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School board confidential

Photo: Charles Verworn Design
Photo: Charles Verworn Design
Brenda Stokes Verworn left private practice to go in-house many years before doing so became a popular path for lawyers looking for a different way to apply their legal skills. After several years in the law firm environment, she discovered the appeal of providing legal advice in-house in the public sector at the level of local government.
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Monday, 06 April 2015 08:00

Carving out a profile

Carving out a profileOn a cold February morning in Ottawa, the sidewalks and grounds in front of the Supreme Court of Canada building are almost empty. A single person is directing pedestrians who do walk by, to stop temporarily. Not for security reasons, but so a colleague can shovel snow and ice off the roof of a government building next door. That very Canadian inconvenience is one of the only signs of activity outside the courthouse. Inside the building, it is also relatively quiet, as the court was not sitting. The judges are working at crafting upcoming decisions and preparing to interview applicants the following week for coveted law clerk positions.
Heard about the high margins and so you want to invest in a law firm?Dr. Larry Richard, seen by many as an eminent expert on the personality profile of lawyers, has pointed out the following characteristics of lawyers in the past:
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Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Eyes on the prize

Eyes on the prizeRandy Campbell sits at the front of the class, usually without neighbours. “I like to feel like it’s just me and the professor,” says the University of New Brunswick law student of his spot in the lecture hall. “Nothing to distract me.” Wearing a collared shirt and grey dress pants, the 32-year-old sits with exceptional posture, typing his notes into prepared case brief templates. Campbell fills each box from issue to reasoning before moving on to the next, keeping pace with the lecture. While his classmates succumb to temptation at lulls in the lecture, Campbell’s screen does not waiver from the notes. No Facebook. No Buzzfeed.
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Monday, 29 August 2011 09:00

Yes, councillor

Yes, councillorSince late 2008, the Bowmanville, Ont., branch of the Clarington Public Library has been like a second home to Osgoode Hall Law School student Corinna Traill. After winning her spot at Osgoode, she decided to move home to her parents’ house in the town east of Toronto, and make the 80-kilometre commute for class. With the law school undergoing major renovations, and its library severely shrunk, Bowmanville filled the gap for Traill’s study space.
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Friday, 18 March 2011 14:06

A courtroom drama

Photo: Olivia D'Orazio
Photo: Olivia D'Orazio
Questions have always had a foothold in Lwam Ghebrehariat’s life. As an actor, he engages himself in interesting, and sometimes downright controversial works, like Out the Window and last summer’s Homegrown, a play centred around one member of the terrorist group dubbed the Toronto 18. He asked questions throughout his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta, where he majored in philosophy. And now, as he finishes his final year at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, the only question left for Ghebrehariat is: what’s next?
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Burlew fires bull’s-eye in defending firearms violation casesFor most Canadians, our awareness of Canada’s firearms legislation is limited to the controversy concerning the long-gun registry — the legislation passed by the federal government as part of a more comprehensive Firearms Act in 1995 — that requires all rifle owners to register their guns. It would seem that most police officers, Crown attorneys, and judges are also a little hazy on the technicalities of the act. “I see a large part of what I do as educating the courts and police officers about our firearms legislation,” says lawyer Edward Burlew. “I have represented hundreds and hundreds of gun owners and, in a great many cases, I have been able to show that the police officers and the Crown attorneys don’t fully understand the legislation’s technicalities.”
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