Young at Law

Summering, articling, networking, mentorship and more - check here regularly for practical tips, insights and ongoing discussion about the issues facing Ontario's law students and new lawyers.

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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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SPILL: Advice for your new-to-law-school self

  • August 30, 2023
  • Young Lawyers Division Executive Members

As we enter September, we asked members of our Young Lawyers Division Executive to reflect back to their earliest days of legal learning to find out, with the benefit of hindsight, what they might say to their ‘new-to-law-school’ selves to more nimbly navigate the challenges or make the most of the experience.

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Mentorship Means Never Having to Pay Back, Only Forward

  • May 31, 2023
  • Jeremy Martin

Woven into the fabric of the profession, mentorship connects lawyers to those who came before and those who follow, empowering them to be vulnerable and victorious, to learn and develop, and to pursue a path singularly rewarding but never solitary.

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How Kristina Milbourn is Breaking the Mould and Making a Difference

  • February 27, 2023
  • Amrita V. Singh

Head of litigation at one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies, Kristina Milbourn talks about being captivated by the complexities of law and practicing on Bay Street, the variety and opportunities to innovate she enjoys in her current in-house role, and her passion for science, sponsorship and social justice.

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Looking to the Future of the Law of Work and Work of Law

  • September 12, 2022
  • Oksana Romanov interviews Sunira Chaudhri and Tahir Khorasanee

Two top employment lawyers shed light on emerging trends, intriguing developments, and unexpected professional challenges and rewards found at the centre of a practice area that continues to offer indispensable advice amid swift and sweeping change.

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Your First Appeal at the OCA: Tips from the gurus

  • June 13, 2022
  • Nancy Sarmento Barkhordari

Navigating appeals to the Court of Appeal for Ontario can be a challenge for any lawyer, but new lawyers navigating their first appeal are probably doubly stressed, particularly if they are working alone, and especially where the appeal is complicated by a motion to quash. Nancy Sarmento Barkhordari offers a fantastic ensemble of gems from the gurus of appellate advocacy.