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KEEPING TABS

The Advocates’ Society

Fall 2021


Mastering the art and craft of advocacy is a career-long commitment and we are

here to help. The Advocates’ Society has been the premier provider of advocacy

skills training for over 30 years. We are proud to provide lawyers across Canada

with the training and the confidence they need to execute on their feet when it

counts. The Judge will notice…your clients will too.

Visit www.advocates.ca. Be part of the legacy of extraordinary advocates.


CONTENTS

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Chair Chat

Erin Pleet, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

Hand of the Queen:

Strategies to Succeed as Second Chair

Ivan Merrow, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Thinking about Mistakes

Matt Jantzi, Miller Canfield LLP

Think Outside the Block:

Why and How To Avoid Block Quotes

Jennifer Brevorka, Henein Hutchison LLP and

David Postel, Henein Hutchison LLP

Roundtable: How has COVID-19

Changed Your Practice?

Compiled by Carlo DiCarlo, Stockwoods LLP

and Sebastian L. Pyzik, Woods LLP

Twitter Roundup

Compiled by Patrick MacDonald

Editor: Alexandra Shelley, Torys LLP | ashelley@torys.com

Deputy Editor: Khrystina McMillan, Mathers McHenry & Co

Keeping Tabs Editorial Team: Carlo Di Carlo, Stockwoods LLP, Patrick J. MacDonald, Sean Petrou, McCarthy Tétrault LLP,

Timothy J.L. Phelan, Cambridge LLP, Sebastian L. Pyzik, Woods S.e.n.c.r.l.

The Young Advocates’ Standing Committee (“YASC”) is a standing committee of The Advocates’ Society with a mandate to be a

voice for young advocates (advocates who are ten years of call or fewer) within the Society and within the profession. We do this

through networking/mentoring events, by publishing articles by and for young advocates, and by raising issues of concern to

young advocates as we work with the Society’s Board of Directors. The opinions expressed by individual authors are their own

and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Advocates’ Society.

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CHAIR CHAT

Chair Chat

Erin Pleet, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

As I write this Chair Chat we are

approaching the first ever National

Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Leading up to this day I have been

thinking about what we as advocates

can do to further the Calls to

Action made by the Truth and Reconciliation

Commission, including

those relating to justice.

While this short Chair Chat cannot

begin to cover the breadth and depth

of the topic of Truth and Reconciliation,

I hope that each of you has had

an opportunity to remember, reflect

and learn about the intergenerational

harm that residential schools

have caused to Indigenous families

and communities, and to take action.

There are a variety of useful resources

relating to Truth and Reconciliation

for lawyers, including the Guide

for Lawyers Working with Indigenous

Peoples, a joint project of The Advocates’

Society, The Indigenous Bar Association

and The Law Society of Ontario.

I am in the early stages of my

education on these important topics,

and I am grateful there is a national

day where we can reflect and take action,

individually and collectively.

Turning to this issue of Keeping

Tabs, you’ll find an article with

some great advice for taking on the

role of “second chair”, a convincing

argument to avoid block quotes in

your legal writing (I profess my guilt

on this one), an interview roundtable

with young advocates on the

impact of COVID-19 on their practices,

tips on how to avoid common

mistakes in early practice, and

some Twitter fun.

If you’d like to contribute to an

upcoming edition of Keeping Tabs,

please email Alex Shelley. To get

more involved in YASC, please email

our Volunteer Roster coordinator

Lisa Delaney.

Be sure to check your inboxes or follow

The Advocates’ Society on Twitter,

LinkedIn and Facebook for the latest

on our events and initiatives.

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Examinations for Discovery:

Building Block Series

Block 1: Theory, Strategy and Preparation (Plenary Session)

Friday, October 22, 2021

Block 2: Discovery Questions and Techniques (Plenary Session)

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Block 3: Conducting an Effective Discovery (Skills Workshop)

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Block 4: Using Discovery Transcripts at Trial (Plenary + Skills)

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Discoveries are high-stakes advocacy. An effective discovery

will help you optimize settlement or strengthen your case for

trial. Don’t leave your discovery skills to chance.

In this highly-anticipated new Building Block series

on discoveries, seasoned litigators and judges

will break down their most effective discovery

techniques over four sessions, providing you

with the tools, tips and strategies you need

to get the most out of your next discovery.

