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Editor’s Note

Canadian Lawyer is launching its first annual Readers' Choice Survey This survey is specifically designed to allow you, our readers, to tell us which vendors and service providers are the best at what they do. Whether it is a key service or a time-saving product, there is a category for you to cast your vote. Recognize your preferred vendors and business partners and enter for a chance to win an iPad mini.

Categories include:
• ADR & Mediation Chambers
• Financial Services & Consulting
• Legal Research
• Legal Technology
• Litigation Support & Consulting
• Real Estate
• Recruiting & Staffing

The winners of the Canadian Lawyer Readers' Choice Awards will represent the products and suppliers identified as preferred partners in legal practice and management of your law firm or legal department. The winners will be announced in a special report in the October 2015 edition of Canadian Lawyer magazine which will be an excellent resource for the legal community when choosing a new vendor or business partner.

To complete the survey click here. Voting closes June 1.

Also a reminder today is the last day to get your nominations in for the Top 25 Most Influential.

Thanks in advance for your participation in all our initiatives.

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



What's next?
Canadian Lawyer
Call it NewLaw, call it LeanLaw, call it anything but the same old, same old. As the debate over alternative business structures heats up and disruption is upon the legal profession, this month, Canadian Lawyer invited some innovative firms at home and abroad to answer this question: With strong opposition to the idea of non-lawyer ownership of law firms, how can the traditional law firm partnership model be reimagined to make firms work better (for clients and all their lawyers)? Read what they're already doing and be inspired to meet the future head one.

Top Boutiques: The new normal — Part 1
Canadian Lawyer
This year's top personal injury boutiques boasts two new firms — BolandHowe and Litwiniuk & Co. — since the last survey in 2013. Firms from Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta are represented in the top 10.

Move towards entity regulation gathers steam
Law Times
If the Law Society of Upper Canada starts regulating law firms, one specific area for firm compliance could be trust account management, a new report suggests.

Court offers guidance on qualification of government employees
Law Times
In a decision one lawyer says is "huge," an Ontario Court judge has found a government engineer may not testify as an expert witness due to questions about his independence as an employee of the prosecutor.

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Carol Baird Ellan's next chapter
Canadian Lawyer
In her years on the bench, Carol Baird Ellan had a front row seat to the challenges facing the underprivileged in society. Now she wants to try and effect change from a different perch — elected politician.

Moot roundup 2015
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Dozens of moots are held around the country covering all areas of law. Here's our roundup for 2015.

Privacy commissioner embarking on review of how it deals with PHIPA complaints
Canadian Lawyer, online
Personal health information breaches are on the rise and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in Ontario is embarking on an internal review of its processes in this and other areas as cases become more prevalent.

Getting there
Canadian Lawyer
A compassionate and moving ruling from a Toronto judge has focused attention on Gladue courts and other support mechanisms for aboriginal offenders, and of the progress, and lack of progress, since the landmark R. v. Gladue decision first came out.



A closer look at Dentons merger with U.S. firm
Law Times
Although uncertainties continue to revolve around the recent merger of Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, what seems clear is the U.S. firm's powerful connections to Canada will greatly strengthen Dentons Canada LLP's cross-border practice.

First Nations take feds to court over third-party managers
Law Times
An ongoing $30-million lawsuit against the federal government has the potential to provide more details about the inner workings of what happens when it appoints a third-party manager to administer the finances of a First Nation.

Joe Groia among elected benchers
Law Times
High-profile lawyer Joe Groia is among the benchers elected in the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election last week. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Mandatory retirement issue resurfaces
Law Times, editorial
The age discrimination complaint by a lawyer and accountant filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario presumably has implications for the legal industry as well.

'Minivations': start small
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
"Minivation." That's what Bill Pentney, who runs Canada's largest law firm, calls the first and most important step to innovation.

Insurance changes a catastrophic ambush
Law Times
As part of the provincial budget announced on April 23, the Ontario government has decided to first throw seriously injured accident victims off the bus and then deprive them of the ability to make a good recovery. Darcy Merkur, in his Personal Injury law column, says the announcement comes as a total blindside to interested stakeholders.

When 'no comment' doesn't cut it
Canadian Lawyer
In his Back Page column, Jim Middlemiss argues that hiding behind the cloak of no comment just doesn't work anymore, in an age of social media and public skepticism about our institutions. Lawyers who do so will end up with cookie on their face.

Judge invokes novel qualifier in assessing reasonable notice
Law Times
In its recent judgment in Fraser v. Canerector Inc., the Ontario Superior Court considered the workings of the inducement concept and expressed a novel qualifier that the "time of year" the employer terminates the employment should be a factor in the assessment of reasonable notice, writes Nikolay Chsherbinin in his Labour Pains column

Dunkin' Donuts decision has limited application outside Quebec
Canadian Lawyer, online
Some commentators have argued Bhasin, combined with Bertico, increases the duties of franchisors across Canada. Franchise lawyers Jennifer Dolman and Alexandre Fallon disagree, as Bertico is based on concepts contained in the Civil Code of Quebec that are not mirrored in the law of other Canadian provinces, and in any event, is not binding on courts outside of Quebec.

Howie Sacks

Legal Feeds


Top 25 Most Influential Call for Nominations — Closes TODAY
Nominations are once again open for Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Most Influential. Our most popular feature of the year celebrates lawyers and judges who are making an impact on the laws, justice system, legal profession, and civil society in Canada and abroad. Once again, we're asking readers to let us know who they feel have been the most influential over the last year or so. Categories are: 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; and 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 an e-mail to editor Gail Cohen 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. More details are here


This week's Law Times poll
Did the results of the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher elections effectively put an end to any move towards alternative business structures? Click here to have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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