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How do we get more diversity on the bench when there’s no transparency in the appointments process?
September 1, 2014
Cracking the system
As far as political firestorms go, Justice Minister Peter MacKay’s June was slightly hotter than most. It began innocently enough on June 13 with the announcement the federal government had appointed 12 new judges to the bench. It was undoubtedly expected to be a routine announcement to fill various vacancies across the country; in law firms and wine bars across the country there would be small gatherings of law firm partners to toast the elevation of their colleagues to the bench. Then somethi
Deloitte beefs up immigration services with law firm alliance
September 1, 2014
The rise of the single services provider
A small Toronto law firm says the move to form an alliance with Deloitte Canada will strengthen its position to help clients better navigate the increasingly complex world of immigration law.
Ab Initio
September 1, 2014
School’s in! Mixed emotions and new challenges entering 2L
This week, law schools across Canada are back in. Admittedly, my back-to-school emotions are mixed.
September 1, 2014
Law prof pressures may be barrier to preparing law students for new reality of lawyering
Associate professor Craig Forcese of the common law section at the University of Ottawa is interested in the academic engagement of other law professors, in part the pressure on them to pursue research.
August 31, 2014
Video: Worlds apart
Jessica Salomon spent five years as a war crimes prosecutor but left law to pursue a career in stand-up. Here’s a taste of her wry humour from a recent gig at Ottawa’s Yuk Yuk’s comedy club.

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September 2014 • Volume 38, Issue 9
    • Subtitle How do we get more diversity on the bench when there’s no transparency in the appointments process?
    Written by Stephen Lautens
    Issue Date: September 2014
    As far as political firestorms go, Justice Minister Peter MacKay’s June was slightly hotter than most. It began innocently enough…
    • Subtitle Top Western & Northern Firms
    Written by Arshy Mann
    Issue Date: September 2014
    Canadian Lawyer returns to our survey of western and northern-based firms to find a region filled with excitement and not…
    • Subtitle Legal Report: Mining Law
    Written by Janet Guttsman
    Issue Date: September 2014
    A landmark ruling on aboriginal land rights will open the door to more title claims, possible slowdowns in mining and…

Departments

    • Subtitle Tech Support
    Written by Dera J. Nevin
    Issue Date: September 2014
    Toronto-based law firm specializing in document review was acquired by an accounting firm; the acquiring company disclaims that document review is legal work. Similarly, many companies that are not law firms now offer “legal” document review as a service.
    • Subtitle Cross Examined
    Written by Elizabeth Thompson
    Issue Date: September 2014
    Sitting in a courtyard next to Yuk Yuk’s comedy club in Ottawa, Jessica Salomon was reflecting on the differences between her old career and her new one — how helping prosecute war criminals in The Hague is easier than stand-up comedy. “I wish I could say that facing war criminals…

Columns

    • Subtitle Editor's Desk
    Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: September 2014
    The Canadian Bar Association released its report on the future of the legal profession last month. It is absolutely worth the time to read the whole thing (which is at cbafutures.org). The report’s full title: “Futures: Transforming the delivery of legal services in Canada” gives you a pretty broad hint…
 
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RT @dtanovich: Good piece by @stephenlautens @CanLawMag on Harper's track record on diversity and judicial appointments http://t.co/tuc3x5N
Video: Need a laugh? Check out Jessica Salomon, who we profile in this month's Canadian Lawyer Worlds apart http://t.co/1vKOSTZ0vP
RT @supremeadvocacy: And we're back! After two quiet weeks #SCC releasing 21 decisions on leaves to appeal this Thursday, full list here: h…
RT @LegalFeedsblog: New blog post: GM class settlement nets class counsel judge-approved ‘premium’ http://t.co/Qq5b0wNmMc
RT @LawsonLundell: Lawson Lundell named the top Western and Northern firm by readers of @CanLawMag. A special thanks to our clients! http:/…

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