Gail J. Cohen

Gail J. Cohen

One of  Canada’s most experienced and respected legal journalists, Gail J. Cohen is the editor in chief of Canadian Lawyer and Law Times, responsible for the editorial direction of all the publications in the group, which also includes Candian Lawyer InHouse, Canadian Lawyer 4Students, and the daily Legal Feeds blog. Gail has been covering the legal profession in Canada as a reporter and editor since 1997, putting her in a prime position to access and engage thought leaders in the regulatory, legal, and business realms. Canadian Lawyer and its editorial team have been the recipients of many journalism awards and their publications are highly respected throughout the legal profession in Canada and abroad.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin told the Canadian Bar Association's council that  2013 has been a “busy and productive year” for top court and that she feels “proud” of the court’s achievements.

The court heard 75 cases and rendered 78 judgements last year, she said. In 60 per cent of cases, the court was unanimous in its decisions. McLachlin cited William vs. British Columbia, R. v. Bedford, and the reference on senate reform as few of the weightier matters the court dealt with.

Here are her full remarks from Aug. 14.
Monday, 04 August 2014 08:00

The Top 25 Most Influential

Canadian Lawyer announces the 2014 Top 25 Most Influential figures in the Canadian justice system and legal profession. The list, now in its sixth year, honours select Canadians in one of five categories: Changemakers, Government/Non-Profit/Associations, Criminal Law/Human Rights, Corporate/Commercial, and The World Stage.
Monday, 04 August 2014 08:00

The Top 25 Most Influential 2014

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_August_CLAugCover.jpgCanadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession is now in its fifth year. The Top 25 is always one of the magazine’s most-read, and most commented-on features. Of course our choices likely won’t meet with universal approval but a little healthy debate among readers is always welcome. 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.
Monday, 04 August 2014 08:00

The highlight of the summer

I say this every August, but this is my 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 me 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. This year, I was extremely pleased the first nomination that came in, after I sent out an editor’s note in our weekly Canadian Legal Newswire, was from a lawyer in Washington State who had a colleague he worked with in Canada and felt she was worthy of nominating.
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:00

Everybody need apply

It seems the federal government has pissed lawyers off again, this time over who’s applying for spots on the federal bench. “I was just so pissed off,” Avvy Yao-Yao Go, a well-known social justice activist and lawyer, wrote in the Toronto Star after Justice Minister Peter MacKay made comments at a recent Ontario Bar Association meeting that women and visible minorities aren’t applying for judge jobs and that’s why they’re under-represented on the bench. He reportedly also said a woman’s bond with her children might also be the reason few would apply for judicial positions on the federal “circuit courts” where they may be forced to travel away from family (say for a week in another big city or something crazy like that).
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

Standing up for the chief

The legal profession in Canada by no means speaks with one unified voice. Nothing brings a community together, however, like a politically  motivated attack on one of its most respected leaders.
I’m going to suggest Stephen Harper had no idea the hornet’s nest he was stirring when he publicly characterized as “inappropriate” and “inadvisable” a phone call Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin made to the government regarding a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Knocking down hurdles

As Canadians come out of one of the worst winters in the history of ever, you can smell spring in the air; you can feel a palpable change in attitude as we expose our lily-white skin to a little warmth and sunshine. Like the crocuses that push up through the semi-frozen ground to herald the new season, dire economic reality appears to be the fertilizer for change in the legal profession.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_May_May-cover-shoot-imageSmall.jpgCanadian Lawyer editor Gail J. Cohen was on the scene of the cover shoot for the May issue featuring Osgoode Hall law professor Alan Young, who fought a decades long battle to update Canada's prostitution laws. One of his clients Terri-Jean Bedford joined us for the session. Take a peek at how the fantastic photgraphy of Liam Sharp became this month's cover art.
Canadian Lawyer editor Gail J. Cohen was on the scene of the cover shoot for the May issue featuring Osgoode Hall law professor Alan Young, who fought a decades long battle to update Canada's prostitution laws. One of his clients Terri-Jean Bedford joined us for the session. Take a peek at how the fantastic photgraphy of Liam Sharp became this month's cover art.
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

Law firm pro bono survey

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Across the country lawyers find the time to participate in interesting and important pro bono projects that give back to their communities and aid in providing access to justice for those who might not otherwise be able to afford legal counsel.
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