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Monday, 08 November 2010 05:46

Facing mental illness in the law

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Kelly Rowlett likes flexibility. She recently met with a client in Halifax instead of Rowlett’s Dartmouth office because her client faced a unique dilemma. The client wasn’t allowed to cross the MacKay Bridge due to her problems with suicide. So Rowlett agreed to meet in Halifax.


Monday, 01 November 2010 01:00

Waging lawfare

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Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, former American general Charles Dunlap wrote an essay warning of the risk that “lawfare” — the application of international law to inflict strategic damage on an opponent with the aim of achieving military objectives — could be used against the U.S. in its emerging “war on terror.”

 

Monday, 25 October 2010 07:00

Living the dream

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Morgan Sim interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.
Morgan Sim interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.
The 24-hour journey to Kilimanjaro airport felt like one giant leap of faith. Tearfully bidding farewell to my husband at Pearson airport in Toronto, I knew very little about where I would stay or what I would be doing when I landed on a continent I had never visited. I arrived at night in a city with few paved roads and fewer street lights in an unmarked United Nations van complete with armed guard. Thus began my summer as a chambers intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.

Monday, 18 October 2010 06:15

Manitoba law society introduces forgivable loans

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Under a new program, two Manitoba law students per year will be eligible for forgivable student loans.
Under a new program, two Manitoba law students per year will be eligible for forgivable student loans.
The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law and the Law Society of Manitoba have partnered in a program to give free tuition and living costs to students from remote communities who want to become lawyers.

 

Tuesday, 12 October 2010 05:44

Western establishing tort law research group

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Professor Stephen Pitel says the group will help put Western on the map by creating a focal point for research.
Professor Stephen Pitel says the group will help put Western on the map by creating a focal point for research.
The University of Western Ontario hopes a new research group will help establish the school as a worldwide hub for the study of tort law.

 

The legal profession has undergone massive changes in the past few decades; Canadian legal education has not. Some courses have changed over the years, but the essential law degree program has not. Changes have been made at the edges of curriculum, but not at its centre.
Monday, 27 September 2010 05:27

Beating the recruitment blues

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The recruiting process is stressful but our writer notes that everything will be OK!
The recruiting process is stressful but our writer notes that everything will be OK!
Recruitment season is upon us and everywhere around this vast country law students are dizzying themselves with worry over landing a coveted law job.

 

Monday, 20 September 2010 05:19

It’s not you, it’s me

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So you thought things went great.

 

Not only did they look great online, but in person it went better than you could have possibly hoped. You had so much in common! You laughed. You swapped stories. You had common interests. And there was no denying it; there was chemistry.


Monday, 13 September 2010 05:52

Ho’s teaching respected in China, Canada

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2010_September_betty_mayfoon_ho.jpgWith great sadness, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law announces the passing of our colleague and friend, Professor Betty Mayfoon Ho. Betty suffered a severe stroke in Beijing on Aug. 20, from which she never regained consciousness. She was deeply loved by the many people whose lives she touched, including hundreds of students whom she mentored and nurtured in a teaching career that spanned 25 years.


Monday, 30 August 2010 09:59

Tips for surviving articles

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Advice for articling students: Focus on quality. Learn the culture. Create options.
Advice for articling students: Focus on quality. Learn the culture. Create options.
By now, my law school friends and I have started our articles. We’ve managed to keep in touch and meet up for the occasional drink, despite some of us working in Ottawa and some in Toronto. As the summer is winding down though, the work assignments are quickly piling up. This week seemed like the perfect time, before the fall rush hits, to get some advice from successful lawyers on how to thrive in the articling year.
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