PooranLaw is hiring an Estates Lawyer and a Labour Lawyer!

PooranLaw is a social justice law firm focused on the promotion of a just society for people with disabilities and other marginalized groups through expert client advice and representation, community education and law reform, and advocacy. 

Estates Lawyer - 3+ Years Experience

PooranLaw’s Toronto office is currently seeking a wills, trusts and estates lawyer with at least 3 years of experience to join our growing team of social justice lawyers. The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of wills and trusts planning, estate litigation, and trust and estate administration. Knowledge and experience in the area of consent and capacity law required.

For more: https://ca.indeed.com/job/estates-lawyer-65e48a286dcabc4e

Labour Lawyer - Junior Associate

PooranLaw's labour team is dedicated to representing charities and not-for-profit organizations in all aspects of labour, employment and human rights law. They are seeking a labour lawyer who has completed their articles at a labour law firm or has experience at a labour law firm (management or union side). The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of labour practice, including collective bargaining, labour arbitration, employment standards, wrongful dismissal, contract and policy development.

For more: https://ca.indeed.com/job/labour-lawyer-bd8f024c1d3a6d79

Interested applicants should visit www.pooranlaw.com for further information about the firm and forward a cover letter, resume and transcripts via e-mail as provided in the job posting links.  

Position Available: Dean, Faculty of Law University of Manitoba  

Dean, Faculty of Law
University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, Faculty of Law with the appointment to begin July 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a law school dedicated to educating leaders who will serve the public good while focusing on the legal challenges facing society and the contemporary legal profession.


With a tradition of innovation since 1914, the Faculty of Law offers an exceptional legal education where approximately 300 students experience dynamic and innovative experiential and classroom learning and receive the highest training in critical and analytical thinking, advocacy, and legal research. The Faculty offers a Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws (LLM degree) and is home to Canada’s first interdisciplinary Master of Human Rights Program. With research chairs and institutes devoted to Human Rights, Private Enterprise and the Law, Legal Research, and International Business and Trade Law, the Faculty’s award-winning professors engage in research aimed at finding solutions to real problems faced by Canadians. As Manitoba’s only law school, the Faculty is integrally connected to members of the legal profession locally, provincially, nationally, and globally, offering students the opportunity to engage and contribute beyond the classroom. Additional information is available at https://law.robsonhall.com/


As Western Canada’s first university, the University of Manitoba has thrived as a place where challenges are embraced. As Manitoba’s only research-intensive, medical-doctoral university and member of the U15 Group of Research Universities, it is taking its place among Canada’s top research institutions through a commitment to transformative research and scholarship, and to innovative teaching and learning – uniquely strengthened by Indigenous knowledge and perspectives. The University of Manitoba offers more than 100 programs at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional levels and is home to world-class researchers who engage communities throughout the province and across the globe, building international partnerships that generate positive change.  The University of Manitoba has more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, over 10,000 faculty and staff, and more than 145,000 alumni across Canada and 140 different countries. The University is located in Winnipeg, a city that offers a high quality of life with affordable housing, a long heritage of cultural activity, and numerous recreational opportunities. For more information, please visit the website at www.umanitoba.ca


Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean is the Faculty of Law’s senior academic officer, providing strategic direction, academic planning leadership, and administrative oversight to achieve the highest possible standards in legal education and research. The Dean will successfully manage the financial and administrative resources of the Faculty of Law, promote and enhance its reputation and achievements both internally and externally, and ensure the success and development of faculty and staff. Working collaboratively to create, implement, and adapt ideas and strategies, the Dean will be a champion of student success who is focused on meeting their changing needs and inspiring them as future leaders. The Dean will work effectively, transparently, and collegially with academic, legal, alumni, and public sector partners to further enhance the reputation, stature, and resources of the Faculty. Meeting the ongoing challenges and issues posed by COVID-19 are likely to form part of the new Dean’s responsibilities.


