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Editors: Matilda Lici - Central Region; Caroline Bedard - East Region

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Solving the Canadian Insolvency Puzzle: Unmasking the Directing Minds or Piercing the Corporate Veil?

  • September 14, 2023
  • Divyansh (Divi) Dev, restructuring & insolvency associate at Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

When attempting to determine liability for the actions of a corporation, two common law doctrines come into play: the doctrine of lifting the corporate veil and the corporate attribution doctrine. Both are employed when the status of a corporation as a separate legal entity requires a distinction from the acts of its officers, leading to exceptions to the principle of limited liability or separate legal entity. However, these doctrines diverge in their applicable tests.

Insolvency Law, Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
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Thriving in Immigration Law: Insights from Max Chaudhary

  • June 13, 2023
  • Angela Ogang, Newsletter Editor, OBA Citizenship & Immigration Law Section

I recently attended a physical meeting of the Central Region Immigration Appeal Division Consultative Committee, where I had the opportunity to connect with Max Chaudhary, a highly regarded immigration lawyer with 28 years of experience. In this interview, Max graciously shares his personal influences, career journey, keys to success, and valuable tips for aspiring lawyers. Read on to gain insights into the intricate world of immigration law and learn from the wisdom of a seasoned practitioner.

Citizenship and Immigration Law, Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division

Going In-House: Tips to Make the Move and Start Strong

  • June 11, 2023
  • Mark Asfar, associate at Dentons LLP in Ottawa

In this article, Mark Asfar provides young lawyers with practical tips on how to make the transition from private practice to in-house counsel.

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association - Ontario Chapter, Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
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From Breakout Rooms to Boardrooms: Navigating Practice in a Hybrid World

  • March 31, 2023
  • Alexander Evangelista

Covid-19 fundamentally changed the way we work and practice law. Now, as the world opens up again, I've repeatedly asked myself: how do you build a practice in a world of hybrid work? Here are a few tips that I've picked up from friends and colleagues as I've been trying to answer this question.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division

The Corporate Divorce

  • January 31, 2023
  • Jessica Byles-Nolet, lawyer at Sicotte Guilbault Legal Services

In this article, Jessica sets out the key reasons that shareholders ought to enter into a Unanimous Shareholder Agreement at the outset of the business relationship and the remedies that are available to those who have not.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division

A Ruff Day in Family Law: Deciding Who Gets the Family Pet in a Separation

  • January 31, 2023
  • Olivia Koneval-Brown, Mann Lawyers LLP

Many people consider their pet to be a member of the family, but what happens to the pet when there is a breakdown in the human relationship? In this article, Olivia sets out the factors that a Court will look at when determining pet ownership after a separation.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division

Going and Growing Solo: Tips from the Moguls for Starting your own Firm

  • January 04, 2023
  • Nancy Sarmento Barkhordari

A mentor once told me that he knew it was time to do his own thing when he grew to dislike the colour of the walls at the firm where he worked. At that instant, he wanted to change everything about where and how he worked. He wanted to choose the colour of the walls in his office. He wanted to call the shots; he wanted to work for himself. My mentor is not alone. Here are practical tips from lawyers who have gone out on their own and found incredible success in establishing their own firms.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
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Case Study: Contracting Terms of Use for AI-Generated Art Using DALL-E

  • December 06, 2022
  • Abby Benattar, WeirFoulds LLP

There is a popular saying that goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In recent years, a group of engineers in California have revolutionized this expression with their innovation of DALL-E and its successor, DALLE-2. This article describes DALL-E and some core contracting considerations for lawyers advising clients who leverage the technology.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division