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The top 25 most influential
Canadian Lawyer
The popular Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is back for the third year. The Top 25 was one of our most-read, and most commented-on, features in both 2010 and 2011.

Can lawyers reveal clients' HIV status?
Law Times
A recent criminal case in which a defence counsel disclosed her client's HIV status to the court raises important ethical issues as to lawyers' ability and obligation to divulge privileged information when public safety is at stake.

Court rules against trade challenge in yogurt wars
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Canadian producers were dealt a blow in the Greek yogurt wars last week as a Federal Court decision ruled against complaints from Danone Inc. and Yoplait that a U.S.-based yogurt company has an unfair advantage by using a temporary permit to sidestep steep tariffs for more than a year.

Chevron challenges court's jurisdiction over foreign award
Law Times
This summer, the U.S. oil giant Chevron Corp., mired in a 19-year legal battle over pollution in the Amazon jungle, fired its opening volley in a new front in the fighting: Canada.



Helping or hindering?
Canadian Lawyer
Judicial independence is one of the cornerstones of Canada's justice system, but some observers warn it could also be among the biggest obstacles to reforming the way it works.

Investing in the future
Canadian Lawyer
Celia Fergusson is hitting the ground running as she embarks on her first year as an associate at Fillmore Riley LLP.

What's the holdup?
Canadian Lawyer
When Justice David Steinberg was first named to the bench in 1969, couples breaking up in Ontario faced a labyrinthian maze of courts and jurisdictions. There was the Provincial Court and the District Court, the Superior Court and the Surrogate Court - all with jurisdiction over some part of family law.

Judge calls for changes to civil costs rules
Law Times
Debate over whether unsuccessful parties should have to file bills of costs has a Toronto judge calling for changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure.



Grade 6 mock trial or first-year law class?
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Prior to volunteering to lead an elementary school mock trial as part of a free program offered by the Ontario Bar Association, I planned to take a grassroots approach to my teaching; starting with the very basics of the criminal justice system and moving onto the case that the class would be acting out, writes online contributor Jenny Bogod.

Lawyer wins tax dispute at SCC
Law Times
The Supreme Court of Canada has delivered good news to a Toronto-area lawyer and horse-racing businessman with a decision last week that changes the circumstances in which taxpayers can combine farming and non-farming income in order to avoid farm-loss deduction limits under s. 31 of the Income Tax Act.

LAO developing mental health strategy
Law Times
Legal Aid Ontario will create a new strategy to improve services for clients with mental-health issues, the organization announced in a statement. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Seventh annual InHouse/ACC general counsel roundtable on risk management: Managing risk in-house
In the second of four videos from the InHouse/Association of Corporate Counsel general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP, the participants discuss how they approach the management of risk in their organizations.

Ontario Legal News Update
For a snippet of this week's stories, check out the Ontario Legal News Update

Heenan Blaikie


Celebrating excellence
Canadian Lawyer
My favourite aspect of putting together Canadian Lawyer's annual Top 25 Most Influential is receiving nominations for it. Some nominators are very brief, providing simply a name and one or two other bits of information, writes Canadian Lawyer editor Gail Cohen. Others wax poetic for hundreds of words describing the work and accomplishments of the person whose name they have put forward.

Bringing value to the client
Canadian Lawyer
In 25 years of writing, I have interviewed thousands of lawyers, in private practice and in-house, writes Canadian Lawyer contributor Jim Middlemiss. What strikes me about in-house lawyers is they think differently than their private-practice counterparts. They see their primary task as risk managers and they ask two key questions: how can I help my company and what value does the legal department bring?

Editorial: Efficiency vs. justice
Law Times
Things are changing at the courthouse in Newmarket, Ont., where the justice system has long struggled with notoriously big caseloads, writes Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

That's history: Next SCC appointment unlikely to redress judicial diversity gap
Law Times
The federal government's record of naming members of visible minorities to the bench - there were two out of the last 100 appointments - has come under critical scrutiny recently, writes Law Times contributor, Phillip Girard.

Torkin Manes

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This week's Law Times poll
Is it ever appropriate to reveal a client's HIV status? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll


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