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, 01 June 2015 08:00

Editorial: A great Canadian

Last month Canada lost one of its most important and influential voices when Alan Borovoy died of heart failure at the age of 83.
Monday, 04 May 2015 08:01

What's next?

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_May_CL_May_2015_cover.jpgLaw firms are broken.

For the profession’s long-term survival, the structure of the traditional partnership — and the traditional partner and law firm management mindset that goes along with that — need to be unpended. Call it NewLaw, call it LeanLaw, call it anything but the same old, same old.
Monday, 04 May 2015 08:00

‘Minivations’: start small

“Minivation.” That’s what Bill Pentney, who runs Canada’s largest law firm, calls the first and most important step to innovation.
Monday, 06 April 2015 08:00

Seeing justice done

Here’s what we do know: the Law Society of Upper Canada is conducting some type and/or number of investigations into document reviewers working in Ontario. What we don’t know: pretty much everything else.
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Recognizing lawyers’ unique role

While no lawyer was ever affected by the stringent reporting rules in the federal government’s money-laundering legislation that some said would turn them into “agents of the state,” last month’s unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada has literally set lawyers apart from other professionals on this front.
Monday, 02 February 2015 08:00

The great debate of 2015

The great debate of 2014 was the future of articling. That issue has by no means been resolved; the Law Society of Upper Canada’s experimental alternative to articling has yet to prove itself worthy. As the first group goes through the Law Practice Program, there are definitely differing points of view on its value. But only time will tell how well prepared those LPP students will be to practise but also how those students will be accepted and valued in the profession compared to colleagues who went through traditional articles. Stay tuned on that.
Monday, 05 January 2015 08:00

In with the new

As you may have already noticed when you picked up this issue of Canadian Lawyer, we’ve refreshed our look. It had been quite a few years since we updated the design of the magazine, so have given ourselves a makeover for the new year.
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:08

Upping your game

The annual Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel Survey in this issue has a strong focus on alternative fee arrangements. AFAs are what everyone — law firm management, in-house counsel, law associations, legal consultants, and anyone else who cares about the business of law — is talking about. The thing is, while everyone is talking about them, few can actually pinpoint what an AFA is. Is a discount an AFA? Some say yes, and some say no. Is a flat fee an AFA? Same thing. “What some people put in the category of AFA doesn’t actually create incentives for efficiency. That’s when I question whether they are truly changing the landscape and should they be called AFAs?” says Peter Gutelius, assistant general counsel at RBC, in the “Seeking alternative arrangments” story about the survey.
Friday, 03 October 2014 11:09


The Canadian Lawyer team would like to apologize for the image on our September 2014 cover. The image was intended to reinforce the subject of the cover article — the lack of transparency in the judicial appointments process and the resulting limited diversity on the bench — but as we have heard from a number of readers, it conveyed a very different message and undermined this important discussion.
As such, we have elected to remove the image from our September issue for as long as it lives online.
The editorial team at Canadian Lawyer is committed to a continued dialogue on diversity and all issues relevant to advancing the Canadian legal profession. This has always been at the core of our mission, and we remain committed to this now and into the future.
We thank our readers who cared enough to share their opinions on this important issue, and we sincerely hope that they remain faithful to our magazine.
Yours truly,
Gail J. Cohen
Editor in Chief
Monday, 29 September 2014 10:23

All aboard

A generous amount of this month’s issue of Canadian Lawyer is dedicated to technology and the law. Technology in its various forms and permutations have and continue to transform legal practice and while this issue began with a plan for a special report on e-discovery, it organically morphed into a much wider discussion — one or all of which are going on throughout the profession.
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