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  1. Vacation

    Yeah, I normally check my email periodically when I'm on vacation. But my company won't pay for a data package, so I don't sweat about it if there's no wifi and I can't for a day. I actually prefer it that way then facing the prospect of returning to my office and having 1000 unread messages to go through. I rarely respond to anything while I'm on vacation. But if you tell people in advance that you'll have no connection, and your out of office is clear about that, you shouldn't have a problem.
  2. Yeah, I interviewed with MAG Constitutional back in the day. Everybody knew you should be prepared to discuss constitutional law, since, after all, that's all they do there. I wasn't reading these boards at the time, and I definitely knew.
  3. Probably dumb question

    The thing with this, is if you guess right and do it, there's no issue. But if you guess wrong and do it, you could face a thousand pitfalls. Why take the chance?
  4. TWU - The Big Show

    The Supreme Court specifically disagreed with this in 2001. They clearly said the code is discriminatory, but that it's permitted discrimination and therefore s. 15 is not engaged. When the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal considered whether a code of conduct of this nature is discriminatory, the respondent properly conceded the point. https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onhrt/doc/2008/2008hrto22/2008hrto22.html [86] At the commencement of closing argument, counsel for Christian Horizons conceded that, on its face, the Lifestyle and Morality Statement discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation. Therefore, in order to avoid a finding that Christian Horizons violated the Human Rights Code by insisting all employees sign and comply with the Lifestyle and Morality Statement as a condition of employment it must bring itself within the special employment provisions of section 24(1)(a).
  5. Is this report technically correct?

    Let's start with the source. Who publishes it? Is it trustworthy? Is it peer reviewed? Those answers will help you evaluate if it's technically correct.
  6. Why the Bay St Hype?

    I decided to make the trade-offs after 5 years. I did my time on Bay St with the long and unpredictable hours. But now, I have a package worth about the same as a senior associate, and I rarely work more than 40-45 hours a week and almost never into the evenings or weekends There are very occasional times that I do, but I mostly know about those in advance and can plan for it. I don't cancel plans on my friends any more. I don't have any kids yet, but if I do, I can be there when I need to be and always be there to put them to bed. I have never had to take a call or work when I was on holidays. And I take every one of my 4 weeks of vacation every year. I'm leaving a far amount of money on the table, but I got to the point where I had enough money that time and predictability became more important to me. But I did love all of the same things about the Bay St work environment that Uriel did. My current job still gives me cutting-edge and varied work (lack of which is a common knock on in-house jobs) but I miss the people, a new group of students and associates coming every year. And I miss the admin support. God, I miss that...
  7. Style of Firm Dinners

    My experience as a student is not generalizable. But I have experience interviewing and evaluating students, and cultural/class factors dominated the selection.
  8. Style of Firm Dinners

    It's a pretty well studied and documented phenomenon. It starts even before recruitment events with signalling things on your resume.
  9. Job Mobility in Big Law

    There are possibilities for movement, but the issue is that in law generally, your skills and experience are jurisdictionally limited. You are practicing the law of a specific jurisdiction and building up knowledge specific to that jurisdiction. Of course, litigation and negotiation skills are transferable between jurisdictions, but that's only a portion of the capital you're building up, so after a few years, your skills will be much more valuable in particular places. You could move, but you're not as valuable a commodity if you do.
  10. Style of Firm Dinners

    Yeah, and people who have been in these social circles before have a massive advantage. That's the problem with hiring for "fit"...
  11. Style of Firm Dinners

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  12. Style of Firm Dinners

    Then you advanced to the next stage
  13. Style of Firm Dinners

    Depends if you had a good joke in response. When I was about a 3 year associate, we had a firm event which ended in a huge brawl. I was told that being part of the brawl was probably a positive (my role was breaking it up, but no distinction was made).
  14. Style of Firm Dinners

    Honestly, that stuff doesn't matter that much. You can use up every fork on the table and drop the last one on the ground and if you're personable and relatable it won't hurt.If you don't know what fork or spoon to use, just ask.
  15. Style of Firm Dinners

    There are two styles. One is a site down dinner with 2-3 lawyers. You'll arrive and be seated, and make conversation. The other style is a bigger dinner where you will arrive, mix and mingle for a little while, then be seated for dinner. In my firm, that was the approach we took. You'd be expected to do some chatting, then sit down for dinner. There might be 4 candidates and 8 lawyers roughly. It's a fairly small group, but you're not on your own.
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