Nominations now open for Top 25 Most Influential

Nominations are now open for this year’s Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential. By far, the most popular feature of the year, the Top 25 celebrates those lawyers and judges who are making an impact on the laws, justice system, legal profession, and civil society in Canada and abroad.

Last year, we received a record number of nominations, and I’m once again asking readers to let us know who they feel have been the most influential over the last year or so. Here are the categories for 2016 including the new Young Influencer category:

• Corporate-commercial, including litigation, deals, class actions etc.
• Criminal/Human rights law
• Government/non-profits/associations, including public inquiries and officers of Parliament
• Changemakers: catalysts for positive change and innovation in any area of the profession
• *new this year* Young influencers: Canadian lawyers under 40 who are really making an impact in their communities and in the profession.

To nominate someone, it’s as easy as sending me an e-mail that includes the nominee’s name, firm/organization, the category you're nominating them in, and a few sentences as to why you feel they should be included in the list.

Please keep in mind the Top 25 is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have been played a significant role in the legal profession and Canadian society in the last year to year and a half. Here is last year’s list for your reference.

The deadline for Top 25 nominations is end of day May 3.

I look forward to hearing about all the great work worth celebrating.

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

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