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The next frontier
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, we explore how the practice of law is always evolving as new influences such as technology add complexity to how lawyers solve problems for their clients. From intellectual property to labour and employment to business law, and beyond technology and evolving business models have created new opportunities for lawyers to do what they do best — resolve disputes and grow their practice areas.

Is dot-lawyer domain a good idea?
Law Times
Lawyers are weighing the pros and cons of paying a pretty penny to snap up an Internet domain name with the word "lawyer" on the right side of the dot.

Lawyers filling court technology void
Law Times
Michael Tweyman says it's time to drag court document service into the 21st century. According to the co-founder and chief executive officer of electronic document exchange company CourtSide EDX, the legal profession has languished while the world advances into the electronic age.

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Quebec contracts for the supply of natural gas by a private supplier: no right of early termination
In the matter of Athena Energy Marketing Inc. v. 9080-9211 Québec Inc., the Superior Court of Quebec dealt with the issue of how to characterize the legal nature of a contract for the supply of natural gas by a private supplier. After analyzing the specifics of the contractual relationship, the Court concluded that the agreement between the parties was a contract of sale rather than a contract of enterprise or services contract. For the complete article click here.

Stefan Chripounoff, partner with the law firm Langlois Kronström Desjardins LLP Commercial Litigation Team. He is specialized in the natural gas industry and routinely represents natural gas suppliers in the context of technical litigations. He also counsels them on the manner in which they can enhance their natural gas supply agreements to avoid future disputes. With the assistance of Virginie Blanchette-Séguin, student with Langlois Kronström Desjardins, LLP

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New web site for law students strikes the right balance
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
As Osgoode's Student Success and Wellness Counsellor, Banka Goela talks a lot to law students about the stress and pressures associated with their legal education.



The trouble with criminal speech
Canadian Lawyer
Canadians who defame justice officials don't get sued — they get jailed, but s. 301 of the Criminal Code doesn't get much respect from the courts.

Lawyer admits records a 'disaster,' apologizes for bilking LAO
Law Times
A lawyer found guilty of charging Legal Aid Ontario for work he didn't do told a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel his "sloppy record keeping" and his chaotic life due to his addiction to alcohol are to blame for his actions.



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Loss for First Nations at SCC has silver lining
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Supreme Court of Canada's ruling in Grassy Narrows First Nation v. Ontario (Natural Resources) on July 11 ended a dispute that has played out in northern woodlots and in the courts for the last 15 years.

An abiding belief in the system
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's Cross Examined, we profile Donald Bayne, a former quarterback during his days at Queens University who retains a passion and enthusiasm for law that is tireless. "He has a love for criminal law that few people have," says partner Rod Sellar.

Lessons from Ford defamation case
Law Times
The mayor of Toronto has long been making news in the courts with more recent cases involving the failure of an appeal against a decision that found Rob Ford not liable for defamation.

LawPRO base premium frozen
Law Times
Lawyers are once again getting a break on their LawPRO premiums next year. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Lawyers filling the void
Law Times, editorial
Whether we're talking about electronic document exchanges or rapidly declining prices for alternative energy sources such as solar power, things are still progressing in small ways even when it looks like our governments are failing us.

All aboard
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
A generous amount of this month's issue of Canadian Lawyer is dedicated to technology and the law. Technology in its various forms and permutations have and continue to transform legal practice and while this issue began with a plan for a special report on e-discovery, it organically morphed into a much wider discussion one or all of which are going on throughout the profession.

Making Rain: Value your time
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's episode, executive coach Debra Forman discusses focusing your efforts on how you bill and value your time. Time should be your biggest ally as it is your dearest asset. Bottom line, you always want to be engaged and focused.


Here come the algorithms
Canadian Lawyer
Jim Middlemiss, in his Back Page column, writes that law firms looking to secure their future need to hire more technology experts, not lawyers. It's one of the key takeaways from the "Legal Technology Future Horizons" report from the International Legal Technology Association.



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See no students, hear no students: are law societies listening to us?
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
There is rising doubt as to whether the voice of law and articling students is being heard in respect to decisions pertaining to the future of the profession, writes Ted Flett in his Ab Initio column. Case in point: the Law Society of New Brunswick's special meeting on Sept. 13 to reconsider the council's Trinity Western University accreditation decision.

The global law department
Lexpert
When local companies are folded into global corporations, legal leadership can face daunting challenges, writes Richard Stock in this month's Legal Departments column.

Lots of help available for lawyers in crisis
Law Times
If we operate on the assumption that law students, lawyers, and paralegals are indeed human beings and we know that these roles are particularly stressful and challenging, we can acknowledge the need exists for organizations that can provide help, support, and healing in times of difficulty, writes Doron Gold in his column, The Lawyer Therapist.



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