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Monday, 02 May 2011 10:01

Victory in Vienna

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Front row (l to r): Jonathan O'Hara, Marc McLaren-Caux. Back row: Etai Hilzenrat, Aida Setrakian (former U of O Vis participant), Eric Bergsten (Vis Moot founder), Professor Anthony Daimsis, John Siwiec, Diane Laranja, and Sherif Foda.
Front row (l to r): Jonathan O'Hara, Marc McLaren-Caux. Back row: Etai Hilzenrat, Aida Setrakian (former U of O Vis participant), Eric Bergsten (Vis Moot founder), Professor Anthony Daimsis, John Siwiec, Diane Laranja, and Sherif Foda.
This past academic year I had the opportunity to help coach the University of Ottawa’s Willem C. Vis international commercial arbitration moot team. The team recently returned from the 18th annual moot in Vienna, Austria as world champions. Held every year in the week before Easter, the Vis moot attracts more than 250 universities from 65-plus countries and is intended to be an educational experience for students centring around issues of arbitral procedure and an international business dispute.
Last week, benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada voted to participate in the National Standards Project, which aims to synchronize the licensing processes among all law societies nationwide.
The Law Commission of Ontario has recently begun an initiative that is rather different from its usual projects. It is being funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate to develop law school curriculum modules around violence (particularly domestic violence) against women. “Women” are identified as the focus of the initiative because they are still the vast majority of victims of domestic violence.
Monday, 18 April 2011 09:43

Western finally gets a law review

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(Left to right) Suzie Chiodo, Eugene Polevoy, Elba Bendo, Rajeeve Thakur, Lisa Di Valentino, and Justin Anisman from the Western Journal of Legal Studies.
(Left to right) Suzie Chiodo, Eugene Polevoy, Elba Bendo, Rajeeve Thakur, Lisa Di Valentino, and Justin Anisman from the Western Journal of Legal Studies.
The University of Western Ontario’s law school has finally secured the right to publish its own student-run law review. Called the Western Journal of Legal Studies, the first issue should be published online in December and is reportedly set to be stuffed full of articles by students, as well as national and international colleagues, with a few award-winning articles thrown in the mix.
Monday, 11 April 2011 13:59

The benefits of not being a smug lawyer

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Illustration: jupiterimages
Illustration: jupiterimages
Each year a new cadre of freshly minted lawyers enters the legal market brimming with optimism and confidence. Undaunted by the harsher realities of their chosen profession, they secure employment and prepare themselves for a career in law. There are outliers in this crowd; individuals who stand a bit taller than their colleagues, lifted not by merit but by the hot air of an overdeveloped ego. These swaggering braggarts cross the threshold of their career so utterly convinced of their own importance they become intoxicated with an exaggerated sense of self-worth.  To these lawyers I present a sobering antidote: the legal secretary.
All three Canadian teams at the Go-National Dress Ball. Photo: Gordon Brandt
All three Canadian teams at the Go-National Dress Ball. Photo: Gordon Brandt
Although moot season wrapped up weeks ago for most Canadian teams, three talented teams made it into the “playoffs” and participated this past week in the White & Case international rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Monday, 04 April 2011 09:11

Be counted

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2011_April_voting.jpgEver since the announcement of the federal election (set for May 2, so mark your calendars), there have been two reactions: either a flurry of excitement — including newspaper diving and furious Googling — for political buffs, or a barely suppressed sigh of apathetic annoyance. For Torontonians, the mayoral election is still fresh in their minds, and it seems like all too soon, they’ll have to make that arduous trek to the nearest government-approved public space to scribble in their choices with nubby pencils.
Monday, 28 March 2011 09:56

Law student cooks up $13K for women’s shelter

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Joey Flowers, centre, and team prepare the plates during the recent fundraiser for the Native Women’s Shelter. Photo: Allison Flowers
Joey Flowers, centre, and team prepare the plates during the recent fundraiser for the Native Women’s Shelter. Photo: Allison Flowers
Like any good food, the fundraiser organized by Joseph Flowers and the Native Women’s Shelter was done with fresh ingredients, good people, and garnished with love.
Monday, 21 March 2011 10:43

Winnipeg universities launch legal help centre

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2011_March_lhclogo_copy.jpgLast spring, the Winnipeg and Manitoba universities mingled inspiration, hard work, and solid planning to create a legal help centre. Almost exactly one year later, this dream is now planted, quite solidly, in the reality of the University of Winnipeg’s campus. Located on Spence Street, the Legal Help Centre offers seminars and legal advice for the people in their community.
Monday, 14 March 2011 09:38

Moot wrap-up

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The Inaugural McLachlin Prize recognizes best female mooter at the Gale Cup:, Safia Lakhani of McGill University with Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.
The Inaugural McLachlin Prize recognizes best female mooter at the Gale Cup:, Safia Lakhani of McGill University with Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.
The national and regional moot competitions across Canada have wrapped up, giving students a chance to relax their newly acquired reflex to practise speech gestures in front of reflective surfaces and understanding friends and family. While everyone is taking a well-deserved breather — or gearing up to make grand arm sweeps in front of an international crowd — 4Students has tallied up the results of the various competitions.
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