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Taking stock of food fables
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In our cover story, we explore whether the wave of food product litigation in the U.S., especially in the areas of labels and marketing that involve health claims, will come to Canada.

Motion seeks to force articling on firms
Law Times
With the debate over the Law Practice Program in the news again, a group of lawyers are putting forward a motion at the Law Society of Upper Canada's upcoming annual general meeting to force law firms with eight or more lawyers to take an articling student chosen at random.

Lots of work for Bay Street from hydro sale
Law Times
The sheer size of the Hydro One sell-off means many law firms stand to reap lots of work from the deal, lawyers say.

Will Ontario's whistleblower program blow holes in internal compliance systems?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The Ontario Securities Commission has finally started the ball rolling on an initiative it first suggested back in 2011: a whistleblower program to provide financial rewards to people who report securities law breaches.

Handling the affairs of Ashley Madison
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In our Professional Profile, we interview Avi Weisman, general counsel at Ashley Madison, who says working for the controversial dating site brings the thrill of a startup with an international scope.



File early and watch closely as Canada's IP rules change
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Far-reaching changes to Canada's intellectual property laws will force companies to keep an eagle eye on their trademark and patent applications, watching deadlines and actions by their competitors, filing before the new rules bite, and getting ready for a heftier bill.

New student legal aid clinic opening in Thunder Bay
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Lakehead Legal Services is the first legal aid clinic to open its doors at the law school in Thunder Bay, Ont. Adding a clinic seems like a natural progression, says Kimberley Gagan, the director of Lakehead Legal Services.

Graphic: Bencher election candidate profiles
Law Times
To find out what the candidates in the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election are saying, check out our interactive map with links to the candidates' profiles on our bencher election web site.

A look at bencher compensation
Law Times
As the campaign for the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election wraps up this week, Law Times takes a look at what benchers earn for their work.

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Video: Bencher campaign enters final week
Law Times, online
As the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election enters its final week, Law Times talks to some voters about the issues they think are most important.

Beyond succession planning
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Given a lawyer's typical drive towards growth and advancement, landing in a legal department where there is no visible path to advancement can make it hard to navigate the next step forward.

Rural lawyers concerned about funding cut for online legal research
Law Times
Rural sole practitioners say their work has become more difficult with the LibraryCo Toolkit that used to provide remote desktop case law search services no longer available since the beginning of the year.

Bell mobile TV decision a 'step in the right direction'
Law Times
Canadians will have to keep standing up for net neutrality if they want to prevent fast- and slow-lane Internet traffic from taking hold in this country, according to a Toronto technology lawyer.

Prof honoured for legal writing
Law Times
The attorney general has awarded the David Walter Mundell medal to University of Ottawa Faculty of Law Prof. Elizabeth Sheehy for excellence in legal writing. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Are politics at play in arbitration reform?
Law Times, editorial
Municipalities argue the system for dealing with labour relations disputes for emergency services employees such as fire, police, and paramedics is leaving cities in dire fiscal straights. While the province has repeatedly said it's working on the issue, we've yet to see any results.

Time to pull together
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
Over the last year or two, it has been interesting to watch as the dialogue on alternative fee arrangements has moved from a push coming from innovative in-house counsel looking to draw law firms into the discussion, to now law firms championing the discussion as a marketing tool.

Victims of ideology: All the 'isms' are now 'wasms'
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his Letter from Law Law Land column, Tony Wilson reflects on the proposed monument to be constructed next to the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa called the "Memorial to the Victims of Communism — Canada a Land of Refuge." The millions of deaths that occurred under communist regimes should not be trivialized. But the "capitalist" nations of the West can't claim an absolute monopoly on morality and virtue.

Decision against federal lawyer's election run sparks outrage in Ottawa
Law Times
In his column, The Hill, Richard Cleroux recounts how a federal government lawyer will lose her right to come back to her government job if she runs and loses in this fall's federal election.

Is cyber-liability insurance the answer to data breaches?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Internal legal counsel should keep up to date on key cyber-liability developments and ensure detailed cyber-security/privacy requirements are routinely included in all their contracts with third-party vendors, advises Lisa Lifshitz in her column, The IT Girl.

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The in-house counsel imperative: Legal counsel to business strategist
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
For in-house lawyers to maintain their relevance and their value to the company, stepping outside the traditional legal counsel role is an imperative, writes Sanjeev Dhawan in his column, In Closing.

Canadian renminbi trading hub among latest moves to boost access to China
Law Times
The past year has seen significant beneficial policies implemented to facilitate access to the Chinese market by Canadian businesses, writes Patrick Gervais in his Trade Matters column. Canadian businesses should use these new tools to their advantage to grow their presence in the Chinese market.

The role of 'non-lawyers' in delivering exceptional client experiences
Canadian Lawyer
In the Managing Partner Forum, Rick Kathuria, the national director of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP's project management office, shares his views on the increasing importance of non-lawyers at firms.

1Ls and 2Ls with aspirations: don't squander your summer!
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Like many law students, Ted Flett is acutely aware of the profession's shrinking employment prospects, he writes in his Ab Initio column, so last summer he decided to suit up and start hustling Bay Street, becoming a usual suspect at the tours and receptions hosted by many of the big firms.

For fetter or worse
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his Border Crossings column, Ron Poulton writes that decisions on humanitarian and compassionate grounds are often unrealistic in suggesting that that applicants can simply apply for a visa instead.

Video: Making Rain — Be your own gatekeeper
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month, executive coach Debra Forman challenges you to be more proactive and hands-on in your professional development by being your own gatekeeper — effectively allocating your own time and executing your efforts.


Legal Feeds

Top 25 Most Influential Call for Nominations — Closes May 5
Nominations are once again open for Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Most Influential. Our most popular feature of the year celebrates lawyers and judges who are making an impact on the laws, justice system, legal profession, and civil society in Canada and abroad. Once again, we're asking readers to let us know who they feel have been the most influential over the last year or so. Categories are: corporate-commercial, including litigation, deals, class actions etc.; criminal/human rights; government/non-profits/associations, including public inquiries and officers of Parliament; changemakers: catalysts for positive change in any area of the profession; and the world stage: Canadian lawyers who have an influence on law and society beyond our borders. To nominate someone, it's as easy as sending an e-mail to editor Gail Cohen that includes the nominee's name, firm/organization, and a sentence or two as to why you feel they should be included in the list. More details are here

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Compensation Survey — Closes May 4
Canadian Lawyer's annual Compensation Survey is now open, and this year we have expanded the survey to include staff lawyers and of counsel. We are looking for managing partners and the heads of corporate legal departments of all shapes and sizes (only one representative) to take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. Before beginning the survey, law firms should click here and in-house departments here for instructions. Then click here to complete the survey. Results will appear in the July 2015 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

This week's Law Times poll
Do you agree with the motion put forward at the upcoming Law Society of Upper Canada annual general meeting seeking to force law firms of a certain size to take articling students chosen at random? Click here to have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

Bencher election poll
Are you voting this week in the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election? Click here to have your say in our bencher election poll.


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