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Judge calls out lawyers for lowballing trial estimates
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Justice says it's taking steps to better assess estimates of trial times after a judge in Halton region lamented "a chronic problem" of counsel lowballing the time it would take to complete a matter.

Why is personal injury bar so against ABS?
Law Times
With alternative business structures promising to be a key focus of debate for the legal profession this year, it's clear significant opposition will be coming from at least one part of the bar: personal injury lawyers. But what is it about the idea that has them so worried?

Guarded optimism for 2015
Law Times
As falling oil prices add another wrinkle to already-uncertain economic conditions, several law firms are expressing guarded optimism that they'll be able to weather the storm and continue to adapt to changing markets this year.

Furniture company directors get jail time, $250,000 fine in death of worker
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Two directors of a company in Ontario have received jail time and a $250,000 fine for violations that led to the death of a warehouse worker.



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New law dean sets sights high for TRU
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Bradford Morse has had warmer welcomes. The new law dean at Thompson Rivers University began his first day of work on Jan. 2 by facing the worst snowstorm Kamloops has seen since 1927.


Municipalities grappling with location of marijuana facilities
Law Times
Health Canada has issued 23 licences to companies wanting to develop medical marijuana production facilities. While some municipalities have been preparing to deal with the new industry, others are scrambling to decide how to respond.

Paul Schabas becomes chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario
Law Times
The Law Foundation of Ontario has a new chairman with Paul Schabas taking over the role from Mark Sandler. Click
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Beer battles brewing
Law Times, editorial
The Beer Store has already offered up limited and still unsatisfactory change while the legal and political wrangling should result in a better deal for the province and, potentially, consumers.

Resolving to get over the 'just a first-year associate' mentality
Canadian Lawyer, online
Kristal Bayes kicks off her Trial by Fire series of columns with a reflection on resolutions, and particularly her resolution to get over the habit of introducing herself as "just a first-year associate."


Predictions for 2015
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In his first In-house Coach column, Fernando Garcia provides a short list of some of the issues and matters that he believes will become increasingly important to the in-house bar and our practices in this new year and in the short term future.

Ready for retirement?
Lexpert
In his Last Word column, Paul Paton suggests that, with mandatory retirement generally upheld, it may be time to start thinking about a life beyond law.



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I hate January and ironing
Canadian Lawyer, online
In Twila Reid's column, The Twila Zone, she ponders why self-improvement goals must dominate the new year. Instead, why not have a year off to bask in the greatness of her 2014 accomplishments?

Canada's patent deficit
Lexpert
How dismal is the state of patent-filing in Canada? Even the North Koreans are outperforming us, writes George Takach in this month's Technology column.

Practising outside the technology box
Canadian Lawyer, online
Technology lawyers often think of themselves as area experts, with a deep appreciation and understanding of the specific intricacies of their craft and its sub-specialties, writes Lisa Lifshitz in her The IT Girl column. However, good technology lawyers can sometimes add value to their clients simply by thinking outside the technology box by raising practical issues that go beyond our immediate practice areas.

Four things I wish I had known in law school
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Now that he's a little more than halfway through his articles, Peter Rowntree takes some time to reflect on his time at law school. He humbly offers up four tidbits of advice.

A new approach to resolving questions of law on pretrial motions
Law Times
While some areas of civil procedure have recently received considerable attention from those looking at reform, most notably summary judgment, the discussions have largely ignored other aspects. One of them is the law on pretrial motions to resolve questions of law, writes Stephen Pitel and Matthew Lerner in this week's Speaker's Corner.



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