- Subtitle: Editor's Desk
Some of the nominees are quite obvious — Alberta Premier Alison Redford, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, even Chief Justice Warren Winkler — as much of what they do is in the spotlight due to their position or the cases they take on, but the influence that others have may not be so apparent or widely known in the legal profession as whole. Not everyone makes the final list, but the overall accomplishments of all the nominees are inspirational and notable. Reading about the quiet but continuing efforts of new inductee criminal lawyer Bill Trudell around the issue of mental health in general but particularly within the justice system is inspiring. Knowing that Supreme Court Justice Morris Fish is there, increasing alone, standing up for the rights of the accused is as well. The dedication to change of lawyers like Dianne Corbiere and Rosemary McCarney who both, in different areas, focus on standing up for the rights of others is also worth celebrating.
One of Canada’s most experienced and respected legal journalists, Gail J. Cohen is the editorial director of Canadian Lawyer and Law Times, responsible for the editorial direction of all the publications in the group, which also includes Candian Lawyer InHouse, Canadian Lawyer 4Students, and the daily Legal Feeds blog. Gail has been covering the legal profession in Canada as a reporter and editor since 1997, putting her in a prime position to access and engage thought leaders in the regulatory, legal, and business realms. Canadian Lawyer and its editorial team have been the recipients of many journalism awards and their publications are highly respected throughout the legal profession in Canada and abroad.