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  1. At no point did I ever indicate these were trial adjournments. I am talking about the regular set date courts. The ones you just described. I would say 50% of these blew up. There were so many issues that came up that my instructions could not have predicted. It was the exception, not the rule, that I would ask for whatever my instructions told me to ask for and it was granted without incident. More often, I would get Crown counsel flipping through their file, coming up with some issue I had no idea about, and putting me on the spot about it. Maybe we had already put the matter over twice previously and hadn't made any progress. Now what? Maybe the story wasn't exactly what Crown counsel was alleging though. Over the months, I was the one who was present at all these adjournments so I would know exactly what had happened and I could fight back. Often times, this meant I was able to put big chunks of the delay on Crown counsel that otherwise would have been on defence. Our firm brought half a dozen 11b applications that I was involved with. We were often unsuccessful but I felt the ground work I laid gave our clients the absolute best chance of success. When it came to setting down a matter for trial, or for JPT for example, the standard defence counsel is expected to be held to is reasonable availability, not perpetual availability. So say for example only one date for JPT was available over the span of two months (and believe me, the jurisdiction I articled in, this was a real possibility), I wanted it to be clear that only one date was offered, and that this delay should not be apportioned to defence. So i made sure the availability of the court and crown was on the record in these circumstances. I learned a lot about thinking on my feet. It was an in invaluable experience because I made it one. I took pride in what I did because it was my job. If you wanted 4 weeks and generally you would only get two in those circumstances, you wanted to send me because I had developed great relationships with everyone and earned the respect of the various judges and JoPs. I never bull shitted or exaggerated. So I got what I wanted a lot more often than those senior sole practitioners who were despised by crown counsel. If you read again what I wrote, I do not think it was wrong or misleading.
  2. Wow. What a great forum. You're all better than everyone else. 70k is a joke of a salary. The court experience i felt benefited me was laughable. I guess the defence counsel with over 35 years of experience who instructed me was a moron also? Absolutely no reason for you to be disparaging people like that. A lot of people would be very proud to earn 70k as a first year associate. Plenty of people out there make a lot less. I know a few of them. And they are very smart and very capable people.
  3. I disagree completely. I have argued contested motions in civil court that required less advocacy than a contested adjournment. The courts have hired "Jordan Crown's" who's sole purpose is to vigorously oppose every single adjournment. You have to be very careful what you say and how you say it. You have to make the record very clear about at who's feet the delay ought to be apportioned to. When you're drafting your 11b factum 18 months down the line you're going to learn how important having a clear record on every adjournment is. It also helps you learn how to maintain a collegial relationship with opposing counsel. I argued against the same 2-3 crowns every single day. They had horrific relationships with a lot of senior defence counsel. I thought that disadvantaged those particular defence counsel's clients. So i made sure i maintained a good relationship with crown counsel. If you think you just walk in there and ask for a matter to be put over two weeks and it just happens, you have not been in a criminal court room in a long time and maybe also over estimate how simple a lot of contested motions are. Like I said, I articled with a firm who did civil litigation, 15 lawyers, and criminal defence, 4 lawyers. I had full time work from each department. My in court experience in criminal law absolutely blew my civil litigation in court experience out of the water. I am very comfortable in court. I am comfortable thinking on my feet and handling my relationships with crown counsel and maintaining strong credibility with the justices i appeared before. I am not sure I would be saying that without my criminal court experience.
  4. That is a good question. I was in court 3-4 days a week arguing contested (90% contested) adjournments. Criminal law is very different from civil. I was in court maybe 3 times a month in the civil context speaking to primarily consent motions and i worked under 15 lawyers. In the criminal context, I worked under 4 lawyers and spoke to approximately 8 matters per day most days of the week. Articling in criminal law is very uncommon. I was fortunate to get a 50/50 split between civil and criminal litigation.
  5. I am a June 2018 call and was not extended an offer for rehire at the firm which I articled. Due to a sudden and unfortunate set of circumstances regarding a firm where I was employed, between the end of my articling term and my call date, I have only begun my search for a 1P junior associate position as of June 26, 2018. Fortunately, I am getting a fair bit of action from boutique personal injury firms. Since June 26, 2018, I have interviewed at 2 firms. One firm (Firm A), where I interviewed twice, has yet to advise as to whether I am their candidate of choice. A second firm (Firm B) has extended an offer. And I have two upcoming interviews (Firms C,D). I have been offered 70k/yr plus benefits from Firm B. I am looking for some thoughts, hopefully coming from experience, on where I should go from here. Should I reach out to Firm A and advise of Firm B's offer? If I receive further offers, should I be trying to leverage the competing offers for a higher pay rate? Is this going to be taken badly, as a junior associate? I think in this context its important to note than I have two competitive advantages over my colleagues of equal call date. I have significant in court experience (articling rotation in criminal defence) and a medical background which is sought after in personal injury. Lastly, is there any point in holding out for better offers? I think 70k plus benefits sounds very good. Thank you in advance for your thoughts.
  6. I don't think I know many articling students working less than 12/day average. Most people take a day or two off on weekends. But no I do not work crazy hours every week. It comes in waves and yes sometimes I'm working a lot. I moved to a new city where I don't know any one so I don't really know what else to do, to be honest, I think I was just having fun with the whole thing. I thought that was pretty clear.
  7. After taxes, I make 1306 / pay cheque. At 84 (12 hours per day at 7 days/week) hours/week thats about 7.77/hour. I have worked more than one week at 14-16 hours per day. I don't even want to do the math to find out what that works out to.
  8. Some weeks probably 7.50/hr. I’m articling, I make 42,500 + 1k Xmas bonus + licensing fees.
  9. This sounds like a great job for a new call. Not to mention, if this guy pays $20/hr for each hour you actually work I’d probably double my current salary.
  10. Anyone have a link to this job? DM if you're worried.
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