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  1. as a proud union-side lawyer let me just say the the ESA sucks and you shouldn't want the legal profession to be subject to it. you should instead join or form a union with your colleagues and collective bargain a much, much better wage and working conditions than the ESA has or will ever include. in fact, all Bay St. articling students used to be unionized ~25 years ago. the union died due to slow decertifications, but working conditions have not exactly been improving since its demise.
  2. very few tankies in the labour bar. far more trots, and a few titoists.
  3. I decided to go for broke and sang The Internationale when I was recruiting. I got the job.
  4. Law is a trade. Lawyers don't like to think of themselves as tradespeople, though, so often folks tell themselves all manner of fanciful justifications for the motivations as to why we carry on our trade as we do. and while legal fees can be quite lucrative for those at the top of our profession (in whatever specialty), selling your labour as a tradesperson is fundamentally the wrong way to get rich, if that's your motivation. The rich own capital. Lawyers don't. They don't even manage capital, like financiers do.
  5. I practice in front of administrative tribunals and labour arbitrators, primarily. I'm also in Ontario. So I have alerts to relevant topic areas that I deal with set for the Divisional Court to capture any appeals or judicial reviews. I also follow some of the big appellate litigation that will have labour or administrative implications (like the forthcoming standard of review change).
  6. this depends on the tribunal you are dealing with. you should read the rules of procedure for how the tribunal understands this distinction. however, in my experience in Ontario, a statement of uncontested facts will allow the person agreeing to it to (a) enter a plea of no contest; and (b) retain the ability to maintain one's non-guilt in future proceedings in other venues. practically, if this tribunal is assessing some type of liability, you will likely get a harsher punishment with a statement of uncontested facts and a plea of no contest vs. an ASF and a guilty plea.
  7. I refer to them all as Mr. / Madam Vice-Chair. It's how folks at the labour board and human rights tribunal are addressed.
  8. Every union side lawyer or articling student I know has some deep history (pre-law school) with the labour movement. Either they were union members, or were involved in politics that intersected with the labour movement, or are sons and daughters of union activists. The union side bar is pretty small and the jobs are quite competitive everywhere you go, so firms and in-house legal departments can afford to be fairly choose-y with who they take. When I was being interviewed I was asked why *union side* law in particular. I got the impression that management side firms care much less about why you want to be management side (as opposed to union side). I made the decision not to apply to management side shops when I did articling interviews, so I could truthfully answer that I was only interested in working union side. My decision was not uncommon amongst my peers, despite adding more risk to my recruiting cycle.
  9. Building New Law is put out by Counter Tax Lawyers. It is Canadian and put out by one of the leading tax boutiques in Toronto. They talk about the business of law, legal tech, changing practices, and so on. They also have some interesting interviews with various folks (founders of Clio, for example) and some of their podcasts count for your continuing legal education hours in Ontario. Well worth a listen. There's also a second podcast that they've just started that focuses more on tax issues, but I've not listened to that one.
  10. A few judges at the Federal Court were conducting interviews yesterday in Toronto. Heard through the grapevine that at least one FCA justice (no idea who) had extended offers for interviews, but that it was likely other justices would only begin sending out offers after the SCC process wrapped up.
  11. The JD/MBA program starts 6 months before the regular academic year. That is, if you wanted to start 1L in September of 2017, you'd need to start the MBA in March of 2017. You can contact the Ivey program office and they will be able to answer more questions you might have. They can also put you in touch with the JD/MBA association and current joint program students who can give you the straight goods.
  12. In. Got the email this morning. cGPA 3.61 LSAT 162
  13. In. Got my package in the mail yesterday. cGPA 3.61 (OLSAS) LSAT 162.
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