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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 2021-2022 Articling Students

Alexandra Churchill
416-593-1221 ext. 2023

Alexandra graduated from Queen’s University with a dual BCom/JD degree from the Smith School of Business and Queen’s Faculty of Law.

During her time at Queen’s, Alexandra volunteered as a Student Caseworker at the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre, where she assisted with Criminal Injuries Compensation Board claims. She was also involved as a Peer Mentor, Orientation Week Leader, and Faculty Board Representative for the Law Students Society. In her final year of studies, Alexandra worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Certificate in Law Program, instructing undergraduate students interested in growing their legal knowledge.

Outside of law, Alexandra enjoys camping, running, and skiing. She loves to try new foods and is an aspiring amateur baker.

Filomena Harmantas
416-593-1221 ext. 2024

Filomena graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology from Queen’s University.

During her time in law school, Filomena participated in student governance by serving on the Executive Committee of the University of Toronto’s Student Law Society as the Communications Director. She was also a member of the Law Cancer Society, the Business Law Society, and the Greek Student Association. Throughout law school, Filomena maintained her passion for sports by playing intramural soccer and volleyball. She also continued her keen interest in research by working with a law professor to compile research on historic global pandemics for the purpose of conducting a comparative analysis with the COVID-19 pandemic.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, Filomena enjoys staying active through skiing and hiking in the Rocky Mountains and running in half-marathons. Her hobbies include sketching, painting, reading, and writing.

Addison Leigh
416-593-1221 ext. 2021

Addison graduated from Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University.

During his time at Dal Law, Addison remained an active member of the local and university community. Addison spent a semester working at the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service where he helped provide legal services to low-income individuals in the Halifax area. Addison also volunteered with the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service where he represented students navigating the academic grievance process.

Addison was heavily involved with intramural sports and spent a year as Co-Chair of the Dal Law Sports Committee. He also sat as the student member of the Schulich School of Law Admissions Committee.

In his free time, Addison enjoys rock climbing, following Toronto sports, and curating his monthly Spotify playlists.

Alicia Martin
416-593-1221 ext. 2022

Alicia graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Science from Trent University.

During her time in law school, Alicia was heavily involved in the Queen’s Law community. She is an avid volunteer and served as a Project Lead with Pro Bono Students Canada, an Orientation Leader, a Peer Mentor and a member of the Queen’s Corporate Law Club. Her experience with Pro Bono Students Canada strengthened her legal research and writing skills as she helped clients understand the implications of novel laws on their business. Alicia also played on the volleyball and ultimate frisbee intramural teams during her studies.

In her spare time, Alicia enjoys biking, hiking and travelling. She also spends her time trying new recipes and baking.

Shaun Odes
416-593-1221 ext. 2026

Shaun received his J.D from Osgoode Hall Law School. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political Science from York University.

Shaun has over a decade’s worth of experience successfully starting and operating multiple businesses. Some of his most valued takeaways from these experiences were the importance of delivering a strong product and providing service that goes beyond expectations. Shaun is excited to put his business acumen to work in a legal setting and to continue his learning throughout his articling term and beyond.

In his free time, Shaun enjoys watching sports and spending time with friends and family.

Jennifer Trung
416-593-1221 ext. 2025

Jennifer graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to law school, she obtained a Bachelor of Medical Science and later completed a Master’s in Management of Applied Science from Western University. While at Western, Jennifer was a member of both the varsity swimming and rowing team and received the Women of Influence award presented by the Ontario University Athletics association

During her time at Osgoode, Jennifer volunteered as a Clinic Fellow for the IP Osgoode Innovation Clinic. She also served on several executive committees including the Osgoode Peer Support Centre, Osgoode Privacy Law Society, and Intellectual Property Society of Osgoode as co-president.

Jennifer loves hiking outdoors, reading fantasy novels, and watching animated films. She believes in giving back to her community and has volunteered at her local food bank and hospital. More recently, Jennifer mentors newcomers to Canada.

 Summer Student Recruitment

Please note that Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in this year’s OCI and Interview Week recruitment process. However, we are still planning to hire approximately 6 2L summer students after the OCI recruitment process is completed. Details of our summer student recruitment process will be posted on our website in the Fall of 2021.

 Articling Student Recruitment

Blaney McMurtry will not be participating in the 2021 articling recruitment process.

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