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A corporate lawyer's unique pro bono side job
Law Times
Hussein Hamdani is a Hamilton, Ont., corporate and real estate lawyer but he also has what one might call a unique pro bono practice. When his phone rings, it could be from a corporate client but it could also be from parents afraid their son wants to join a terrorist group.

Real estate lawyer in hot water over missing $3.5M
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada believes a lawyer has left the country amid complaints from her clients about $3.5 million in missing mortgage funds she was holding in her trust account.

'Culture change' needed in way law schools assess, revise curriculum: Holloway
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Ian Holloway, law dean at the University of Calgary, says there are a few things those in the legal field know: the profession is changing and students are progressively less involved. That's led to changes in the way the school teaches law.

Non-white lawyers feel alienated, report finds
Law Times
Despite the steady increase in the number of racialized lawyers practising in Ontario, many continue to feel alienated from the dominant culture of the profession and believe they're often not getting the same opportunities for advancement as their peers.

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Should compliance be separate from legal?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Should the legal and compliance functions in an organization be divided? At the Royal Bank of Canada the roles are split and it's something David Allgood, the bank's executive vice president and general counsel, believes is critical.

Video: A walk down memory lane
Law Times, online
As Law Times celebrates its 25th year of publishing, we talk to founding editor Jim Middlemiss about the paper's early years and some of the big stories that helped it make an early mark.

Child support guidelines become optional
Law Times
In a recent case, the court upheld parties' ability to contract out of the child support guidelines as long as the outcome is to the children's advantage. As a result, creative solutions tailored to a family's circumstances are now something family lawyers must consider with some options being more popular than others.

Sharp decrease in parental leave payments
Law Times
Fewer lawyers took advantage of the Law Society of Upper Canada's parental leave assistance program this year after the regulator restricted the program to those whose net practice income is less than $50,000 a year. Click
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Good news on access to justice
Law Times, editorial
With the legal aid threshold for a single person stuck at $10,800 for years, last week's announcement that it will finally start to rise is good news. As Law Times reports on page 2 this week, the threshold rises to $11,448 as of this month.

Lessons on how not to settle a class action (American style)
Canadian Lawyer, online
In Margaret Waddell's Trials & Tribulations column, she looks at a scathing decision from the United States Court of Appeal (7th Circuit) released in June, in which Justice Richard Posner highlighted some of the abuses to which class actions have been subjected by class counsel who, as Posner says, "sell out the class" in pursuit of maximizing their own fees.

Key ruling clarifies use of spousal guidelines in support reviews
Law Times
Six years after the release of the final version of the spousal support advisory guidelines and the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Fisher v. Fisher on them, we have another ruling clarifying their use in the context of support reviews, writes Marta Siemiarczuk in her Family Law column.

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Curating your contacts: plan and action
Canadian Lawyer, online
The process of turning contacts into two-way, giving, and life-long relationships follows a sequence of prescribed events: developing your list, sorting for success, planning and taking action, following up, and tracking progress. In this month's Make it Count column, Simone Hughes covers planning and taking action.

20 per cent more capacity? There is a way
There are three steps general counsel can take to find out how best to generate 20 per cent more capacity from existing resources. Doing so, however, is like opening a Pandora's Box, writes Richard Stock in this month's Legal Departments column.

Third annual Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada a success
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
On Oct. 24 and 25, 32 teams of law students converged in the iconic University College at the University of Toronto to compete in the third annual Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada presented by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society at the Faculty of Law.

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Canadian Lawyer invites you to weigh in on Canada's leading insurance defence; tax law; and wills, trusts, and estates boutiques. Respondents are also invited to nominate firms not already on the shortlist. Your feedback will help us assemble rankings that will appear in the January 2015 issue. As always, your responses are completely confidential

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