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Monday, March 25, 2013

LAWYERS TAKE STAGE FOR CHARITY

Lawyers’ International Food Enterprise (LIFE) will be hosting a night of live tunes, dinner, and charity at a fundraising event this spring.

The event, Rock for LIFE, will feature lawyers taking to the stage at Lula Lounge on Dundas Street West in Toronto on May 2.

Confirmed bands for the night include the Tokyo Giants, the One Shot Band, Oui.B.Jamon, Notorious Road, and Quammie aka Greybeard.

Lawyers Malcolm MacKillop and Jonathan Lisus founded LIFE to raise money and awareness about child poverty issues in Africa.

Admission to the event is free, but donations accepted at the event will go to World Vision or the Stephen Lewis Foundation. See lifelawyers.ca for more information.

DAVID DODGE APPOINTED VISITING ECONOMIST

The Ontario Ministry of Finance has appointed Bennett Jones LLP senior counsel David Dodge as its H. Ian Macdonald visiting economist.

The post, created in honour of Ontario’s first chief economist, Ian Macdonald, will allow Dodge to provide advice to the ministry regarding emerging economic challenges and make contributions to policy development.

Macdonald, now president emeritus and director of York University, “is responsible for modernizing the Ontario Ministry of Finance by adding economic analysis and forecasting, as well as tax policy analysis, to the responsibilities of the ministry,” according to the ministry.

Dodge is currently chancellor of Queen’s University. He’s a member of the boards of directors of several large companies and also served a seven-year term as governor of the Bank of Canada. He also held a number of posts at the federal Department of Finance and was deputy minister of finance from 1992-97.

9 NEW PARTNERS AT NORTON ROSE

Norton Rose Canada LLP has admitted nine of its lawyers into the partnership.

The lawyers currently serve in six of the firm’s industry areas, including mining, financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, and technology.

In Ontario, Karen Jensen of the Ottawa office and Anna Wilkinson of Toronto are two of the new partners. Others include Quebec’s Pierre-Christian Labeau, Dominic Dupoy, Andres Garin, and Marianne Plamondon. Ryan Keays and Allison Kuntz from the Calgary office are also on the list.

Internationally, Sergio Casinelli from the Caracas office has also made it to the partnership.

“We are very proud of our new partners and are delighted to welcome them to the partnership,” said John Coleman, managing partner of Norton Rose Canada.

“All are outstanding lawyers who have done an excellent job for our clients and made valuable contributions to the firm.

“Our partnership and clients will benefit enormously from the addition of these talented people. Congratulations to them all.”

MAZIN & ASSOCIATES ON THE MOVE

Personal injury law firm Mazin & Associates Professional Corp. has moved into a new Toronto office.

Founded by a former partner at Mazin Rooz Mazin, Mazin & Associates PC is moving to a new location under a new name, says firm founder Gary Mazin. The new address is at 5 Park Home Ave. in Toronto.

The firm brands itself as a “caring personal injury law firm handling all types of serious personal injury and accident cases.”

“Our goal is always to fight for our clients’ rights, give them their day in court if required, and help them receive the maximum compensation that our legal system provides,” the firm said in a press release.

“We have experience litigating claims in the Superior Court of Justice as well as arbitration hearings at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO).”

POLL RESULTS

The results of the last Law Times online poll are in.

According to the poll, more than half of respondents, 55 per cent, believe the new national mobility agreement that opens Quebec’s doors to Ontario lawyers will make a difference to their practice.

On March 11, Law Times reported on the agreement unanimously ratified by the Law Society of Upper Canada that would see Ontario lawyers able to practise in Quebec in any area of law they’re competent in.

The agreement, once approved by Quebec, will eliminate barriers that limit lawyers from common law jurisdictions to practising in matters related to their own province, the Criminal Code, federal jurisdiction, and public international law.

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