Developed by renowned litigators

Sandra Barton and Tom Curry – both

recipients of TAS's Excellence in

Teaching Award - and in consultation

with members of our Young Advocates’

Standing Committee, this interactive

and practical series will help take your

discovery skills to the next level.

To learn more or register,

visit www.advocates.ca

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CAREER ADVICE

Hand of the Queen:

Strategies to Succeed

as Second Chair

Ivan Merrow, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

In complex litigation proceedings where the stakes are at their highest, isolation

can be dangerous. More minds make it possible to see more angles,

test theories, bring diverse expertise, and develop strategy. The preparation

and conduct of contested hearings is also a labour-intensive exercise,

where many hands can make light work.

Throughout our careers we may be called upon to act as “second chair” to

lead counsel, whether as an apprentice, subject-matter expert, or co-counsel.

Most legal training, however, focuses on our role as an individual lawyer,

not as a team member. The Advocates’ Society recently recognized the importance

of this role and the unique skillset it requires with the introduction

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3. Be aware: Bernice Bowley of Filmore Riley LLP

(Winnipeg), says, “Inform yourself about the case

in advance, pay close attention to the proceedings,

take accurate and thoughtful notes during any

hearing, and attempt to contribute meaningfully.”

4. Be watchful: Erin Breen of Sullivan Breen

Defence (St. John’s), says, “Know the materials

inside and out and be confident to voice your

opinion particularly when you think something

is being overlooked.”

5. Be prepared: Tammy Coates of Lawson Lundell

LLP (Calgary), says, “Being attentive to detail

is one of the keys for successful second counsel—to

help anticipate and be ready for next

steps and to give lead counsel the flexibility of

big picture analysis while knowing that nothing

is ‘falling through the cracks’.”

6. Be helpful: Atrisha Lewis of McCarthy Tétrault

LLP (Toronto), says, “think about how you can

make life easier for senior counsel and soak up

all the learnings you can.”

of its program, “Second Chair, Not Second Fiddle,”

on October 6, 2021.

The following insights were drawn from leading

advocates and practitioners from across the

country, with practical advice on how to succeed

as “second chair”.

1. Be invested: Marie Henein of Henein Hutchison

LLP (Toronto), says, “My advice is that you don’t

think of yourself as a second chair – you are as

valuable, as responsible and as invested as the

first chair.”

2. Be critical: Miranda Lam of McCarthy Tétrault

LLP (Vancouver), says, “Don’t assume the first chair

is right. The best outcomes (inside and outside a

courtroom) in complex cases come from debating

the cases, the facts, the law, the nuances and the

strategy. Trust your preparation and your instincts

and raise the thorny questions and blindspots.”

Several themes stand out from these insights.

Being engaged in the file is about more than

taking insightful notes and mastering the materials:

it’s also about taking responsibility and

anticipating next steps.

As advocates our ultimate duty is to our client,

whether in a support role or as lead counsel. By

taking ownership of the file, each member of

the litigation team can reduce errors, avoid near

misses, enrich perspective, and strengthen argument.

Underlying all this advice is a foundation

of trust, mentorship, and communication. If you

are unsure how to contribute, ask lead counsel

and peers, and learn how to best contribute and

excel as a second chair on your next mandate.

Editor’s Note: Want to know more? The archive

of the October 6, 2021 “Second Chair, Not Second

Fiddle” program is available in the TAS

On-Demand Archive portal here.

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EVENT REPORT

Thinking about Mistakes

Matt Jantzi, Miller Canfield LLP

On October 14, 2021, the Young Advocates Standing Committee hosted a

panel on the “Top 5 Mistakes in the First 5 Years & How to Avoid Them”.

The panelists shared their experiences and stories of mistakes they made

in their first years of practice and the important lessons learned from

those mistakes.

A unifying theme in the conversation from the evening was that mistakes

often have interpersonal components, stemming from relationships

with our clients, our colleagues, and ourselves. The below are just

some of the best practices the panelists shared to avoid making these

types of mistakes.

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1. Effective communication with clients requires

candour, which can be uncomfortable

for new lawyers, especially when having to deliver

bad news to a client. Good practices can

include addressing a client’s expectations right

away and having early discussions about any

weaknesses in a case. Clients often appreciate

the honesty.

