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Editor’s Note

We have just launched the 2013 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
• In-house counsel

For the fourth annual poll, the list of nominees was created through our internal editorial panel as well as a particularly robust number of suggestions from readers and past honorees. We thank everyone who took the time to nominate their peers but please note that not every one fit all of our criteria and therefore some did not make it to the next round.

The large lists of nominees, who span all practice areas and areas of the country, have been curated and are now posted in our online poll. 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 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. The poll closes on June 3.

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact me.

Gail J. Cohen
Editorial Director
Canadian Lawyer/Law Times



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U of T grads honoured for volunteer work
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U of S mulls incentives to get law grads to go rural
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A damning and thought-provoking chronicle
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Condo cost rulings tilting away from generous awards
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A plea for action
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Back to the future
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We accept cash, cheque, credit cards . . . or Bitcoin
Canadian Lawyer, online
Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that's been around since 2008 but has quickly been gaining mainstream attention, and, more significantly, usage as concerns over the economy and stability of state-issued currency seems to be mounting worldwide, writes Danielle Lemon in The IT Girl column. So just how long will it be until our clients start asking to pay in Bitcoin?


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Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential
The Top 25 Most Influential is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have played a significant role in the legal profession and Canadian society in the last year to year and a half. This year we will again be picking the top 5 lawyers in the following 5 categories: corporate-commercial, changemakers, criminal/human rights, government/non-profits/associations, and in-house counsel. We are calling on our readers to make their picks from the list of accomplished nominees. To cast your votes, visit the survey page. The poll closes on June 3. visitor survey
We have launched this year's visitor survey and would like you to take a few minutes to visit Canada's leading online lawyer directory to tell us about your visitor experience. All of the information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only to develop a general profile. Please click here to complete the survey, which closes on June 14. As an incentive, you can enter for a chance to win one of five Kobo mini e-readers. For the contest rules click here.

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