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  1. UofT has a clinic, advocates for injured workers, that deals primarily with WSIB issues, and there are lawyers who work in that area. It’s rather specialized (when I was in practice I had some brushes with the WSIB regime when dealing with human rights files).
  2. As a parent with young children at home as I work (and I am fortunate enough that my wife doesn’t have to work) trust me that daycare is necessary.
  3. I think a 25 per cent call back rate at OCIs is quite good. It also is quite hard I’d think to manage more than 4 in firms though COVID may simplify this.
  4. I got a sweet gig with an administrative board after 1L through volunteer work I did at Pro Bono Students Canada program—and it still has relevance to my current work. It certainly looked good in my CV. There’s lots of interesting summer job opportunities outside of firms in 1L and there’s little stress in terms of the position having to lead to articling. That being said travelling is not a bad idea.
  5. In case anyone has an interest: https://www.rcdso.org/en-ca/about/careers/investigator-contract
  6. I was going to say Carbolic Smoke Ball. That image is great. I recall there was a criminal law case that began with definition of “go go dancer” that my classmates and I found amusing I read in 1L but the name escapes me. I think the Baker decision (about procedural fairness obligations for administrative bodies) is an interesting yet accessible case. It’s about an immigration decision where fairness obligations were not met. Also a good way to discuss systemic racism. Ewanchuk, an important case about assessing consent in relation to sexual assault is a good way to discuss intersection of law and gender.
  7. I have had very limited dealings with legal aid but my sense is given the fee caps and restrictions even with a high volume there’s an overabundance of free work involved.
  8. At least in my experience as a student there was an expectation of being on call (as an associate this lessens) even outside normal hours, and there was not much respect for one’s time. I’d be shocked if this has changed much in a decade. Given that, at least in a larger firm where one is the disposal of multiple lawyers with limited ability to refuse work, it’s far better to not be out of the office during the work day. I’m not saying that’s a great thing but it’s a reality for articling students in many firms. In a smaller shop where there are only one or two sources or work it may be easier to negotiate this (because you won’t be in a situation where the managing partner could drop by/reach out and need you right now).
  9. As a parent with kids on “vacation” I wish I had time to get stoned...
  10. My understanding is that not all professions are covered for regulatory proceedings through their liability insurance. If I say more I’ll reveal my employer (though I bet you can guess).
  11. I think what’s really interesting for my perspective is whether there are really underserved groups/latent demand for legal services who could afford unbundled services. For instance I work as a investigator for a health regulator. The people who complain almost never have counsel which is unsurprising. What does surprise me is the high percentage of professionals who are in the process without representation even though there’s probably a good business argument for representation in many cases. A well designed platform might capture some of this money left on the table. I could imagine there’s a few 100k left on the table if you consider all the professionals in the province involved in regulatory investigation processes. That being said I question how much latent demand elsewhere there is for legal services that could be unleashed by technology (as opposed to much more far reaching reforms). I say this because for family law I assume the issue is not latent demand but cost, and even unbundled services would be too much for most litigants (or not worth it).
  12. When I was a student I had a partner call me on a weekend morning asking why I wasn’t in the office yet and I had to run in (I knew I had to come in but he didn’t tell me to come in so early). I was late but no harm was done.
  13. That’s my read of the provision (not legal advice!). The clock will tick from the date the suspension order is lifted.
  14. I’ve only been at construction matters which seem a world unto itself and things there seemed pretty informal.
  15. As is my usual practice, when my employer (a health regulator in Ontario) posts a relevant job opportunity I troll for candidates. PM me if you are interested. Since I like to maintain at least quasi-anonymity, I won't post a lot of details publically, but if you have strong writing skills, and an interest in administrative law, it might be a good fit. It's a non-practising role (but you can maintain your status as practising and with room to engage in at least some legal work in the role), and I think junior lawyers (even a very recent call) with longer-term interest in regulatory policy and public administration rather than practice might be good candidates for the role. I note I have no involvement in making hiring decisions for the position.
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