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Celebrating The Honourable Mary Jo Nolan and a Career Committed to Empowering People

  • December 12, 2021
  • Mana Khami

The Honourable Mary Jo Nolan has devoted her decades-long career to advocating for access to justice for society’s most vulnerable, achieving many firsts along the way: first female case management master in Ontario, first female judge appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Essex County, and now, first recipient of the OBA Award of Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Southwest Region.

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Systemic Change: What role will you play?

  • December 12, 2021
  • Celeste M. Young

After attending the idea-packed RODA Annual Diversity Conference in Partnership with the OBA, Celeste M. Young considers how the intersection of conscious allyship and advocacy can be the catalyst for action and how lawyers can come together to advance important change.

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Lawyers’ Professional Obligations Regarding Language Rights in Ontario

  • December 12, 2021
  • Jean-Michel Richardson and Kenza Salah

An overview of the language obligations set out in the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO Rules) and examination of the scope of “language rights” contemplated by the LSO Rules, including recent legislative changes regarding access to justice in French in the province.

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Nothing But the Truth

  • December 12, 2021
  • Direct quotes from a conversation with Marie Henein

The forthright new memoir from renowned criminal defence attorney Marie Henein formed the basis of a fascinating OBA Community Book Club event. Attending virtually and answering questions on everything from public perception of law to double-standards that plague powerful women, Henein lived up to her reputation for candour and acuity.

Thoughts on Resilience and Endurance

Thoughts on Resilience and Endurance

  • August 30, 2021
  • Jacqueline Beckles

A reminder to revisit, recalibrate and re-prioritize our self-care practices and mindfulness toward others after a year-and-a-half of social distance, disrupted routines and “rolling disasters.”

Connecting with OBA Incoming President Karen Perron

Connecting with OBA Incoming President Karen Perron

  • August 30, 2021

As she prepares to take the reins as OBA president on September 1, with a mandate to strengthen the vital links between lawyers in all regions across Ontario and ensure they capitalize on the opportunity in this diverse community, Karen Perron talks to us about the lure of association involvement, the advice and advice-givers she turns to, and the hopes she has for her presidential term.

A Sporting Chance for a Community, a Life-Changing Role for a Hamilton Lawyer

A Sporting Chance for a Community, a Life-Changing Role for a Hamilton Lawyer

  • August 30, 2021
  • Interview with Louis Frapporti

The former managing partner of Gowling WLG’s Hamilton office sat down for a Q&A session to talk about what has made chairing the Hamilton Commonwealth Games Bid Corporation such a revelatory and rewarding experience and what all lawyers might gain from taking a more “holistic and humanistic” view of their purpose and value.