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Editor’s Note

Today we launch the annual Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey. Compensation information is always in great demand from our readers and your participation in this survey is extremely important. We need to compile as broad a picture as possible in as many sectors as possible, so the results will be accurate and useful to you. We are looking for managing partners and the heads of corporate legal departments of all shapes and sizes to please take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. Please, click here to complete the survey. Results will be in the July 2012 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

As well, we are beginning the process of gathering nominations for the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers list. I would like to urge readers to send me an e-mail nominating someone in the legal profession who you think has been influential over the past year or so. The Top 25 is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have played a significant role in the legal profession and Canadian society. We define "influential" as not just about bright stars, big deals, or number of media mentions. It's about people who have power and influence the laws, justice system, and profession in this country.

Please e-mail me the name of the person you'd like to nominate as well as a few sentences as to why you think they should be included on the list. I will compile nominations and then post the list in early May for more input from the profession.

As always, thank you in advance for participating.

Gail J. Cohen
Editorial Director
Canadian Lawyer/Law Times



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News

Should the LSUC change its name?
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada will consider a motion to change its name next month after more than 200 years under its current moniker. The regulator will hear a formal motion brought by federal government lawyer Thomas Vincent on May 9 at its annual general meeting.

Is your department contributing to the bottom line?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Aligning the goals of the business with the goals of a legal department is often discussed as an ideal model but how many in-house counsel actually achieve that while at the same time fighting against the constant tide of work flowing into their departments?

Law society raps lawyer who sued judges
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada has made a finding of professional misconduct against Toronto lawyer Kimberly Townley-Smith, who accused several members of the justice system, including judges and government officials, of conspiracy.

Study smart, stress less
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
It's that dreaded time of year again - when your diet consists mainly of coffee and granola bars, you're running on an average of three hours of sleep, your eyes sting from staring at textbooks, and you're living in your sweats - yep, it's exam time!



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News

Family law case to feature testimony via Skype
Law Times
Ontario's justice system may be one step closer to technological advancement after the Ontario Court of Justice delivered an unusual decision allowing testimony by Skype under the Family Law Rules.

Video: Arbitration Place launch
Law Times
Several big names are joining the new Arbitration Place in Toronto, which held its official launch last week. Reporter Kendyl Sebesta talks to some of the prominent lawyers who will be presiding over arbitrations there.

Government changes rules to attract new wireless entrants
Law Times
The wireless telecommunications sector is abuzz following the March announcement by Industry Minister Christian Paradis about a new spectrum auction in 2013 to release more broadband into the market.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of April 23 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Government announces immigration changes
Law Times
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced several changes to the temporary foreign worker category last week as part of a series of sweeping reforms to Canada's immigration policy. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story..



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Commentary

Stop playing games on anti-bullying bill
Law Times, editorial
It's hard to imagine that politicians would play politics with something like an anti-bullying bill. But according to the Toronto Star, that's what's been happening at Queen's Park as the parties fight over differences in how the legislature is handling its investigation into the ORNGE air ambulance scandal.

Making the big leap west
Canadian Lawyer, online
For the entirety of its nearly 124 years, Cassels Brock has operated comfortably from Toronto, never occupying space more than one kilometre from the corner of King and Bay streets. Earlier this year, we announced the decision to open an office approximately 3,300 km away from that corner in Vancouver. How, and why, did we decide to take this giant leap? Mark Young discusses the move in this month's Managing Partner Forum.

$40,000 parrot a red herring for condo law
Law Times
There has been much ado about the recent condo matter involving an expensive parrot. While the case of Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corp. No. 744 v. Bazilinsky did involve a unit owner's surreptitious maintenance of a pet parrot in violation of the condominium's no-pet rules, the bird itself was no more than a red herring, opines Jeffrey Lem in The Dirt.



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Commentary

Twenty years of the Class Proceedings Act
Canadian Lawyer, online
The Class Proceedings Act is no longer a teenager. It turns 20 in early 2013. As a 20 year old, we can now expect more of it than we did when it was a teenager, writes Kirk Baert in this month's Class Acts column.

There is no joy in Mudville: Hockey and other blood sports in la la land
Canadian Lawyer, online
As I admire some of the most expensive real estate in the galaxy on the way down Grouse Mountain, I realize that it might still be winter 3,000 feet below me in the streets of Vancouver and its surrounding burbs. The winter of our discontent. Or, if you don't mind the poetic allegories, a joyless Mudville, where the Canucks have once again struck out, writes Tony Wilson in his latest Letter from Law Law Land.

What's in a grade?
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The Financial Post recently reported that your law school transcripts leave a lasting impression on your career path. At the articling and junior associate level, this would not surprise me. In fact, this is a reality I am well aware of, notes Legally Brunette columnist Lauren Berdock.



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Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey
Canadian Lawyer's Compensation Survey is the only survey of its kind in Canada, providing unique insight into the ways in which partners, associates, and in-house counsel are compensated across the country. Our survey can help benchmark against the marketplace, and at annual compensation review time, is indispensable for managing partners, chief legal officers, partners, associates, and staff alike.

Compensation information is always in great demand from our readers and your participation in this survey is extremely important. We need to compile as broad a picture as possible in as many sectors as possible, so the results will be accurate and useful to you. We are looking for managing partners and the heads of corporate legal departments of all shapes and sizes to please take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. PLEASE HAVE ONLY ONE REPRESENTATIVE PER ORGANIZATION OR LOCATION FILL OUT THE SURVEY.

As usual, participant's confidentiality is guaranteed: we use your data only in aggregate and no respondent, firm, or company will be identified.

Please click here to complete the survey. Results will be in the July 2012 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

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