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Editor’s Note

Nominations are once again open for Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Most Influential. By far, the most popular feature of the year, the Top 25 celebrates those lawyers and judges who are making an impact on the laws, justice system, legal profession, and civil society in Canada and abroad.

Last year, we received a record number of nominations, and I'm once again asking readers to let us know who they feel have been the most influential over the last year or so. Here are the cateogories for 2015:
• Corporate-commercial, including litigation, deals, class actions etc.
• Criminal/Human rights
• Government/non-profits/associations, including public inquiries and officers of Parliament
• Changemakers: catalysts for positive change in any area of the profession.
• The world stage: Canadian lawyers who have an influence on law and society beyond our borders.

To nominate someone, it's as easy as sending me an e-mail that includes the nominee's name, firm/organization, and a sentence or two as to why you feel they should be included in the list.

Please keep in mind the Top 25 is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have been played a significant role in the legal profession and Canadian society in the last year to year and a half. Here is last year's list for your reference.

The deadline for Top 25 nominations is end of day May 5.

Also, as the campaign for the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher elections nears its final week, Law Times editor Glenn Kauth will be hosting the first-ever bencher candidate Twitter debate next Monday. Candidates interested in participating, please e-mail Glenn for details.

Readers are invited to participate and ask questions from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on April 27. Check in using the hashtag #LTbencher.

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



ABS firm's expansion offers new fodder for Ontario debate
Law Times
The recent news that Australia's Slater & Gordon, the world's first publicly listed law firm, was buying the professional services arm of the British insurance claims processor Quindell for the equivalent of $1.16 billion is bound to give Ontario opponents of alternative business structures plenty of grist for the mill.

Auto insurance rancour heats up
Law Times
The rancour among personal injury lawyers and the insurance industry continues to heat up with both sides trading accusations over who's responsible for high insurance premiums in Ontario.

Challenging privilege in internal investigations
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
When it comes to the protection of privilege around internal investigations, in-house counsel need to stickhandle the issue carefully especially in light of some recent cases on both sides of the border.

Push to elect more solicitors gathers steam
Law Times
With their low numbers among the ranks at Convocation, there's a push to elect more solicitors during this year's Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election.

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Hamalengwa 'will go to my grave' denying overbilling was intentional
Law Times
Following his disbarment for overbilling the Ministry of the Attorney General, lawyer Munyonzwe Hamalengwa says his actions were unintentional and blames the stress of defending Richard Wills for his mistakes.

Client-centred law firm marketing
Legal marketing takes many forms — but the care and feeding of client relationships comes first, law firms insist. The best marketing, they say, is the kind that reinforces vital client connections.

Antitrust trilogy goes beyond competition cases
Law Times
The trilogy of cases surrounding the Supreme Court of Canada's 2013 decision in Pro-Sys Consultants Ltd. v. Microsoft Corp. is perhaps best known for its rejection of the American doctrine prohibiting antitrust class actions against indirect purchasers. But the trilogy is equally important for other reasons.

Stay granted in Heydary case
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has stayed an order to pay the former clients of the late lawyer Javad Heydary from his LawPRO insurance pending an appeal by his former colleagues. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Bencher Elections


ABS not the only issue
Law Times, editorial
The profession has yet to fully explore and study ideas such as non-lawyer ownership of law firms and it would be a shame to essentially cut the discussions off through the bencher vote.

Be your own cheerleader
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Unfortunately, in-house lawyers who neglect to advertise and promote their achievements will only be known by your failures, writes Fernando Garcia in his Practising In-house column. In-house counsel need to be true to thine self and need to learn to be their own cheerleader.

Getting by with a little help from my friends down the hall
Canadian Lawyer, online
One is the loneliest number — particularly when you are sitting at your desk, eyes glazed over, reviewing a new assignment you are unsure how to tackle. Luckily, we're not alone, writes Kristal Bayes in her Trial by Fire column, despite how the practice of law may feel sometimes.

Closures make justice more distant for many
Canadian Lawyer, online
Nova Scotia has announced the closure of three courthouses as part of their 2015-16 budget. The courts in question are remote satellite facilities, and cases that would have otherwise been heard at these locations will now be heard in regional Justice Centres. It's a decision that should be reversed, writes Nova Scotia litigator Adam Rodgers.

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LAPs and managing stress
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his column, David Paul's Field Notes, David Paul argues that lawyers need to face some of the negative ways that stress manifests itself in their profession.

Should Supreme Court judges choose their own chief justice?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Little debate has revolved around the selection of the Supreme Court of Canada's chief justice. Recent law graduate Michele Krech argues this issue deserves more and separate attention.

How to teach students to think like a lawyer (or maybe not)
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Ian Hollway, in his Law School Futures column, says thinking like a lawyer — really thinking like a lawyer — involves not just parsing problems, finding the issues and then applying the law. Good lawyers think in terms of solutions.

Tarion's model offers many benefits
Law Times
In this week's Speaker's Corner, Chris Spitieri, chair of the consumer protection agency Tarion Warranty Corp., says he's proud of the work the organization has done over the past decade. While there is always room for improvement, he says, changing a proven model could adversely affect Ontario's taxpayers.

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Compensation Survey - Closes May 4
Canadian Lawyer's annual Compensation Survey is now open, and this year we have expanded the survey to include staff lawyers and of counsel. We are looking for managing partners and the heads of corporate legal departments of all shapes and sizes (only one representative) to take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. Before beginning the survey, law firms should click here and in-house departments here for instructions. Then click here to complete the survey. Results will appear in the July 2015 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

This week's Law Times poll
Who's right in the continuing battle between personal injury lawyers and the insurance industry over who's responsible for high auto insurance costs? Click here to have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

Bencher election poll
Do you agree with the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association's decision to base its bencher election endorsements entirely on the alternative business structures issue? Click here to have your say in our bencher election poll.


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