With an understanding of current and future issues, trends, and forces that will impact legal education and practice, the Dean will be an innovative administrator, leader, and scholar with demonstrated leadership capabilities in a university setting. The successful candidate will possess the academic qualifications required to hold a tenured appointment in the Faculty of Law (including an advanced degree in law or a cognate discipline), and will have strong achievements in interdisciplinary legal research, teaching, and community engagement. The Dean will have a transparent and collegial style, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, and will be a strong advocate of social justice and all aspects of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The successful candidate will be able to inspire students, faculty, and staff, build inclusive and collaborative teams, demonstrate financial acumen in managing the Faculty’s resources and academic priorities, and be highly engaged with a range of internal and external stakeholders and partners. Experience with fundraising and advancement will be an asset in this role.


The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.


The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled. Applications, including curriculum vitae, a letter of introduction and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the applicant) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to the University's executive search consultants:


Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.



Women in Law Canada - February 18, 2021


Women in Law Canada is part of Canadian Lawyer’s ongoing mission to recognize, celebrate and boost the careers of women in the legal profession and inspire the next generation of leaders.

We are pleased to share that WLAO President Jennifer Gold, and Past President Jacquie Stevens will be speaking at this event.

Recent events have brought new challenges for women in law, potentially inhibiting possibilities for progress – yet they have also provided a forum for positive change and new opportunities.

From career and leadership insights to ideas for balancing a heavy workload with your personal time, to strategies for retaining female talent and developing the next generation of leaders, the Women in Law agenda promises a day of inspiration and empowerment.

Register for the program on 18 February to join the discussion about solutions to the unique challenges faced by women in Canada’s legal community. Packed full of industry presentations and panel discussions featuring speakers from top law firms and organizations, this event will explore new ideas and strategies for advancing equality for all women in the legal profession.

To register visit Women In Law Summit 2021

Intermediate/Senior AB Counsel Positions Available

Intermediate/Senior AB Counsel at Economical Insurance

This role can be based out of Toronto – NorthYork (Yonge & Finch) or Mississauga office.

Economical’s in-house claims litigation unit acts in litigation arising from claims under its insurance policies. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing litigation team with excellent opportunities for strategic input and professional development..

  • Act in litigation from inception through to trial via carriage of multiple files
  • Prepare written court materials, appear in court and advise on litigation strategies at the case level
  • Play an advisory role to Economical’s Claims department in relation to claims litigation

Job Link:

North York




Economical Insurance includes the following companies: Economical Mutual Insurance Company, Family Insurance Solutions Inc., Sonnet Insurance Company, Petline Insurance Company.

Amicus Chambers Welcomes The Honourable Sandra Chapnik, O. Ont.

Sandra Chapnik is delighted to join her judicial review colleagues at Amicus Chambers. A teacher, mentor, lawyer and judge, Sandra was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978 and was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice – Ontario in 1991. As a lawyer, in addition to a busy family law and civil litigation practice, Sandra served as an adjudicator, hearing and mediating cases as a Rent Review Commissioner. She was also a Fact Finder and Mediator for the Ministry of Education, served as Vice-Chair of the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Tribunal and a was member of the Pension Appeals Board of Canada. As an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario, Sandra chaired committees on Education and Alternate Dispute Resolution.


As a judge, Sandra used her adjudicative skills to mediate cases and wrote over 600 reported decisions on all aspects of civil, criminal, family, administrative law and appeals, many of which are used as precedents. Her judgments are widely known to be thoughtful and concise, based on common sense and good judgment. Upon her retirement from the Court in 2016, Sandra was appointed a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University and she continues to support and advance women’s equality, education, human rights, civil liberties and access to justice.


Sandra Chapnik is the recipient of several honours and awards, including the University of Toronto Alumni of Influence Award, the Order of Ontario, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Women’s Law Association of Ontario President’s Award.


