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  1. I think you're confusing grounds for divorce with grounds for support. Adultery still establishes the breakdown of a marriage under section 8(2)(b)(i) of the Divorce Act. My understanding (limited family experience here) is that "lived separate and apart for a year" is more popular because it's easier to prove. Spousal support, as others have noted, is generally contractual, compensatory, or non-compensatory. Read Moge. If you attached a requirement of any kind of virtue testing to spousal support (ie, "if you can prove your wife was an adultress, you'll pay her less"), it would make it more difficult for vulnerable spouses to receive support and increase the number of high conflict family matters, both of which are bad.
  2. Don’t forgot you also need to pay money to protect money! Cameras, concierges, alarms, various insurances...and maybe counsel, if your brother tries to skim a little off the parents’ estate, your ex wants part of the home, or your neighbour wants to build a fence/plant a tree.
  3. Consider some estate planning work to complement your commercial tax interest. I’d expect a general practice to have at least one planner, and tax is always an issue for estates and trusts of any size.
  4. I went to U of T law and my marks were worse than yours. I got more than 10 OCIs. Friends in the same bucket went to NYC. I know it’s hard to have perspective on this when you’re surrounded by talkative gunners, but your marks are good. Bon courage. I’ve also reviewed some 1L applications as an articling student, and let me tell you: those competitions are wildly unrepresentative of the legal market as a whole.
  5. Buy a book stand. Metal, wood, doesn't matter. They make them for iPads too if you're an all-digital type of person. It's a nice quality of life upgrade to have something to prop up whatever you're reading at eye level so you don't have to hunch over your desk.
  6. I’m not sure what you’re asking, but yes? Are you asking me to affirm the tautology or can you be more specific?
  7. Can’t provide an overview of solicitor’s work, but based on articling/summer observations I can say a bit about real estate litigation at small shops or sole pracs. Institutional clients are probably at more established firms in this area, which means mortgage enforcement for pay goes with them. This is fine, since from what I understand plaintiff ME is even more a numbers/support game than residential real estate. Lots of self-reps and default judgments on the defendant side. Institutional clients probably also take a lot of the commercial real estate pie to larger shops. So you work for homeowners or maybe small businesses—folks who own a couple of houses and rent them out for their living. You do boundary and easement disputes, failure to close suits, new builds gone awry, maybe sue for shoddy materials or work on renovations. Maybe you do landlord/tenant stuff for your minor landlord. I don’t think this on its own is usually lucrative or specialized. I’d put this kind of real estate practice in a civil litigation bucket with condo/construction/municipal/corporate litigation at a small shop.
  8. Black captoe oxfords will always be appropriate. If you're in Toronto, buy something from Loding or Woolridge in the PATH that you can take care of and resole later. Should set you back $500 all in. Johnston and Murphy's Melton captoe is a fine budget option. Kudos to you for thinking to buy a pair of black shoes first. I'm seeing a lot of tan shoes with dark suits in this year's summer student photos. It's a bad look.
  9. SS and Spier and MacKay are my go-tos, though the sleeves are harder to alter at SS. Spier should be putting out a new season of stuff in the next few weeks, could be a good time for something new or sales on last season's staples.
  10. This is a good idea, but there are two practical reasons I would go OTR. First, longevity is achieved by rotation numbers and tough fabrics. So all else being equal, three Super 100 suits last longer than one Super 140. Second, you won’t know what you really like in an everyday suit until you spend time wearing one. The tailoring that looks good when you’re trying MTM on might actually give you pants that are too tight in the thighs for hours of sitting or shoulders that feel too narrow when you’re carrying files. Nothing wrong with treating yourself, but I bought an interview suit MTM in 2L and I wish I had bought two suits OTR instead!
  11. Assuming you're a 2L? Part B, section 9 of the LSO's 2019 Toronto Summer Student Recruitment Procedures: "Students who accept an offer shall immediately notify firms from whom they have an outstanding offer or with whom they have scheduled interviews. Students who have already accepted an offer shall not thereafter participate in interviews with other firms or accept offers subsequently received." The highlighted portion is the norm for recruitment, whether it actually binds you or not. It doesn't matter if a subsequent opportunity is better or not. The whole point of professional ethics is to get you to do the right thing even when it's to your disadvantage. Go work where you gave your word for the summer and reevaluate before the articling hire.
  12. More than one of my coffee chats expressed relief that I hadn't worn a suit and tie. A collared shirt and trousers will work well--if you're into sport jackets (which you should be, they're super useful) or ties (knit, linen, anything other than heavy silk or wool), those are fine to add too. Don't wear a blazer with brass buttons on a summer day just to check the 'jacket' box. Shoes that you can polish or suede. When I did these chats I tried to communicate professionalism while also acknowledging the reality that I wasn't a lawyer and didn't just come from an office. It takes a bit of work to find what works for you, but you'll get the hang of it! Most people won't want you stressing about it in any case.
  13. Heads up for anyone still thinking of shoes: Allen Edmonds are on sale at Nordstrom right now at about $350 a pair before tax, which is about $200 off the usual price.
  14. Definitely not taboo! If you like the style at Browns, rock it. But when it comes to shoemaking, there's a whole world out there beyond the facades of Canadian malls. I tend to think that world is pretty severely underrepresented, too--probably to do with our salty winter sidewalks. So I like to geek out a bit when people ask.
  15. Gonna second the caution on Frye. J&M can make a decent shoe if you're picky. You need to get into the shop and handle the leather in person, because the quality varies wildly and the photos online don't reflect that. If you get a J&M shoe with a Goodyear welt and decent leather, the shoe can be resoled and will last a long time. LodinG is great; I own a pair of their shoes. I've only heard good things about Meermin. You might also check Nordstrom for anything by Jack Erwin, which is a reputable budget brand out of NY. In a pinch, Suitsupply makes a fine shoe--like J&M, the leather is hit-and-miss, but the styling tends to be better. If you're in Toronto and looking for a cap toe, Ivor Woolridge in the PATH stocks stuff by Loake. He keeps the basic model below $500 because it's popular. This would be more expensive than these other suggestions, but Loake is a good brand. Their shoes will last as long as you want them to. Ivor is also a gem with a wealth of knowledge, and it feels good to support local businesses--especially when they sell quality and not the designer crap you find in most Toronto shoe stores.
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