In this episode of the On Health series we discuss mental fitness and the practice of meditation. Our subject matter expert, Judy Steed, is an award winning journalist (Globe and Mail, Toronto Star) and author, the recipient of four National Newspaper Award citations for feature writing, the author of five books, and the recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy. For the Atkinson, she focused on Aging, did research in Copenhagen and Stockholm, and discovered back home in Toronto that here is one of the great Neuroscience centers of North America. Which led her into mindfulness and brain plasticity, inspired by Toronto doctor Norman Doidge's best-selling book, The Brain that Changes Itself. She has been leading a guided meditation practice for 10 years, and also teaching Pilates and other Fitness classes at the Central YMCA in Toronto. As well, she teaches courses at Ryerson, focused on brain plasticity and mindfulness.
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Mark Asfar joins us to discuss his journey from being a History student at Queen’s University to being a young lawyer at Momentum Business Law in Ottawa. Along the way, he reflects on the importance of following your interests, from choosing an undergraduate program that he enjoyed, to finding meaning (and balance) in extracurriculars, to joining a relatively new firm whose work perfectly matches his passions. We also discuss strategies for getting involved in law school and finding a job that will allow you to learn and grow.
Join Amos Vang and Ryan Pistorius as they interview Dr. Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich on her research, her work-life balance, and current issues surrounding the overall criminal justice system and the youth criminal justice system.
Multi-talented, focused, and determined: this has been the story of Dr. Bromwich’s amazing career. Dr. Bromwich holds a Bachelor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, an LL. B, an LL. M, a Ph. D. in Legal Studies, a Certificate from Harvard’s Program on Negotiation Master Class, and a Certificate in Mediation from Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. She has also co-authored and co-edited six books to date, including her most recent book, Mothers, Mothering and Sport: Experiences, Representations, Resistances. Dr. Bromwich has taught at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, University of Cincinnati, Fanshawe College, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, all while balancing four young kids. Dr. Bromwich has served as a criminal defence lawyer and is currently a per diem Crown Attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General and Program Director for Carleton University’s Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program.
You can check out Dr. Bromwich’s most recent book here: http://demeterpress.org/books/mothers-mothering-and-sport-experiences-representations-resistances/
You can also check out Dr. Bromwich’s career here: https://carleton.ca/law/people/bromwich-rebecca/
In this episode of the On Health series we get tailored nutritional advice for law students from Melissa Piercell. Melissa talks about the healthiest foods to buy on a budget, the best foods for brain function and the importance of good nutrition in maximizing your performance. Jam packed. Healthy. And brought to you with love (on Valentines day) from the good people at the Law School Show and Lexis Nexis Canada Inc.
Kaitlin Baldwin has an Hons. B.A. in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University, a Graduate Certificate in Concurrent Disorders from Mohawk College, and is currently completing her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She currently works as an Addictions Counsellor.
In this podcast, we discuss the interaction of substance abuse and addictions within the criminal context; including topics such as criminalization leading to stigmatization, and resulting recidivism due to these social structures. We also discuss vicarious trauma and the effect of substance abuse on not only clients, but on the stressful professional careers surrounding the criminal sphere.
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Staying healthy, vibrant and sharp is key to career development. This is the first instalment of the “On Health” series brought to you by the Law School Show and LexisNexis Canada. “On Health” is a three episode series covering physical fitness, nutrition and mental health. In this first episode, we get expert advice from Meredith Clinton on how law students can maintain physical fitness. Check out the FREE resources for law students from LexisNexis and the sample workout programs from Meredith Clinton below.
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Dr. Wolfgang Alschner is an empirical legal scholar specialized in international economic law and the computational analysis of law. He is co-founder of the investment treaty analytics portal www.mappinginvestmenttreaties.com and his research focuses on using social and computer science methods in order to empirically investigate international law.
In this interview we discuss the emerging field of empirical legal analysis, what impacts computer technology can have on the study and interpretation of the law, and the implications of incorporating AI and machine learning into a legal career.
Dr. Julie Macfarlane is a distinguished Full Professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She is committed to Access to Justice research, and she is the Project Director of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project. Additionally, Professor Macfarlane has published extensively in the areas of conflict resolution, mediation, and legal practice, and she is named as one of Canada's 25 Most Influential Lawyers. If you are interested in developing a career in access to justice or in becoming a Law Professor someday, then this episode is for you!
If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more about Professor Macfarlane’s work on access to justice, be sure to also check out Professor Macfarlane’s podcast, Jumping Off the Ivory Tower, at https://representingyourselfcanada.com/podcast/.
Interested in working for a full-service business law firm? Check out this episode before jumping into it! Jim Robson summered and articled at Blakes (One of Canada's top business law firms) before joining the firm as an associate. Jim started with the Corporate group and found his way into the Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group. We talk about his law school experience at the University of Toronto, on-campus interviews, competition lawyer's interactions with the Competition Bureau, a recent merger that Jim worked on, and much more.
Here is a link to the article that Jim mentions in the interview:
Bass Pro/Cabela's: a case study of competitive retail mergers" by O'Melveny partner Ted Hassi and counsel Lindsey Freeman
Please note: There is a paywall to access the article.
Hugh Verrier is a Chairman of White & Case LLP. He manages the firm's strategy as well as its operations worldwide. In this episode, we follow his career path from a graduate of the University of Ottawa's law program to his current role as the Chairman of White & Case LLP. Tune in to learn more about his challenges and advice!