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Epstein & Madsen’s This Week in Family Law is now available on FamilySource


WestlaweCARSWELL’s premier online legal research service for family law practitioners. Mr. Epstein has also assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of the Reports of Family Law

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 12/19/2005, Carswell (, Canada’s leading provider of specialized information and electronic research solutions to the legal, tax, finance, accounting and human resources markets, today announced the launch of Epstein & Madsen’s This Week in Family Law. The highly-regarded weekly newsletter will continue to provide family law practitioners in Canada with the most timely and pertinent commentary under the leadership of one of the most authoritative and distinguished figures in the field—Philip Epstein of Epstein Cole LLP.

“Carswell has always led the way in providing legal professionals with the best of what Canada’s legal minds have to offer,” said Rachel Francis, Director, Legal Strategic Market Group. “We are extremely pleased that Mr. Epstein and Ms. Madsen accepted the challenge of authoring the weekly newsletter. Mr. Epstein is very well known in the legal community and we are certain that Epstein & Madsen’s This Week in Family Law is the best vehicle for making Mr. Epstein’s voice and opinion distributed to the community.”

This Week in Family Law on FamilySource has previously been authored by Jay McLeod, whose untimely passing left a big void in the hearts and minds of family law practitioners.

The new authors will certainly make their own unique mark on the family law landscape in Canada. Philip Epstein summarized his vision for the newsletter as follows: “We intend to concentrate on commenting on cases that we think have some significance and further develop family law in this country. We do not intend to comment on every decision. We will look at cases that we think are taking the law in the wrong direction and we will hand out kudos where they are warranted. We will try to produce some hints for loss prevention for lawyers where the case makes it clear as to how the lawyers might have avoided the problem that arose. We will comment on different approaches taken by different judges in similar facts. We cannot be as witty or as pithy as Jay McLeod. We can, however, try to deliver in a timely fashion brief notes of all the important family law cases as they come off the press. We hope that they will be of some considerable use to you and we welcome the readers’ comments.”

Mr. Epstein is a recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Law Society Medal and the Family Law Excellence Award from the family law section of the Ontario Bar Association. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Reports of Family Law, has written articles for Lexpert magazine. Mr. Epstein is a distinguished family law counsel, lecturer and active participant in numerous legal associations.

Ms. Madsen is a winner of several awards from Osgoode Hall Law School and a recipient of a Dean’s Letter Recognizing Cumulative Academic Excellence. She is also a published author of several academic papers.

As Editor-in-Chief of the Family Law Reports, Mr. Epstein will be ably assisted by his law partners at Epstein Cole LLP: Aaron Franks, Melanie Kraft, Roslyn Tsao, and Ilana Zylberman. Annotations, from time to time, will be produced by the editorial group and other writers who are interested in writing about a particular case.

Epstein & Madsen’s This Week in Family Law is included with a subscription to FamilySource from WestlaweCARSWELL ( FamilySource provides users with access to family law cases from all Canadian jurisdictions, including the Reports of Family Law, plus an archive of unreported decisions. FamilySource includes insight and analysis from top family law experts: Philip Epstein, Jay McLeod, Jim MacDonald, Marvin Bernstein, and others. The premier content is accessible online on an award-winning research platform, leading-edge finding tools and KeyCiteCanada so you can truly Work The Way You Think.

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