessly conflicted" when it represented the Canadian government in its bailout talks with General Motors of Canada Ltd. in 2009 while simultaneously acting for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, counsel for dealers who launched a class action over the matter told a Superior Court judge last week.

Nortel bankruptcy about to get messy
Lexpert
When a U.S. judge hearing the Nortel Networks Corp. trial withdrew from a scheduled Canada-US joint hearing on the eve of arguments, it's fair to say some jaws dropped.

The future of law firm partnership
Lexpert
As the nature of partnership evolves, leaders from law firms of all sizes continue to look closely at economic and legal trends to determine how best to serve clients.



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Xerox legal 'leans' on law firms for diversity statistics
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Law firms who want to do business with Xerox Corp. Ltd. are well advised to complete its survey asking about the diversity of lawyers in their firms. If a firm fails to complete the survey three times, it will be eliminated from Xerox's roster of legal providers.


Move to non-bencher adjudicators lauded
Law Times
The Law Society Tribunal has boosted the number of non-lawyer and non-bencher adjudicators, a move some observers say creates a fairer process for those facing disciplinary proceedings.

LAWS' first graduate to attend law school, a win for access to justice
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Just this year, the Law in Action Within Schools program saw its first graduate step through the doors of a law school — and those involved with LAWS couldn't be more thrilled.

Strategic mergers back in the spotlight
Law Times
Competition lawyers are not surprisingly welcoming the return of the strategic merger, as evidenced by such combinations as the $12.4-billion Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart deal, the $12-billion Burger King and Tim Hortons merger, the $5.8-billion arrangement between Sobeys and Safeway, and the host of tax-inversion transactions in the pharmaceutical industry.

Michal Fairburn wins civility award
Law Times
Michal Fairburn of Stockwoods LLP has received The Advocates' Society's Catzman award for professionalism and civility. Click
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Our lumbering justice system
Law Times, editorial
The fact that the justice system continues to languish despite some positive developments is a reflection of just how complex it is as well as governments' reluctance to invest significant resources into reform. Comments last week are a reminder that they need to pick up the pace.

Client focused cost controls
Canadian Lawyer, online
Almost two years after Gowlings opened shop in Hamilton, Torys shows that even Canadian law firms can learn from their neighbours to the south with the announced opening of a "centre of excellence" in Halifax. Whether this turns out to be a brilliant move or not, it should be applauded for simply doing something, writes Stephen Mabey in his column, Definitely Mabey.

The view from over the pond
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her column, The IT Girl, Lisa Lifshitz writes about the European Commission's "Cloud Service Level Agreement Standardisation Guidelines," representing a first step in creating a set of service level agreement standardization guidelines for cloud service providers and B2B customers that meet the specific requirements of the European cloud market and hopefully beyond.



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Choir of voices needed to tackle depression in legal profession and beyond
Law Times
Robert Kominar, in this week's Speaker's Corner, writes about depression in the legal profession. He argues that we must aim for a parity of esteem for those who experience mental-health challenges and those who experience physical illness.

How to break into the field of health law
Canadian Lawyer, online
Lisa Feldstein meets with students and junior lawyers regularly to discuss health law and how to get into the field. Here she shares her tips for how to break into the field of health law.

Be present, practise better
Canadian Lawyer, online
Lindsay Scott, in this month's Trial by Fire column, writes about how mindfulness, meditation, and "being present" has benefited her law practice.



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