Sandra has returned to the adjudication field as a private mediator offering expertise and guidance to people in the process of settling their disputes. In Sandra’s words, “mediation is always a better way”. Sandra can be reached at schapnik@amicuschambers.com and through her assistant, karen@amicuschambers.com or (416) 304-9222. www.amicuschambers.com


Amicus Chambers provides specialized services through its roster of independent members whose judicial experience and expertise provides a unique and comprehensive approach to mediation, arbitration and case management. During the COVID-19 pandemic in-person mediations, arbitrations and case management motions have been seamlessly converted to virtual attendances in conjunction with Neesons Court Reporting (a Veritext Company). www.neesonsreporting.com




The LCO announces the appointments of three new Board of Governors members

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is pleased to announce the appointments of three new members:

The Honourable Paul S. Rouleau (representative for the Judiciary, effective November 12, 2020);

Geneviève Painchaud (representative for the Law Society of Ontario, effective October 15, 2020);

Jane N. Mallen (representative for the Ministry of the Attorney General, effective September 10, 2020).

The LCO would like to sincerely thank and bid farewell to members Irwin Glasberg and The Honourable J. Michal Fairburn.  Their hard work and dedication to the LCO’s work over the years have significantly contributed to the LCO’s success.

Associate Position at Small Firm

Member Rebecca Huang with Rebecca Huang & Associates, Barristers, is currently seeking a talented lawyer to join the team.

Our office is located at Downtown Toronto.  We practise exclusively in complex commercial litigation matters, such as shareholder disputes, corporate disputes and breach of fiduciary or professional duties.  The ideal candidate must have some experience with commercial litigation, combined with a strong commitment to integrity and excellence.  Strong research, analytical and drafting skills are essential to this position.  References are required.

To learn more about our firm, please visit www.rh-law.ca .  Please send applications in confidence to Rebecca Huang at rhuang@rh-law.ca.

Call for nominations for the 2020 Sidney B. Linden Award

Call for nominations for the 2020 Sidney B. Linden Award. This award is named in honour of LAO’s first Board Chair. It is given by Legal Aid Ontario to pay tribute to an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to helping low income people in Ontario, and who has given his or her time, expertise and/or service to ensuring access to justice.

If you know an exceptional individual who fits this description, please consider nominating him or her for the 2020 Sidney B. Linden Award.

Everyone is eligible, including lawyers in the private sector, LAO employees, Community Legal Clinic and SLASS staff, academics and non-lawyers. Prior award recipients include the late Professor Dianne Martin, Paul D. Copeland, Robert J. Kellerman, Barbara Jackman, Michael Bossin, Peter Kirby, Chip O’ Connor, William Sullivan, Bob Richardson, Ryan Peck, Grace Pluchino, Mary Birdsell and our own Timothy Lutes.

For further information about, and nomination forms for the Sidney B. Linden Award, please visit our website at: https://www.legalaid.on.ca/more/corporate/about-lao-landing-page/sidney-b-linden-award/

Please note that nominations close Friday, October 30, 2020 at 5pm.

LEAF Gender Justice Now: 3 Panel Series - October 26, 27 & 28, 2020



Gender Justice Now Series

Panel 1: Intersectionality and Gender Justice
Monday October 26, 2020 from 1:15pm to 2:45pm EST

Join LEAF for a conversation about the role of intersectionality in advocacy and work for gender justice, featuring:

Grace Ajele, Calgary Legal Guidance
Sarah Jama, Disability Justice Network of Ontario
Jena McGill, Faculty of Law - Common Law Section, University of Ottawa
With Moderator Rosel Kim, LEAF National


Panel 2: The Legal System and Justice for Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA Persons
Tuesday October 27, 2020 from 2:30pm to 4pm EST

Join LEAF for a conversation about the uses and limitations of the legal system for advancing the rights of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA persons, featuring:

Lynn Gehl, Writer and Artist
Beth Kotierk, Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik
Naiomi Metallic, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Alana Robert, McCarthy Tétrault
With moderator Breanne Lavallée-Heckert, LEAF National


Panel 3: Opportunities Moving Forward
Wednesday October 28, 2020 from 12pm to 1:15pm EST

Join LEAF for a conversation about opportunities and challenges for using law in the current moment, featuring:

Fay Faraday, Faraday Law and Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Raji Mangat, West Coast LEAF
Megan Stephens, LEAF National
With Moderator Cee Strauss, LEAF National



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