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Canadian Lawyer invites you to weigh in on Canada's leading firms specializing in personal injury law, and aboriginal law as well as the best arbitration chambers. In voting, draw on your experience of working with and referring work to these firms and the quality of service, clients, and mandates of each. Respondents are also invited to nominate firms not already on the shortlist. Your feedback will help us assemble rankings that will appear in the May 2015 issue.

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Study shows ease of inducing false confessions
Law Times
Researchers are questioning police interviewing techniques after a recent study showed how easy it can be to manipulate people into recalling vivid details of committing a crime they never took part in.

Vicarious trauma: the cumulative effects of caring
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, we explore a form of post-traumautic stress disorder known as vicarious trauma, also known as "compassion fatigue." For many lawyers and judges (as well as jurors, courtroom personnel, and others), the violent, disturbing reality they witness inside and outside the courtroom as part of their profession can become debilitating.

Video: View 2015 — Shaping the future with Robert Hemstock, Enmax Corp.
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the second of five videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2015 series, sponsored by Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Robert Hemstock, executive vice president, regulatory and legal services at Enmax Corp. talks about initiatives the company is engaged in for 2015 and how the legal department manages external counsel.

Lawyers question prof's critical findings on ABS
Law Times
While a new study commissioned by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association has poured cold water on the outcomes of alternative business structures in Britain and Australia, critics say the report's narrow criteria for measuring the results misses other potential benefits of new ways of offering legal services.

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Tim Leahy disbarred after years of battles with LSUC
Law Times
Former Toronto lawyer Tim Leahy says the Law Society of Upper Canada has wrecked his career after the regulator disbarred him in what could be the end of a long and thorny relationship between them.

These laws are the worst!
Canadian Lawyer
Canadian Lawyer surveyed practitioners across the country about the dumbest laws in existence — some merely vexing, some upsetting, some ridiculous, and some simply sublime. The responses vary from the silly to the serious.

Court releases 'game-changing' decision on federally regulated employees
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A Federal Court of Appeal decision eight months in the making is being called a "monumental decision" that "essentially overturns almost 40 years of arbitral law."

Green on top
Canadian Lawyer
In recent years we've grasped onto concepts like rooftop farming and green roofs, not just in the temperate climate of the west coast, but also in cities with less moderate climates across the country. Prompted by environmental and social pressures, it's a movement encouraged by many cities and the people who live in them.

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Queen's University creates a law clinic hub
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Queen's University Faculty of Law has brought all five of its legal clinics together in the heart of downtown Kingston, Ont.

Major league practice: sports law
As sports deals have become bigger, more complex issues have arisen to challenge lawyers, including morals clauses, ambush marketing and digital platforms.

Drug makers eagerly awaiting SCC ruling on generic compensation
Law Times
The eyes of the pharmaceutical industry will be on the Supreme Court of Canada in April as it deliberates on the issue of compensation to generic drug manufacturers in Sanofi-Aventis v. Apotex Inc.

Competition Bureau to review settlements between brand-name and generic drugmakers
Most pharmaceutical litigants will dash out of court the minute their cases come to trial in order to hammer out a secret agreement. It's those deals — often pay-for-delay settlements between brand-name pharmaceutical companies and the generics competitors that want to push into their profitable businesses — that have grabbed the attention of John Pecman, Canada's new Commissioner of Competition.

Beer Store challenge abandoned
Law Times
A lawyer's plan to challenge the Beer Store in court has quickly fizzled out. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Give LPP more time
Law Times, editorial
Those involved in the law practice program have clearly put major effort into getting a quality alternative off the ground and we should give them more time to finish the job ahead of a more fulsome assessment.

The great debate of 2015
Canadian Lawyer
There's space and need in the legal profession to provide a variety of services from a variety of service providers and in a variety of formats. Not all of them need to be 100-per-cent lawyer run and lawyer owned.

Getahun provided crucial clarity on consultations between experts, counsel
Law Times
Darcy Merkur, in his Personal Injury Law column, takes a look at the Ontario Court of Appeal's hotly anticipated decision in Moore v. Getahun last week, which determined that there's absolutely nothing improper with counsel's practice of reviewing draft expert reports.

Why judicial diversity matters
Law Times
This past December's round of judicial appointments by Justice Minister Peter MacKay has put the issue of judicial diversity squarely back in the spotlight, writes Anna Wong in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Balancing the tensions of legal technology
Canadian Lawyer
Kate Simpson, who has recently joined us as our Tech Support columnist, writes about the ever-increasing pressures on legal technology in our firms, whether large or small. And they don't seem to be any cute, simple pressures either they're a bunch of competing tensions that constantly threaten to throw us off-track.

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