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Osgoode's Internationally Trained Lawyers Day 2017

Join us on Thursday, June 15, 2017 to celebrate, network and reconnect with international legal talent in Toronto.

This is a unique opportunity for a diverse array of lawyers and law graduates from different countries, who may otherwise be going through the process of accreditation or licensing alone, to meet others and to build upon their own networks.

It also provides an opportunity for former students, new students, and prospective students to network with supportive and experienced members of the legal profession.

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Sessions for Internationally Trained Lawyers and Law Graduates

12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Benefit from sessions that will answer questions you may have about the accreditation and licensing process. Receive help with career-building skills and engage in discussion with panelists, focused on identifying and capitalizing on unique strengths/experiences.
Registration for the afternoon sessions/panels includes attendance at the evening Reception.

Registration for this event is $25 plus HST (non-refundable).
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Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

An evening reception celebrating legal scholarship and diversity. Attendance at the networking reception is complimentary, however, registration is required.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights
York University

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+ Agenda

Full Agenda*
In front of Moot Court
Rm 1005/1006
Registration Opens
Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Opening remarks
Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Career Coaching Session

  • How to build your career in Canada as an internationally trained lawyer
  • Highlighting your unique strengths and international experience/education
  • How to navigate the Canadian legal job market

Paulette Pommells, Lawyer Coach

Gowlings Atrium
Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
National Committee on Accreditation – Information Session and Updates

Deborah Wolfe, P .Eng, Managing Director, National Committee on Accreditation

Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Law Practice Program – Informational Session and Updates

Gina Alexandris, Senior Program Director, LPP, Ryerson University

Gowlings Atrium
Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Osgoode LLM Alumni Panel

Anna Gurevich, LLM in Canadian Common Law (Class of 2014)
Rene Mendizabal, LLM in Canadian Common Law (Class of 2015)
Raheena Dahya, LLM in Canadian Common Law (Class of 2016)
Noorin Manji, LLM in Canadian Common Law (Class of 2014)
Victoria Boucovalas, LLM in Canadian Common Law (Class of 2015)

This panel will speak about their individual experiences of how they focused on their international experience/education to navigate the Canadian legal job market:

  • How they used their connections to home jurisdictions to their advantage
  • How they are being innovative in their approach to practicing law
  • How they used the LLM to position themselves where they are
4:45 – 6:00
Rm 1001 (Civil Law)
Rm 1002 (Canadians who chose to study law abroad)
Rm 1003 (Common Law)
“Unconference” Sessions: Finding Common Ground
Participants will join one of the following groups for open discussion on challenges and opportunities for internationally trained lawyers and law graduates from similar educational backgrounds.

  1. Civil Law (e.g., Russia, China, South America)
  2. Common Law Backgrounds (e.g., India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, U.S.)
  3. Canadians who chose to study law abroad (eg. UK, US)

These will be an open discussion between participants and alumni on any questions or concerns they might have specific to these legal backgrounds.

6:00 – 6:30
Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Michael Charles
Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion
York University
6:30 – 8:00
Helliwell Centre, Rm 1014
Junior Common Room, Rm 1017
Networking Reception

The evening networking reception will bring together the panel participants and members of the profession for a networking event and celebration of diverse international talent. Light appetizers and refreshments served.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017


Osgoode Hall Law School
Ignat Kaneff Building, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON Canada
M3J 1P3


You can find more information about getting to Osgoode Hall Law School here.

*Speakers will be updated as they are confirmed.
Agenda and speakers are subject to change without notice.

All tickets are final sale – no refund is available for this event.

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