The Law School Show


183. The triple C threat: COVID, Contracting and Contractors (with Shawn Cowan)

Our host, Chelsea Sawaya, sat down with Shawn Cowan, President of Ottawa Valley Handrailing Company LTD, to discuss managing the struggles of meeting contract deadlines with clients and contractors resulting from industry delays due to unpredictability Covid.


182. What to Expect During Law School Orientation and the Beginning of 1L (with Professor Anne Levesque and Sarah)

In this episode of the Student Life Series, our host, Bianca Morello, sits down with Professor Anne Levesque and student Sarah to discuss the different activities they planned for the 1L orientation at the University of Ottawa. Some of the topics include the "hybrid" activities they organized, how to prepare for the first year of law school, and how to be most successful whether attending class in-person or online.


181. Cyber Securing your practice in COVID (with Patrick Dunlop).

Chelsea Sawaya sat down with Patrick Dunlop, Open Source & Cryptocurrency Intelligence Lead at Inquisitive Intel, to discuss what you need to do to make your business secure in the world wide web we now live in. Tune in to learn more about the importance of cyber-hygiene, the use of NFT in legal documents, and the evolution of cyber-security.


180. Student Legal Assistance: Hands-On Learning at a Law School Legal Clinic (with Louanne Moriarty)

Sit down with host Sabrina Dueck and guest Louanne Moriarty as they discuss volunteering with a law school legal clinic (specifically, Student Legal Assistance at the University of Calgary). Receive some bonus tips from a pandemic-era grad on how to balance life and law school. Louanne talks about her personal experience working with SLA throughout all three years of law school, the many benefits of volunteering/working at any law school legal clinic, and how to survive law school in general. If you ever have any questions about SLA, volunteering during law school, or any other law school-related topics, feel free to email Louanne at


179. Matter and Energy: Carbon Pricing, Federalism, and the Future (with Steven Chaplin)

Earlier this summer, Jake Clark sat down with Professor Steven Chaplin to discuss the historical context of the Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Act. Covering the context behind the 405-page case requires looking into the history of Canadian federalism, charting its constitutional origins and evolution in a world of rapid technological expansion. In doing so, they discussed watertight compartments, uranium regulation, and why there will always be jobs for lawyers.


178. The Administration of Justice in the Youth Criminal Justice System (with Jodi Koffman and Hillarie Tasche)

Host Sabrina Dueck is joined by Jodi Koffman, a Senior Crown Attorney for the Manitoba Justice Prosecution Service, and Hillarie Tasche, a staff attorney at Legal Aid Manitoba, to discuss working in the Youth Criminal Justice System in Canada. Both guests specialize in youth crime and have worked together on many of their files. In this honest discussion, Jodie and Hillarie reflect on their experiences working together and the implications of young people in the criminal justice system and how important it is to divert them therefrom. They end with advice for those law students interested in working in criminal law, and more specifically, with youth.


177. What it’s Like to Start a Law Practice at 25 (with Ayesha Kumararatne)

Have you ever wondered what it's like to start your own law practice? In this episode, host Miho Kitamura speaks with Ayesha Kumararatne, an immigration lawyer who started her own practice in her mid-twenties. Her journey hasn't been without challenges. Those challenges fueled her growth, and she is thriving along with her practice. Ayesha shares valuable advice for those thinking of starting their own practice and gets candid about being a young woman of colour in law, managing overwhelming stress, and making time for life outside of work (which, for our guest, involves taking care of her furry friend and growing multi-coloured carrots).


176. Community Education and the Art of Hot Takes (with Michael Spratt)

A lot of us came to law school to leave our footprint in the world. There is arguably no better person to talk to about this than the one and only Michael Spratt. Michael joins us to talk about employing your legal skills for the sake of community education, participation, and engagement so that you can make positive changes on issues that you are passionate about. Come learn about everything he’s involved with outside of his legal practice to make a difference in Canada, from testifying in the House of Commons to hosting an award-winning podcast. It’s a lot of work, but the key to succeeding in this can really be boiled down to a couple of things: steadily build up your reputation, strike a healthy work-life balance and love what you do.


175. When Lawyers Get Sued (with Jack Daiter)

Join our host, William Lundy and his guest Jack Daiter, the former VP of the Primary Professional Liability Claims Department at LawPRO in this week's episode. They discuss why lawyers get sued, how these lawsuits get handled, and what can derail a successful mediation. Listen in to learn how tough calls are made at the executive level. 


174. Worker Solidarity and Employment Class Actions (with Joshua Mandryk)

In this episode, Joshua Mandryk— labour lawyer and employment class action litigator at Goldblatt Partners LLP— speaks to host Ali Mesbahian about building solidarity with working people and providing access to justice. Who is allowed to bring forth a class action, and what criteria must be met? What area of employment law are class actions most common? What does “success” entail in class actions, and how frequent are they?  What are the interests involved in an employment class action, and how does the lawyer attend to them, especially in the event of a conflict? Joshua also speaks of the need for legislative clarity around the classification of workers—particularly to clarify what is already the case: workers in the gig economy are employees and NOT independent contractors.

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