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Bar shocked at 'unprecedented' recusal
Law Times
In a move some lawyers are calling unprecedented, Tax Court of Canada Justice Patrick Boyle has recused himself from completing further proceedings in a case after finding appeal materials filed in the matter had accused him of "deceitful and untruthful conduct."

Solicitors organizing to boost numbers at Convocation
Law Times
With high stakes in the Law Society of Upper Canada's conversation about alternative business structures, Ontario solicitors are looking to boost their voice in the upcoming bencher elections given that there are just a handful of them on the regulator's governing body.

Unrepresented litigants make plea for compassion
Law Times
In a frank open letter directed at the judiciary, self-represented litigants say they're sick of being treated as "annoying obstacles unworthy of compassion and understanding" when they stand before the courts.

Comp Bureau releases process used in reviewing recent mega retail mergers
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Following on the heels of some of the largest Canadian retail mergers of the last few years, a recent analysis paper issued by the Competition Bureau provides a look at the economics tools and techniques the bureau uses when investigating retail mergers.

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Law student survey raises red flags over access to legal education
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The Law Students Society of Ontario survey of 941 law students, conducted online in the winter 2014 term, from five law schools — University of Windsor, Western University, Osgoode Hall Law School, University of Ottawa, and University of Toronto — raises serious issues and speaks to the financial realities for students entering a hyper-competitive legal industry.

Conflicts for in-house counsel are unavoidable and complex
The pillars of conflicts rules, which is to say both the duty of confidentiality and the duty of loyalty, apply at least in principle to in-house counsel as much as they do to the private bar. But as the Manitoba Court of Appeal noted in its 1998 decision in Canadian Pacific Railway Company v. Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson, the application of conflicts to in-house counsel could be quite different in practice than it applies to external lawyers.

3-D printing an emerging issue for IP lawyers
Law Times
For a long time, 3-D printing seemed like the stuff of science fiction. But the technology has progressed so far that anyone in Toronto with a library card can now rent one out.

Tuition-relief project planned
Law Times
Osgoode Hall Law School says it will launch a five-year pilot program that will allow law students to defer tuition payments until they've graduated and their income allows them to repay the debt. Click
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B.C.'s labour relations example
Law Times, editorial
Ontario should consider the B.C. teachers example and throw on top of that a willingness to finally act on long-standing demands to reform the arbitration system in order to get costs under control.

Time to abolish Ontario's civil jury trial
Law Times
Why is it that we continue to make jury trials available for civil litigation, asks Alan Shanoff in his Social Justice column. Surely, allowing a jury to decide complex factual issues and apply their findings to legal issues doesn't meet the test of the "highest possible standards."

Is 'express entry' the solution to Canada's immigration issues
Canadian Lawyer, online
In January 2015, Canada will roll out the new "express-entry" program. This is being touted as a new and improved way to support economic immigrants interested in coming to Canada, writes Jennifer Nees in her column, The Immigration Line.

The modern dinosaur
Like modern-day dinosaurs, many law firms are woefully late in adopting a business-development and sales-management mentality and they must get on with it fast, writes Heather Suttie in this month's Marketing column.

The right to free speech — or not?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Greg Lukianoff's Freedom From Speech, an entry in the "Broadside" series issued by the conservative publisher Encounter Books, shows how this attitude is depressingly common on American college campuses, writes Damian Penny in his Law Library column

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