The Power of Grit and Happiness in the Law: Speaking to Global Lawyers of Canada

This June 2020, I had the opportunity to speak to Global Lawyers of Canada about grit and happiness in the law. I was so honoured to speak to the group about my research. Above is a video of our presentation. Below are links to previous blog posts outlining my research on growing grit and happiness … Continue reading The Power of Grit and Happiness in the Law: Speaking to Global Lawyers of Canada

Helpful Tips for Drafting Affidavits

Background Rules on Drafting Affidavits: Affidavits must be based on what the deponent saw, what they heard, or what they did. Affidavits must be written in the first person, state the full name of the deponent, and if the deponent is a party or a lawyer, officer, director, member or employee of a party. Affidavits … Continue reading Helpful Tips for Drafting Affidavits

Lessons from the CPD “Take Control of Your Career: Hard Work is Not Enough”

Deborah Glatter, training and management consultant (former Director of Career Development at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP) spoke about strategically managing your own career. She pointed out that no one else will care for your career as you do. If you are not proactive, you may come to a dead end in your career. You … Continue reading Lessons from the CPD “Take Control of Your Career: Hard Work is Not Enough”

OBA Institute, Young Lawyers’ Division Program: Take Control of Your Career

On February 6, 2019, I will be co-chairing the program “Take Control of Your Career: Hardwork is Not Enough” as part of the Ontario Bar Association 2019 Institute. The program will focus on business development and reputation building. The panelists will be: Daniel Naymark, Deborah Glatter, Paulette Pommells, and Lina Duque. Daniel Naymark is the founder … Continue reading OBA Institute, Young Lawyers’ Division Program: Take Control of Your Career

Why is Legal Writing So Complex?

“If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” In The Atlanticarticle “The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing“, the author Victoria Clayton critiques opaque writing that infects academic journals. She writes that the prose is “riddled with professional jargon and needlessly complex syntax… even someone with a Ph.D. can’t understand a fellow … Continue reading Why is Legal Writing So Complex?

Helpful Tips For New Law Students on Optimizing Happiness

Law school is a privilege. It changes the way you see the world. It gives you the tools to “spot issues” (or in layman’s terms – to see danger at every corner). While “spotting issues” within the world helps make great lawyers, it does not always produce happy people. Issue spotting trains our brains to … Continue reading Helpful Tips For New Law Students on Optimizing Happiness

OBA Young Lawyers Gala May 16: Keynote Speaker NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

The OBA Young Lawyers Gala will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.  The event will be a unique social event uniting the next generation of legal influencers. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will be speaking on leadership. ————————————————————————— What makes a good leader? In the Harvard Business Review “10 Must Reads: On … Continue reading OBA Young Lawyers Gala May 16: Keynote Speaker NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

What A Great Orator Can Teach Us About Advocacy: From the Honourable Justice Cromwell

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill Tonight the Honourable Justice Thomas Cromwell spoke at the 9th Charles L. Dublin Lecture. He spoke about what makes a great orator. Specifically his qualities, his attitudes, and his work ethic. A great advocate has a reputation for candour and … Continue reading What A Great Orator Can Teach Us About Advocacy: From the Honourable Justice Cromwell

How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market

    On February 8, 2018, I co-chaired the program for the Young Lawyers Division at the Ontario Bar Association. Titled: “How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market”. Erin Cowling from FlexLegal spoke about marketing. Cowling recently won an award for having one of the best legal blogs in Canada. Cowling recommended … Continue reading How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market

Pitch Perfect: Helpful Presentation Tips

Below are some helpful tips for better presentations from Pitch Perfect by Bill McGowan: Keep it short.  After 10-18 minutes the listener loses interest. President Obama’s inauguration speech was 18 minutes. Hardly a coincidence. Display delight. Even if you need to fake it. Be enthusiastic. Be warm in your delivery. The audience is usually rooting for … Continue reading Pitch Perfect: Helpful Presentation Tips