Monday, 24 April 2017 09:00

The value of mentorship

The value of mentorshipThis past school year has had its share of highs and lows, but I can attribute some if not most of my success to the mentors who provided me with sound advice and guidance throughout school, the hunt for employment and life in general. I have three people I turn to consistently when faced with an issue, and I can’t recommend having a mentor enough! Mentorship means different things for different people. For some, it’s an informal lunch or chat over coffee; for others, it’s a formal meeting. Either way, having a mentor throughout law school is of tremendous value.
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Age-old realities: a woman’s place in Toronto’s Bay StreetOne day some months ago, while interviewing for articling positions in the heart of Toronto’s Bay Street, I overheard a remark that, in a single instant, helped me understand the social barriers women still potentially face — particularly, and possibly even more so, on Bay Street. After meeting with a female candidate, I overheard chuckles and laughs from her male interviewee, who so casually remarked, “That girl needs to wear some makeup. She’ll never be a respected lawyer if she looks like that.”
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Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

From articles to in-house

From articles to in-houseOver the course of my in-house career, and more recently as president of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, it has become apparent to me that more lawyers are seeking and obtaining in-house roles earlier in their careers. 
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Monday, 23 November 2015 09:00

The power of mentorship

The power of mentorshipAll I did was take them to Boston Pizza. They were gobsmacked when I offered to pay for dinner, as my mentors had done for me not long ago. They were nervous, scared, excited, and eager — everything 1Ls should be. After our dinner was over, they told me just how excited they were to deploy my questionable advice in pursuit of their academic success.
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Monday, 29 September 2014 10:23

An abiding belief in the system

An abiding belief in the systemThere are many words to describe Donald Bayne, a member of the defence bar for some 43 years, but one of his associates has a choice few. “You would expect him to be incredibly intimidating but he’s not so at all,” says Meaghan Thomas, one of Bayne’s colleagues at Bayne Sellar Boxall LLP in Ottawa. “He’s a wonderful guy, incredibly approachable, and probably one of the happiest lawyers around. He’s got so much energy.”
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Monday, 15 September 2014 10:18

Be present, practise better

Be present, practise betterThis is a column I’ve been meaning to write for some time, and since the fall is usually my busiest time of year, there’s no time like the present. Which is sort of the point of this article: how mindfulness, meditation, and “being present” has benefited my law practice.
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Chris Bentley says Ryerson has paid and unpaid placements ready to go but more are still needed.
Chris Bentley says Ryerson has paid and unpaid placements ready to go but more are still needed.
With the law practice program’s French and English sections ramping up for Sept. 2 and Aug. 25 launches, respectively, there is a common vibe from those at the helm of the innovative program: optimism.
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Monday, 21 July 2014 08:00

Developing broader shoulders

Developing broader shouldersSomething really terrible happened in the life of one of my clients a few months ago. I was totally shaken by it and lost several nights’ sleep. As time has passed, I have gained more perspective but wanted to write about what I’m discovering is one of the toughest parts about this job: coping when something difficult happens to a client.
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Mentorship 2.0: History and your rightful placeLast month, Law Times reported an Ontario Court of Appeal decision upholding a finding of racial discrimination against the Peel Law Association. The story reminded us how the profession can still go out of its way to make some members feel unwanted. Like the case of Rosa Parks, the famous Alabama civil rights defender who refused to sit at the back of the bus, this proceeding involved seating.
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Monday, 19 August 2013 08:26

Once more with feeling

Once more with feelingI was born in Sudan, a country plagued by civil war, which, combined with economic problems, forced many Sudanese to leave their country. I obtained my LLB and LLM in Sudan. In 2001, I thought a better opportunity could be available abroad. Therefore, Oman was my first step.
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