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Being different is a blessing

Written by Posted Date: June 3rd, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_yuki-shirato.jpg“Why did you move to Canada?” “How did you learn English?” “Where did you meet your boyfriend?” “Why did you quit a management consulting job?” These are examples of questions I have been asked during all sorts of encounters in and out of law school.

When to speak up

  • Ab Initio
Written by Posted Date: May 27th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgI’ve noticed a trend in law school where many students shy away from sharing their political beliefs. It struck me as odd since I’ve always imagined law school as the place where people could really flex their political muscle for the first time.
(l to r) Nathalie Des Rosiers, Doug Ferguson, and Matt Cohen speak to students about access to justice at the Pro Bono Students Canada national training conference. (Photo: Heather Gardiner)
(l to r) Nathalie Des Rosiers, Doug Ferguson, and Matt Cohen speak to students about access to justice at the Pro Bono Students Canada national training conference. (Photo: Heather Gardiner)
It’s not all doom and gloom in the fight for access to justice, law students were told last week.
Sweetening the pot, not just sweet talk, is needed to get law grads to rural areas, says dean Sanjeev Anand.
Sweetening the pot, not just sweet talk, is needed to get law grads to rural areas, says dean Sanjeev Anand.
There is a big campaign — including a bus and BBQ tour — to persuade Saskatchewan law grads to look for articles in smaller centres around the province. But it seems most young lawyers want to stay close to the bright lights.

U of T grads honoured for volunteer work

Written by Posted Date: May 20th, 2013
Award winner Danielle Glatt says she performs best when she’s really busy so embraces volunteer work. Photo: Cary Ferguson
Award winner Danielle Glatt says she performs best when she’s really busy so embraces volunteer work. Photo: Cary Ferguson
Considering the demands of law school, it’s amazing students find the time to eat and sleep — let alone volunteer.
A University of Windsor law graduate who was previously declared a vexatious litigant has been granted a licence to practise law by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Next January, UBC will offer a new clinical program in environmental and natural resources law. (Photo: Heather Gardiner)
Next January, UBC will offer a new clinical program in environmental and natural resources law. (Photo: Heather Gardiner)
In January 2014, 2L and 3L students at the University of British Columbia will have the opportunity to take part in a new externship program that combines two weeks of classroom activities with nine weeks of work experience in environmental and natural resources law.
In order to increase access to justice, we need to make some changes to legal education, says Nikki Gershbain, national director of Pro Bono Students Canada.
In order to increase access to justice, we need to make some changes to legal education, says Nikki Gershbain, national director of Pro Bono Students Canada.
“If we really want to change the nature of the system and increase access to justice, we have to educate the next generation of lawyers,” says Nikki Gershbain, national director of Pro Bono Students Canada.

It’s all downhill from here

  • Ab Initio
Written by Posted Date: April 29th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgWhen people would say, “It’s all downhill from here,” I never really got it. I’m not a biker or skier or lover of roller coasters, so the literal meaning didn’t resonate with me. Of course, I knew its metaphorical significance, but it was such a physical analogy that I just took the meaning for granted. This past week, however, I have come to understand the idea absolutely and completely: second year of law school is over and I’m like the little kid on the toboggan at the top of the hill, shouting with glee, smiling ear to ear.
The team: (l to r) Phi Nguyen, Lara Kinkartz, Ian Perry, Chris Hunter
The team: (l to r) Phi Nguyen, Lara Kinkartz, Ian Perry, Chris Hunter
Canada had a strong showing at the 2013 Commonwealth Law Moot, finishing second in the preliminary rounds and third overall. The competition was held in Cape Town, South Africa, and coincided with the Commonwealth Law Conference.
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