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August, 2017
  • Expanding public interest standing

    Who can intervene in the administrative context will be tested at the Supreme Court.
  • Mentors are a must

    All students need to find mentors to succeed, but for those without an established network, it is crucial. Navigating new territory is often confusing and stressful, especially when you’re doing it alone. But in the law, entering the profession doesn’t have to be so daunting for students and new junior associates with a mentor — someone who is more experienced in the field, who can share advice and wisdom with a protégé.
  • Detaining immigrants

    Immigrants in Canada can be held in indefinite detention for many years, and a group of dedicated advocates is pushing to change that. In May, a group of lawyers representing a man who had been detained for more than five years in a maximum-security jail before being deported to Jamaica appeared in Federal Court in Toronto.
  • Sexism is not moot

    At first, Ria Guidone was floored when she was told to ‘seduce the court,’ but it helped open up a conversation about women in the profession.
  • The Top 25 Most Influential 2017

    Canadian Lawyer’s top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its eighth year.
  • The new disrupted normal

    Automation is poised to shake up the legal industry. How can students prepare for a shifting career landscape?


  • Investing in real estate: Not just a home

    Investing in real estate: Not just a home

    When clients treat real estate as an investment, the legal and financial issues can get complex. Persistently low interest rates and investors’ desire for tangible assets have made real estate the vehicle of choice for many looking to grow their income, as anyone shopping for property in the Toronto and Vancouver areas can attest.


  • Jim Middlemiss

    Let the law-tech wars begin

    The legal technology revolution appears to be in full swing, as a number of global law firms have recently announced incubators or accelerators to nurture law-tech startups.
  • Philip Slayton

    Farewell, top court

    Top Court Tales is retiring along with the chief justice, so a reflection is in order. Goodbye. Goodbye to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who this June announced she would retire at the end of the year (more about that later). Also, dear reader, goodbye to me, at least when it comes to Top Court Tales.
  • Tim Wilbur

    Editor's Desk

    Real influence is about more than one person

    Our August issue includes our most popular story of the year — the Top 25 Most Influential — where we take stock of the lawyers, judges and others in the legal profession who are having an impact.This is my first year overseeing the process from beginning to end — observing the reaction to last year’s list (when I first started at Canadian Lawyer), seeking nominations for this year, encouraging lawyers from across the country to vote, selecting the finalists and then deciding what to highlight about their impressive accomplishments.


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