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  1. When you're the only junior in the office (I am too), then it becomes a little more tricky to plan that far in advance, in large part because your schedule is inextricably tied to the schedules of more senior lawyers and you have nobody to delegate down, or sideways, to. I can look at my calendar and my files and guestimate where I may have an opening maybe 2-3 months down the line, but that's as far as I can go. By "opening" I mean that I expect major files to be relatively quiet, other lawyers are not on vacation (and so I don't have to babysit their files while they're away), it's not too close to a court date, and I expect people to be in the office and available to babysit my own files. Of course, it's very much dependent on the firm culture. Now you may be saying to yourself: 'that doesn't leave much room for a vacation', and you're right. I was able to squeeze in 5 days last year, but that was it.
  2. Queen's requires a median B grade, but not a B average. That allows for a range of grade distributions. I came across profs who gave no Cs and profs who liberally handed them out.
  3. Well, sometimes you know a firm is not for you and you need a quick out. Deploying the Hoy grenade can be a good way to leave the candidate pool. Ps. Students: You don't know who you're talking to, so don't just randomly bring it up. But please joke about it with me.
  4. No idea. I can tell you that the firm folded within 3 years of his death and he got a Darwin Award for the way he died. I do wonder about those articling students. Did they get hired???
  5. If all else fails, ask about Garry Hoy or, if you are familiar with who Garry Hoy is, tell the story.
  6. I've had clients refuse to have me work on their cases because they perceive me to be incompetent, naive, a pushover, etc. I was also once mistaken as the accused by a judge (my client was sitting next to me, also in a suit, but they are white... whole host of issues there). I think you just learn to not take it personally and move on. From a client's point of view, they come to a lawyer because they need assistance with issues that could have life-altering consequences. Obviously, they want some assurance that they are going to have counsel who are competent; especially when the client is paying them a small fortune. I know I would want that. As a young lawyer, I try to understand those concerns and try to alleviate them as best I can. Most of the clients who initially refused to work with me over time recognized that I'm not completely incompetent. I also have a very steady and measured style of speaking, which tends to convey maturity; so I find speaking to clients either on the phone or face to face usually calms them down. It also helps that I have the support of the senior partners and they will sell me to the client. At the same time, I know what I can do and what I can't do. A sure way to torpedo your budding reputation is to take on something that is beyond your competency.
  7. Personally, if I encountered a student who stood up for themselves and others on a point of principle, I'd have more respect for them and would rate them more highly as a potentially good lawyer. After all, if you can't advocate for yourself, how will you be able to advocate for others?
  8. King Taps has amazing pizza that you can get to go. Edit to add: This is my 1,000th post and it is eminently appropriate that it is about delicious pizza.
  9. For fuck's sake, move on. Trust a couple of non-lawyers to derail a thread for lawyers.
  10. Following instructions is always a good idea. In my eyes, instructions are there for a reason and not following them is a sign of either stupidity or arrogance, or both. We once had an individual directly email multiple partners with their application, instead of following the prescribed method of submissions. Sure they stood out from the crowd, but in a way that did not get them an interview.
  11. None of your previous posts have qualified your statements as quotes from criminal defence lawyers, notwithstanding the fact that an un-sourced claim is inherently not a quote. Anyway, I'm done here.
  12. Huh? No. Look, quite frankly you're making confident, sweeping, and wrong statements about the practice of criminal law when, to my understanding, you are not involved in the practice of criminal law and are not even a lawyer.
  13. You're continuing with the faulty premise that a defence lawyer's LAO practice, in isolation, is a valid node of comparison to an average Crown's compensation. Firstly, a purely LAO-reliant defence lawyer is not the average. Secondly, a Crown is not compensated based on the number of hours they work or the number of files they have, so the comparison just doesn't hold. The average defence lawyer has a diverse practice. They will take some legal aid work for a variety of reasons, but they will offset that with private defence work. The defence lawyer may earn less in hourly terms on the LAO file, but they can more than make up for that through their private clients. And they can further augment their income by taking on proportionally more private clients, which they generally tend to do as they become more established. The net result is that the average defence lawyer ends up ahead of the Crown lawyer. In the case of a defence lawyer 5-10+ years out, they can end up way ahead.
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