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Lawyers like to party

|Written By Gail J. Cohen

June is month full of parties and events for the legal community. Legal Feeds was invited to a few of those happening in Toronto this past week.

Wednesday marked the opening of Neeson Arbitration Chambers, with a reception welcoming many of Toronto’s legal luminaries. The chambers, which offers a new option for the arbitration and mediation market, is built on a membership model offering independent offices with the opportunity to share office and administration services and access to well-appointed boardrooms.

Thursday was double-header with the Law Society of Upper Canada hosting its annual Pride Week reception. The reception was preceded by a great discussion on immigration laws and policies as they pertain to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender immigrants and refugees. Human rights lawyer and recent Law Society Medal recipient Cynthia Petersen gave the keynote address at the reception, which looked back at all the members of the Canadian bar who have worked tirelessly over the years — and will continue to work — to bring about equality for LGBT Canadians.

That same night, the labour and employment section of the Ontario Bar Association hosted a fundraiser for the Lawyers' International Food Enterprise, an organization of lawyers with the mission to raise awareness within the legal profession of child poverty around the world and to further advance the profession’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility by encouraging the legal community to provide financial support to several charities. The funds raised at the silent auction will go towards World Vision and The Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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