Update from National Young Lawyers-CBA
Equal justice, legal futures focus of YL Directorate meeting
Some 22 young lawyers from across Canada attended the annual Young Lawyers-CBA Directorate meeting in Ottawa, Oct. 19-20, 2013. The group provided valuable input on two of the CBA’s current key initiatives – Equal Justice and Legal Futures.
The day-and-a-half meeting allowed plenty of opportunity for young lawyers to share programming ideas and establish useful contacts for business development. Participants squared off in a CBA trivia contest and winners took home prizes including a complimentary registration to the CBA Legal Conference in St. John’s, backpacks, portfolios, and iPad cases.
Sponsorship by the Canadian Bar Insurance Association is gratefully acknowledged.
Stephanie Yang of Regina Wins CBA 2013 Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award
Stephanie Yang of Regina is the winner of the 2013 Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award for outstanding legal services benefiting the community.
Though often facing a pressing workload as in-house counsel at Brandt Group of Companies in Regina, and previously in private practice as an associate at MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP, Stephanie Yang has never deviated from her fundamental belief that lawyers must give back to their communities by providing pro bono legal services to the most vulnerable members of society.
In addition to her regular clinic hours at the Pro Bono Legal Clinic in Regina, where she has been a volunteer since 2007, Stephanie answers countless pro bono immigration inquiries and helps individuals beyond their clinic appointment. She has taken on, with great success, various inadmissibility appeals and challenging humanitarian cases for people who desperately need legal counsel but cannot afford a lawyer.
Meet Lisa Barnet, new YL-CBA chair
YL-CBA Chair Lisa Barnet first became involved in the CBA with the Young Lawyers Division of the Ontario Bar Association in Ottawa, while working as an associate at the national law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP.
Since joining the YL-CBA Executive in 2010, Lisa has had the opportunity to work on many initiatives, including fostering international cooperation amongst young lawyers, developing educational programming for the annual CBA Canadian Legal Conference, and helping define YL-CBA priorities.
Called to the Ontario Bar in 2004, Lisa practices corporate/commercial law as a member of the legal department at the Ontario Power Authority. In her free time she enjoys working in the community, raising money for worthy causes including this year’s Weekend to End Women’s Cancers, and travelling locally and abroad.
Meet Jordan Brown, new YL-CBA Executive Member-at-Large
Jordan Brown is an Associate with Cox & Palmer in Charlottetown, PEI. His practice is focused primarily in the areas of corporate commercial transactions, real property transactions, and general litigation. He has appeared before all levels of court in Prince Edward Island. Jordan is also very involved in the firm’s recruitment activities, associate compensation strategy, and business development group.
Like many professionals, Jordan enjoys giving back to the community. He supports the democratic process, and is the President of the District 13 Provincial Liberal Association, Past President of the Charlottetown Federal Liberal Association, and guest panelist on CBC Island Morning Political Panel. A Rotarian, he is the Chair of the Hillsborough Rotary Club Car Dinner, Director of the Hillsborough Rotary Club, and Director of Abe Zakem House Inc. (a low income housing project).
Thinking about getting your career on the partnership track? Check out YL-CBA’s Partnership Toolkit for a collection of tips and strategies that will help you reach your career goals.
Work-Life Balance Resource Centre
Keeping a fine balance between responsibilities at work and home is always a challenge, especially for young lawyers, who are furthering their careers at the same time as they’re starting families. Visit the Work-Life Balance Resource Centre on CBA Practicelink to browse a wealth of literature that will help young lawyers in their quest to manage their many professional and personal commitments.