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The Top 25 Most Influential 2014
Canadian Lawyer
Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession is always one of the magazine's most-read, and most commented-on features. Again this year, we used the tried-and-true formula of asking for nominations from legal groups and associations representing a variety of memberships and locations; last year's Top 25 honourees; our readership; and an internal panel of writers and editors.


Women inmates on the rise
Law Times
The number of women in federal prisons could go up with the abolition of early parole provisions by the federal government, according to a University of Toronto criminology professor.

Charges rare as decisions go back two decades
Law Times
Of the 31 criminal charges suspended Sen. Mike Duffy is facing in relation to his expense claims, the two that have received the most public attention are among the most rarely prosecuted sections in the Criminal Code.



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DOJ hunger games
Canadian Lawyer
Life has been 'interesting' for the thousands of lawyers and other staff at Canada's Department of Justice since the Conservatives took power.


Alternative firm gives clients chance to change the bottom line
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
It's not uncommon for clients to do a double take when they open a bill from their law firm, but for those who use Conduit Law Professional Corp., any shock and awe over last month's invoice wasn't because of the amount due — it was probably about the line inviting them to change the price.

TRU law school gets fine new digs
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Thompson Rivers University's law school opened its doors almost three years ago but until now has not had a building designed for its needs. Now it does.



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Avoid common ADR pitfalls
Canadian Lawyer
Compared to the combat of litigation, alternative dispute resolution might seem to some like a pleasant alternative. But mediations, arbitrations, and their various brethren come with pitfalls of their own that can ensnare an unwary lawyer.

New OBA head opens up about struggle with depression
Law Times
The incoming president of the Ontario Bar Association is going to do something against the advice of some of his closest friends: He's going to open up about his struggle with mental illness.

Doubts remain about U.S. tax deal
Law Times
Amid significant criticism, the intergovernmental agreement between Canada and the United States that exponentially expands the sharing of tax-related information between the two countries came into effect on July 1.

Two new judges named
Law Times
The Ontario government has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice. Click
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Talking out of both sides
Law Times, editorial
With First Nations having won some key court victories in recent months, the federal government looks to be responding (or at least appearing to do so) with new measures announced last week on treaty negotiations and reconciliation.

The highlight of the summer
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
This is our favourite time of the year at Canadian Lawyer as we present the annual Top 25 Most Influential. The Top 25 process starts early in the spring with the call going out for nominations. This gives us a chance to reach out to last year's honourees as well as touch base with leaders of law organizations and firms around the country, who almost always have some peers with wonderful achievements to highlight.

You may be hungry again for responsibility in an hour
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's Banking on Corporate column, Neill May reflects on corporate governance. Just because it is courageous, comforting, and evidence of strong leadership for an institution's ultimate directing mind(s) to assume responsibility, it does not always mean in all cases responsibility should rest there, he writes.





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Rare ruling clarifies impact of non-competition clauses on notice period
Law Times
Nikolay Chsherbinin, in his Labour Pains column, writes about Ostrow v. Abacus Management Corp. Mergers and Acquisitions, where the Supreme Court of British Columbia had a rare opportunity to consider reasonable notice period in non-compete clauses.

Practise avoidance
Canadian Lawyer
Most commercial landlord-tennant disputes that arise at the end of a relationship can be avoided with planning and taking precautions when the lease is first signed, writes Marg Bruineman in this month's Real Estate department.

Time for action on police use of force
Law Times
In this week's Speaker's Corner, Breese Davies writes about the release of the recent report by former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci, which offers a wealth of data and thoughtful recommendations about how police deal the mentally ill.



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