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One-on-one with LAO chairman John McCamus
Law Times, online
It's been an eventful year at Legal Aid Ontario with changes from increases in eligibility requirements for the first time in nearly 20 years to a proposal to amalgamate legal clinics in the Toronto area.


LPP students make pitch for change
Law Times, online
It was the Dragons' Den of legal services. But instead of luring venture capitalists with the prospect of hefty profits, seven groups of students in Ryerson University's Law Practice Program had to convince judges their ideas would make legal services faster, cheaper, and more effective.

Are you ready for CASL 2.0?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
On Jan. 15, the next phase of Canada's anti-spam law comes into effect but will businesses that provide software services be ready to ask for all the documentation required?



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Get Ross in your pocket
Law Times, online
If you like Mike Ross, the brilliant pretend-lawyer on the popular TV show Suits, you're in luck because now there's an app for that.



First Nations bundling P3 projects to attract developers
Lexpert
Forget Eastern Europe and Latin America. Canadians interested in public-private partnerships (P3s) should consider an untapped market on their own doorstep: Canada's First Nations communities.

New book features lawyers' accounts of their biggest cases
Law Times, online
In the new book Tough Crimes: True Cases by Top Canadian Criminal Lawyers, 20 high-profile defence lawyers in the new book tell their most harrowing stories about serving the accused.

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association say no to ABS
Law Times, online
The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association is urging the Law Society of Upper Canada to reject the adoption of alternative business structures. Click
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Reality bites for LPP students
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Much has been said about the ongoing articling crisis in Ontario, but what we aren't talking about enough is the impact the crisis is having on prospective licensees, writes Matt Hopkins.

A tough year for North American insider trading enforcement
Canadian Lawyer, online
The aggressive approach by the Ontario Securities Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in particular the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York has yielded stunning headlines over the last few years, but 2014 was marked by a series of setbacks in insider trading enforcement, writes Hilary Dudley.

Video: Making Rain — Take your temperature reading
Canadian Lawyer, online
As the last month of the year, Making Rain columnist Debra Forman says it's the best time to take a final inventory on where things currently stand with regard to your client service and relationships. It's a golden opportunity to clear 2014 of any outstanding matters or doubts that will diminish your year's success.

Attitude is everything when combatting stress in law firms
Canadian Lawyer, online
In Stephen Mabey's last regular Definitely Mabey column, he tackles stress in the office. He writes that an attitude improvement will make your firm a better place no matter the challenges it faces.



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Ethical lawyering in the 21st century
Canadian Lawyer, online
Fred Krebs, in his In-house Coach column, encourages you to read an essay published recently by Harvard Law School. It provides an excellent summary of the changes taking place in the legal profession and their impact on three major components of the profession.

A law student's New Year's resolutions
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In his Ab Initio column, Ted Flett reiterates just how horrible law exams can be. Professors shoehorn material into the final lectures before classes end as if a student's brain is a sponge that never saturates.

The 'Voldemort' season
Canadian Lawyer, online
Tony Wilson, in his Letter from Law Law Land column, mourns the tradition of saying "Merry Christmas," which he says is really odd, considering he's a devout atheist of the Richard Dawkins school of thought. His Christmas, he writes, is cultural, not religious.

Ruling on waivers for volunteers, employees significant for recreational industry
Law Times, online
In this week's Speaker's Corner, Susan Guzzo and Katarina Germani write about their successful defence in Fleming v. Massey, a Canadian first on the law of waivers in an employment context that was the subject of a motion for summary judgment in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Nov. 18.



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