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

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Integrating Cultural Competency into Legal Education and Professional Conduct

Integrating Cultural Competency into Legal Education and Professional Conduct

  • February 20, 2021
  • Oyeyinka Oyelowo, Yinka Law

As our professional responsibilities require providing representation to an increasing number of multicultural clients, it is essential that the skills, attitude and values of cultural competency be integrated into legal education, professional development, and the rules of professional conduct.

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Terranata, the Standard Release and Implied Indemnity

  • February 11, 2021
  • Ivan Merrow

The recent case of Terranata Winston Churchill Inc. v. Teti Transport Ltd., et al., 2020 ONSC 7577 explores the meaning of a “standard” release in the context of multi-party and multi-action construction disputes. This decision also serves as a warning to settling parties—unconditionally agreeing to an undefined release may have unintended consequences.

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The Significant Impact of Waksdale on the Enforceability of Termination Provisions

  • February 11, 2021
  • Behzad Hassibi

In this article, Behzad Hassibi discusses the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Waksdale v Swegon North America Inc. This decision will have a significant impact on the enforceability of employment contracts, as many termination clauses that were previously enforceable may now be null and void.

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A Hometown Resolution

  • February 06, 2021
  • Zackery Shaver

Looking for a new years resolution? Read about Zackery Shaver's resolution to become more connected with his community.

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3 Tips If You Are Considering Changing Practice Areas

  • February 06, 2021
  • Ludmilla Jarda, lawyer at Nelligan Law

Not every lawyer wants to stay in the first practice area that they choose forever. If that sounds like you, check out these practical tips from Ludmilla Jarda.

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Camera On: Starting a New Job During COVID-19

  • February 06, 2021
  • Andrea Daly, counsel, Department of Justice

Starting a new job is never easy, but starting a new job during COVID-19 is extra challenging. Andrea Daly provides insights about putting your best foot forward when starting a new job during the pandemic.

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Small Claims Proceedings and the Self-Represented Litigant

  • February 06, 2021
  • Genevieve Fauteux, associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

This article sets out helpful tips and tricks for lawyers who find themselves against a self-represented litigant in Small Claims Court.

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Zara Wong, Casey & Moss LLP

Lawyers Should Volunteer “Outside the Law”

  • January 30, 2021
  • Zara Wong, Casey & Moss LLP

Young lawyers have plenty of opportunities to volunteer in non-legal, or what I call “law-adjacent,” capacities. In fact, I would suggest volunteering “outside the law” in conjunction with taking on some pro bono work or legal volunteering, or just volunteering in a non-legal capacity. Let me explain why...

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Mother holding a baby on her hip

Fireside Chat on Parental Leave

  • January 30, 2021
  • Selina Mamo, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and Kate Julien, Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario

Selina Mamo and Kate Julien are Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the Ontario Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Central. In August 2019, they each welcomed their first baby and began a 12-month maternity leave. Selina and Kate sat down for a fireside Zoom chat to compare experiences and discuss advice for other young lawyers considering taking parental leave.

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