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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Mark Power

By CBA/ABC National April 16, 2018 16 April 2018

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Mark Power

 

CBA National: What is your main motivation for giving back as a CBA volunteer?

Mark Power: My main motivation for giving back as a CBA volunteer is the example given by more senior lawyers before I really got to know the CBA. I became involved very early in my career with the CBA, primarily through it annual conferences. The CBA opened my eyes to our role, as lawyers, as guardians of the rule of law throughout the country.

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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Suzanne Morin

By CBA/ABC National April 16, 2018 16 April 2018

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Suzanne Morin

 

CBA National: What is your main motivation for giving back as a CBA volunteer?

Suzanne Morin: The work of the CBA is extremely important. I have been impressed by the level of work the CBA and its members produce. Because our CBA membership is broad based, CBA positions are for the most part very well thought through and often provide a reasonable position for Canada. Legislators and regulators alike seriously consider our positions. I am proud to be part of such an organization.

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Q&A

A female mentoring program for law students

By CBA/ABC National April 6, 2018 6 April 2018

A female mentoring program for law students

Andrea Kruger, a graduate of the Université de Montréal’s law program (pictured above), is launching this spring a mentoring program that pairs female leaders with aspiring women to help them overcome some of the specific challenges they face in the legal profession. CBA National caught up with her to talk about what makes a women’s mentoring program different.

CBA National: Where did you get the idea to launch this program?

Andrea Kruger: When I was going through law school I had always had a lot of questions about the profession, about where women stand in the profession and how we can address the workplace difficulties that women experience at one point or another in their lives. And I felt like I never really had someone of experience to ask these questions. And so, I wanted to help people who were in my position by creating a platform to ask these questions in a comfortable setting, in a safe space where people can speak openly, in a non-judgmental partnership. And from what I’ve seen in my research, while there is progress, there is definitely a lack of university support in terms of female mentorship.

N: Why a mentoring program geared specifically towards women?

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Profile

In Person – Thomas Cromwell

By CBA/ABC National March 13, 2018 13 March 2018

In Person – Thomas Cromwell

 

Retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell was made a companion of the Order of Canada in December “for his illustrious service as a Supreme Court justice, and for his leadership in improving access to justice for all Canadians.” The former chair of the Canadian Bar Review Editorial Board now serves as counsel with Borden Ladner Gervais in Vancouver.

Name three books that influenced you and tell us why.

It’s hard to limit it to three! To keep it to law books, one would be S.F.C. Milsom’s Historical Foundations of the Common Law. It confirmed for me the wisdom of Holmes’ remark that sometimes a page of history is worth a volume of logic. Lawyers and especially judges need to understand why and how the law got to be the way it is. This book, more than anything else, taught me that. A second would be Ronald Dworkin’s Taking Rights Seriously. Dworkin’s thinking about the nature of law and legal analysis has influenced me throughout my career. Finally, Stephen Armstrong and Tim Terrell’s Thinking Like a Writer is the best book on legal writing that I have seen. Don’t judge it by my writing!

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Big picture

Canada's pot laws

By CBA/ABC National March 7, 2018 7 March 2018

Canada's pot laws

 

With the adoption in the House of Bill C-45 last year, recreational marijuana is still officially on track to become legal in Canada sometime during the upcoming summer. The amendments leave it largely up to provincial and territorial governments to decide on the best model for its sale distribution. Only five provinces have so far proposed a legal framework for retail marijuana sale.

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