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Editor’s Note

Top 25Today we are launching the second annual Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential. As expected, the inaugural list was quite controversial, so this year, we are doing things a bit differently. First and foremost, we have split the list into categories. This year's Top 25 Most Influential will consist of 5 lawyers in each of the following 5 categories:

  • Corporate-commercial, including litigation, deals, etc.
  • Corporate counsel
  • Criminal/Human Rights
  • Government/non-profits/associations, including public inquiries and officers of Parliament
  • Outliers: a catch-all category for anyone who's a lawyer and has been influential somehow over the past 18 months and doesn't fit into the above categories.

This year we gave our readers an opportunity to suggest who deserved to be recognized and received some excellent responses from across the country. Those responses along with input from our internal panel of editors and writers form the basis for the lists of nominees, who span all practice areas and areas of the country. We are really impressed with the calibre and accomplishments of all of the lawyers who have made it into this voting round.

So who do you think are the most influential lawyers in Canada? Click here to have your say and watch for the final list in the August 2011 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

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



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News

Windsor lawyer disbarred after misappropriating $1 million from trust account
Law Times, online
Windsor, Ont., lawyer Scott Sullivan has had his licence revoked after a Law Society of Upper Canada panel found he had misappropriated more than $1 million from his firm's trust account.

Supreme Court vacancies spark calls to reform judicial selection process
Law Times, online
The selection process to fill the void at the Supreme Court of Canada needs further reform, according to a leading commentator on the country's top court.


SCC prostitution case could set new test for public interest standing
Law Times, online
The decision by the Supreme Court of Canada to grant leave in a British Columbia case on Canada's prostitution laws could lead to a new legal test for public interest groups seeking to challenge the constitutionality of government legislation.

Manitoba law school adopts JD
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Robson Hall Faculty of Law has officially hopped on the JD bandwagon, announcing last week the University of Manitoba senate has approved the change of its law degree name away from the traditional LLB.

Profession putting diversity on the agenda
Law Times, online
When Janet Bomza started her own immigration firm in the mid-1990s, she put her father's name on the letterhead. Bomza felt she needed the name of her father, a sole practitioner himself, to lend legitimacy to the firm on both its letterhead and its web site.

InHouse holds annual GC roundtable
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Properly managing legal spending remains the top concern for leaders of Canadian legal departments, said panellists at a roundtable last week organized by Canadian Lawyer InHouse in co-operation with the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Dates set for Morden's G20 review
Law Times
John Morden's G20 review will hold three public hearings in Toronto on June 1, 6, and 13. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Commentary

Movin' on up: effective motion advocacy
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the fourth part of our year-long Arguably the Best series, Jeffrey Leon and Ranjan Agarwal discuss how in the era of the "vanishing trial," motions provide an excellent opportunity to gain skills in written and oral advocacy, legal argument, and the presentation of evidence.

Shameful Senate appointments show need for reform
Law Times, editorial
In a surprise move, Prime Minister Stephen Harper established a new employment insurance scheme in Canada last week. It's only for a select group of people, however: former senators who resign to run for elected office and cabinet ministers who go down to defeat at the hands of voters.

Bidding adieu to articling
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
For most Ontario students who started their articling year in August 2010, the end is finally near. After 10 months of what one can only describe as slogging, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. While some have started to make summer travel plans, most of us are walking around these days with barely containable nervousness. The proverbial elephant in the room is now more of a lion in the Serengeti hungry for its next unsuspecting articling student, writes Wela Quan as she wraps up her articling term.

Immigration policy about more than economics
Canadian Lawyer, online
As an immigration lawyer, I have seen first-hand stories of individuals who arrived to Canada as skilled workers, highly trained and very well educated, who find themselves unable to find work in their field, writes Jennifer Nees in this month's Immigration Line column. Lack of Canadian experience, "foreign" accents, and great expense for accreditation of foreign credentials all become insurmountable barriers for many of the world's foreign skilled workers who come to Canada.

Recent accounting changes: first IFRS, now ASPE kicks in
Law Times
The Canadian accounting landscape changed dramatically on Jan. 1. As lawyers advising your business clients on issues like corporate structure and reorganizations, it's important to understand upcoming changes to financial statement disclosures as they affect the balance sheet, income statements, and notes, writes Hartley Cohen in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Liquid assets
Canadian Lawyer, online
Wine, ironically, is often the most illiquid asset in an estate. Whether the estate is the result of a death, divorce, or bankruptcy, laws dating back to the days of prohibition restrict avenues available to administrators and executors. Wine management expert Warren Porter explores the methods of realizing cash or a taxable benefit from the fruit of the vine.

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:

Tax Court nixes lawyer's attempt to write off internet poker losses

SCC to field arguments over baseball team's forum squabble

Quebec's chief justice stepping down

CanLII wades into SOCAN v. Bell dispute

Defending Assange

Commentary

Top 25 Most Influential
In the second annual Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential, we gave our readers the chance to suggest who should be recognized and received some excellent responses from across the country. Those responses along with input from our internal panel of editors and writers form the basis for this year's lists of nominees, who span all practice areas and areas of the country. We are really impressed with the calibre and accomplishments of all of the lawyers who have made it into this voting round.

So who do you think are the most influential lawyers in Canada? Click here to have your say and watch for the final list in the August 2011 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

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