2. Time management practices are key. As

highlighted by Juda Strawcynski of LAWPRO,

a helpful acronym for developing these practices

is “CD” – communicate then document. The

importance of doing this cannot be understated,

since time management underlies 46% of

claims clients make against their lawyers.

3. It is worthwhile to invest in your relationships

with your colleagues and in your own life outside

of work. Good communication practices

with your team can be just as important as

those with a client. Likewise, being mindful of

your health and well-being can help you perform

at your best.

Despite our best efforts (and though we hate

to admit it), mistakes can still happen and claims

are sometimes unavoidable. LAWPRO offers resources

for avoiding mistakes (like checklists),

but also helps with the daunting experience of

dealing with a claim. It is important to contact

LAWPRO when mistakes happen. In addition

to defending or advising you with respect to a

claim, LAWPRO has resources and experience

in helping lawyers process the emotional turbulence

often associated with the process.

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LEGAL WRITING

Think Outside the Block:

Why and How To Avoid

Block Quotes

Jennifer Brevorka, Henein Hutchison LLP &

David Postel, Henein Hutchison LLP

We don’t like block quotes. And we’re not alone.

As a little Googling or time with any good legal writing text will show, block

quotes are best avoided. Yet block quotes are pervasive in Canadian legal

writing. We have seen block quotes that span an entire page. Block quotes

within block quotes. Even (horrors!) block quotes within block quotes within

block quotes. This is not the stuff of persuasive legal writing.

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lock quotes have probably never been read by

anyone.” 3 If your goal is to be read, give your

audience something they’ll actually read.

2. They’re a poor use of space. Most courts

have page limits on written submissions. Each

page is valuable real estate. That precious resource

should not be squandered on a block

quote that’s unlikely to be read. Block quotes

are especially wasteful when used (as they often

are) to canvass high-level legal principles. But,

as Justice John Laskin pointed out, while on the

Ontario Court of Appeal, judges “do not need

four paragraphs on the standard of review of

a trial judge’s finding of fact or five paragraphs

on the summary judgment test under Rule 20.” 4

Devote that limited space instead to why, under

the applicable legal test, you should prevail.

For present purposes we’re not concerned

with why this is. We’re interested in halting it.

To that end, we lay out here a few arguments

against block quotes and offer some suggestions

about how to limit their use.

Quoter Beware

There’s an abundance of literature on the

shortcomings of block quotes. Sadly, the lessons

from it too often go unheeded. We think

these are among the most compelling of them:

1. No one reads them. That often includes us.

A block quote invites readers to flit right past

it by “highlight[ing] just what part of the page

they can skip.” 1 Legal practitioners far and wide

acknowledge this sad but true fact. 2 The late jurist

Antonin Scalia and lexicographer Bryan Garner

have even amusingly speculated that “many

3. They’re counterproductive. Justice Stratas of

the Federal Court of Appeal has observed that

block quotes tend to “dissipate[] the force of the

argument” and result in submissions “like an unpacked,

fluffy snowball” that, when thrown, “the

target hardly feels”. 5 Submissions with “short

snippets from authorities”, on the other hand,

are more “like a snowball packed tightly into an

iceball”: “Throw it, and the target really feels it”. 6

Practically speaking, by their nature block quotes

tend to result in lengthier submissions. Shorter is

better. Lengthier submissions “run the risk that,

although they will be read, they may not be read

carefully and fully digested”. 7

4. They’re poor advocacy. Anyone can copy

and paste. An advocate’s job is “to advocate,

not to recite cold language on the assumption

that the reader will study it and connect it to the

present case.” 8 Paraphrasing, in contrast, does

away with the risk that the point you’re trying to

convey with your block quote is lost in transmission.

Think of the points you’re trying to make

as an hors-d’œuvre: you should serve them to

your reader on a silver platter, not give them

directions to the kitchen.

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A Change Is Gonna Come

So how do we change? We don’t suggest eliminating

block quotes outright because there are

occasions when block quotes are worthwhile. To

figure out when, ask yourself if the exact wording

of the text you’re relying on is essential, or if

paraphrasing would be less effective than a verbatim

regurgitation. 9 If you can paraphrase, go for

it! Draft an “elevator pitch” of the legal rule you’re

relying on. If your words can be read and understood

by a layperson, you’ve hit the bullseye.

