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Editor’s Note

I am still gathering nominations for the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers list. I 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



All eyes on Nortel privilege ruling this week
Law Times
Crown attorneys involved in the Nortel fraud trial have cast a deep chill across the province's legal community over concerns that another ruling in prosecutors' favour this week could set a dangerous precedent for the treatment of privilege.

Courts grappling with third-party releases
Law Times
How far should a court go in granting third-party releases to facilitate complex, multiparty litigation brought in the context of Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act restructurings?

CSR structure can give boost to good governance
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Embracing a model of corporate social responsibility can help a company better manage its risk and improve its governance structure, but it's not just in-house counsel who should be working on it - external counsel have a role to play as well.

Case to consider lawyer's fiduciary duty to client he had 'spousal relationship' with
Law Times
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has delivered an unusual decision in a decade-old legal dispute involving the fiduciary duty of a Davis Moldaver LLP lawyer towards a client who would later become his romantic partner and, in his view, his spouse.



It's not about winning
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
"I have yet to meet a contestant in the Concours Pictet whose face does not light up when they recall the experience," professor Françoise J. Hampson once said. As law students who recently participated in the competition, we tend to agree with this statement.

Ontario government sued over duty to consult
Law Times
Confusion over the duty to consult with First Nations groups may leave the Ontario government vulnerable to more lawsuits after a junior mining company announced its intention to sue, according to a Toronto lawyer with aboriginal expertise.

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.

LAO seeking feedback on discretion requests
Law Times
Legal Aid Ontario is launching consultations this week on discretion requests for additional compensation above the regular hourly tariff. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Victim surcharges needed change
Law Times, editorial
The federal government struck another blow to judicial discretion last week in announcing plans to double the victim surcharge.

Periodic table of litigation revealed
Canadian Lawyer, online
The recent discovery of a periodic table of litigation is expected to bring structure and organization to the confused world of Canadian civil litigation. Litigators across the country are welcoming this development.

Reflecting teams: an experiment in understanding, honouring clients

Canadian Lawyer, online
Feedback usually comes from informal conversations and client surveys, but generally lawyers are not inclined to probe the deeper questions about the lawyer-client relationship and its multifaceted levels and intricacies. The reverse is also very important: how can clients better understand their lawyers? Raymond D. Schachter and Beverley Kort examine the issue.



Charter s. 11(b) shouldn't apply to speeding offences
Law Times
In his Social Justice column, Alan Shanoff questions how societal interests apply in speeding and other minor traffic or regulatory offences? How should we apply s. 11(b), the right under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to be tried within a reasonable time, to such offences?

Video: Making Rain - Effective relationship building
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's business development and practice management coaching column, executive coach Debra Forman discusses the importance of building relationships to net work.

Thinking of starting your own firm?
Canadian Lawyer, online
This time last year, I was practising in the Vancouver office of a large national law firm and contemplating the future of my legal career. I was being offered a partnership and was enjoying my job, but working with so many clients who ran successful businesses stirred my entrepreneurial spirit, and I was drawn to wanting to build something of my own, writes Lisa Ridgedale.

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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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