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Canadian Legal Newswire


Editor’s Note

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
Editorial Director
Canadian Lawyer/Law Times

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Women lawyers' secrets to success
Law Times
Four years after their firms identified them as strong performers, a group of women lawyers continues to move up the ranks of the profession thanks in part to ongoing mentorship and an increased focus on retention efforts.

Lateral thinking
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, Canadian Lawyer examines whether recent moves and shakes at Canada's top law firms are signaling a deeper problem or just business as usual.

B.C. mining company wins $90-million award against former director
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A Vancouver-based mining company has won a $90-million equitable damages award against the former CEO and majority shareholder of its subsidiary for breach of fiduciary duty and self-dealing.

The gun collectors
Canadian Lawyer
A group of criminal defence lawyers has been actively seeking out and retrieving illegal arms and are encouraging others to do the same.



Changes to legal education necessary for improved access to justice
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
"If we really want to change the nature of the system and increase access to justice, we have to educate the next generation of lawyers," says Nikki Gershbain, national director of Pro Bono Students Canada.

Male lawyers join women in seeking work-life balance
Law Times
Contrary to a widely held belief, work-life balance isn't primarily a women's issue, according to a new Canadian study on career trajectories in the legal profession.

Trying to keep up
Canadian Lawyer
Courts are battling to stay on top of the intermingling of privacy rights, changing and emerging technology, and the search and seizure of powers of the state.

Paralegals to get five representatives at Convocation
Law Times
As paralegals seek a broader scope of practice and a larger role within the legal profession, the Law Society of Upper Canada is increasing the number of paralegal benchers at Convocation to five from two.



UBC offers externship in environmental, resources law
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In January 2014, 2L and 3L students at the University of British Columbia will have the opportunity to take part in a new externship program that combines two weeks of classroom activities with nine weeks of work experience in environmental and natural resources law.

Insurance company profits under microscope
Law Times
Competing financial statements were on the table as hearings on the auto-insurance industry before the standing committee on general government resumed in mid-April.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of May 6 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Oakville lawyer disbarred
Law Times
A Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has disbarred Oakville, Ont., lawyer Michael James Strong after finding him ungovernable. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Targeting insurance fraud
Law Times, editorial
Insurer profits are sure to come under the microscope as the government seeks to cut auto insurance premiums. Insurance fraud is an area where the government should focus its limited resources in order to make a difference by rooting out bogus claims.

Don't be a speed bump
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
The best quote about getting things done at last month's Canadian Corporate Counsel Association spring meeting - especially if you're a lawyer who may be eyed suspiciously by other parts of the business - came from an in-house counsel for a police department: "Don't be a speed bump, find a new route."

A new kind of case commentary
Canadian Lawyer
An online video from someone intimately and emotionally involved in a case - but not heard from in court - has garnered lots of attention, writes Philip Slayton in his Top Court Tales column.

CIC a tribunal, paralegals argue
Law Times
It is time to take a closer look at the issue of what paralegals can do in immigration law, argues Andrea Sesum in this week's Speaker's Corner.

E-discovery and the M&A deal
Canadian Lawyer
A quick primer for corporate transaction lawyers from Tech Support columnist Dera Nevin on why it's important to consider e-discovery issues early on.

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Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey
Last chance to fill out 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.

This week's Law Times poll
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