Mariane Gravelle

Carrefour du juriste

Sois mon mentor

Par Mariane Gravelle mars 10, 2018 10 mars 2018

Sois mon mentor

 

Vous en avez certainement entendu parler et en avez peut-être même déjà fait l’expérience. Le mentorat – le partenariat entre un professionnel aguerri et un qui l’est moins – peut profiter à des personnes de tous les horizons, dans mille et un contextes différents.

Le mentorat remonte à la Grèce homérique, puisqu’on le trouve dans l’Odyssée. Aujourd’hui, c’est un élément clé du perfectionnement professionnel.

Qu’est-ce que le mentorat?

Le mentor épaule le mentoré dans une situation particulière, comme en début de carrière ou en cours de cheminement dans un domaine voulu. Contrairement aux activités comme l’accompagnement et la formation, axés sur le rendement individuel ou les particularités d’un poste, le mentorat privilégie l’épanouissement personnel, souvent dans une perspective à long terme. Voilà pourquoi il importe de choisir un mentor que vous respectez et à qui vous ne craignez pas de communiquer des renseignements personnels.

Pourquoi le mentorat?

Dernièrement, ABC National a rencontré deux participants du Programme de mentorat de l’ACCJE et recueilli leurs impressions sur leur expérience.

Lire la suite
Litigation

Settlement Counsel: an innovative strategy for managing commercial litigation files

Par Mariane Gravelle janvier 3, 2018 3 janvier 2018

Settlement Counsel: an innovative strategy for managing commercial litigation files

 

In her recent Canadian Bar Review article, Michaela Keet discusses the use of Settlement Counsel (SC) in commercial litigation. While this method has known a measure of success, it is still quite unknown in Canada and the U.S. There is also very little academic literature about it.

Keet defines Settlement Counsel as “a negotiation structure that separates litigation and settlement roles – allowing for the simultaneous advancement of litigation and negotiation on parallel tracks, by different lawyers”:

Since most cases settle before trial, how they settle must be examined closely to explain the pockets of sudden and passionate interest in SC. Proponents of the model point out that litigation settlements typically occur after the investment of significant resources in the management of pre-trial litigation, without full and thoughtful exploration of client needs. They argue that SC files settle sooner with lower legal and internal business costs, even in consideration of SC fees. Proponents of the model also claim that the quality of SC outcomes are superior to litigation outcomes. Practitioners employ techniques to get earlier, relationship-oriented settlements in a commercial world where relationships are increasingly valued.

Lire la suite
Carrefour du juriste

Quel est votre « QE »?

Par Mariane Gravelle décembre 8, 2017 8 décembre 2017

Quel est votre « QE »?

 

Martin rencontre pour la première fois un client qu’il va représenter dans sa cause de divorce. Or, plus l’entretien avance et plus l’homme se vexe; Martin a du mal à obtenir des réponses et sa propre frustration monte.

Le client de Catherine est partie à une poursuite, et les négociations de règlement à l’amiable piétinent depuis des semaines. L’avocate a une offre pour l’autre partie, mais redoute que cette dernière ne soit pas très réceptive.

Un climat d’incertitude plane sur le cabinet de Simon depuis l’annonce d’une fusion. Simon étant associé principal, c’est beaucoup à lui qu’il revient de soutenir le moral des troupes pendant la transition.

Lire la suite
CBA advocacy

The CBA intervention in TWU: Lessons from the U.S.

Par Mariane Gravelle décembre 4, 2017 4 décembre 2017

The CBA intervention in TWU: Lessons from the U.S.

 

Hearings in the TWU case are now complete. On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada heard submissions from over 25 interveners – including the Canadian Bar Association – and heard reply from the appellants and respondents.

Appearing on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association, Susan Ursel of Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkins LLP presented the CBA’s factum and responded to questions from Justices Brown and Rowe. The CBA’s pro bono counsel also included David Grossman, Olga Redko, and Angela Westmacott (not present in the picture above). Ursel concluded the CBA’s intervention by re-iterating the CBA’s position that “there is a government interest in limiting long-standing discrimination against the LGBT community and while TWU has a right to its belief and covenant, it has no right to state support for same.”

In 2014, CBA members passed a resolution calling on law societies and government to require that admission to law schools be open, without discrimination related to any grounds under s. 15 of the Canadian Charter. The CBA has since intervened at appellate courts in Ontario and Nova Scotia, and has been asked to present arguments and law from the US experience.

Drawing upon that experience, the CBA’s submission states:

Examples from the U.S. jurisprudence illustrate that state actors’ refusal to grant benefits to institutions that maintain discriminatory admission policies can be legitimate even where those policies are characterized as manifestations of the freedoms of religion, expression and association. Particularly where benefits rather than prohibitions are at stake, freedom of religion in the U.S. can yield to a compelling state interest in protecting or vindicating competing fundamental rights such as equality.

Webcasts from both days of hearings have been archived and can be watched here.

Lire la suite

Supreme Court of Canada hears appeals in TWU

Par Mariane Gravelle novembre 30, 2017 30 novembre 2017

Supreme Court of Canada hears appeals in TWU

 


The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) held the first day of hearings in two concurrent appeals in the case of Trinity Western University’s proposed law school. The appeals, broadcast live here will continue tomorrow to determine whether the Law Societies of Upper Canada (LSUC) and British Columbia acted reasonably in refusing the accreditation of TWU’s proposed law school – a private institution. TWU Counsel Kevin Boonstra, in his opening argument, argued that the Canadian Charter “protects the right to establish communities of faith like TWU.  In order for any religious community to exist and thrive, it has to be able to define itself. In the evangelical context, this includes defining religiously appropriate conduct while individuals are part of the community."

Background

In 2014, three Canadian provinces – Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia – refused accreditation to graduates of TWU’s proposed law school on the basis that a covenant that students were obligated to sign – which requires students to abstain from sexual relations outside of marriage between a man and a woman – was discriminatory towards the LGBTQ population.

Lire la suite