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  1. First trial

    One thing to consider when beginning a career in criminal law is whether your loved ones will be okay with what you do for work. Unfortunately, my choice of practice area has altered some people's perception of me and even damaged relationships as they could not support my decision to defend "those people."
  2. First Jury Trial

    Thank you for your advice! I found it to be quite helpful, and I particularly like the idea of making a chart for jury selection. Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to assist and participate in two full jury trials (was seated at counsel table and involved in preparations and negotiations, but wasn't permitted to address the jury or court), so that experience should help me in carrying out and applying your advice.
  3. First Jury Trial

    I found the "First trial" thread to be very insightful, and to contain a wealth of good information for anyone facing their first trial. However, I have already faced that beast, and now face a new one: my first jury trial. The trial is scheduled to last two weeks and deals with several offences under the Criminal Code. While I have ran more than a dozen trials and assisted in the preparation of two jury trials since being called to the bar at the start of the year, I am quite nervous about running my first trial in front of a jury. So if any of the experienced members of this forum have any advice to share, I would be most grateful. I will be representing the accused, but I welcome any and all advice.
  4. I'm a first, almost second, year call and am in need of additional suits. I don't want to spend too much (ideally less than 700 a piece), but with my body type i think i will have to have suits tailor made as i have more of an "x" shaped physique. This causes problems when buying off-the-rack clothes because my shoulders are approximately double the width of my waist and i often find pants to be tight in the calf region. Any suggestions?
  5. I apologize if these questions have been asked earlier in the thread, but how many files do you typically close per year and what percentage of your files do you run trials on?
  6. Marketing Yourself

    What is the ideal way to hand out business cards or otherwise market yourself? I have recently completed my articles and been hired on as an associate at a very small general practice firm, and am expected to bring in clients.
  7. Prof/Textbook list is up

    If any one entering first year this September is looking to get their hands on bookstore quality copies of some of the above listed books without paying bookstore prices, feel free to send me a message. I have the following required casebooks: 204.6 Criminal Law: Sections 1 & 2 - Prof. G. Luther; Prof. S. BurninghamDon Stuart, Ronald Delisle and Steve Coughlan, Learning Canadian Criminal Law, 2012 (12th ed.), ( Carswell) 208.6 Property Law: Section 1 & 2 - Prof. K. Vallance; Prof. F. HoehnBruce Ziff et al, A Property Law Reader: Cases, Questions and Commentary, (3rd ed.) (Toronto: Carswell) 231.3 & 233.3 Constitutional Law: The Constitutional Law Group, Canadian Constitutional Law, (4th ed.) (Emond Montgomery 2010), ISBN: 978-1-55239-332-1 These three books are all in excellent condition with no scuff marks, bent pages, spine creases, or highlighting (exception being one line in the Constitutional Law book). I also have casebooks for Contract Law and Tort Law, however, they are not the exact copies listed. These two books are as follows: 201.6 Contracts: Stephanie Ben-Ishai, David R. Percy et al, Contracts: Cases and Commentaries, (8th ed)., (Toronto, 2009) ‚Äč212.6 Torts:Robert M. Solomon, Mitchell McInnes, et al, Cases and Materials on the Law of Torts, (8th ed)., (Toronto, 2011)Again, if interested in any of these casebooks, feel free to send me a message. Additionally, if anyone has any questions about first or second year, feel free to ask.