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The miracle of motions court
Law Times
After years of motions backlog in Toronto, lawyers say change is finally in the air at the Superior Court as a new initiative encourages judges to manage cases and not just motions.

Appointment of military judge to Superior Court a first
Law Times
A 35-year-veteran of the Canadian military is among the latest round of judicial appointments in Ontario announced by the federal government.

Ontario's e-cig law unconstitutional: prof
Law Times
Ottawa's proposed legislation to control the use of e-cigarettes is unconstitutional, according to a University of Ottawa law professor.

Social media campaigns take off as bencher nominations close
Law Times, online
As nominations for the 2015 bencher election close, the real competition begins. And with the campaign officially underway, several lawyers have been quick to get their social media efforts up and running.

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Video: Irwin Cotler receives human rights award
Law Times, online
The Law Society of Upper Canada chose Liberal MP Irwin Cotler as the recipient of its first human rights award. Cotler, an international human rights lawyer, has represented clients like Nelson Mandela and Natan Sharansky. As a former minister of justice, his accomplishments include the creation of the legislation that legalized gay marriage in Canada.

Video: RBC general counsel David Allgood retiring
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
After 17 years in-house at the Royal Bank of Canada, executive vice president and general counsel David Allgood will be retiring at the end of February. He recently spoke with Canadian Lawyer InHouse about developing the team at RBC, career highlights and what's planned for his next chapter.

Should domestic violence courses be mandatory in law school?
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
While law schools continue to implement mandatory classes on domestic violence for first-year students, the burden to solve domestic violence cases should not fall on law schools alone, says one Queen's University law professor.

Video: View 2015 — Shaping the future with Roger Fulton, Linamar Corp.
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the fourth of five videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2015 series, sponsored by Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Roger Fulton, executive vice president, human resources, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Linamar Corp. in Guelph, Ont., talks about growth at the auto parts manufacturer and tackling risk management issues such as product liability and anti-corruption/bribery.

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Will law firms dominate much longer?
With alternative business structures looming, how much longer will the traditional law firm model dominate how legal services are delivered in Canada?

How do global arbitration bodies compare?
Law Times
The three major international arbitration institutions that are fiercely competitive with the courts are also, as it turns out, in just as much competition among themselves.

Bob Ward announces plan to retire
Law Times
Legal Aid Ontario president and CEO Bob Ward has announced he will retire by the end of this year. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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The dreaded 'B' word
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her Trial by Fire column, Kristal Bayes notes that, while lawyers may not have gone to law school to become master billers, whether they like it or not, they are business people and the art of billing is a crucial skill.

Little or nothing to fear even in the face of AI
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Even if we accept this premise that associates are threatened by applications of artificial intelligence, the adverse effect will be much less pronounced for in-house counsel, writes Fernando Garcia in his column, In-house Coach. The reason for this, he says, is that work for in-house counsel is much broader than the general practice of law.

Getting some respect: OSS out of the shadows
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her column, The IT Girl, Lisa Lifshitz argues that open-source licensing has "grown up" from the days when the parties could just ignore its existence entirely. The best way to approach these issues, she writes, is to face them square on and deal with the relevant OSS licences on their own terms.

Networking is what you enjoy
Canadian Lawyer, online
Networking is both an art and a science, writes David Paul in his column, David Paul's Field Notes. What works for some will not work for everyone. The key is finding what works for you, staying active, and enjoying the process.

Bencher Elections


It's hard to see how anything can replace articling
In his Last Word column, Paul Paton writes that, while there might be consensus that new approaches to legal training are worth examining, there's anything but common ground on what constitutes the best path to practice.

What we know about legal education
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
We now know that adults learn best through short, intense engagement with the material, in which lots of opportunity for practice is woven into the equation, writes Ian Holloway in his Legal Futures column. Unfortunately, that's not how most of law school is conducted.

IBM Watson might transform, but will it fix the law itself?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Dealing with the unstructured and non-standard nature of legal materials, and extracting meaning from them, will keep machines busy for the foreseeable future. But ultimately all this analytics work will result in long-term changes in the way law is created, structured, organized and communicated in the first place, writes David Curle.

New estate tax rules evidence of bureaucracy in action
Law Times
A new regime is now in place that will cost millions of taxpayer dollars to administer; put many thousands of people every year to the trouble of filing information returns that no one will ever look at; and collect negligible additional revenues. In this week's Speaker's Corner, Barry Corbin asks, is this not the definition of bureaucracy?

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