However, if you just can’t let go of block

quotes—or a senior lawyer insists on using

them—make them the exception, not the norm.

Try to use no more than one block quote per

document. At the very least (we’re begging you)

avoid using a block quote that itself contains a

block quote. Either excerpt from the original or

find something else.

Cut the fat from your block quotes to make

them less taxing on your reader. Using ellipses

you can distill the quote to its essence. By eliminating

unnecessary filler you may just shorten

the quote enough that it can be embedded into

your main text rather than cordoned off in an

unsightly indented block. You might also be able

to achieve this by chopping your quote into two

or more pieces, such that each is short enough

to shoehorn into the body of your text. In doing

so, you trick your audience into reading what

they might otherwise skip.

Try writing a persuasive lead-in for a block

quote that hints at what the quote is all about.

Don’t just blandly observe that “The court held”

before unloading your block quote; introduce

your block quote with force: “The court emphatically

rejected this position: …”. By teeing

up your quote, you entice your audience into

reading and assist in understanding it.

Our Sermon Ends

We appreciate that our views may ruffle some

feathers, given how strong a predilection a portion

of the Canadian bench and bar have for block

quotes. But that doesn’t mean you have to go with

this flow. Lawyers are not lemmings marching into

the sea. Lawyers question accepted practices and

develop new approaches. Our approach to block

quotes, we submit, is the better one. We welcome

your feedback if you disagree. Please though, put

it in your own words!

Notes

1. Marie Buckley, The Art of (Not) Quoting, online: https://mariebuckley.

com/the-art-of-not-quoting/

2. See, e.g., Eugene Meehan, Winning Through Writing, 2017 CanLIIDocs

3805, at 3.

3. Antonin Scalia & Bryan Garner, Making Your Case at 128.

4. John I. Laskin, Forget the Wind-Up and Make the Pitch, online: https://www.

scai-ipcs.ca/pdf/Laskin-MakethePitch.pdf at 23–24.

5. McKesson Canada Corporation v. Canada, 2014 FCA 290 at paras. 24–25.

6. Ibid.

7. Laskin, supra note 4 at 27.

8. Andrey Spektor & Michael Zuckerman, Legal Writing as Good Writing, 14

J. App. Prac. & Process at 305.

9. John Kleefeld, Book Review - Edward Berry, Writing Reasons, 63:1

McGill Law Journal at 191.

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Equality, Diversity

and Inclusion for

Litigators

Thursday, November 25, 2021

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (ET)

Live Online

“You know, you remind me a lot of myself when

I started practising law.”

While this message is frequently conveyed from

senior to junior counsel in positive mentorship

scenarios, it’s not a phrase everyone hears. Many

of us have a natural and powerful inclination to

help those we identify with most, whether that be

through shared gender, culture, and/or interests.

We recognize that diversity is important, but how

do we include, support and serve those in our

profession with whom we do not identify?

In this program, hear from leading litigators and

judges from across Canada on how responsible

mentorship informs our interactions with our

colleagues and clients through a series of

practical panel discussions.

To learn more or register visit

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London Virtual

Mentoring:

Time Is on Your Side!

Thursday, November 4, 2021

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (ET)

Live Online

Join us for this popular virtual mentoring

event where our mentors will listen to your

concerns and provide tangible practice

suggestions to help keep you on track so that

you can maximize productivity, and wellness.

Discussion Topics:

• How do you balance non-billable, billable,

and personal activities?

• What is the art of working efficiently?

• What are the most effective ways to

market and build your practice?

• How do you stay calm, cool and collected

amid the chaos?

To learn more or register visit

www.advocates.ca

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YASC ROUNDTABLE

Roundtable:

How has COVID-19

Changed Your Practice?

Compiled by Carlo DiCarlo, Stockwoods LLP

and Sebastian L. Pyzik, Woods LLP

YASC reached out to the following lawyers across the country to get a measure of how COVID-19

has impacted their practices, what the expectations are for the next phase and what changes to

the practice might be here for good:

• Jessica Lithwick (JL) - Jessica is a generalist civil litigator at Sugden, McFee & Roos LLP

in Vancouver.

