Young at Law

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 Joanne St. Lewis

Measuring Diversity: A report card for the legal profession

  • February 16, 2016
  • Juliet Knapton

Juliet Knapton, past chair of the OBA Equality Committee, sits down with LSUC Bencher Joanne St. Lewis to discuss an idea St. Lewis brought forward during her campaign for Bencher: an annual report card to measure diversity in the legal profession.

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Voice of Change

  • February 16, 2016
  • Colin Lachance and Mark A. Cohen

With no more brass rings to strive for, what will motivate innovative young lawyers to spend their prime years in a traditional firm environment?

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5 Tips For Arguing Your First Appeal

  • December 16, 2015
  • Brock Jones

Everyone’s first court appearance can be an intimidating experience. Appearing in front a busy judge in a packed courtroom can test your mettle in ways you never imagined. Especially for younger lawyers, who are building their reputations and just want to be seen as professional and diligent, the stakes are high.

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Avoiding the Abyss

  • December 04, 2015
  • Ryan Wozniak

The rigours of practising law, which are by no means exclusive to trial counsel, can leave one feeling isolated and distant. Day after day goes by to the point that it appears as if the planet begins at our in-tray and ends at our keyboard. When a massive EF5 tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma last May, Ontario lawyer Ryan Wozniak booked a flight, grabbed his work boots and joined Habitat for Humanity’s disaster recovery efforts in the devastated community.

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Dealing with Difficult Senior Counsel

  • December 04, 2015
  • Justin Jakubiak and Stephanie De Caria

This article combines Stephanie De Caria's recent personal experience with a difficult opposing counsel, and Justin Jakubiak's perspective, as a more senior member of the bar, on the prevalent issue of lawyer bullying, in particular of junior counsel by more senior counsel.

The JUST. Guide to Gowning

The JUST. Guide to Gowning

  • December 02, 2015
  • Jeremy Martin and Andrea Sanche

A comprehensive guide to not embarrassing yourself in court regalia.