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Head shot photo of OBA President Karen Perron

President’s Message: Your link to opportunity, your launchpad for success

  • December 12, 2021
  • Karen Perron

Since unrolling my OBA Lawyers Link mandate in September – designed to build upon the connection our members across the province have with each other and with the tools they need to thrive, wherever they are situated, within a rapidly modernizing world of law – I have witnessed some impressive examples of cross-region solution-sharing, collaboration, community-building and support.

Head shot photo of The Honourable Mary Jo Nolan

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.

Photo of Marie Henein

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.

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.

President's Message: To all those who made the ambitious achievable…

President's Message: To all those who made the ambitious achievable…

  • August 30, 2021
  • Charlene Theodore

When asked in August 2020 what I’d like to be able to say in a year’s time about my presidency, I replied, “I hope my term as president is a chapter of the OBA’s history that will put the profession forever on the right road on the issues in our workplaces we have been collectively grappling with for far too long.”

President's Message: Overcoming fear and cultural inertia through community

President's Message: Overcoming fear and cultural inertia through community

  • March 08, 2021
  • Charlene Theodore

One common thread in the conversations I’ve led through my Work that Works podcast with those who deal directly with workplace leaders on organizational change is that the fear of making a misstep can be paralyzing. This paralysis is amplified when tackling deeply personal, potentially sensitive issues in the workplace such as systemic discrimination.

SOGIC logo with Rainbow on O. Man looking through binoculars

SOGIC: Celebrating History, Setting New Goals

  • December 04, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

SOGIC leaders tell us about the opportunities that involvement in this vital community offers lawyers today, and where they see the section making an impact – in the profession and in the advancement of equality – in the future.