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Nominations for this year's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers are now open. I urge readers to nominate someone in the legal profession who you think has been influential over the past year to 18 months. The Top 25 is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have over the past year and a half 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.

You can get more details, including the five categories in which we are looking for nominees, here. Please e-mail me by May 7 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 then compile nominations and then post the list online for more input from the profession.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to recognize your peers.

Gail J. Cohen
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Time to expand paralegal rights?
Law Times
As law associations have begun welcoming them into their ranks, paralegals are yet again seeking to expand the scope of their practice in a new motion that's stirring up controversy ahead of its discussion at the Law Society of Upper Canada's annual general meeting in May.

Ontario's licence-refusal scheme shot down
Law Times
The Ontario government can't refuse to renew the driver's licences of bankrupts who haven't paid their debts to the province, a Superior Court judge has ruled.

Strong finish for Canada at the Commonwealth Moot
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Canada had a strong showing at the 2013 Commonwealth Law Moot, finishing second in the preliminary rounds and third overall.



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Court sends message about hiding from dependants
Law Times
In a demonstration of the courts' discretion to limit testamentary freedom, a Superior Court judge has rewritten the will of a deceased Ontario man who left nothing to his common law wife of 11 years by reallocating life insurance money from a policy naming a previous spouse the beneficiary.

Corporate sponsors should not be considered 'risk managers'
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Corporate sponsors who put up money to support a sporting event should not be held accountable in the case of an injury involving a participant, according to a recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling.

Dispassion not an option for aboriginal lawyer
Law Times
Across the road from the flashing lights and pings of slot machines at Casino Rama, Dianne Corbiere sits in her law office gazing intently at her computer screen. Once she starts talking about aboriginal law, she quickly becomes impassioned as she reveals the fighter within.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of April 29 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Law association loses costs bid in human rights case
Law Times
The Peel Law Association has lost its bid to have its insurer cover legal costs it incurred while defending itself in a high-profile racial discrimination case. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Broad roadmaps for reform
Law Times, editorial
While the reports of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters offer good suggestions, the broadness of the areas they cover means they're hardly a detailed roadmap for fixing the justice system. The challenge, then, is for those who have the power to make changes to implement the most urgent recommendations.

Video: Making Rain - Champion, not mentor
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's episode of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman challenges you to commit even more to your colleagues by becoming a law firm champion.


Decision deals significant blow to minor injury guideline
Law Times
On March 26, an arbitration decision dealt a potentially serious blow to the minor injury guideline. The case represented the first arbitral or judicial decision considering the definition and applicability of the minor injury guideline, but the jury is still out on its final significance, opines Alexander Voudouris in this week's Speaker's Corner.

The perils of DIY contract drafting
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Can the after effect of a seemingly insignificant event build and build to result in a catastrophic outcome? When it comes to drafting contracts, Murn Meyrick says it seems the answer is yes.

It's all downhill from here
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The second year of law school is over and I'm like the little kid on the toboggan at the top of the hill, shouting with glee, smiling ear to ear, writes Rebecca Lockwood in her Ab Initio column.



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Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey
We have launched this year's 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. All the information you provide will be kept confidential and data will only be used in the aggregate. Click here to complete the survey. The survey closes May 10 and results will be in the July 2013 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

Unbundling of legal services
Please take Law Times short survey to give us your views on this increasingly popular way of doing business. It should only take 5 minutes of your time, and we'd value your thoughts - whether or not you currently offer unbundled services. All your responses will be anonymous and we'll share the overall results in an upcoming issue of Law Times.

This week's Law Times poll
Should local law associations be welcoming paralegals into their ranks and onto their boards? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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