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Editor’s Note

I am very proud of the April issue of Canadian Lawyer, which includes a special Pro Bono Report. We conducted the first-ever cross-country survey of both law firms and individual practitioners to get an idea of the state of pro bono work across Canada. We had excellent response from lawyers and a number of law firms that shared information on how they treat pro bono work within their organizations. The survey showed more than half of the country's lawyers feel it is their duty to provide free legal services, but the debate rages on regarding pro bono work and the continuing need for legal aid funding. The issue also highlights some of the challenges and successes in-house counsel face doing pro bono work as well as articles on the business case for firms to do pro bono and a profile of Windsor law prof Emir Crowne's pro bono work with Canadian athletes. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your feedback.

Also today we launch this year's Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey, 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. Compensation information is always in great demand from our readers and we believe this format provides insight and information not available anywhere else in Canada.

Participation from the profession in this survey is extremely important. We need to compile as accurate a picture as possible in as many sectors as possible, so that 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 take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire.

As the survey online must be filled out all at once and we do ask for financial information that may require some research before filling out the survey, we have provided PDFs of the questions to help you prepare. If you are a law firm click here to download the questions. If you are an in-house legal department click here.

Once you are ready to fill in the survey, you can find it here.

As always, confidentiality is guaranteed: we use your data only in aggregate and no respondent, firm, or company is identified.

Thank you for taking the time to participate. Results of the survey will appear in the July 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

Gail J. Cohen
Editor in Chief
Canadian Lawyer/Law Times



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Law firm pro bono survey
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Canadian Lawyer asked law firms across the country — large, regional, boutique, small, and local firms — to participate in its first-ever national pro bono survey. A good handful responded with their pro bono success stories and answered questions about their pro bono policies, hours logged, and the partner organizations they work with.

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Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey
This survey will provide unique insight into how partners, associates and in-house counsel are compensated. We are looking for managing partners and heads of corporate legal departments to take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. Since the online survey must be filled out all at once and we do ask for financial information, we have provided PDFs of the questions to help you prepare. If you are a law firm, click here to download the questions. If you are an in-house legal department click here. Once you are ready to fill in the survey, you can find it here. As always, confidentiality is guaranteed: we use your data only in aggregate and no respondent is identified. The survey closes May 5. Results will appear in the July 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

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