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Top 25 Influential Voting

Canadian Legal Newswire

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Editor’s Note

It's time once again to cast your votes in the sixth annual Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential. With a record 120 inspiring nominees, we are looking for our readers' help in picking the top 5 lawyers and judges in the following 5 categories:

• Corporate-commercial, including litigation, deals, class actions, etc.
• Criminal law/human rights
• Changemakers in any area or type of practice who have been leaders or catalysts for positive change in any area of the profession such as diversity, law firm management, the courts, education, etc.
• Government/non-profits/associations, including public inquiries, officers of Parliament, the courts, and academic institutions
• The world stage: Canadian lawyers and judges who have an influence on law and society beyond our borders.

Candidates have been placed in a category relating to their nomination, not necessarily reflecting their main area of practice.

The Top 25 Most Influential is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have played a significant role in the legal profession, justice system, and Canadian and international society in the last year to year and a half. Canadian Lawyer is defining "influential" as not just about bright stars, big deals, or number of media mentions — although those may play a part. It's about people who have power and influence the laws, justice system, and legal profession in Canada and abroad today.

Please take the time to read through the amazing nominees and give us your picks for whom you think are the most worthy of being honoured.

Click here for more details and the survey. Voting is open until June 9.

Thanks in advance for your participation,

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

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Lawyers predict more overcrowding after St-Cloud
Law Times
Ontario's problem of overcrowded prisons is about to get a lot worse, criminal lawyers are warning in the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in R. v. St-Cloud.

New trial ordered over paralegal's donation to deputy judge
Law Times
A Small Claims Court deputy judge should have recused himself from a case in which a paralegal who had donated to his charity campaign was representing one of the parties, a Divisional Court judge has found.

Judge makes 'controversial' ruling about breathalyzer disclosure
Law Times
Criminal lawyers have mixed feelings about a recent Ontario Court of Justice decision that affirms the Crown's obligation to disclose information related to the maintenance and reliability of breathalyzers but offers no remedy in a case where there was a breach of that duty.



Vital to balance employee privacy with security
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In an effort to boost information security levels and impress its new mayor, a municipality in British Columbia learned the hard way that employee privacy trumps security.

Did the Supreme Court clarify or muddy the duty of good faith?
In Bhasin v. Hrynew, the SCC tried to make Canadian contract law more settled, fair and closely aligned with parties' reasonable expectations.

Flexible practices on the upswing
Law Times
As principal of Ottawa-based Edge International, Jordan Furlong sees a continued move towards more independent, project-based lawyers in the future and fewer of the traditional jobs as associates at a law firm, a change that will often require a more entrepreneurial approach to the practice of law.

Queen's Law associate dean dies
Law Times
Flags at Queen's University flew half-mast last week following the death of associate law dean Stanley Corbett. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Readers Choice


An outrageous act of contempt
Law Times, editorial
While the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done many things to show contempt of democratic processes over the years, it has outdone itself with outrageous provisions related to the long-gun registry in its budget implementation bill.

Why tech deals fail
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her column, The IT Girl, Lisa Lifshitz offers a few observations as to why certain technology deals end in failure (defined as any combination of unhappy customers, terminated contracts, and the occasional lawsuit).

Judges in a (St) Cloud

Canadian Lawyer, online
The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. St-Cloud has created a buzz in the profession, writes Bill Trudell in his Sidebars column.



The journey from the billable hour to value-based flat fees
Canadian Lawyer, online
Most lawyers will tell you their fees are calculated based on hours worked, not the result obtained. Yet, as Allison Speigel remarks in this month's Managing Partner Forum, they also assure you they intend to be your partner in the matter. Can lawyers ever be true partners if they have no skin in the game?

Employment standards reforms don't go far enough
Law Times
In his Social Justice column, Alan Shanoff goes over new employment standards laws in Ontario as the provisions of Bill 18, the Stronger Workplace for a Stronger Economy Act, come into force.

Video: Making Rain — Take the personal challenge
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month, executive coach Debra Forman discussed taking ownership internal and external demands and pressures and personally challenging and proactively nominating yourself to improve or push your limits to attain success.

Marks make us into monsters
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law students equate marks with self-worth, writes Ted Flett in his Ab Initio column. If that's not bad enough, class averages tends to evoke the worst in students, even if they're intended to bring forth their best.

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Reader's Choice — Closes June 1
Canadian Lawyer is launching its first annual Readers' Choice Survey. This survey is designed to allow you, our readers, to tell us which vendors and service providers are the best at what they do. Categories include: ADR & Mediation Chambers; Financial Services & Consulting; Legal Research; Legal Technology; Litigation Support & Consulting; Real Estate; and Recruiting & Staffing. The winners will be announced in a special report in the October 2015 edition of Canadian Lawyer magazine.

This week's Law Times poll
Was the Superior Court right to order a new trial over a paralegal's donation to a Small Claims Court deputy judge's cycling fundraiser? Click here to have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.


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