• Joanne Luu (JLuu) - Joanne Luu is a partner at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP in Calgary

where she acts as counsel and arbitrator.

• Andrew Porter (AP) – Andrew is a partner at Lenczner Slaght LLP, a litigation firm in Toronto.

His practice focuses on commercial disputes and medical malpractice.

• Marc-Antoine Côté (MAC) – Marc-Antoine is a commercial litigator at Woods LLP in Montreal,

where he acts in complex cases in several fields.

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Q1. Describe how COVID-19 has impacted your practice since March 2020.

JL: Key changes in BC have been the ability to swear affidavits virtually, attend chambers

via MS Teams and the significant increase in judicial tolerance for remote witness testimony,

at least for the time being.

JLuu: At the beginning of pandemic, a perfect storm of circumstances necessitated an

urgent resolution of a dispute. Fortunately, we were able to work cooperatively with

opposing counsel to arbitrate the matter, moving from pleadings to a Final Award in approximately

2.5 months. More recently, I have been engaged on a force majeure matter

related to delays caused by COVID-related disruptions. In other words, COVID has kept

me busy!

AP: The biggest impact, of course, has been format and location. The immediate shift

to working at home came with some challenges. One never wants to have a BBC Dad or

Cat Lawyer moment if one can avoid it. With the support of my firm, I was able to adapt

very quickly and found a tremendous number of efficiencies in my practice. The time

savings alone have been significant, as discoveries, hearings and meetings start and

end with the push of a button. It has also been a great opportunity to finish the process

of digitizing all aspects of my practice.

MAC: During the first lockdown, due to the suspension of prescription and forfeiture

periods for civil matters and deadlines for civil procedures, our day-to-day practice was

greatly impacted, as upcoming trials, examination on discovery and hearings were postponed

indefinitely. Not going to court – unless in urgent matters – also impacted all the

work usually done in preparation for hearings, and our work became more focused on

the long-term preparation of upcoming cases.

Q2. How do you expect that your practice will change in the next (i) few weeks (ii)

months (iii) year?

JL: I expect that virtual testimony will return to being the exception, given that criminal

trials, pre-trial applications, voir dires and extradition hearings have been presumptively

taking place in person since June 8, 2020 (BC Supreme Court COVID-19 Notice No. 33).

Once our courts are not forced to decide between permitting remote testimony and

adjournment of a trial, I expect that there will be much less tolerance for remote testimony.

Civil chambers continue to take place through MS Teams and, in my opinion, this

increases access to justice by reducing dead time.

JLuu: The pandemic has really pushed businesses, including the legal practice, to modernize.

We’ve all seen the advent of remote hearings, but I’m also starting to see more parties

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turn to arbitration as an alternative to the

court process. Some parties want to avoid

the backlog in the courts, while others are

looking for a more tailor-fit procedure to

cut out anything extraneous. So, in short,

I expect to see more arbitrations both as

counsel and arbitrator.

MAC: I expect that in-person hearings

will increase in the next few weeks, especially

for trials or complex hearings.

Then, over the next few months, I expect

we will have a clearer view of the type

of cases that require in-person hearings

and what can be done through virtual

hearings. Finally, over the next year, I

foresee many changes – both in the office

and at court – that will allow us to

move slowly but surely in a more paperless

environment.

Jessica Lithwick, Sugden, McFee & Roos LL

Q3. What has been your biggest challenge

during the past 18 months?

JL: On the interpersonal front, networking

and non-substantive relationship-building

conversations with clients

are greatly reduced because so much is

occurring remotely. Although at the outset

of COVID people were trying to maintain

such interactions, through things

like virtual happy hours, that has pretty

much fallen away. Whatever increases

came with the warmer weather (patio

lunches and outdoor gatherings) will be

lessened as the winter approaches.

JLuu: The lack of in-person connection

has been really tough. It has been particularly

difficult to offer the same level

of mentorship to students and junior

Joanne Luu, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

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associates. I also really miss coffees and

lunches with my assistant.

AP: Working from home has felt isolating

at times. My firm has done an incredible

job of maintaining so many of our

traditions, but you do lose the feeling of

togetherness when everything is virtual.

Given the nature of our work, we really

do thrive when we’re collaborating and

solving problems together. Replicating all

that virtually can be done but it’s much

harder and, frankly, less fun. Like so

many others, I find it can be challenging

to maintain a high level of productivity

while the lines between home and work

have blurred.

