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SPILL: Which fictional character would you like to represent?

  • November 30, 2023
  • OBA Section Executives

How many times have you watched a movie or show featuring a hapless, harangued, misguided or mistreated figure whose situation cries out for sound legal advice or intervention? We asked members, if they could break through the fourth wall and offer their counsel to a fictional character of the big or small screen, who it would be and why.

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“Voices through Which the Vulnerable Speak”: Civil Words from a Celebrated Advocate

  • November 30, 2023
  • Direct quotes from Linda Plumpton

Accepting the 2023 OBA Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation in front of a Ritz-Carlton dining room filled with friends, family and leaders of the bench and civil litigation bar, Linda Plumpton spoke of the alchemy of compelling advocacy, the ability of lawyers to change lives, and the responsibility to use gifts of persuasion to guard hard-fought victories in the fight for a fair and equitable society.

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Enhancing Client Service and Lawyer Wellness through Trauma-Informed Lawyering

  • November 30, 2023
  • Jakob Wenzel

Understanding and addressing the impact of trauma on clients and practitioners is crucial for compassionate and effective representation. In a recent program jointly hosted by the OBA’s Elder Law Section and Family Law Section, experts in the fields of law, mental health and academia offered valuable insights and strategies to enrich legal services with a trauma-informed approach.

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President's Message: Measuring Success by Your Impact on Others

  • November 30, 2023
  • Kelly McDermott

I am honoured to lead an Association of lawyers who are making the law more accessible; who are paving the way for new lawyers; who come together to learn and laugh; and who always show up for each other to commiserate and motivate, to support and celebrate.

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Build as You Go – and Four Other things you Should Know Before Opening Your Firm

  • November 30, 2023
  • Emily Sinkins

No firm is the same, but there are common keys to establishing a successful enterprise uniquely yours while building a solid reputation and stepping up client service. Sparing would-be sole and small-firm practitioners potential missteps or missed opportunities, OBA members from a variety of practice areas share what they wish they'd known before setting out on their own.

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Name and Gender Marker Changes In Ontario: A primer for lawyers

  • November 30, 2023
  • Amy Chen (she/her), Rachel Allen (she/her)

Those looking to change their name and gender markers often face hurdles that cannot be navigated without lawyers. Underscoring the importance of Trans ID clinics, this article offers an introduction to a lawyer's involvement in assisting individuals with their change of name or change of gender marker applications for Ontario documentation.

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Recent Amendments to Canada’s Official Languages Act

  • November 30, 2023
  • Kenza Salah

On June 20, 2023, amendments to the Official Languages Act received Royal Assent as part of Bill C-13. Kenza Salah provides a high-level overview of some of the new provisions that should be of interest to lawyers.