There is a little secret not often discussed or mentioned. It is, in many ways, one of the best-kept secrets within the legal profession, especially among in-house counsel. The secret is the benefit and spectacular opportunities associated with taking on an OLO (only legal officer) role.
In order to celebrate this international showcase of soccer talent, pride and sportsmanship, I would like to share a few insights that came from watching (a lot of) the games and how these can apply to the practice of law and your career as an in-house counsel.
One of the most common questions I hear from junior and mid-level lawyers is: “How do I know it is time to make a move?” Unfortunately, there is never one clear answer.
A 2016 study by the American Bar Association found that representation of women within law firms drops sharply as the levels increase. For example, women make up over 51 per cent of first-year law students. By the time a person graduates and becomes an associate, 46 per cent are female. The biggest drop, however, comes at the partnership level. Here, only 22 per cent of partners are female.
As a racialized and first-generation lawyer, when asked about the greatest barrier I faced early in my legal career, I always revert back to the same thing: the lack of mentorship opportunities and mentors.
Access to justice is a challenge to the legal system and our society, but it is also a potential new market ready to keep many resourceful and efficient young lawyers
On Feb. 8, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Ontario Bar Association Institute’s Young Lawyers Division. The session was called “How to thrive as a young lawyer in today’s market.”
The year 2017 was an impressive and banner year for legal tech. Discussions regarding the role of artificial intelligence and legal tech have increasingly become commonplace in legal conferences across Canada and the world.
The motto of the Law Society of Upper Canada is “Let Right Prevail.” Unfortunately, for many racialized licensees in Ontario, the general view is that right is not prevailing.
In a profession where who you know, what school you went to and the circle that surrounds you is so important in getting your foot in the door, first-generation lawyers very often fall through the cracks.