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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 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.

This year, we have added a category called "the world stage" in order to celebrate the work of Canadian lawyers who have had an impact on law and society beyond our borders. You can get more details, including all five categories in which we are looking for nominees, here.

Please e-mail me by May 6 the name of the person you'd like to nominate, their firm/organization name, category of nomination, 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
Editor in Chief
Canadian Lawyer/Law Times

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Ex-judge orders public arbitration hearing
Law Times, online
In one of the few rulings on holding public arbitration hearings, a case that will determine the amount of private sector payments to help fund the Blue Box program in Ontario this year will be an open proceeding, a retired Ontario Court of Appeal judge has ruled.

Video: Remembering Jim Flaherty
Law Times, online
While he was most memorable as finance minister, Jim Flaherty was also a prominent lawyer and, of course, Ontario's attorney general. With coverage from Flaherty's state funeral last week, Law Times also talks to his former law partner about his career as a lawyer.

Parts sent to Iran net Red Deer company $90,000 fine
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
An Alberta oilfield equipment company has been fined $90,000 for attempting to send a shipment of parts to Iran and violating federally imposed sanctions against that country.

Law firms embracing tech startups
Law Times, online
When lawyer Debbie Weinstein took on BelAir Networks as a client 12 years ago, the technology startup was more a promising idea than a company. She wasn't sure when, if at all, BelAir could pay its legal fees.

Court transcript overbilling inadvertent, company says
Law Times, online
A Toronto- and Ottawa-based court reporting company has broken its months-long silence to defend itself against claims that it knowingly overcharged clients that included the Federal Court and the Tax Court of Canada.

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In-House Advisor: The shift from advising on legal risk to advising a business
As general counsel continue to play a bigger role in their companies, the focus is less on legal risk and more about providing legal advice about risk that helps businesses operate.

Bridging the gap between law and business
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Last week, Osgoode Hall Law School student Martin Hui presented a project he worked on with law students from the University of São Paulo in Brazil and Peking University School of Transnational Law in China.

File-sharing cases sent down narrow path
Law Times
While observers have suggested a recent Federal Court decision ordering Ontario-based Internet service provider TekSavvy Solutions Inc. to release the names of 2,000 of its customers to film production company Voltage Pictures LLC was a victory for copyright holders, it sends file-sharing cases down such a narrow path that it may not be profitable to follow.

Federal judicial appointments announced
Law Times
The federal government has announced several new appointments of judges based in Ontario. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Licensing blues
Canadian Lawyer, online
Pity the poor licence agreement, writes Lisa Lifshitz in this month's The IT Girl column. Sometimes it doesn't get much respect from clients.

Three universal truths raised by the Heenan Blaikie story
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his Definitely Mabey column, Stephen Mabey explores three universal truths raised by the Heenan Blaikie meltdown that all law firms should heed no matter how immune they feel they are.

Stuck on a high horse
Overblown rhetoric about alternative business structures imperiling the rule of law doesn't help the profession solve its problems, writes Paul Paton in this month's Last Word column.

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Saving your files: cloud or network?
Canadian Lawyer, online
The cloud allows the latest version of my legal work to be synced, saved, and secured but not every cloud provider can be trusted with confidential information, writes David Paul in his column, David Paul's Field Notes.

Case on unjust enrichment could lead to unjust results
Law Times
Marta Siemiarczuk, in her Family Law column, writes about one of the more noteworthy Ontario Court of Appeal family law decisions this year, Martin v. Sansome, a case that involved the interrelation between the property equalization provisions of the Family Law Act and the principle of unjust enrichment between married spouses.

Northern original
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Trinity Western University's desire to bring a faith-based private university into Canada's mix of law schools is garnering much more public attention, but Lakehead University's new JD program is the one that represents the most significant shift in thinking about Canadian university legal education that has taken place during the course of my academic career, writes Philip Bryden in his Law School Futures column.

Corporate governance and the role of the GC
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Regular readers will know well the challenges facing today's general counsel, writes Fred Krebs in his In-house Coach column. After all, much has been written about them and, more significantly, you live them each day.

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Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers — Nominations Close May 6
Readers are urged to nominate someone in the legal profession who has been influential over the past year to 18 months. The Top 25 is not a lifetime achievement award. This year, we have added a category called "the world stage" in order to celebrate the work of Canadian lawyers who have had an impact on law and society beyond our borders. You can get more details, including all five categories in which we are looking for nominees, here. Please e-mail editor-in-chief Gail Cohen by May 6 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.

Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey — Survey Closes May 5
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.

This week's Law Times poll
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