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 Overview

Our student programs are flexible and allow you to gain exposure to a wide range of practice areas while exploring your own interests. We encourage students to reach out to lawyers in practice areas they would like to learn more about or with whom they are interested in working. You will receive interesting and practical hands-on experience in our diverse practice areas:

Litigation & Advocacy: You will be exposed to commercial litigation, insurance litigation, administrative law, insolvency, environmental law, family, wills & estates, immigration and aboriginal law.

Real Estate & Business Law:  You will be exposed to a mix of corporate and commercial law, taxation, real estate and employment & labour law.

We believe that our students should be involved in all facets of our practice. Our students are continuously challenged and will become involved in matters of increasing complexity and responsibility as their abilities develop.  Examples of assignments given to students include:

  • Handle your own small claims court files with supervision
  • Draft correspondence, pleadings, motion records, facta and research memos
  • Attend discoveries, mediations, pre-trials and hearings before courts and tribunals with our experienced lawyers
  • Assist with both corporate and real estate closings
  • Draft corporate contracts as well as director and shareholder resolutions

We treat summer and articling students similarly in terms of assignments and level of responsibility, except for the restrictions on rights of appearance before courts imposed by the Law Society.

Summer Student Program:  We try to match you with a lawyer in your chosen practice area in either our corporate/real estate or litigation practice areas as we feel the summer is too short for a formal rotation system. That said, we are flexible and allow you to seek out work in any and all areas of interest during your summer experience.

Articling Student Program:  We maintain a flexible individually-tailored rotation system in our two primary practice areas: litigation and business law.

Blaney McMurtry LLP is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.  Please contact our Human Resources department at 416-593-7221 to discuss any accommodation needs.

 Professional Development

We provide a comprehensive orientation during your first week with us as well as ongoing seminars which focus on both skills development and keeping abreast of legal developments across our practice areas. Examples of our seminar topics during your orientation and beyond include:

  • Small Claims Court Procedure & Advocacy
  • Expert Evidence for Litigators
  • Preparing For Your First Civil Trial
  • Basic Corporate Law
  • Strategic Legal Writing
  • Drafting and Uses of Boilerplate Clauses
 Mentoring

Blaneys is committed to your development as a professional. All students are teamed with a formal mentor. These are typically associates who still recall what it was like when they were in your shoes. Our mentoring program allows you to establish an ongoing relationship with a more experienced member of our firm. We also encourage you to build relationships and develop informal mentorships during your summer and articling experiences.

 Why Blaneys?

Why Choose Blaneys?

  • You will receive substantive hands-on assignments from day one
  • You can explore areas of interest from amongst our diverse practice areas
  • You will work in your own office with the same tools and support that are available to our associates
  • We offer a competitive salary and other benefits
  • We have an informal, collegial work culture; our lawyers are generally approachable and have open door policies

What Kind of Student Thrives at Blaneys?

  • You are committed to providing exceptional client service
  • You have an enthusiastic “can-do” attitude and are open to taking on new challenges to deepen your learning
  • You take ownership over your work – you treat assignments as if they were your own in terms of your responsiveness, attention to detail, follow-up and initiative in exploring creative ways to resolve our clients’ legal issues
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand that law is both a profession and a business
 Our Students

Meet our 2024 Summer Students

Hamdi Abdo
416-593-1221 ext. 2602

Hamdi is a second-year law student at Osgoode Hall Law School – York University. Hamdi holds a Master of Biomedical Science & Commerce and a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) degree from McMaster University.

At law school, Hamdi is a member of several student committees and holds senior leadership positions in the Black Law Students’ Association of Osgoode Hall and the Student Ambassador Program. During his time there, Hamdi has been an active member of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal (OHLJ) and recently presented his scholarly paper at the JD Research Symposium.

Outside of work, Hamdi enjoys volunteering in the community, reading, photography and bicycling. Hamdi volunteers on the board of directors and advisory board of a non-profit organization. He is an avid Raptors fan and enjoys exploring the walking trails in Toronto.

Olwen Alaminos
416-593-1221 ext. 2603

Olwen is entering her final year of law school at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (High Distinction) from U of T, where she double majored in Art History and Ethics, Society and the Law (ES&L), and minored in Psychology. During undergrad, Olwen worked as a Legal Administrative Assistant at an immigration/refugee law firm and acted as an ES&L major and course mentor within Trinity College.

