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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 2020-2021 Articling Students

Cristina Fulop
416-593-7221 ext. 1990

Cristina completed the Canadian and American Dual JD program at the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy, cum laude. She holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and a Chartered Insurance Professional Designation from the Insurance Institute of Canada. Prior to law school, Cristina worked as a personal trainer before transitioning into disability management. She spent five years as a property and casualty insurance claims adjuster.

During law school, Cristina competed in moot court competitions on both sides of the border, most notably achieving awards for Best Team and Best Appellant Factum at the 2019 Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot. She also received academic excellence awards for highest standing in Law of Emerging Mobility Technologies and Civil Trial Advocacy.

Aside from academics, Cristina served as Executive Articles Editor with the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, co-chair of the Student Advocacy Committee, member of the Detroit Mercy Moot Court Board, and physical activity coordinator for the Windsor Law Mental Health and Wellness Initiative.

Cristina enjoys cycling, running, fitness, and improving her cooking skills. She is an animal lover, owns too many plants, has a passion for music, and spends as much free time outdoors as possible.

Rob Hawkins
416-593-7221 ext. 1987

Rob holds a Juris Doctor and Honors of Business Administration degree with distinction from Western Law and The Richard Ivey School of Business, respectively. He is a recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada prize awarded to the top fifteen students in their graduating class at Western Law and was on the Dean’s List in his final year.

During his time at Western Law and the Ivey School of Business, Rob was an active member of the university community. He was an intramural ice hockey official and was the Convener for intramural ice hockey for two years where he oversaw the entire program comprised of over 900 participants. Rob was also a Teaching Assistant for a first year contracts class at Western Law.

Rob has a keen interest in corporate law, particularly in tax, M&A and financing work. He 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, Rob enjoys golfing, spending weekends at his family cottage and watching sports. His favourites are soccer, football, baseball and most importantly, cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jacqueline Hicks
416-593-7221 ext. 1988

Jacqueline graduated from University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in International Relations from Western University.

At law school, Jacqueline worked as a caseworker at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic in the Women’s Division. Jacqueline obtained an internship conducting research for the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. She also served on the executive committee for the Women’s Fitness Law Society at the University of Ottawa.

Jacqueline has co-led a team in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for the past 7 years, which has collectively raised over $1m for cancer research. She enjoys travelling, painting, reading and staying active through biking and running.

Kathleen Lefebvre
416-593-7221 ext. 1991

Kathleen received her J.D. from the Queen’s University Faculty of Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Ethics and Society from the University of Ottawa.

During law school, Kathleen volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada at the Queen’s Prison Law Legal Clinic where she assisted with matters relating to prisoner grievances. Prior to law school, Kathleen volunteered at Law Help Ontario where she was responsible for client intake and organized the Law Day Run in Ottawa which raised money for Pro Bono Law Ontario and their legal partnerships. In her final year of law school, Kathleen was part of the student editorial board for the Queen’s Law Journal and was instrumental in the final publication of the Journal.

In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys cooking, biking, travelling, and all things hockey.

Donato Rosati
416-593-7221 ext. 1989

Donny graduated from the Western University Faculty of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with High Distinction in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Toronto. During his undergrad, Donny was an executive member of the University of Toronto Italian-Canadian Association – and ultimately served as its President in his final year.

After his first year of law school, Donny spent the summer working as a legal intern for the Sahara Force India Formula One Team in the United Kingdom, where he assisted the legal team in drafting numerous commercial agreements with the team’s corporate partners. Prior to law school, Donny spent years as a labourer in the construction industry.

Donny enjoys all things sports and has a passion for quality espresso.

Philip Yang
416-593-7221 ext. 1993

Phil received his J.D. from Dalhousie University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University.

During law school, Phil volunteered with the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service and Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia. He also served as a Peer Mentor, tutoring and providing guidance to first-year law students.

Phil received numerous scholarships, including the Schulich Scholarship in Law, the Edwin & Patricia Harris Prize for highest standing in combined taxation courses, and the Alistair Fraser Award for Academic Excellence in multiple courses.

In his free time, Phil enjoys cooking and exploring new places to eat. He also likes to go for long runs and plays sports to balance his passion for food.

 Summer Student Recruitment

Please check our website in the Fall/Winter for updates on our 2021 summer student recruitment.

 Articling Student Recruitment

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

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