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Clerking at Canada’s highest court

By Corey Larocque September 27, 2016 27 September 2016

Clerking at Canada’s highest court

Clerks at the Supreme Court of Canada get “a ringside seat” to watch Canada’s highest-ranking judges wrestle with cases that affect the lives of Canadians, says Owen Rees, an Ottawa lawyer who spent three years overseeing the high court’s clerking program. They work in a “fertile intellectual environment” and enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the work of the country’s final court of appeal.

“It is one of the best jobs you can have in the legal profession,” says Rees, himself a former Supreme Court clerk.

On a sunny summer day in the nation’s capital, Rees sat down with Mark Strychar-Bodnar at the Wellington Gastropub, a few minutes away from the high court, to fill him in on what the coming year has in store for him.

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