Canadian Section

The Canadian Section is for NALP members with a particular interest in Canadian legal education, Canadian law school career services, and issues surrounding legal employment and admission to the bar in Canada.

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2016-17 Section Chair: Lynn Iding, McInnes Cooper, lynn.iding@mcinnescooper.com

February 2017 Board Report (PDF)
November 2016 Board Report (PDF)
July 2016 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Summer & Articling Recruitment
Continue to revise, as needed, the “Best Practices Recruitment Guide” for Summer and Articling Recruitment for regions throughout Canada. Continue to share emerging information regarding electronic applications that take hold in the Canadian market. Review Report of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Taskforce on Articling, update Section on the report, consider implications of pilot law practice program (LPP). Monitor implementation of LPP and report back to Section. Monitor other developments in articling alternatives (e.g., experiential learning curriculum at Lakehead U. in Thunder Bay).

Canadian Directory of Legal Employers (CDLE)
Continue to market CDLE to employers who have yet to sign up, particularly employers in rural, western Canadian regions and among small and mid-sized firms. Continue to monitor and track membership and usage of the CDLE.

Diversity
Plan and present 3rd annual Canadian Diversity Conference.

End of Year Canadian Section Meeting (formerly known as Toronto Winter Meeting)
Develop content, arrange speakers, and coordinate logistics with NALP staff for the End of Year Canadian Section Meeting.

NALPconnect/Bulletin/Annual Education Conference Planning
Through Bulletin articles and RFPs for conference presentations, share innovative Canadian employer and school initiatives designed to manage employment start dates, improve diversity and cut costs of interviewing and recruitment events; share pertinent information with NALP concerning Canadian key recruitment dates and holidays in order to prevent scheduling conflicts with other NALP events; encourage members to use NALPconnect to share pertinent resources and information, including trends with Canadian Section.

National Recruitment Survey Working Group
Collect feedback on the structured summer and articling law student recruitment processes in major urban centers across Canada to improve the recruitment experience of law students and legal employers. Collaborate with the Summer and Articling Work Group to identify best practices in the design and implementation of future surveys.

On-Campus Interview Advisory Group
Coordinate national OCI schedule on an ongoing basis, with input from both law schools and employers, with representation across regions.

Industry Data Collection Working Group
Continue to assess whether the US NALP attrition survey can include Canadian data and whether to implement a Canadian NALP member survey.



2015-16 Section Chair: Stacy Keehn, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law), skeehn@uottawa.ca

April 2016 Board Report (PDF)
February 2016 Board Report (PDF)
November 2015 Board Report (PDF)
July 2015 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Summer & Articling Recruitment
Continue to revise, as needed, the “Best Practices Recruitment Guide” for Summer and Articling Recruitment for regions throughout Canada. Continue to share emerging information regarding electronic applications that take hold in the Canadian market. Review Report of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Taskforce on Articling, update Section on the report, consider implications of pilot law practice program (LPP). Monitor implementation of LPP and report back to Section. Monitor other developments in articling alternatives (e.g., experiential learning curriculum at Lakehead U. in Thunder Bay).

Canadian Directory of Legal Employers (CDLE)
Continue to market CDLE to employers who have yet to sign up, particularly employers in rural, western Canadian regions and among small and mid-sized firms. Continue to monitor success of the recent migration to a new technology platform, respond to and evaluate suggested edits to the CDLE form, and track membership and usage of the CDLE.

Diversity
Plan and present 2nd annual Canadian Diversity Conference.

End of Year Canadian Section Meeting
Develop content, arrange speakers, and coordinate logistics with NALP staff for the End of Year Canadian Section Meeting.

NALPconnect/Bulletin/Annual Education Conference Planning
Through Bulletin articles and RFPs for conference presentations, share innovative Canadian employer and school initiatives designed to manage employment start dates, improve diversity and cut costs of interviewing and recruitment events; share pertinent information with NALP concerning Canadian key recruitment dates and holidays in order to prevent scheduling conflicts with other NALP events; encourage members to use NALPconnect to share pertinent resources and information, including trends with Canadian Section.

On-Campus Interview Advisory Group
Coordinate national OCI schedule on an ongoing basis, with input from both law schools and employers, with representation across regions.



2014-15 Section Chair: Leann Beggs, Gowling LaFleur Henderson LLP, Leeann.Beggs@gowlings.com

April 2015 Board Report (PDF)

February 2015 Board Report (PDF)

November 2014 Board Report (PDF)

July 2014 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Summer & Articling Recruitment
Continue to revise, as needed, the “Best Practices Recruitment Guide” for Summer and Articling Recruitment for regions throughout Canada. Continue to share emerging information regarding electronic applications that take hold in the Canadian market. Review Report of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Taskforce on Articling, update Section on the report, consider implications of pilot law practice program (LPP). Monitor implementation of LPP and report back to Section. Monitor other developments in articling alternatives (e.g., experiential learning curriculum at Lakehead U. in Thunder Bay). Vice Chairs: Emily Orchard, University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Nancy Stitt, Goodmans LLP.

Canadian Directory of Legal Employers (CDLE)
Continue to market CDLE to employers who have yet to sign up, particularly employers in rural, western Canadian regions and among small and mid-sized firms. Continue to monitor success of the recent migration to a new technology platform, respond to and evaluate suggested edits to the CDLE form, and track membership and usage of the CDLE. Vice Chair: Robyn Marttila, University of Western Ontario.

Diversity
Plan and present 2nd annual Canadian Diversity Conference. Vice Chairs: Judith Atwood, McMillan LLP and Anna DeCia, University of Windsor Law.

End of Year Canadian Section Meeting (formerly known as Toronto Winter Meeting)
Develop content, arrange speakers, and coordinate logistics with NALP staff for the End of Year Canadian Section Meeting. Vice Chairs: Natalie Zinman, Gowlings LLP and Mya Bulwa, Osgoode Hall Faculty of Law.

NALPconnect/Bulletin/Annual Conference Planning
Through Bulletin articles and RFPs for conference presentations, share innovative Canadian employer and school initiatives designed to manage employment start dates, improve diversity and cut costs of interviewing and recruitment events; share pertinent information with NALP concerning Canadian key recruitment dates and holidays in order to prevent scheduling conflicts with other NALP events; encourage members to use NALPconnect to share pertinent resources and information, including trends with Canadian Section. Vice Chairs: TBD.

On-Campus Interview Advisory Group
Coordinate national OCI schedule on an ongoing basis, with input from both law schools and employers, with representation across regions. Vice Chair: Stacy Keehn, University of Ottawa. Members:  Margaret Seko, Bereskin & Parr, Toronto; Heather Wiltse, University of Victoria; Julie Banting, Queen's University, Ontario; Bibiane Bijesterveld, Fasken Martineau LLP, Vancouver.


2013-14 Section Chair: Jennifer Lau, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law


2012-2013 Section Chair: Marketta Jokinen, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


2011-2012 Section Chair: Michelle Gage, Norton Rose OR LLP


2010-2011 Section Chair: Terri Karpish, University of Saskatchewan College of Law


2009-2010 Section Chair: Kara Sutherland, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP


2008-09 Section Chair: Lisa Blair, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

2007-08 Section Chair: Chantal Morton, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

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