Blaneys on COVID-19

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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 Summer Students

Caroline Jordan
416-593-7221 ext. 1957

Caroline is currently a second-year law student at Western University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University. Prior to law school, Caroline gained corporate and file management experience as an insurance claim adjudicator for accident benefits and disability claims. Last summer, Caroline worked as a Research Assistant focusing on private international law and legal theory.

Caroline is an active member of the Western Law community. She founded and is Co-President of two organizations, Western Women in Law, and Western’s Ski and Snowboard Association. Caroline is also a Teaching Assistant for a Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy class with a concentration on torts, a peer mentor, a Student Ambassador, and a member of Western Law’s Social Committee.

In her spare time, Caroline enjoys skiing, running, watching Netflix, and trying new restaurants.

Steven Kelly
416-593-7221 ext. 1953

Steven is a law student at Queen’s University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Queen’s University with a major in Sociology.

At law school, Steven volunteered with Queen’s Legal Aid where he dealt with landlord and tenant disputes. During his second year of law school, Steven co-founded the Queen’s Law Book Club and was the Event Coordinator for the Queen’s Law Cancer Society.

Steven enjoys sports, travel, and cooking. His most exciting trip thus far has been to Peru, where he hiked Machu Picchu and experienced his first earthquake.

Tyler Matthews
416-593-7221 ext. 1954

Tyler is a second-year law student at Western University. He holds a Bachelor of Sport Management degree with First-Class Standing from Brock University.

Tyler is active in the Western Law community. He is a Teaching Assistant for a first-year property law class, a peer mentor, has participated in several moot court competitions, and plays intramural volleyball. The highlight of his law school career is his work at the Sport Solution Clinic. In his role as Program Manager, Tyler regularly advocates for Canadian Olympic and national athletes in sports-related disputes.

Prior to law school, Tyler gained both corporate and legal experience at Element Fleet Management and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. He is keen on applying the skills he has acquired to best serve the firm’s clients.

Tyler enjoys golf, rock climbing, and cheering on Toronto’s sports teams!

Alexandra Nesterova
416-593-7221 ext. 1952

Alexandra is a law student at Queen’s University. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Distinction from the University of Calgary.

After her first year of law school, Alexandra completed the International Business Law Program at the Bader International Study Center where she received the Queen’s Law Prize in International Economic Law. She spent the remainder of her summer working as an intern at the Canadian Bar Association, conducting research for various groups including the CBA Task Force on Justice Issues Arising from COVID-19.

In her spare time, Alexandra practices yoga, enjoys outdoor adventures and is striving to speak fluent French. She is an avid traveller and loves animals.

Sajila Nudrat
416-593-7221 ext. 1955

Sajila is a JD Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political science from York University.

During law school Sajila volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada at the FCJ Refugee Centre, where she gained experience in casework and legal document preparation. During her second year of law school, Sajila partook in an intensive placement at the Federal Court of Canada, where she worked for six judges conducting legal research, drafting memos and other legal submissions.

In her spare time Sajila likes travelling, biking, and playing volleyball. She enjoys musicals (particularly Hamilton) and is an avid sports fan – especially of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Mona Shadid
416-593-7221 ext. 1956

Mona is a JD candidate at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in the Common Law section. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree with High Distinction in Legal Studies with a Concentration in Business Law and a Minor in Business from Carleton University and a Diploma from Algonquin College in General Arts and Science with a Certificate in Media and Communications.

Mona is a fierce competitor. During her first two years of law school, she competed in two moots, two negotiation competitions, one mediation competition, and a legal innovation hackathon. Mona and her teammates received the third-place award in the OLIH Legal Innovation Hackathon for Tenacity, an app concept aimed at helping tenants understand and fight for their rights at the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board.

At the University of Ottawa, Mona helps her fellow students by acting as a Legal Writing Leader within the Legal Writing Academy and has been assisting the Faculty in its transition to online teaching and learning since the early days of the pandemic.

In her free time, Mona enjoys going for hikes with her husky, watching and playing hockey and cooking elaborate meals for friends and family.

 Summer Student Recruitment

Blaney McMurtry LLP has hired its full complement of summer students for 2021.

 Articling Student Recruitment

Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be hiring any further articling students for the 2021-22 articling term.

Key Contact
ALTERNATE CONTACT
Chamini Loganathan
Professional Development and Recruitment Coordinator
EMAIL | 416-593-7221 ext.3008
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