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Beverley McLachlin is the first woman to be appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, a position she has held since 2000.
Beverley McLachlin is the first woman to be appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, a position she has held since 2000.
Since the inception of the Supreme Court of Canada, many men — and a depressingly low number of women — have served this institution. In light of the recent controversy surrounding the appointment of Justice Marc Nadon, I have reflected on what would be my all-star SCC panel. No, this light-hearted, satirical list does not conform to the statutory requirement of Quebec representation, nor is every judge bilingual. (This is my dream team, OK?)
Lisa Blais, president of the Association of Justice Counsel, says the Department of Justice should pay all articling students’ bar fees.
Lisa Blais, president of the Association of Justice Counsel, says the Department of Justice should pay all articling students’ bar fees.
In taking a stand for articling students, the Association of Justice Counsel has accused the Department of Justice of failing to pay all students’ law society membership fees.

U of T alters admissions policies

Written by Posted Date: November 11th, 2013
Benjamin Alarie, co-chairman of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law admissions committee, says the school is trying to reach out to all levels of potential students.
Benjamin Alarie, co-chairman of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law admissions committee, says the school is trying to reach out to all levels of potential students.
The University of Toronto Faculty of Law has modified its admissions policies and ramped up its outreach and diversity efforts.

Go on exchange — it’s worth it!

Written by Posted Date: November 11th, 2013
Sasha Toten visited Cambodia’s famous temple Angkor Wat during her exchange in Hong Kong.
Sasha Toten visited Cambodia’s famous temple Angkor Wat during her exchange in Hong Kong.
When you are in the midst of first-year law, or applying for summer jobs, it can be hard to think about anything other than the task at hand. Applying for exchange, however, is an opportunity worth taking advantage of if it’s possible for you.

A tribute to the late Michael Mandel

  • A student remembers his law professor
Written by Posted Date: November 4th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2013_November_Michael_Mandel.jpgI can’t tell you what Osgoode Hall Law School professor Michael Mandel meant to each of the approximately 4,000 students he had a hand in educating over his 39-year academic career. I can, however, tell you what he meant to me.

Articling 101: Taking advantage of resources

Written by Posted Date: November 4th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2013_November_Sasha_Toten.jpgOne of the biggest challenges articling students face, especially in the first few months, is that nearly every assignment requires looking into an area of law, or drafting a document, that we have never seen before. Without much familiarity of how to seek out the proper resources, most tasks can seem a bit daunting.

Mental illness is not a sign of weakness

  • Ab Initio
Written by Posted Date: October 28th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgIn October of my first year of law school, a counsellor explained to me I was suffering from anxiety depression. I knew something was very wrong, but I didn’t know what was going on or where to turn.
Keeley Phillips says her volunteer internship in Whitehorse gave her lots of self-confidence.
Keeley Phillips says her volunteer internship in Whitehorse gave her lots of self-confidence.
The law became real to Keeley Phillips last summer. After finishing her first year at the Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, she travelled to Whitehorse to work for the Council of Yukon First Nation as part of a 14-week internship through Canadian Lawyers Abroad.
Jean Leclair
Jean Leclair
Three law professors have been awarded Trudeau fellowships, worth $225,000 each, for their research on various social issues.

‘Articling is a marathon, not a sprint’

Written by Posted Date: October 15th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2013_October_Jacqueline_Ruck[1].jpgIt’s really happening. Articling has begun and although I am often (appropriately) referred to as an “articling student,” this student life is quite different from the one I’d grown accustomed to.
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