On May 31, 2019, at Emma's Back Porch in Burlington, Esther Nwator, newsletter editor for the OBA Health Law Section, interviewed Cathi Mietkiewicz of Mietkiewicz Law.
Tell us a little bit about you.
1. Let's start with the basics: What’s your name and where did you grow up?
I am Cathi Mietkiewicz and I grew up right here in Burlington.
2. Ok. Where did you go to law school and what was your selection process?
I went to Osgoode Hall Law School.
I was married and had a young son when I went to law school.
I had to choose a law school that I could commute to. That meant, Osgoode, University of Toronto or Western. After looking at their programs I really wanted to go to Osgoode. They were my first pick and I was thrilled when they accepted me.
3. Tell me about a memorable or ‘a-ha’ moment from law school, when you learned a practical point about the law that helped you in your career, or, you first realized you were really on track to becoming a lawyer.
I don’t know if it was a “moment”, but I found Osgoode very receptive to mature students. I was surrounded by a large number of mature students (who were amazing, but that is another story) and the other students didn’t see mature students as unusual. This was a strong message to me that I could, as a woman in my late thirties, become a lawyer, just like anyone else. Age, at least at that time, was not a barrier. I don’t know what it is like now.
That’s wonderful to hear. I suspect (or hope) it is much the same, or even improved for women in their thirties.