Throughout law school, Olwen has pursued her artistic interests by volunteering for the Artists’ Legal Advice Services clinic, which provides pro bono legal advice to creatives. Olwen loves embodying dramatic roles and enjoyed writing and performing skits for the Law Follies comedy show. In 1L she was thrilled to play the plaintiff as part of a winning team in a mock trial held at the Superior Court before Justice Rita Maxwell. Olwen took Trial Advocacy in 2L and won a motion and another mock trial, this time as counsel. As President of the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association U of T Law chapter, Olwen promotes Latin advancement in the legal profession by organizing CHBA career symposiums and networking events and moderating and speaking on panels.

In her free time, Olwen loves to read murder mysteries, play the piano, draw and paint. She also enjoys casual games of tennis and badminton with her friends and family.

Laura Oliveira
416-593-1221 ext. 2604

Laura Oliveira is a second-year law student at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She graduated with high distinction from McMaster University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Minor in Philosophy. Prior to law school, Laura demonstrated a commitment to social impact by volunteering with non-profit organizations such as Start2Finish and Reading Rocks, where she dedicated her efforts to supporting vulnerable children in the community.

At Windsor Law, Laura serves as a student ambassador, extending insights to prospective students, highlighting the program’s offerings and campus resources while navigating them through the admissions process. Laura has also volunteered as a Student Caseworker at the Community Legal Aid Clinic and the PBSC Youth ID Clinic, where she provided essential services to low-income individuals.

Outside of school, Laura enjoys listening to comedy podcasts, reading, and spending as much time as she can marathoning movies and reality-tv with her sisters.

Brannan Riley
416-593-1221 ext. 2605

Brannan is entering his final year of law school at Dalhousie University. He previously obtained his Master of Arts degree in law and legal studies from Carleton University in addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Queen’s University. His graduate research focused on enforcement mechanisms and policy employed in international climate governance.

At law school, Brannan is pursuing the Health Law and Policy specialization certificate. He has also volunteered as an advocate for the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service by preparing students who have been accused of academic integrity offences for hearings and formal appeals. Passionate about community involvement at law school, Brannan has founded the Schulich Law Chess Society and the Schulich Law Billiards Society to bring students together around common interests. During his undergraduate program, he studied East-Asian politics for a semester abroad at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.

In his free time, Brannan stays active by golfing, rock climbing, and playing basketball. He is a competitive chess player having represented all three of his affiliated universities at the national stage.

Konstantinos Tsatsos
416-593-1221 ext. 2606

Konstantinos is a second-year law student at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, he attended the University of Toronto where he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations with High Distinction.

During his time at Windsor Law, Konstantinos has been involved in various communities. Notably, he will serve as president of the Windsor Hellenic Law Students Association after previously acting as vice-president. He is also Windsor Law’s student representative for the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association. This year, Konstantinos received the Insolvency Institute of Canada Prize in Insolvency Studies for achieving the highest grade in Windsor Law’s Insolvency and Restructuring course. In his previous summer, Konstantinos worked at a boutique business law firm that focused on commercial litigation.

In his spare time, Konstantinos enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as visiting his ancestral home in Greece during the summer. He also finds pleasure in his gym sessions and playing various sports, including hockey and soccer. Konstantinos passionately supports his favourite soccer team, Olympiakos, and the sports teams of his hometown, Toronto.

Luka Vujic
416-593-1221 ext. 2607

Luka is a second-year law student at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa and obtained an Honours Bachelor of Social Science degree. During his time at Windsor Law, Luka has been an avid mooter. He recently competed in the 2023-2024 Bowman National Tax Moot, representing his faculty.

Before joining Blaneys, Luka worked in government as a member of the Prime Minister’s Office, focusing on Public Appointments. Prior to that, Luka acted as a Press Secretary to a Cabinet Minister as well as a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament.

In his free time, Luka likes to run, read, play the piano, and spend time with his friends.

 Summer Student Recruitment

Blaney McMurtry LLP has hired its full complement of summer students for 2024.

 Articling Student Recruitment

Blaney McMurtry will not be participating in the 2023 articling recruitment process.

Key Contact
ALTERNATE CONTACT
Albina Dubali
Professional Development and Recruitment Coordinator
EMAIL | 416-593-1221 ext. 3008
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