Transitioning to lead counsel: How junior lawyers can make the leapThe first few years of legal practice are tough. But once you’ve got a handle on the job, the next step is to transition to more senior roles. This transition can be summarized in two key steps: 1) Build hard skills; and 2) Earn your employer and/or client’s trust to take on lead counsel roles.
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How I learned to stop worrying and love my first client — pt. 2“The handshake

 Seals the contract

 From the contract

 There’s no turning back”
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Monday, 14 December 2015 08:00

YWL responds to criticism of event

YWL responds to criticism of eventYoung Women in Law  is a not for profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of women lawyers in the early stages of their careers, and strives to meet the diverse needs of its roughly 275 members. In meeting those diverse needs, YWL endeavours to host a variety of events — both substantive and social. One of the many tools we use to advance our members’ professional interests is by hosting networking opportunities, opportunities that are not provided enough to junior female lawyers.
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Monday, 13 July 2015 10:02

Being grateful

Being gratefulSince I began writing this column, most of my pieces have had an underlying theme of making the most of limited and insufficient time. Whether I was discussing the need to make time to master a certain skill of the profession (“The dreaded ‘B’ word”), researching more efficiently (“The great research debate: paper or pixels”), or finding the time to make a difference in our communities (“Making time to give back”), my fixation with the clock over the past year as a first year associate has leaked through into this column.
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Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

It’s time to scrap articling

As the law school year winds down across the country, Canada’s medium and large law firms begin preparations for the annual legal rite of passage — articling. That’s when hordes of lawyer wannabes, fresh out of torts and civil procedure, disperse across law firms, and anxiously seek to dip their toes in the legal waters.
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The LSSO has concerns about the placement portion of the LPP.
The LSSO has concerns about the placement portion of the LPP.
The LPP is a program divided.
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Resolving to get over the ‘just a first-year associate’ mentalityGreetings from Winnipeg and Happy New Year to all. I am excited to have the opportunity to share my experiences as a newly minted lawyer as I transition from an articling student to a practising lawyer. For those of you in the same shoes, I hope you’ll be able to relate to the trials and triumphs I share with you over the next 12 months.
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Four things I wish I had known in law schoolIt’s amazing how quickly three years goes by. Now that I’m a little more than halfway through my articles, I wanted to take time to reflect on my time at law school. I humbly offer up these four tidbits of advice.
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Monday, 29 December 2014 08:00

Reality bites for LPP students

Reality bites for LPP studentsMuch has been said about the ongoing articling crisis in Ontario, but what we aren’t talking about enough is the impact the crisis is having on prospective licensees. In my previous articles for Canadian Lawyer 4Students, I spoke a bit about my journey and how that journey ultimately took me to Ontario’s new Law Practice Program at Ryerson University.
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Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

The pros & cons of practising...

Practising in class actions, in Windsor, Ont., government, in Edmonton
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