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.

Monday, 04 July 2016 09:00

Well-deserved attention

This month’s cover story, “Snakes & Ladders: Provincial court edition,” looks at the state of Canada’s provincial courts, where more than 95 per cent of criminal cases end up. Reporter Shannon Kari talked to chief judges and justices across the country and the sense you get from what they had to say is: There are a lot of issues that we’re facing, but we’re also being creative in looking at ways of dealing with them. Resource pressures, including funding, will likely never go away, but that’s not stopping court administrators from addressing problems and working towards providing access to justice, administering an efficient and fair court system, and providing appropriate outcomes for defendants.
Monday, 06 June 2016 09:00

Let’s talk about IP, baby

A little over a year ago, I read an article in The Globe and Mail by Jim Balsillie, the co-founder of Research in Motion, called “Canadians can innovate, but we’re not equipped to win.” The gist of it was that Canadians can’t succeed on the global stage in the new knowledge economy, in part, if not in whole, because this country does not have sufficient policies and infrastructure to help entrepreneurs make money from their ideas. “Canada’s current infrastructure and our public and private leadership do not foster the needed capacity to contend effectively in the complex, predatory and state-sponsored ideas ownership game,” wrote Balsillie.
Monday, 02 May 2016 09:00

A love letter to Marie Henein

Anti-feminist. Unethical. Traitor to her gender. These are just a few of the epithets slung at criminal lawyer Marie Henein during and in the wake of the Jian Ghomeshi sex assault trial. Her choice of shoes, not to mention their cost, also came under fire. As did her hair and clothes. Let’s not even get started on what the twitterati had to say about her cross-examinations. What a tremendous amount of energy was spent by so many professional and armchair critics in trying to tear down Henein. What an absolute blood sport the trial turned into, and not just for the accused and the witnesses.
Monday, 04 April 2016 09:00

The great divide

In the July 2011 issue of Canadian Lawyer, we wrote about “hot tubbing” — the term was coined in Australia to describe the procedure of organizing all experts in a case into a panel and hearing their evidence concurrently. As the story reported, judges and many experts liked the idea of it but the jury was still out with the lawyers.
Monday, 07 March 2016 09:00

Welcoming the new

I was out of the country when the Liberals won the federal election last October. I was keeping up with the news but trying to take a mental break from too much news — instead filling my head with intensive study of Spanish — so I almost missed it when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named his new cabinet — cabinet that included Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s first aboriginal justice minister. At the time, I was in Oaxaca, Mexico — a city whose main square is filled daily with indigenous people marching and protesting against a variety of political, social, and human rights issues. It seemed somehow perfectly appropriate being in that milieu to be looking back at my own country and the possibilities for dramatic change that a new government and this new minister could bring about.
Monday, 01 February 2016 09:00

A mighty wind

It’s barely past the middle of January as I sit to write this editorial and already the waves of change, some might even call them disruption, are crashing on the shores of the Canadian legal business. There’s two more notches in the lipstick case of the globalization of legal practice with the arrival here of Axiom, which has purchased the general counsel business of Canadian legal services pioneer Cognition LLP, and international labour and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, which gets its first beachhead in Toronto.
Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

A long, hard road

Nobody is perfect. People make mistakes. It could be a momentary lapse of judgment. It could be leading with your heart instead of your brain. It could be trusting someone who perhaps you shouldn’t have. It could be that you were tired. Or it could simply be that something had to be done, and this is what got done. These types of mistakes are and should be forgivable — because no one is perfect.
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:00

Get naked

"Get naked and be a pig.” You’re not going to get much more vivid advice from an in-house client on what their expectations for service are.
On Oct. 14, Thomson Reuters launched an exciting innovation project in Ontario’s tech centre in the Waterloo Region.
Thomson Reuters Lab will live at the Communitech centre, which houses nearly 1,000 technology and innovation companies in the region. The lab means Thomson Reuters can engage with the exciting and expanding innovation network and its dynamic startup company community, the University of Waterloo, and a culture of collaboration within the technology and innovation industries.
Thursday, 08 October 2015 12:36

2015 Readers' Choice Awards

2015 Readers' Choice AwardsWelcome to the first annual Canadian Lawyer Readers’ Choice Awards. From legal tech products and business valuation services to recruiters and legal research – the Canadian Lawyer Readers’ Choice Awards showcases the companies and products that prevailed among their competitors.

Nearly 2,300 readers cast votes for their preferred suppliers and vendors in 40 categories. The ballot consisted of 40 categories encompassing the areas of ADR & Mediation, Financial Services & Consulting, Legal Research, Legal Technology, Litigation Support & Consulting, Real Estate and Recruiting. In total, more than 300 products and service providers were listed on the official ballot and voters were also given the opportunity to write in any businesses not listed. Depending upon the number of nominees, we have named the top three to five vote-getters in each category listed in alphabetical order. Thank you for sharing your voice and your votes.

Click here to view the full pdf of winners.
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