Editor’s Note: What can our history-minded profession learn from Mary Poppins?

I’ve been stalking Mary Poppins. In preparation for an upcoming trip to Disney World with my daughter, I installed the park’s app on my phone. This magical mobile tool not only tells me the wait time at every ride and the location of the next parade — it also lets me track the Disney characters scattered around the park for photo ops and autographs. My daughter has always liked princesses, so she’s excited to see Cinderella and her friends, but, even if you put every princess in one room, she would pass them up in heartbeat for the chance to meet a certain magical housekeeper travelling via umbrella. All she wants is Mary Poppins. And, as I’ve learned from tracking her whereabouts, Mary Poppins only makes limited appearances.

But I expect that her low-key profile will soon change. In fact, with a sequel starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda set to arrive in theatres this Christmas, I think Ms. Poppins is about to blow up. Though I’m already planning to take my daughter to see the movie, I am nervous. I mean, why tamper with a classic? Can Blunt stand up to Julie Andrews? Can Miranda match Dick Van Dyke? In an early interview about the film, Blunt reveals that she never had to learn the words to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” saying she’ll “leave that to Julie Andrews.” But what would Mary Poppins be without this mouthful of a song?

That said, I get it: wrestling with old traditions in a more modern time is hard. Indeed, the Ontario legal profession faces an old-versus-new struggle of Mary Poppins proportions. In 2017, the Law Society of Ontario cast off its old “Upper Canada” name, in order to be more modern and inclusive.

And now its coat of arms may, too, be on the chopping block. While Mary Poppins is more than 60 years old, the Law Society crest — which depicts Lady Justice, a beaver and, of all things, a shirtless Hercules — dates back 195 years. In our feature story (“A farewell to arms”), Sasha Chapin unpacks the heraldry and history behind the logo and, in the process, raises some important questions. Should we cling to the past and keep the coat of arms? Should we make minor adjustments with a nod to the present day? Or would it be best to toss the whole thing out and come up with something new? In other words, should we still sing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”?

At this point, what the Law Society will decide is anyone’s guess. It might not be a Christmas blockbuster, but I’m on the edge of my seat.

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Melissa Kluger
Publisher & Editor
@melissakluger


A brief word on Hercules

HerculesLet’s take a moment to talk about Hercules. I was surprised to learn that this bare-chested figure has been a fixture on the Law Society’s logo for 195 years. I was even more surprised after I brushed up on my Greek mythology. I had assumed Hercules was chosen because he represents bravery and strength, but he was also known to make foolish decisions, hold grudges and have fits of brutal rage. And there’s more: he was gluttonous and not particularly bright. I know it can be hard to part with tradition, but do we really want this guy representing our profession? I’d say Hercules has got to go.


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This story is from our Summer 2018 Issue.


Photo of Mary Poppins courtesy of Disney

Editor’s Note: What lawyer-moms talk about in private

I recently bought a really boring dress: plain, black, falls below the knee. Since I no longer work as a lawyer, it’s the most conservative thing in my wardrobe. I rarely have an occasion to wear it, but I had to buy it. Sure, it’s affordable, comfortable, flattering and machine-washable. But that’s not why I bought it. I bought that dress because I belong to a secret society.

There are more than 9,000 members in a Facebook group called “Law Mamas,” a forum for lawyer-moms to share experiences, ask for advice and support one another. It was here that women started posting about a magical dress from Land’s End that came in every colour and every size and, on top of that, was the perfect uniform for busy lawyers. Not only did women start buying the dress, but they posted pictures of themselves wearing it en route to courtrooms and boardrooms, recitals and PTA meetings (a lot of pictures are bathroom selfies). At last count, the women in the group had collectively purchased more than 1,000 of these dresses. By the time I jumped on the bandwagon, the size and colour selection was limited.

Of course, #thedress is just one of thousands of topics covered in the group. Law Mamas weigh in on everything from politics to play dates. (One mother asked the group, which is largely American, what to do if her child is invited to a play date and she doesn’t know the parents: should she ask if there are guns in the house? To which another wise mother replied, “Always ask about three things: guns, pets and pools.”) But the overarching theme is how hard it is to cut it as both a mom and a lawyer.

