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Editor’s Note

The Canadian Lawyer team is starting to put together nominations for this year's 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada list and we'd like to get readers' input. In our first outing last year, there were obviously some controversial picks. So we are giving readers a chance to tell us who they think deserves to be recognized as one of the lawyers in this country who has wielded the most influence over the past 18 months.

We are changing up the format a bit for the 2011 edition and will be looking for the five most influential practitioners in each of the following categories:

  • Corporate-Commercial: including litigation, deals, etc.
  • Criminal/Human Rights
  • Government/non-profits/associations
  • Corporate counsel
  • Outliers: basically anyone who's a lawyer and has been influential somehow over the
    past 18 months.

Here's a reminder of how we're defining "influential": It is not just about bright stars, big deals, or number of media mentions' although those may play a part. It's about people who have power and influence the laws, justice system, and legal profession in Canada today.

Please feel free to e-mail me your thoughts on anyone you feel should be included in our nomination list. I will be putting it together by the end of this week.

Gail J. Cohen
Editorial Director
gail.cohen@thomsonreuters.com


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Class action rulings a game changer for competition cases
Law Times
The British Columbia Court of Appeal’s twin decisions in Pro-Sys Consultants Ltd. v. Microsoft Corp. and Sun-Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland Co. have so altered the landscape for competition class actions in Canada that, if upheld, they may well invite legislative intervention.

Law commission developing violence against women courses
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The Law Commission of Ontario has recently begun an initiative that is rather different from its usual projects. It is being funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate to develop law school curriculum modules around violence (particularly domestic violence) against women.

LSUC harassing me, claims lawyer
Law Times
A Mississauga, Ont., lawyer has failed in an attempt to have disciplinary proceedings against him dropped after alleging the Law Society of Upper Canada was harassing and discriminating against him.

Bay Street firms nonplussed about Paul Weiss move to Toronto
Law Times
Lawyers for Canadian firms practising U.S. law through their New York offices say they're nonplussed by the arrival of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP in Canada. Paul Weiss is now the third U.S. firm with Toronto offices. It joins Shearman & Sterling LLP, which was the first firm to set up in Toronto in 1989, and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

Franchise class actions here to stay
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
When the Ontario Superior Court last month certified a $750-million class action involving former auto dealers suing General Motors of Canada Ltd., it marked the latest in a series of class actions related to the franchisor-franchisee relationship.

Globalive appeal heads to court
Law Times
A battle over wireless upstart Globalive Communications Corp.'s ability to meet ownership and control requirements under the Telecommunications Act is headed to the Federal Court of Appeal.

OBA honours veteran Crown attorney
Law Times
Crown lawyer Leslie McIntosh is receiving the Ontario Bar Association's Tom Marshall Award in recognition of her long career in the public service. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Now that I'm a politician I can attack everyone!
Canadian Lawyer, online
Well, now that we're in a federal election, I've decided to throw my hat into the ring and run for elected office. A little late, I guess, but maybe I can run as a write-in candidate, writes Tony Wilson in this month's Letter from Law Law Land.

Video: Making Rain: Responding to challenging situations
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's episode of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman looks at how lawyers can respond more appropriately and effectively to challenging situations, by managing their conditioned responses and controlling "hot button" tendencies.

Getting the best out of a civil jury trial
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this installment of Arguably the Best, our year-long series on improving your litigation skills, Krista Simon highlights a few of the considerations that come into play when getting geared up for a civil jury trial.

Time to apply nanny-state habit to smoke alarms
Law Times
This government has often been accused of running a nanny state by rushing to enact legislation without much research or logic simply because it saw a political opportunity.One would hope that before it breathes its last gasp in power, it will leave an honest legacy in the form of sensible legislation that will save lives, writes Ian Harvey in this week's Inside Queen's Park.

Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds BlogCheck out Legal Feeds, the new blog of daily Canadian legal news powered by the award-winning editorial team of Law Times and Canadian Lawyer. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

Time is now for lawyers to vote

SCC ruling paves way for B.C. to seek repayment of Malik's legal tab

Legal aid spending up 4%, says StatsCan

OSC adds more deals to tipping case against lawyer

Bencher Election

Law Times' in-depth coverage of the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election is in full swing at our dedicated election website so stop by for a visit, read the news and answer the weekly poll question: Should the Law Society of Upper Canada move to support the expansion of paralegal practice to family law?

Latest bencher election news:

Bencher elections not always a snoozer

Time to address small firms' unique needs, say candidates

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