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Getting to know Ranjan Agarwal

By CBA/ABC National September 15, 2017 15 September 2017

Getting to know Ranjan Agarwal

 

The winner of this year’s CBA Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award, Ranjan Agarwal has been described as a “thought leader” when it comes to a lawyer’s duty to advance the cause of access to justice. He is the past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto and a partner at Bennett Jones LLP.

N: Who has had the biggest influence on you and why?

RA: My parents – they immigrated to Canada with almost nothing, all so their children could have a future where merit not birthright decided your destiny. Eric Hoaken – the best lawyer I know, and my mentor and champion, both as a lawyer and father. Justice Russell Juriansz – the first South Asian on the Ontario Court of Appeal, and lion of the human rights bar.

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A conversation with Raymond Adlington

By CBA/ABC National September 15, 2017 15 September 2017

A conversation with Raymond Adlington

 

Raymond Adlington, a partner with the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper, was elected vice-president of the CBA this summer.

His appointment was effective September 1. He took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions from CBA National.

How did you first get involved in the CBA?

As a young lawyer I attended local CBA professional development and networking events. My first CBA volunteer experience was serving as vice-chair and then chair of the Tax Section of the Nova Scotia branch from 2004-2006. That led to my appointment as a member of the CICA-CBA Joint Committee on Taxation in 2005 for a four-year term.

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Creative licence

Creative Licence: Ashley Syer and Mark Wolf

By CBA/ABC National September 15, 2017 15 September 2017

Creative Licence: Ashley Syer and Mark Wolf

 

“Theatre and musical theatre in particular provide a wonderful escape from the seriousness of practising law. [Both] performing and litigating put a premium on clear communication, creative thinking and a touch of fearlessness.”

Veteran musical theatre performers Ashley Syer and Mark Wolf star in The Last Five Years, Nov. 2-11, 2017, at Studio 1398 on Vancouver’s Granville Island. 

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Annual meeting 2017

Maureen Whelly Mills: 2017 President’s Award winner

By CBA/ABC National August 18, 2017 18 August 2017

Maureen Whelly Mills: 2017 President’s Award winner

 

This year’s President’s Award went to Maureen Whelly Mills, who in 1974 became the first female lawyer to practise in Moncton, N.B. Whelly Mills was a mentor to former CBA President René Basque when he was just starting out, and encouraged him to become an active CBA member.

Whelly Mills was president of the New Brunswick Branch in 1996-97, and working from 1988 to 2012 helped to introduce land titles to the province.

“Her supportive and enthusiastic mentorship of her colleagues throughout the years has had a remarkable and enduring impact on countless professional lives and careers,” said Basque. “Our Association has benefited immensely from her dedication and service.”

The President’s Award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the legal profession; made a significant contribution to the CBA; or have made a noteworthy contribution to the public life of Canada.

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Annual meeting 2017

Caitlin Pakosh awarded 2017 Walter Owen Book Prize

By CBA/ABC National August 18, 2017 18 August 2017

Caitlin Pakosh awarded 2017 Walter Owen Book Prize

At last night’s CBA President’s Dinner, Caitlin Pakosh, senior staff lawyer at Innocence Canada, received the Walter Own prize for The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences. The book, conceived and edited by Pakosh, contains contributions from 34 Canadian experts offering a comprehensive examination of issues specific to the legal system which affect forensic sciences in Canada today.

The book, published in 2016 by Irwin Law, was chosen by the Foundation for Legal Research from a long list of 17 books, and a short list of five, to receive the $10,000 prize.

The Walter Owen Book Prize is designed to recognize excellent legal writing and to reward outstanding new Canadian projects that enhance the quality of legal research in this country.

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