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This episode was recorded before the horrific, hate-motivated attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario, on June 7, 2021. An interview with David Matas, senior legal counsel for B’Nai Brith Canada, who was instrumental in drafting the CBA’s submission on these issues of online hate. We talk Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, procedural…
 
Our guest today is Ray Leclair, vice president of public affairs at LawPRO, co-author of the Mortgage Instructions Toolkit. Click here to view The Mortgage Instructions Toolkit. To contact us (please include in the subject line ''Podcast''): podcasts@cba.org Please subscribe, rate and review our podcast if you are enjoying it on Apple Podcasts.…
 
President Brad Regehr discusses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with Aimée Craft and Brenda Gunn. Aimée Craft is Anishinaabe-Métis, an associate professor in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, and has been voted one of the top 25 influential lawyers in Canada. She’s an expert in Canadian Aboriginal law and…
 
Bonus episode presented by CBA National, After the pandemic: How lawyers can make ESG a reality. Ep 12 In this month’s episode, Yves Faguy speaks with Warren Ragoonanan, one of the founding partners of WRD LLP in Toronto, a law firm that serves businesses and entrepreneurs who want to solve social and environmental challenges. They discuss a range …
 
President Brad Regehr discusses the recognition of Aboriginal justice systems with John Borrows and Naiomi Metallic. Professor John Borrows is the Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria, and has written extensively on Indigenous legal traditions. He is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash F…
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National, After the pandemic: Addressing the gender wage gap in a Covid recovery. Ep 11 In this month’s episode, Yves Faguy speaks with Carly Romanow and Catherine Ewasiuk of the CBA’s National Women Lawyers Forum to discuss the impact of the Covid she-cession and why we need better data to understand wage gaps in the…
 
President Brad Regehr meets with Dr. Val Napoleon and Signa Daum Shanks to discuss Call to Action 28, which calls on law schools to require students to take a course in Aboriginal people and the law. Dr. Val Napoleon is an associate professor and Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance at the University of Victoria. She co-fou…
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National, After the pandemic: The rule of law in a climate disrupted world Ep 11 In this month’s episode, Yves Faguy speaks with Jocelyn Stacey, an assistant professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law and author of The Constitution of the Environmental Emergency, to discuss how climate change is likely to disrupt …
 
President Brad Regehr discusses Calls to Action 34 and 40 with Harold R. Johnson and Stacey Soldier. They speak on the problem of over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples and how the system failed them. Harold Johnson is a lawyer with Master in Law from Harvard and 10 years as a Saskatchewan Crown prosecutor under his belt. He’s also a prolific aut…
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National, After the pandemic: A Conversation with the Chief Justice of Canada Ep 10 Yves Faguy speaks with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Richard Wagner, to discuss the court’s work during the pandemic, systemic racism, and his temporary role as administrator of the Government of Canada until a new …
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National, After the pandemic: The future of justice, Ep 9 In this month’s episode, we talk with Jordan Furlong about a wave of regulatory reforms coming out of the U.S. that are having an impact on the legal industry, and how Canadian jurisdictions should prepare. Jordan is one of the leading analysts of the global le…
 
Conversations with the President: The President’s take on TRC’s Calls to Action, Ep 3: Cultural Competency Training Brad Regehr discusses Call to Action number 27's aim at making sure practising lawyers receive cultural competency training, with Jennifer David and Michael McDonald, Q.C. Jennifer David (Chapleau Cree First Nation) is an experienced …
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National, After the pandemic: Protecting the workers of the future, Ep 8 Yves Faguy speaks with York University law professor Dr. David Doorey about needed reforms to our employment and labour laws. In this month’s episode, we talk with Dr. David Doorey about the impact of the gig economy on workers’ rights, legislati…
 
Conversations with the President: The President’s take on TRC’s Calls to Action, Ep 2: Adequate Education Funding For his first episode as host of Conversations with the President, Brad talks with Alyssa Bird and Robin Sutherland about The Truth and Reconciliation’s eleventh call to action is a demand for “adequate funding to end the backlog of Fir…
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National, After the pandemic: The future of justice, Ep 7 Yves Faguy discusses privacy law and data protection with privacy and cybersecurity lawyer Sinziana Gutiu. Gutiu shares her insights into trends shaping the privacy debate at home and abroad, the impact of the Schrems II ruling, Quebec’s effort at updating its …
 
Conversations with the President: The President’s take on TRC’s Calls to Action, Ep 1: Meet Bradley Regehr, CBA President 2020 We are chatting with Brad Regehr, the new Canadian Bar Association President and the first Indigenous person to take on the role. We’re talking about reconciliation, COVID-19 and even his amateur theatre career. His podcast…
 
We receive Eduardo Ustaran and Timothy Banks to discuss Privacy Law and its international developments. What was the European Union/United States Privacy Shield and what does this mean for Canada? What do non-privacy law specialists need to know about this and what’s the future for data transfers? Eduardo Ustaran is a partner with Hogan Lovells in …
 
We discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the job market for young lawyers with Adam Norget and how to stand out of the crowd while looking for work, with Mark Holthe. Adam Norget is vice-chair of the CBA National Young Lawyers Section and labour and employment lawyer with Neuman Thompson, in Edmonton. Mark Holthe is an immigration lawyer in Lethbridge…
 
Conversations with the President: The state of the profession, Ep 9: Aly Haji and Allan Rock For her last episode as host of Conversations with the President, Vivene Salmon talks with Aly Haji about why millennials are leaving law firms; and Allan Rock on his carrer as a Liberal Justice Minister, President Emeritus of Ottawa University and ambassad…
 
Arleen Huggins discusses systemic racism in the Canadian legal profession through her experience and expertise as an employment and human rights lawyer. What it has been like for you to practice as a Black lawyer in Toronto? Is the law an effective tool at combatting systemic racism? What advice does Arleen has for racialized lawyers and for allies…
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National and CBA Futures, After the pandemic: The future of justice, Ep 6 In this sixth and final episode in our series, Justice Minister David Lametti and CBA President Vivene Salmon talks about the investments the federal government and the provinces need to make in the administration of justice to improve access to…
 
Conversations with the President: The state of the profession, Ep 8: Mentorship, Sponsorship and Diversity Vivene talks with Ruth Goba about mentorship and sponsorship and how they navigate the Canadian legal space as black women. Over the course of a career a lawyer can seek out a variety of mentors to provide a number of services – teacher, coach…
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National and CBA Futures: After the pandemic: The future of justice, Ep 5: In this fifth episode, Joshua Sealy-Harrington discusses COVID 19 and the impact it’s had on global protests calling for an end to systemic racism. He also shares his thoughts on how our justice system is embedded in a broader framework of capi…
 
Conversations with the President: The state of the profession, Ep 7: Vivene talks with Jamie Benizri and Monica Goyal about entrepreneurship and how the business of law will be different after COVID. How to become a legal influenceur? How to protect our brand? What technology is going to be most important as we move into post-pandemic recovery? And…
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National and CBA Futures: After the pandemic: The future of justice, Ep 4: In this fourth episode, Karen Eltis talks about the rush to digitalize our courts system, the justice system’s reliance on private platforms, and why we need to think about the security of our data. Karen Eltis is a law professor at Ottawa U an…
 
Candice Pollack and Lexy Smith-Doughty tell us more about the virtual gatherings “Coffee in the times of COVID”; events to facilitate connection and mentorship. The online meetups bring junior lawyers and law students together with mentors to discuss pertinent issues in the legal field that have been changed by our new virtual reality. Candice Ashl…
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National and CBA Futures: After the pandemic: The future of justice, Ep 3: Yves Faguy speaks with Cori Ghitter of the Law Society of Alberta and legal market analyst Jordan Furlong about legal education, how it has been affected by the pandemic, and what needs to change for it to address the needs of a modern legal in…
 
Melanie Del Rizzo and Erin Brook explore the Divorce Act and the sweeping changes when Bill C-78 comes into effect. Melanie Del Rizzo has a broad legal practice which includes family law in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She’s a certified mediator and was past chair of the National Family Law Section of the CBA. Erin Brook is a formal federal prosecutor…
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National and CBA Futures: After the pandemic: The future of justice, Ep 2: Yves Faguy speaks with Laura van Wyngaarden of Diligen and Peter Aprile of Counter Tax Lawyers to discuss how COVID-19 could change the way we work in the legal sector. In this second episode, the guests talk about how the legal market may or m…
 
Conversations with the President: The state of the profession, Ep 6: In this episode, Martine Boucher and Vivene discuss the impact today's reality can have on small and solo legal practices, many of which lack the resources of larger firms, and are not always as adept and knowing how technology can help them to adapt faster and more efficiently to…
 
Bonus Episode presented by CBA National and CBA Futures: After The Pandemic, The Future of Justice, Ep 1 In this first episode, the guests share their experience in trying to launch projects that were aimed at making justice more accessible for regular Canadians, but then ran into roadblocks. They offer some ideas about what level of effort is need…
 
Robert Harvie and Donna Purcell, two experienced lawyers share their expertise in remote work. Get some tips on virtual firms and managing change. Robert Harvie has been a Divorce and Family Lawyer in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta for over 30 years. His practice has a special emphasis on complex matrimonial property division, including corporate …
 
Conversations with the President: The state of the profession, Ep 5: Vivene meets with Erin Cowling and Kim Gale to discuss the rejection of the traditional law firm model, billable hours and entrepreneurship. How are they dealing with the expectations placed on young lawyers? Erin Cowling founded Flex Legal in 2015, a network of experienced freela…
 
