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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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.

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From Juris Doctor to Juris Daddy: Tips for new-father lawyers

  • May 31, 2022
  • Sherif Rizk

From establishing limits and availing yourself of resources, to building your back-up network and creating routines that capitalize on your capabilities and capacity, a sole practitioner shares his advice on balancing a busy practice with fatherhood.

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The Future is Femme, Black Femme Legal!

  • May 31, 2022
  • Tamara J. Sylvester

Allow me to reintroduce you to Samantha Peters (she/her/they/them) – no stranger to the spotlight. Samantha, who proudly identifies as a Black queer femme, was called to the bars of Alberta and Ontario in 2020. In that short time, she has made a palpable impact on the legal profession because of her innovative and rebellious approach to the practice of law and the seemingly fearless way in which she navigates the margins that contemporary Canadian society imposes on her intersecting identities.

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Don’t Let Your Hair Down!

  • February 26, 2022
  • Hamna Anwar

Criminal defence lawyer Hamna Anwar makes a request to senior counsel: When you are giving advice to junior lawyers who look up to you, please be mindful of the power of your words. Please do not provide advice that teaches young, racialized women to minimize themselves or play it small.

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Flying Solo in the Competitive World of Law

  • December 12, 2021
  • Justin Bozzo

Resilience. Diverse interests and skills. An enthusiasm for innovation and continued learning. Reflecting on a challenging and rewarding first year of sole practice, Justin Bozzo pinpoints the traits that have allowed him to soar.

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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.

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.