Ch-ch-changes

It’s been a non-stop roller-coaster of change here at Canadian Lawyer over the past few months. Of course, the biggest change — that of our ownership — is essentially invisible to our readers, but a whole sea of more recent changes are much more visible.

First of all, you’ll notice the issue in your hands has a bold new look. As we enter our 35th year of Canadian Lawyer, we felt it was time for a facelift. Art director Bill Hunter took the task to heart and turned what was a great magazine into something better. We’ve revamped our headline font, totally redesigned the Regional Wrap-up news section, and generally updated the look of all our sections and departments. But don’t worry, our same award-winning content will continue to fill these new-look pages.

And speaking of our excellent content, we also have moves on that front. Long-time and decidedly controversial Back Page columnist Ezra Levant has penned his last missive for our pages. He’s moving on to other endeavours but will be replaced by Jim Middlemiss, a former editor of this magazine and the National Post’s legal pages, who brings his prodigious knowledge of the legal industry. Also coming on board are two lawyers steeped in the world of legal technology. This month, McCarthy Tétrault’s Dera J. Nevin kicks off our revamped Tech Support column with her thoughts on e-discovery. Her column on technology and litigation support will run every second month interspersed with the writings of our new knowledge management columnist Jason Leung of Ridout & Maybee, who makes his debut next issue.

Of course, our attention couldn’t all be spent on the print edition; our snazzy web site canadianlawyermag.com was relaunched in December. Spurred on by a need to move to a new content management system, we took the opportunity to make the site more user-friendly and add some new features. Taking pride in our exclusive online columns, we’ve now created a unique page that features the columnists’ bios with links to their latest columns. In addition, our video pages are easier to navigate and the videos themselves are bigger and brighter. The events calendar is now available in a monthly and weekly format so if you’re looking for legal events, they’re much easier to find.

Last, but by no means least on the train of change, we have launched a daily Canadian legal news blog called Legal Feeds. It will be fed with tidbits of interesting legal news by our dedicated team of writers and editors here at Canadian Lawyer and Law Times. Check it out via canadianlawyermag.com.

We are always trying to improve and provide great and varied Canadian legal news, analysis, and information for our loyal readers. There will be more changes to come in 2011 and I hope to hear your thoughts and opinions on all of them.

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