It is here, in this private Facebook group, that women share freely. They disclose heartbreaking stories of infertility; hold-back-tears moments of overt sexism from colleagues, clients and judges; and the guilt they feel for having missed a school concert.

These conversations rarely happen out loud. When women in law decide to have kids, it’s a serious struggle to find a balance between parenting and practising. In truth, that’s probably never going to change. But what can change is our profession’s ability to acknowledge and address such difficulties. This issue’s cover story gets that conversation started.

And this conversation isn’t just for moms. It’s for anyone who wants to retain top talent at their legal departments, even once children come into the picture. Bring on the baby talk.

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Melissa Kluger
Publisher & Editor
@melissakluger


The Hunt Is On

We are now accepting nominations for our annual Precedent Setter Awards. We’re on the lookout for Toronto lawyers who are passionate about their work, dedicated to the community and in their first 10 years of practice. We need you to put forward lawyers who fit that description and deserve a moment in the spotlight.

Visit precedentmagazine.com/awards for more information. Nominations close January 26, 2018. We’ll feature all of the winners in our summer issue.


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Precedent Magazine winter issue 2017 coverThis story is from our Winter 2017 Issue.

Cover Story: How Precedent began

It’s been 10 years since Melissa Kluger founded the magazine that sits in your hands. But why’d she quit her job as a lawyer to make it?

At root, she spotted a gap in the legal-media landscape. No magazine blended profiles of young, emerging lawyers with reporting on the shortcomings of the profession and stylish lifestyle writing. So that was the plan: to publish journalism that didn’t exist anywhere else.

That would have been hard enough. But six months into the life of the magazine, the financial crisis hit the legal market. Then the internet blew up the print-media business.

But Precedent continues to thrive. In this candid conversation with senior editor Daniel Fish, who joined the magazine four years ago, Kluger reflects on Precedent’s origins, how it’s changed and why she loves it so damn much.

 

PART ONE: THE ORIGIN STORY

10 Years 2017

Editor Melissa Kluger, pictured here in her office at Precedent’s headquarters

Daniel Fish: You founded Precedent 10 years ago. But let’s go back almost 20 years, when you were a 2L at the University of Toronto. What were your plans at that moment?

Melissa Kluger: I went to law school knowing, in my heart, that I wanted to be a journalist.

DF: You never studied journalism, though. Why is that?

MK: Because of advice that my father, a chemistry professor, gave me. After my undergrad in English and politics, he told me, ‘Don’t go to journalism school — you can learn to write later. Master a subject. If you go to law school, you’ll get to spend three years thinking like a grad student. In the worst-case scenario, when you graduate, you have to work as a lawyer.’ So I went to law school.

DF: Once there, you founded Ultra Vires, the still-popular student newspaper.

MK: Pretty quickly, I noticed there was no outlet for students to share their stories — even though they did cool stuff, like winning competitions and landing social-justice internships. Oh, and they were funny. At the time, tuition was also rising sharply, and voices of dissent didn’t have a platform. I didn’t go to law school to start a newspaper, but once I got there, it was obvious that something was missing. I was, like, Damn it, I have to start a newspaper.

DF: What did you do after law school?

MK: First, I articled at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. After that, I spent a few years working for a sole practitioner in media law. Then I spent a summer working with the Canadian general counsel for Yahoo.

DF: Did you hope that media law would scratch your itch for journalism?

MK: That was the idea, but it didn’t work out. Whenever I met journalists, they were facing a lawsuit, so it was one of the lowest moments in their careers. And most of the time, I was working away on legal research or document review, the most tedious parts of litigation. So the work wasn’t creative.

DF: When did you reach the turning point, where you considered not only leaving law but also launching your own magazine?

MK: During those first few years as a lawyer, I started to read the existing crop of legal magazines. None of them spoke to me. On every cover there was an old white man. And, perhaps more importantly, there was nothing in them about how to be a young professional. Something was missing. So I thought, Damn it, I have to start a magazine.