In this episode, we hear the testimonies of two interns of The Young Lawyers International Program (YLIP). Devon Black works in Georgetown, Guyana with the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination. Navdeep Kaur works in Hanoi, Vietnam with UNICEF. To learn more and to apply to the program, visit the Young Lawyers International Program webs…
 
Conversations With The President: The state of the profession, Ep 4: Less than 70 years ago, people wanting to enter the common law legal profession in Canada took some courses, but mostly they learned to do by doing, through years of apprenticeship to senior lawyers. Today we’ll talk to two law school deans, Ian Holloway and Camille Cameron about …
 
It’s the topic on everyone’s mind – what do you do in a pandemic. And for employment lawyers specifically – how do you protect the workplace? What type of legislation are we dealing with when it comes to responding to pandemics? Learn more with guest Sheila Osborne-Brown. Sheila Osborne-Brown co-authored the CBA’s “Pandemics and the Workplace” reso…
 
Lawyers suffer from depression more than any other profession. We’re fortunate to be talking to two guests about this issue – Doron Gold and Glen Hickerson. Did you know that lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to be depressed than non-lawyers who share their same socio-demographic traits. Both our guests were speakers in the wellness conference of A…
 
Conversations With The President: The state of the profession, Ep 3: There’s a lot of talk about the articling crisis in Canada – law students are having a hard time finding articling positions, and those who do complete their articles can’t always get a job afterward. Ronit Dinovitzer has been studying what law grads in Canada and the U.S. do once…
 
Conversations With The President: The state of the profession, Ep 2: Vivene meets Jordan Furlong and Omar Ha-Redeye to look at how the legal profession is changing due to societal, economic and technology forces and what this means for lawyers in Canada. In this inaugural episode, Vivene talks about how the legal marketplace changed after the econo…
 
Law school can be incredibly rewarding and incredibly stressful. On today’s episode we’re rounding up advice from past guests on their suggestions on how to manage it all. Thank you to all our past guests for their thoughtful advice and encouragements. You can hear their appearances here: You can hear Jason Cooke’s interview about How to sit on a b…
 
We are chatting with Vivene Salmon, the new Canadian Bar Association President and the first person of colour to take on the role. We discuss why she thinks intergenerational dialogue between lawyers is crucial to developing the profession and her own podcast series, Conversations with the President. Visit www.cba.org/dispatches to learn more about…
 
We explore the good, the bad and the ugly – or at least the ugly tears – when it comes to articling across Canada. Articling is a rewarding and fulfilling learning opportunity, which provides mentorship and guidance into the profession – at its best. But at its worse – it can subject vulnerable young students to harassment and discrimination. Today…
 
Almost half of all Canadians will experience a legal problem over the course of a three-year period. It’s a startling statistic – and one we’re going to unpack on today’s episode focusing on legal aid across the country. So, what can be done about the lack of stable, sustainable funding? Our guest today, lawyer John Gillis, is going to talk about t…
 
The CBA has published a toolkit for lawyers who travel with electronic devices containing their clients' information. Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, founder of LexSage, counsels us on what to do when a custom’s officer asks us to do something that would breach our duty of confidentiality. Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is the founding lawyer of LexSage, a bouti…
 
Conversations With The President: Raising The Bar on Inclusion, Ep 8: Last episode of Conversations with the President: Raising the Bar on Inclusion. Ray shares some of his favourite moments from this past year. From LGBTQ2S+ lawyers, to ex-Prime Minister, to talking with a lawyer living with a disabilities. Ray has shared and learned so much from …
 
Conversations With The President: Raising The Bar on Inclusion, Ep 7: Ray meets with Sacha de Klerk, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright. They talk inclusion initiatives, promoting diversity and the need for substantive data. Sacha has a degree from the IMM School of Marketing in South Africa. Nine years ago she joined No…
 
Fourth and final episode in our series exploring the Young Lawyer International Program. After exploring the world, it's time to come back home. We meet with Laura MacLean who just came back from her placement 3 months ago and Mathieu Delorme who did the program 7 years ago, let's see what they are up to now. The first stop is Laura MacLean in Otta…
 
This episode is the third in our series exploring the Young Lawyer International Program (CLick here to listen to part 2). Our topic today is what happens when things go wrong. We’ll talk to legal interns around the world about the funny and the scary moments when our carefully laid plans go awry… overseas. First stop: Sheru Abdulhusein, in Nairobi…
 
Conversations With The President: Raising The Bar on Inclusion, Ep 6: Ray meets with Lorin McDonald, a lawyer from Toronto who was born with profound hearing loss in both ears. They discuss her journey through law school, the Accessible Canada Act (passed on May 29) and more! When we think about diversity, we tend to think about race, sexual orient…
 
The CBA has published a toolkit for lawyers and asylum-seekers alike, breaking down the major legal processes that go into making refugee claims, as well as navigating the complex legal systems involved. Jacqueline Bonisteel, associate with Corporate Immigration Law Firm, is with us today to talk through how to use this toolkit.She is also the form…
 
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