Andrew Porter, Lenczner Slaght LLP

MAC: While working remotely and meeting

virtually has some advantages, COVID

also allowed us to see how in-person interaction

is indispensable in our practice.

Spontaneous discussions and meetings

with clients and colleagues are essential

to building up a practice, especially for a

younger lawyer like myself. Having a mentor,

asking questions, and hearing about

colleagues’ cases are invaluable, as you can

benefit from the experience of others and

learn from them in the process.

Marc-Antoine Côté, Woods LLP

Q4. What changes to the practice in

your area caused by COVID-19 do you

expect will carry forward?

JLuu: It seems that counsel and parties on

all sides have really rolled up their sleeves

to take a commonsense approach to

make things work. I hope that continues.

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AP: I think aspects of virtual practice are here to stay. The cost savings to our clients are

too significant to ignore. Although there are situations where proceeding in person will

be preferable, I am hopeful that most discoveries, scheduling appearances, 9:30 appointments

at the Commercial List, etc. can continue to be conducted virtually. Trials should,

I think, evolve to include remote testimony for some witnesses even once trials are conducted

in person more regularly. I also think tribunals will continue to default to virtual

hearings, even once the pandemic subsides.

MAC: I think that virtual hearings will remain in place for short procedural debates or

unopposed motions, while in-person hearings will remain the norm for trials or complex

debates. In addition, even in the context of trials, we see courts now being more open to

having witnesses testify remotely.

Q5. What’s the situation going to be when you return to the office?

JL: In small firms at least, we are still spending time with our co-workers in person (wearing

masks). As opposed to my contemporaries at larger firms, I have been less house-bound

(for better or for worse) because my sparsely populated office better allows for social distancing.

This has been going on for quite some time as BC has not had a lockdown since

the very early days of COVID-19.

AP: From now until the end of the year, everyone at our firm has complete flexibility

in where they work. We implemented a mandatory vaccination policy which

means that anyone working, visiting, or meeting in the office must be fully vaccinated.

We are also participating in an opt-in rapid screening program through the

Creative Destruction Lab. Our efforts are very focused on health and safety and

making sure that those of us who want flexibility this fall can feel safe, no matter

where we choose to work.

MAC: Since the middle of the summer, some people have already returned to the office

on a full-time basis, but most people at our firm are still working from home most

of the time and coming into the office once or twice a week only. I expect that as trials

resume, people will be coming in more and more. I don’t expect there will be rotating

shifts, but I do think that there will both be a place for people who want to be working

at the office full-time as well as those who only want to come in on a sporadic basis. Finally,

we know that some firms have already decided to implement vaccine mandates,

and while this is not the case everywhere yet, I do believe that vaccines are the key to

bringing people back to the office. Keeping people safe will go a long way in order to

resume a normal office life.

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Young Advocates’ Social: Mixer and Mixology

September 23, 2021 | Live Online


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Alberta Big Mingle

September 22, 2021 | Live Online

Brendan MacArthur-Stevens, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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D. Bronwhyn Simmons, Miller Thomson LLP


Leading Your Case

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (ET)

Live Online

An effective litigator is an effective story teller.

Your opening statement and examination-in-chief

are two of your most important tools to tell

your client’s side of the story. Join us, live

online, and learn the techniques used by

experienced counsel to control the narrative

and deliver powerful opening statements

and examinations-in-chief.

You will learn how to:

• Identify the elements of a persuasive story

• Deliver a compelling opening statement

• Prepare and conduct an effective

examination-in-chief

• Anticipate complex evidentiary issues

To learn more or register visit

www.advocates.ca

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Virtual Mentoring: Practice Makes Perfect

October 6, 2021 | Live Online

Kristen A. Duerhammer, KPMG LLP

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Deborah Templer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


Top Mistakes in the First 5 Years & How To Avoid Them

October 13, 2021 | Live Online

Juda Strawczynski, LAWPRO

Jennifer Bezaire, Greg Monforton & Partners

Jeffrey Patterson, Miller Canfield LLP

Jessica A. Koper Shibley Righton LLP

Irina Rosca, Greg Monforton & Partners

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www.advocates.ca

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