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Should lawyers deliver clothes to clients?
Law Times
What happened to Laura Liscio, a criminal defence counsel recently arrested at the Brampton, Ont., courthouse, could happen to any lawyer. Police arrested Liscio, who's facing charges of smuggling drugs into the courthouse, after she delivered a change of clothing to a prisoner there.

IBC wants regulation for personal injury lawyers
Law Times
The Insurance Bureau of Canada says it would like to see regulatory oversight of how personal injury lawyers structure their contingency fees due to what it calls a major gap in transparency in the auto insurance system.

Court rejects attempt to blame articling student for delay
Law Times
Highlighting the relationship between lawyers and their articling students, a Superior Court master, in upholding an order dismissing a personal injury action as abandoned, has taken issue with a law firm that laid blame on a student with mental-health issues.

LNG debate the spark at student enviro law conference
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The Environmental Law Society at the University of Calgary was successful in "igniting a spark" when it hosted the 2015 Canadian Association of Environmental Law Societies Conference Feb. 13 and 14 in Calgary.

Youth want bigger voice at Convocation
Law Times
Solicitors aren't the only ones concerned about their level of representation at Convocation. A few young lawyers running in the election say they also want in with one of them starting a Twitter hashtag, #younglawyerswantin, to press the issue.



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Video: View 2015 — Shaping the future: Top projects
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the fifth of five videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2015 series, sponsored by Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, the four participant general counsel recap their top challenges for the year.


Privacy matters
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Courts, privacy commissioners and arbitrators have ruled on a wide range of workplace privacy issues and employers are watching the decisions very carefully.

Katy Perry roars at 3-D version of Super Bowl 'Left Shark'
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Who knew Katy Perry's goofy dancing Super Bowl shark would become the focus of an intellectual property battle?

Spouses warned against spying on former partners
Law Times
While the use of social media in family law cases is common, questions linger over a spouse's access to other digital information relating to a former partner as privacy and evidentiary considerations make snooping on someone's online world a tricky and potentially costly exercise.

Suspension after $150K taken from orphans
Law Times
The Law Society Tribunal has suspended a lawyer on an interlocutory basis for misappropriating funds belonging to orphaned children. Click
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Defence lawyers' outrage justified
Law Times, editorial
Lawyers are rightfully expressing outrage over the circumstances surrounding the arrest of defence counsel Laura Liscio at the courthouse in Brampton, Ont., this month.

The power of embracing change
Canadian Lawyer, online
Dentons Canada CEO Chris Pinnington, in this month's Managing Partner Forum, shares his thoughts on how Canadian law firms can compete successfully in a rapidly changing global market.

Come to Canada! (before we change our minds…)
Canadian Lawyer, online
Trust is a valuable commodity in immigration law, writes Ron Poulton in our newest column, Border Crossings. Truth is often hard to find, but when the government of Canada on its very web site confirms certain information, you assume it can be trusted. Then, the government goes and changes the rules retroactively.

The toll of the turmoil at UNB law
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
It is a trying time to be a law student at the University of New Brunswick, writes Ted Flett in his Ab Initio column. Dean Jeremy Levitt is on leave after just five months on the job and his conduct is now under investigation following accusations of harassment. It's serious.



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Video: Making Rain — Hit your pause button
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month, executive coach Debra Forman zeroes in on responding effectively and acting responsibly in all of your communications. Sometimes you need to hit your inner pause button and stop and think before you act or react.

Conrad Black and that meddlesome Supreme Court
Canadian Lawyer, online
In Tony Wilson's column, Letter from Law Law Land, he notes that, if politicians won't take bold steps to deal with social hot potatoes, it seems the Supreme Court will. And good on them for having the guts to make the tough calls.

In support of the Law Practice Program
Law Times
If we want to maintain self-governance and public confidence in our profession, we need to ensure more than just a passing standard of uniform skills training. In that regard, the Law Practice Program is a positive step in that direction, writes Darryl Singer in this week's Speaker's Corner.



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