DF: What first steps did you take?

MK: I launched a blog — called lawandstyle.ca — that would help me build a voice and a following. I also quit my job.

DF: What did you do for money?

MK: I worked doc-review contracts, set my own hours and spent the rest of my time planning my magazine.

DF: Talk about that planning stage.

MK: I took a course at Ryerson University, called “So You Want to Start a Magazine?” Then I came up with the name, hired a designer to help build a prototype and came up with the identity of Precedent.

DF: How would you describe the identity at the very beginning?

MK: As a junior lawyer, I always met lawyers who were a few years ahead of me that seemed to know everything. Not only did they know what to do in court, but they also knew what to wear and the hottest restaurants in the city. So that’s what I wanted Precedent to be — that lawyer who had it all figured out.

 

PART TWO: ONE SHITSTORM AFTER ANOTHER

DF: Having an idea is one thing. But before you could print your first issue, you also needed a business model. Our model has always been the same: to distribute the magazine for free and fund the entire enterprise through advertising. Which meant that you, the publisher and editor-in-chief, needed to start selling ads.

To get a sense of what the legal industry thought of your idea at the time, I spoke to our long-time advertiser, Adam Lepofsky, the founder and president of the recruitment firm RainMaker Group. Here’s what he told me: “No one could understand why associates might want a magazine that reflected their experience. People were really negative about it. They didn’t think anyone would read it.” Were you aware of that cynicism?

MK: It’s probably good that I wasn’t. I was so headstrong that what I was doing was important. And if Adam was one of the skeptics, he certainly didn’t let on. In fact, he bought an ad in that first issue and has advertised in every issue since.

DF: With that in mind, how did advertising sales go for the first issue?

MK: For a new magazine, they went well. Remember, this was mid-2007 and the legal market was hot. Recruiters from around the world, from London to Dubai, wanted to poach lawyers from the Canadian market. They saw Precedent as a way to reach young lawyers looking to make a change. They filled that first issue with ads.

DF: The moment the first issue dropped, though, you had to overcome an onslaught of obstacles. The first one came in the form of some competition from Canadian Lawyer.

MK: That’s right. The same week we launched, they decided to launch Canadian Lawyer Associates. This definitely confused both our readers and advertisers.

DF: What did that feel like?

MK: It was pretty shocking. I remember thinking, I’m about to launch my dream, something I’ve put everything I have into. And it’s this week that Canadian Lawyer, a magazine that has been around for 30 years, comes out with a competing magazine?

DF: The good news, of course, is that you beat them in the market: they only stuck around for five issues. The bad news is, that was hardly your only roadblock. Six months into the magazine’s lifespan, the global economy imploded.

MK: That changed everything. I lost those global recruiters as advertisers. I had also hoped to attract top-tier lifestyle brands, like Rolex and BMW, as advertisers. But the recession hit them, too.

DF: What was your solution?

MK: I relied on connections I’d made over those first two issues. For the most part, that meant turning to local legal suppliers who had weathered the recession, as well as law firms I had built relationships with.

DF: Now for the third shitstorm. As the economy cratered, so did the print-journalism industry. Over the past decade, traditional advertisers have taken the money they once gave to media and shifted it to tech giants, like Facebook and Google.

MK: But I had an advantage over traditional media. I hadn’t been making a print newspaper for 100 years. I launched this magazine with a website. I had a blog before people had blogs.

And, over the years, the biggest changes to our business model have been digital. Seven years ago, we launched the A-List, a website for legal jobs and career announcements. And last year, we built PrecedentJD.com, a website exclusively for Canadian law students. So we’ve been able to roll with it.

 

PART THREE: THE MEDIA MOGUL

DF: Editors have power. As the editor of Precedent, you get to give coverage to subjects and lawyers of your choice.

At the country’s largest newspapers, such decisions are motivated, in part, by ideology. Broadly speaking, the Star is on the left, the Globe is in the centre and the Post is on the right. Did you want your magazine to be political in the same way?

