The Law School Show


168. One Head, Many Hats (with Ira Shatzmiller)

Ira Shatzmiller is head of Legal and Compliance at BSH Appliances. Join our host Rutumi Tank chat with this insightful lawyer about her journey, starting with law school to the present day. Ira Shatzmiller provides us with pearls of wisdom, personal anecdotes, and tips on being successful as an in-house lawyer. 


167. Audax et Celer: The Importance of Leadership and Teamwork from the Battlefield to the Courtroom (with Professor Leah West)

Join Amos Vang as he interviews Royal Canadian Dragoon veteran, world-class volleyball player, lawyer and law professor Leah West on her career journey from the Royal Military College to the 2004 World Volleyball Championships to Afghanistan to law school and to a legal career in national security.

Bold and swift: these are the virtues of a Royal Canadian Dragoon that a law student and lawyer can apply to their own careers.  Professor West emphasizes the importance of a leadership mindset in her professional pursuits, especially during her time in Afghanistan.  Simultaneously, Professor West also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and inspiring others through one’s actions.  Especially in the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership and teamwork are two of the most important qualities that a person must learn to succeed in any industry.

You can follow Professor West on Twitter: @leahwest_nsl

You can find Professor West’s book (co-authored alongside Professor Craig Forcese) here: 

You can follow Professor West’s INTREPID podcast here: 


166. Dr. Adelina Iftene on Prison Abolition

"Policy and legislation-wise, we still have a lot of work to do." Emma Partridge sits down with Dr. Adelina Iftene, author of "Punished for Aging: Vulnerability, Rights, and Access to Justice in Canadian Penitentiaries," to discuss the legal community's response to growing calls for prison abolition. Are lawyers pushing the conversation forward, or just maintaining the status quo? Listen now.


165. Netflix, Notoriety, and Legal Entrepreneurship (with Tiger King’s Joseph Fritz)

Joseph Fritz is a lawyer, legal entrepreneur, and advocate whose provocative statements in Netflix's wildly popular "Tiger King" made the name Carole Baskin one of the most notorious taglines of 2020. William White learns how Joe earned his stripes and eventually brought a range of legal issues into the zeitgeist of a society stuck at home.


164. Looking Back on Our Very Interesting 1L Year (with Chelsea Sawaya and François Bélanger)

As part of the Student Life Series, Bianca Morello sits down for a chat with Chelsea Sawaya and François Bélanger, two students who have just completed their first year of law school at the University of Ottawa. Just like the title suggests, we talk about our classes, how we adapted to law school online, work-life balance and our perspective on grades.


163. The Constitutional Legend: A Conversation with Dr. Joseph Eliot Magnet on the Evolution of Canada’s Constitution, the Constitutional Lawyer, and the Human Aspects of the Legal Practice

Join Amos Vang as he interviews Professor Joseph Magnet on his career and the evolution of Canada’s constitutionalism.

From clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada under Chief Justice Brian Dickson to becoming the lead counsel of over 200 constitutional cases at the Supreme Court of Canada and other appeal courts, Professor Magnet has become one of the most important contributors to Canada’s constitutional evolution.  Professor Magnet talks about how Canada has changed, how the constitutional legal practice has changed, and how classical music can be an extremely helpful background.

You can read more about Professor Magnet’s work on his website:


162. Life as a Law Professor and Mediator (with Jennifer Schulz)

Host Ashley Bains sits down with Dr. Jennifer Schulz, a practicing mediator and torts professor at the University of Manitoba. They discuss Dr. Schulz's law school experience, obtaining an MPhil and SJD, and how to start a career in mediation. Plus, Dr. Schulz provides some tips for law school success!


161. Criminal Defence, “Technicalities”, and Going to Trial (with Jacob Stilman)

Jacob Stilman, a practicing criminal defence lawyer with 30 years of experience, discusses the day-to-day life of a defence attorney. Host William Lundy asks for Jacob's response to that common question for criminal defence lawyers: "How could you live with defending that person?" They also discuss the charge that defence lawyers take advantage of "technicalities" to keep accused persons out of prison.

In this broad look at criminal defence, Jacob discusses plea bargains, the questions involved in going to trial, the art of cross-examination, and preparing an accused to take the stand. The conversation also touches on recent changes to criminal law — including marijuana legalization and impaired driving, the latter of which is the subject of Jacob's chapter in the recently published book, "High Time" — the abolition of peremptory challenges in jury selection, and the so-called 'Jian Ghomeshi' rules in sexual assault trials.


160. The Adversarial System and the Administration of Justice: Practicing Criminal Law in Canada (with Carolyn Ayre)

Carolyn Ayre joins host Sabrina Dueck to discuss her journey through law, first as a defence lawyer for 18 years in Ontario and then as a Crown prosecutor for the Specialized Prosecutions Branch in Calgary.

Carolyn reflects on her experiences on both sides of the adversarial system, as well as the importance of the duties of the Crown prosecutor in the criminal justice system. Carolyn also talks about her experience as a law student, and shares advice for students looking to practice criminal law on either side of the system.


159. Water Finds a Way: Advice for Careers in International Law (with Dr. Beth Van Schaack)

In this episode, Dr. Beth Van Schaack of Stanford Law School provides listeners with insight into how to start and maintain a career in international law. With host Peter Shyba, this interview focuses on lessons from Dr. Van Schaack's career in international humanitarian, criminal, and human rights law, and her new book, Imagining Justice for Syria.

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