Fourteen Common Law Alumni are running in the 2019 Law Society of Ontario Bencher Election. As members of Convocation, benchers play a critical role in the governance of the Law Society and the regulation of Ontario’s legal professions in the public interest. Winners will sit on the Board for a four-year term.
Despite the reality of gender-based differences in leadership, women can unleash their full potential even in the face of fear and doubt. Imagine having an empowering tactic to push you through the paralysis of fear and give you the courage to make bolder moves and provide a greater impact as a woman in leadership.
The Ottawa Business Journal recently published an article calling Katie Black, LL.B. 2009, a ‘rockstar’ – and it’s not hard to see why:
“She’s clerked for Beverley McLachlin, the first female chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Within six years, Black made partner at Ottawa law firm Caza Saikaley LLP. She helped bring more than 4,000 refugees to Canada by co-creating a program to deliver free legal services to private sponsors of Syrian refugees....
In the 10 years since Harley Finkelstein, MBA, LL.B. 2009, was in Fauteux Hall, he has gone on to complete his articling, be called to the bar, and then promptly join what has become Canadian e-commerce giant, Shopify. He has since been named COO of the company, and was back in Fauteux Hall on March 13 to speak about his journey.
David Scott, OC, QC, LL.B. 1960, D.U. 2001, has passed away at the age of 83. Mr Scott had a relationship with the University of Ottawa that spanned more than six decades. He was fiercely proud of his alma mater and continued to take an interest in the faculty and its students until his final days.
The 2019 uOttawa Common Law team finished as the Runner-Up National Canadian Champions at the Philip C. Jessup Moot. Team members include Mitchell Dorbyk (2L), Peter Knowlton (2L), Maggie MacDonald (3L), and Benjamin Rabinovitch (2L), coached by Professor Anthony Daimsis and Jolene Hansell (JD 2018).
After a 25-year tenure on the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa, the Honourable Justice Hugh L. Fraser (ret.), J.D. 1977 has joined JAMS, the largest provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. Justice Fraser will be joining its Toronto panel.