Editorial assistant Stephanie Philp working through editorial revisions

MK: I wanted all lawyers to read the magazine and feel like it was for them. I have issues I care about, like the advancement of women and racialized lawyers in the profession. You might call that political, but it seems like diversity is something everybody should want.

DF: Let’s talk about diversity. Most media sources are full of men. A study from last year showed that, across Canadian newspapers and broadcasts, women represent 29 percent of all those quoted or interviewed. To see how we measured up, I went through our past year’s issues and women came in at 46 percent (54 out of 117). As the senior editor of those issues, I can say that, in all honesty, attaining gender parity wasn’t that hard.

MK: It’s not like this is an affirmative-action project. The profession is diverse and we reflect that.

DF: One big thing that has changed at Precedent is its mandate. When I joined the magazine, four years ago, this was no longer a magazine exclusively for young lawyers. Why did you make that change?

MK: I worried that once lawyers made partner, they’d put down the magazine and say, ‘That’s it! I’m done with Precedent.’ I didn’t want that to happen. I still want the magazine to skew young. It should promote emerging lawyers who wouldn’t have a place in other magazines, but the stories should appeal to everyone.

PART FOUR: HOW IT’S MADE

DF: I want to give readers a window into what it takes to make this magazine. To do that, I’d like to get meta for a minute. Where are we sitting right now?

MK: Well, we’re in the boardroom at our headquarters, a brick-and-beam office at Front and Parliament, which I absolutely love.

DF: This is an important room. It’s here that, at the outset of every issue, we have our editorial meetings and work through our story ideas.

MK: This is where it all happens. How about you walk us through what happens next?

10 years 2017

Marketing manager Lauren Parrott

DF: Sure! After we finalize our story list, we decide who will write each one. Even though we’re a small team — there’s the two of us, an online editor for our student website, an editorial assistant and a marketing manager — we write close to 50 percent of each issue in-house. We assign the rest to freelance writers and lawyer-columnists.

MK: Since you often write our feature stories, can you talk about what goes into that?

DF: I interview at least a dozen people, for perhaps an hour each, then transcribe those interviews and shape them into a narrative.

MK: How long would you say that takes?

DF: It’s hard to pinpoint an exact number, but maybe 70 hours. Then, when each story is complete, it goes through a rigorous editing process, which includes feedback from the editorial team, and then rewrites. Once stories are in perfect shape, we send them to a professional fact-checker.

MK: And fact-checkers don’t just confirm names and dates by searching the internet. They call everyone who is quoted in the story to confirm every single quote. All of this work takes time and energy, but it’s worth it.

 

PART FIVE: WHY WE DO IT

DF: Above all, what do you want lawyers to know about Precedent?

MK: Two things. First, we’re independent. This magazine was started by me! We aren’t owned by a large corporation, and we aren’t the mouthpiece for an industry organization. This is a magazine for lawyers first.

Our main priority is to deliver amazing content to our readers. We invest heavily in beautiful art and engaging editorial content to make a magazine that lawyers want to spend time with. I didn’t quit my law job to start a trade publication that lawyers would flip through at their desk and promptly recycle.

DF: And the second thing?

Melissa Kluger and senior editor Daniel Fish, in the Precedent boardroom

Melissa Kluger and senior editor Daniel Fish, in the Precedent boardroom

MK: That we care about and believe in the legal profession. When I started Precedent, a lot of lawyers told me they were jealous. Not because they wanted to start a magazine, but because I had found my passion and was pursuing it.

A lot of lawyers fall into law and aren’t totally happy with their careers. You often hear about long hours, demanding clients, struggles with work-life balance.

But lawyers should remember that their jobs can be pretty great. For the most part, they do challenging work with smart colleagues on interesting issues.

DF: Yet people often pitch us to write about lawyers who have quit their jobs to do something else.

MK: And we always turn them down. Our goal is to write about lawyers working as lawyers, who represent the profession’s best version of itself. You may know there are one or two bad jokes out there about lawyers.

