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Valley of the Birdtail book cover image

Writing the Road to Reconciliation

  • February 21, 2023
  • Direct quotes from Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Douglas Sanderson

At a recent OBA Community Book Club event, lawyers Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Douglas Sanderson, authors of Valley of the Birdtail, talked to members about the power of narrative history to change hearts, minds and political choices; the real sacrifice that reconciliation requires; and the action they hope to inspire with their eye-opening work.

photo of author Stuart Rudner

President’s Message: Stepping Up and Serving the Greater Good

  • February 21, 2023
  • Karen Perron

In September 2021, I said that after my presidential year, “If I manage to give a little something back to an association that has given so much to me, I’ll happy.” When that time came, as fate would have it, I was asked to give a little something extra: six more months. With firsthand experience of the many ways OBA members step up to serve the greater good, I readily followed their example of sacrifice and community service.

Photo of OBA President Karen Perron

President's Message: Lawyers are people, too

  • November 30, 2022
  • Karen Perron

There is plenty out there in the world to discourage us and drag us down – the OBA is where we come to be buoyed and built up by those who empathize and understand. To all dedicated members of this demanding and rewarding calling, I offer this plea: Let’s not be our own worst critics.

Nandi Deterville leading a Make A Will Month public info session

Why I Take Part in Make A Will Month

  • November 29, 2022
  • Nandi A O Deterville

Learning as you teach, engaging with your community, improving access to legal info, and raising the profile of your practice are just a few of the reasons that make participation in OBA Speakers Bureau public seminars during November – and beyond – so worthwhile.

Photo of President Karen Perron in front of fall-trees

President’s Message: Expect the unexpected

  • September 06, 2022
  • Karen Perron

As I launch into the final six months of my extended presidential term – a term that presented twists and turns even before it began when our incoming president was appointed to the bench – I find myself embracing the opportunity to advance my OBA Link mandate even further and to “lean in” to the opportunity for reinvention.

four professionals, of diverse races and ages, discuss business over meeting table

Deploying the Power of Diverse Perspectives

  • September 06, 2022
  • Mohsen Seddigh

With two new positions on each of our 40 section executives, the OBA is making new strides in advancing diversity and inclusion across the association.

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Ontario Bar Association Honours Legal Superstars at Annual Awards Gala

  • June 10, 2022
  • Michael Speers

The legal community came together on June 9 to celebrate outstanding members of the profession who have made exceptional contributions to the practice of law in Ontario and to the Ontario Bar Association. This was the first OBA Awards Gala in three years, after the popular event was sidelined due to public health measures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Honourable Rosalie Abella and the Honourable Mahmud Jamal

Supreme Esteem: Twin tributes that really do justice

  • June 01, 2022
  • The Honourable Rosalie Abella and The Honourable Mahmud Jamal

The OBA’s Supreme Evening brought together admiring members of the bench and bar to pay tribute to The Honourable Rosalie Abella and The Honourable Mahmud Jamal and celebrate “a passing of a precious baton from safe, strong hands to safe, strong hands.” The gala’s highlight were the remarks from the guests of honour, whose praise for each other conveyed respect, kinship, humour, and genuine affection – excerpts from which they have kindly shared.

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President’s Message: Looking for answers? Start here.

  • February 26, 2022
  • Karen Perron

At the OBA, the pursuit of concrete info and expert insight that will equip lawyers to improve their practices and perform at their very best is endless and all-encompassing – and the fruits of this labour are yours for the taking.