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Editor’s Note

We have just launched the 2012 edition of the Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential. This year we will again be picking the top 5 lawyers in the following 5 categories:

• Corporate-commercial, including litigation, deals, class actions, etc.
• Changemakers
• 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.

For the third annual poll, the list of nominees was created through our internal editorial panel as well as suggestions from readers and past honorees.The following lists of nominees, who span all practice areas and areas of the country, was the result. We are calling on our readers to make their picks from the list of accomplished nominees.

The Top 25 Most Influential is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have been played a significant role in the legal profession and Canadian society in the last year to year and a half.

For more details and to cast your votes, visit the survey page.

As well, if you've not had a chance to fill out the important Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey, please do so by this Friday. As one of the most valuable benchmarks for the profession, I urge all law firm managers and law department heads to participate. The survey can be found here.

Gail J. Cohen
Editorial Director
Canadian Lawyer/Law Times



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Nortel privilege ruling smells like pyrrhic victory
Law Times
Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco's ruling last week that lawyers for Nortel Networks Corp. executives won't have to hand over the notes they took during client interviews with company investigators smells like little more than a pyrrhic victory for the criminal defence bar.

Lawyer took $1 million from dad's estate
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada has made a finding of professional misconduct against a well-known Ottawa lawyer after a hearing panel found he misappropriated more than $1 million from his deceased father's estate and misapplied more than $40,000 from the trust accounts of several Lang Michener LLP clients.

Navigating the minefield of workplace depression
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
When former Globe and Mail reporter Jan Wong became ill with depression, she says at first she was in denial about her state of mental health. But when her doctor told her she was in fact depressed and she filed for sick leave, it sparked a standoff with her employer that ended in a costly legal battle.

Legal clinics facing significant reform
Law Times
Ontario's 77 community legal clinics are facing significant changes to the way they do business, suggests a Legal Aid Ontario paper.



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Getting ready for summering: Tips for succeeding in your first law firm gig
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
With most summer students starting at the big law firms last week, Canadian Lawyer 4Students spoke with recruiters and career services professionals to compile a list of the top 10 ways to make the most out of your summer job.


Apps fun but not always crucial to practice

Law Times
In his circle of lawyers, Taro Inoue is known as the more technologically savvy of the bunch. But if you ask him about what he finds most useful, he says nothing beats the old-fashioned tools of the trade: simple communication.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of May 14 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Settlement in racial profiling matter
Law Times
The Ottawa Police Services Board and the Ontario Human Rights Commission have reached a settlement that will require police in the nation's capital to begin collecting race-based data on traffic stops. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Commentary

Mental health strategy has some good ideas
Law Times, editorial
The mental-health strategy proposed for Canada last week included some useful ideas for dealing with the issue when it comes to the criminal justice system.

CLOs, you need to become progressive people managers
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
After years of trying to manage the multiple responsibilities of a full-time and demanding senior in-house role, with those of mother and spouse, a friend of mine recently decided to resign from her job, writes Practising In-house columnist Cheryl Foy.

Solicitors' accounts and privilege - the latest word
Canadian Lawyer, online
Two recent decisions - one from the British Columbia Court of Appeal and one from an Ontario class action case management judge - have revisited the ambiguous question of whether solicitor-client privilege attached to a lawyer's accounts, writes Margaret Waddell in this month's Trials & Tribulations.

Saying 'yes' to family
Canadian Lawyer, online
Drrrring! The phone rings at the office, and an unexpected voice greets you. "You know what happened?" says the voice. You scour your brain in vain to recall what it could be about. What follows is a story of indignation over a fence dispute, a business deal gone sour, or - worst of all - a legal dispute with a rogue family member, writes Lee Akazaki, The Accidental Mentor.



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News

Daubert moves to Canada
Canadian Lawyer, online
Canadian courts are increasingly concerned about the quality of evidence at class action certification hearings. As a result, first steps are being made towards Daubert-like rules of admissibility, writes Barry Glaspell in a guest column.

Anti-bullying bill contains glaring holes
Law Times
Anti-bullying legislation directed at incidents in schools is getting a lot of attention in Ontario, writes Sheila MacKinnon in this week's Speaker's Corner. While lots of people are talking about the issue, the proposed legislation contains glaring holes.

Mental health strategy and the law
Canadian Lawyer, online
Last week the Mental Health Commission of Canada unveiled Canada's first national mental health strategy, fulfilling one of the key elements of the mandate conferred by the federal government in 2007, writes Sonya Nigam in Human Rights . . . Here & There.

Top finds at ABA Techshow 2012
Law Times, online
Recently, I attended the American Bar Association Techshow in Chicago, writes Monica Goyal in Bits & Bytes.



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Legal Feeds

Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey-Last chance
If you've not had a chance to fill out Canadian Lawyer's Compensation Survey, please do so by Friday, May 18. It 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.

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.

25 Most Influential Lawyers
Welcome to the third annual Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential. Again this year, we will be picking the top 5 lawyers in the following 5 categories:

• Corporate-commercial, including litigation, deals, class actions, etc.
• Changemakers
• 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.

Our list of nominees this year was created through our internal editorial panel as well as suggestions from readers and past honorees.The following lists of nominees, who span all practice areas and areas of the country, was the result. We are calling on our readers to make their picks from the list of accomplished nominees.

The Top 25 Most Influential is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have been played a significant role in the legal profession and Canadian society in the last year to year and a half.

For more details and to cast your votes, visit the survey page.

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