DF: Oh, I’ve heard a few of those.

MK: In the public eye, lawyers get can a bad rap. But with Precedent, I want to turn that around. When lawyers read Precedent, I want them to feel inspired and proud of their profession.


How to support us

If you like the work we do at Precedent, you can show it in four ways:

1. Get our eNewsletter.  Sign up for the Precedent eBrief to get our stories delivered straight to your inbox.

2. Advertise. Every quarter, we send the magazine for free to 15,000 lawyers in Toronto. And advertisements pay for it all: our staff, our freelance writers, our original art and so much more. If you want to get your message out to the legal community, let us help.

3. Follow us. This is an easy one. To make sure that our journalism reaches far and wide, follow us (and share our stories) on social media. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

4. Pitch your ideas. In every issue, we write about lawyers doing amazing work. So if you know one (maybe it’s you?) get in touch with us! Our senior editor, Daniel Fish, is at daniel@precedentmagazine.com. After all, if you don’t tell us, how else are we going to find out?


Fall 2017 CoverThis story is from our 10th anniversary issue, published in Fall 2017.

 

 

 


Photography by Ian Patterson; Hair and makeup by Michelle Calleja

Editor’s Note: Why I love print, for better or worse

First loves are special. They stay with you. They can shape your life, thrill you and hurt you to your core. And so it was with me and my first love: print.

It was 1981. Mrs. Young’s kindergarten class. I can only remember a few things now: an avocado plant that grew its way around the classroom, my drawing of Ronald Reagan recovering in the hospital after an assassination attempt, and a purple book. The brand- new book, thin and crisp, was part of an early-reader series at a level that no classmate had yet reached. I was first to crack its spine and enjoy that new-book smell. But as I opened the book, full of anticipation, I got a paper cut — the edge of one of its pages slicing deep into the flesh of my five-year-old finger. I loved that book and it hurt like hell. I forgave the book, however, and my love affair with print continued as I grew up. In Grade 6, I volunteered at the school library, mainly to have regular access to new books. From there, I took on every sort of self-publishing: journals, scrapbooks, diaries and photo albums. I also edited school newspapers and yearbooks.

That basically explains how we got here, with you holding my magazine in your hands. Well, for a little more detail, see this issue’s cover story.

Ten years ago, I stood on the factory floor of a printing plant in Pickering, Ont., as the first issue of Precedent literally rolled off the press. From that day forward, I have delighted in finding great stories about lawyers and then choosing the best writers, editors, artists and designers to help me tell it. And when I hold each issue in my hands, I know how much work went into it — every photo carefully selected, every headline cleverly crafted, every comma accounted for. It always thrills me. It’s what I love so much about print.

I also share my love of print with my daughter. As she begins Grade 2, her love of reading has taken off. We visit different libraries around Toronto. We subscribe to children’s magazines. Every morning, we read the newspaper together at breakfast. And she recently asked me, “Mommy, what’s the scoop?,” as she, unprompted, drafted her own newspaper with sports, news and “antertainment” sections.

Am I being naive about print? Hell, yes. Whatever I write about the wonders of print will, inevitably, seem cute and shortsighted as the internet ravages what’s left of the publishing industry. But naïveté has gotten me this far, so I’m going to bask in it. To my advertisers, sponsors, family, friends, advisors, staff and readers: thank you for letting me be that fool who started a print magazine as the internet was booming and the economy was busting. It continues to be a privilege and a pleasure to share my love of print with you.


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Melissa Kluger
Publisher & Editor
@melissakluger


Post script: Team effort

Photo by 5ive15ifteen Studio

The Precedent staff, from left to right: Daniel Fish, Melissa Kluger, Stephanie Philp, Sissi Wang, Lauren Parrott

It’s been a long time since the first issue of Precedent came out 10 years ago. It wasn’t easy to create a magazine out of thin air or to keep up with the fast-paced changes in the media industry. But we’ve come a long way. Now, a decade later, we compete with the best of the Canadian publishing industry. This year, our senior editor, Daniel Fish, won gold at the National Magazine Awards for his exclusive profile of Michael Bryant. And, much to my surprise, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named me Editor of the Year.

