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Written by lawyers for lawyers, by its very nature JUST. is an extension of the OBA community. Learn how your peers are dealing with common challenges; read about the struggles and achievements of your favourite legal icons and hear what other lawyers have to say about the state of affairs within the legal profession.  This section is all about learning, sharing and exchanging, lawyer to lawyer.

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Beyond Black History Month: Basic principles for life

  • February 26, 2022
  • Jacqueline Beckles

We can apply principles of gathering with purpose and collective brainstorming, and a philosophy of “I am because we are,” to continue to raise awareness and call for action, break barriers and celebrate Black excellence, and lift as we climb and light the way for others every day.

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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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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.

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.

SPILL: Your best virtual networking experience

SPILL: Your best virtual networking experience

  • August 30, 2021

We asked OBA Section members to share with us their most enjoyable or enriching virtual networking experience from the past year-and-a-half of Zooming, Teams-ing, Skyping, sometimes Slacking, but always Rallying.

Post-Vaccination Child Care: A beacon in a shadow pandemic of inequality

Post-Vaccination Child Care: A beacon in a shadow pandemic of inequality

  • May 11, 2021
  • Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich

A community-minded lawyer has assembled a team of single moms to provide free child care to parents in the hours immediately following their vaccination appointments – one small but significant step to mitigate the disproportionate impact COVID-19 continues to have on women.