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The Top 25 Most Influential
Canadian Lawyer
Canadian Lawyer is back with our second annual list of the Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada. This year, we split the list up into five areas of influence: corporate-commercial law; in-house counsel; criminal and human rights law; government, associations, and non-profits; and outliers, a catch-all category for anyone who's a lawyer and has been influential over the past 18 months but doesn't fit into the other categories. Check it out to see who made it!

ABA meeting seeks to cement 'special relationship' with Canadian bar
Canadian Lawyer
The American Bar Association is returning to Toronto this week as lawyers converge on the city for the annual meeting for the first time since 1998.

To article or not to article?
Canadian Lawyer
It's a capstone to legal training in Canada, a (mandatory) right of passage that allows law students to prove they not only have the academic chops to become full-fledged lawyers, but also the nimbleness to effectively serve their clients in the real world. Unfortunately, for many budding lawyers in Canada, articling -- the "bridge" between law school and full-blown legal practice -- has now become a barrier to reaching their professional aspirations.

Risk-averse lawyers move slowly on outsourcing
Law Times, online
Eighteen months ago, Shelby Austin ditched Bay Street to enter the nascent Canadian legal process outsourcing market in a move uncharacteristic of most notoriously risk-averse litigation partners.

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On hiatus
Canadian Lawyer
Securities lawyer Chima Nkemdirim is taking time out from law to serve as Calgary mayor's chief of staff.

Osgoode launches IP law clinic
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Students are gearing up to open a new intellectual property law clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School this month.

Video: McMillan lawyers hike for charity
Law Times
Four lawyers from McMillan LLP took part in Trailwalker, Oxfam Canada's gruelling 100 km trek along the Ganaraska Trail. Law Times reporter Michael McKiernan was at the Snow Valley Ski Resort near Barrie to see them off on July 22.
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Moving forward with payment systems
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In a world of constant technological evolution, it's important to be aware of the latest developments, says Andrew Fleming.

Private investigators integral in intellectual property investigations
Law Times
Patents and trademarks that are challenged by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office due to the fact that another party claims to have ownership can come to a quick resolution once a private investigator gets involved.

OBA elects new board
Law Times
Paul Sweeny has ascended to the presidency of the Ontario Bar Association after elections to its board of directors for the 2011-12 term. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Sponsor Spotlight
Video: Sixth annual InHouse/ACC general counsel roundtable -- Growing role
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
n the second of four videos from the InHouse/Association of Corporate Cousnel general counsel roundtable, moderated by editor Andi Balla and sponsored by Lerners LLP, our esteemed panellists discuss the trend of in-house counsels' increasingly important role within their organizations


Adapt or die
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
The landscape is evolving but there's still a long way to go before Canadian law firms get to the same place as many of the big global legal service providers in terms of legal process outsourcing.

Ethically speaking, don't always defer to your elders
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's Legal Ethics column, Philip Slayton advises new lawyers to have faith in their personal ethical instincts and be suspicious of what legal sophisticates my present as the way of the world.

Constitutional history hints at securities debate
Law Times
In this month's That's History, Christopher Moore writes "You can say this for federalism: it's been great for lawyers. It's been good for historians, too, actually. Recently, a lot of lawyers have kept busy arguing over whether Canada should have a national securities regulator and whether the Constitution allows one".

Top 10 Prairie Firms
Voting is open for Canadian Lawyer's Top 10 Prairie firms survey, our latest regional firm ranking. Please take a minute to participate in the
poll and rank the Prairie-based, full-service firms you feel are deserving of recognition. Have your say by August 14.

Lawyer salaries on the rise in Canada
Associates will be buoyed by news in the 2011 Canadian Lawyer compensation survey that 63 per cent of law firm repsondents to this year's survey say they will boost salaries in 2012. Even better, 77 per cent of corporate law departments say they plan to raise lawyers' average salaries next year.

Moves & Shakes

Keep up to date with Canadian Lawyer's online Moves and Shakes section. Send your announcements of new hires, lateral moves, mergers, breakups, award winners, appointments and any other news about yourself or your firm to Click here to read what your colleagues are up to. It's updated daily.


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Case law

Case Law is a sample selection from the weekly summaries of notable unreported civil and criminal court decisions published in Law Times newspaper.

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