I want to thank all the staff and freelancers who have contributed to Precedent over the past 10 years. Your talent, patience, creativity and curiosity have helped us make a fabulous publication. And thank you for loving print magazines as much as I do.


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Fall 2017 CoverThis story is from our 10th anniversary issue, published in Fall 2017.

 

 

 


Photo of Melissa by Ian Patterson; Photo of Precedent by 5ive15ifteen Studio

Precedent Setter Awards 2015: Paul Saguil

Paul Jonathan Saguil

Counsel, TD Bank Financial Group
Called to the bar in 2008
Law school: Osgoode Hall

In late 2013, Paul Saguil started to feel bored. It had been a year since the young litigator left Stockwoods LLP to go in-house at TD Bank, where he began to instruct outside counsel on a range of lawsuits. But he wanted something more cutting-edge. And when he took that concern to management, they had the perfect job in mind.

The bank’s top brass assigned Saguil to what’s known at TD as “the hub,” an elite four-lawyer team that serves as a kind of internal police force.

Paul SaguilSitting in the spotless TD lunchroom, the 33-year-old sums up his role. Basically, if the bank suspects that one of its employees is acting up — by, say, manipulating financial statements or selling confidential data to criminals — it’s his job to find out if the allegations are true. “We’re not carpet sweepers,” says Saguil. “We want to have a disciplined fact-finding exercise, so that when we do have to defend ourselves we know what the story is.”

When asked if it can be awkward to play bad cop with colleagues, Saguil flashes a broad smile, as if to say, You have no idea.

“They don’t always see it as playing on their team,” he explains. “My personal challenge is to turn off the litigator, cross-examiner mode.”

Outside the office, Saguil is busy making the profession more inclusive. Today, he offers pro bono counsel to Out on Bay Street, mentors law students and co-chairs a committee on diversity at the Law Society. “We don’t always celebrate these behind-the-scenes efforts,” says Douglas Judson, a third-year law student at Osgoode Hall, who works with Saguil at Out on Bay Street. “They can seem brutally administrative, but they’re really important.”

All told, Saguil has to fight to spend time with his partner of six years, Calvin Cheng, let alone get some rest. But he refuses to complain: “I can put up with the sleepless nights because I’m working on a larger project — making the profession a better place for lawyers with diverse backgrounds.”


Don’t forget to read about our other amazing winners.

 

 


Photography by Jaime Hogge; Hair and makeup by Shawna Lee; Shot on location at Spin Toronto

Precedent re-launches its exclusive legal networking website

From the day it launched five years ago, the Precedent A-List has been a go-to source for partner announcements, associate hires and job listings in the legal world.

And it still is. But it also just got way better.

“Following a six-month re-design process, our legal networking website has a fresh look, making it easier to read and navigate,” says Melissa Kluger, the publisher and editor of Precedent magazine. “And, with a new emphasis on eye-catching photography, the A-List is now more fun to browse.”

Also, given that more lawyers are reading on tablets and phones, Kluger says “the new site is designed to look great no matter what device you use.”

The made-over A-List will, of course, continue to serve up news candy for Canadian lawyers. Readers can, for example, peruse the hottest job openings at firms and in-house departments. (More than ever, in fact: since re-launching, the number of job postings on the A-List has soared by 30 percent.) And lawyers can turn to the website to find out when a firm announces a slate of new partners — or lures one from a competitor.

Norbert Knutel“But it’s important to remember that reading up on your colleagues is more than just fun,” Kluger is quick to point out. “Keeping up with the latest industry news should also be part of every lawyer’s networking and business development strategy.”

In fact, she says, reading the A-List can help lawyers find new business.

“If you see that an old law-school friend just made partner, drop them a note to congratulate them,” says Kluger. “Then, you can set up a coffee or lunch to re-connect — and that could lead to referrals down the line.”

Those sorts of well-informed gestures, she notes, can make a big difference over the course of long career.

Since the re-vamp of the A-List, several prominent firms have already posted news. Blakes announced 15 new partners and Torys has announced four new partners and four counsel. In the same period, Torkin Manes, Lerners and Howie, Sacks & Henry have used the site to trumpet new lateral hires.

And in the jobs section, the A-List has featured opportunities in business law at Miller Thomson and in litigation at WeirFoulds — plus a posting for the next general counsel at General Motors.

Every new item published on the A-List is also announced on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and in an eNewsletter sent out twice a month.


Visit the Precedent A-List at www.a-list.lawandstyle.ca

The Circuit: Precedent Setter Awards 2014


What: Precedent Setter Awards 2014
Where: Stratus Restaurant, 79 Wellington St. W.
When: June 11, 2014


Last week, more than 120 lawyers and guests packed into Stratus restaurant in Toronto to recognize this year’s Precedent Setter Award winners. Held atop the TD Tower in the downtown core, our annual event brought guests together to mingle and meet our winners, in their first 10 years of practice, are blazing new trails in the profession.

During the evening, Melissa Kluger, publisher and editor of Precedent, presented the winners with a framed version of their photographs from the magazine. Unique to this year, Kluger also handed out commemorative pins to this year’s crop of top lawyers and the past winners in attendance. To see Precedent Setters both old and new come together made the evening all the more special.

We’d also like to extend a big thank-you to our presenting sponsor RainMaker Group and our event sponsors the Cambridge Group of Clubs, Deloitte, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, and Harcourts.

Congratulations once again to all our winners:

Paul-Erik VeelPaul-Erik Veel
Associate, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
Read Paul-Erik’s profile

 

 

Alexi WoodAlexi Wood
Associate, Davis LLP
Read Alexi’s profile

 

 

Andrea GonsalvesAndrea Gonsalves
Partner, Stockwoods LLP Barristers
Read Andrea’s profile

 

 

Nikiforos IatrouNikiforos Iatrou
Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
Read Niki’s profile

 

 

Ronan LevyRonan Levy
Corporate Counsel, Cognition LLP
Read Ronan’s profile

 

 


Event photography by Yvonne Bambrick

The Circuit: King Law Chambers “Spring Thaw”


What: King Law Chambers “Spring Thaw”
Where: 620 King St. West
When: May 9, 2014


This past weekend, members of the King Law Chambers gathered to celebrate four years of growth alongside family and friends.

The guest list also included criminal lawyer Ari Goldkind, who has been making headlines in recent weeks for his mayoral candidacy.

Founded by criminal lawyer Sean Robichaud, the Chambers provides lawyers in the early stages of their practice an opportunity to work in a community — plus the chance to share resources and swap advice.

As lawyers enjoyed a few casual drinks, they lauded how well the Chambers cultivates a sense of community among sole practitioners who would otherwise be working on their own.

“On a personal level, it was inspiring to see how much the lawyers and friends of our office have accomplished over the years,” says Robichaud. “It reminded me how essential it is in life to surround yourself with talented people. And how much potential we have in the years to come.”


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Our top 5 stories of the year

With the Precedent team taking a break for the holidays, there’s no better time to catch up on our coverage of the year’s legal issues.

Here are five of the top stories from our website over the last 12 months. 

 

An inside look at how to make partner
Last winter, we asked industry insiders to reveal the secrets behind partnership. Here’s what they had to say.

 

 

Hireback Watch 2013
Toronto firms hired back fewer articling students as first-year associates compared to last year. Check out our firm-by-firm breakdown. 

 

 

Canada’s first bulletproof business suit
This fall, a Toronto retailer proved that cutting-edge technology can still look great on the catwalk. But are the clothes even legal?

 

 

The year’s most creative job search
A recent law school grad took out a classified ad to find an articling position. What were the results?

 

 

 

Ontario reveals two new options for law grads get licensed
Students can now become full-fledged lawyers — without articling — by taking the Law Practice Program (LPP).

 


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