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1 Articling Information Booklet Windsor Prepared by Career Services Office

2 2014 Articling Information Booklet for Articling in Windsor To: From: All 2 nd Year Students Anna Maria DeCia-Gualtieri Director of Career Services Subject: 2014 Articling Information Booklet for Articling in Windsor Date: April 2014 We are pleased to provide you with Windsor Law s 2014 Articling Information Booklet for Articling in Windsor Students who are seeking articling positions in Windsor, Ontario may use this book as a reference when putting together their applications. This book does not contain complete firm profiles, however, it simply provides an overview of each legal employer who is accepting applications for articling in The information may have changed since publication, so you are encouraged to speak to employers directly and review employers websites for a more extensive profile. We hope this resource will help to make this application process a little easier. Wishing you all good luck! Best Regards, Anna DeCia-Gualtieri Director of Career Services

3 Articling Information Booklet Windsor TABLE OF CONTENTS Bartlet & Richardes LLP... 1 Crown Attorney s Office - Windsor... 3 Goldstein DeBiase Manzocco... 5 Greg Monforton and Partners... 7 Kirwin Partners LLP... 9 McTague Law Firm LLP Miller Canfield LLP Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP Shibley Righton LLP Shulgan Martini Marusic LLP Articling Recruitment Procedures... 20

4 Bartlet & Richardes LLP The firm carries on its practice in virtually all areas of law, including labour and employment law, corporate and commercial law, litigation, municipal law, corporate finance, banking, insolvency and receivership, taxation, franchising, estates and trusts, matrimonial law, commercial and residential real estate and construction law. The firm also has an extensive practice in Management representation in all areas of labour law in both the public and private sector, including arbitration, negotiation, representation before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Courts, as well as proceedings under the Human Rights Code. In addition, the firm carries on a comprehensive litigation practice, including general commercial litigation and personal injury litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, including the insurance industry. We view the articling experience as your fourth year of law school. It is the first sustained opportunity that most students have to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired in law school to practical use, assisting in finding legal solutions to actual legal issues. Our responsibility is to help the student make the transition from law student to practicing lawyer. We assist the student in developing the practical application of legal knowledge and the appropriate business/management skills relevant to the practice of law, including: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) written and oral advocacy skills; appropriate interaction and communication with clients, support staff, witnesses, the court and other counsel; appropriate file management procedures; appropriate time recording practices; orientation to appropriate bookkeeping methods as required by the Law Society of Upper Canada; thorough understanding and compliance with the Law Society of Upper Canada s Rules of Professional Conduct. We believe that the two primary methods by which a student learns are observation and participation (i.e. learning by doing). Our student will have the opportunity to observe by attending at various file events including meetings (client, expert, witness), examinations for discoveries, mediations, motions, arbitrations, settlement/pre-trial conferences, trials, transactional closings (and preparation for such closings). Advocacy and interaction styles are different from lawyer to lawyer. Accordingly, the student is encouraged to attend as many of these types of events with as many different lawyers as possible in order to observe different styles at work. Over the course of 1

5 time, the student will develop his/her own style. The student will have the opportunity to draw on the elements of each style which she/he feels are effective. The student will also have a tremendous opportunity to participate actively in the conduct of legal matters at the Firm (all within scope of tasks which are permitted to be delegated to articling students by LSUC). For instance, the student will be primarily responsible for the conduct of the Firm s Small Claims Court files, including opening the files in accordance with the Firm s file procedure, direct communication with clients, all legal matters (from pleadings to judgment and all steps in between, including the conduct of a trial, if necessary), as well as time tracking and account preparation. While that may sound intimidating to some, fear not. The student will perform all of these functions under the direct supervision of a lawyer at all times. In other words, the student does not work without a net. The student s work is reviewed at each stage with constructive feedback from the supervising lawyer. By the time the finished product reaches the client, the court, or opposing counsel, it will be well polished, having been vetted internally prior to release. We operate with an open door policy at our Firm. We encourage our students to ask questions, no matter the issue, and each of our lawyers is generally available for questions/discussion. We consult one another informally on a day to day basis and our student is encouraged to do so as well. Application & Inquiries Gerald E. Trottier Bartlet & Richardes LLP 374 Ouellette Avenue, Suite 1000 Windsor, ON N9A 1A9 (519) Number of positions 1 Application Package Cover letter (include legal interests and what you hope to achieve during articles) Resume Law & undergraduate transcripts Letters of reference (optional) Applications Accepted By mail to above address Employer Information 2

6 Crown Attorney s Office - Windsor Position Title: Articling Student ( ) Ministry: Ministry of the Attorney General Division: Criminal Law Division Branch/Office: Windsor, Essex County Location: Windsor Available 1 Positions: Branch Overview: The Crown Attorney system is responsible for prosecuting the vast majority of Ontario's criminal cases. Organized on a local basis, each office is supervised by a Crown Attorney and staffed by Assistant Crown Attorneys. In becoming a proficient prosecutor, an Assistant Crown Attorney must master all aspects of trial practice including such matters as case preparation, witness examination and crossexamination, the use of forensic evidence, legal argument, and the art of addressing the jury. There is no better way to develop a barrister's skills than to embark on a career as an Assistant Crown Attorney. Apart from trial work, Assistant Crown Attorneys may provide a range of related services. They give legal advice to police during the course of investigations; they assist police in obtaining search warrants; they review police briefs and conduct `charge screening` (by which they endeavour to eliminate charges where there is no reasonable prospect of conviction); and they try to facilitate reasonable resolutions of cases prior to trial whenever possible. Description of Program: The Crown Attorney's Office provides its students with an excellent articling experience devoted to criminal law. After articling many of our students go on to become Assistant Crown Attorneys while some go into private practice as part of the defence bar. In either case, articling with the Crown Attorney's office is an ideal way to start a career in criminal law. 3

7 In prosecutions, articling students work with Assistant Crown Attorneys. The student works closely with counsel in all facets of trial process, including legal research, disclosure, pre-trial conferences with defence counsel, witness interviews, preparation of examinations-in-chief and cross-examinations, preparation of closing arguments, and much more. During their articling year, students also have regular opportunity to prosecute a variety of provincial offences, learning the rudiments of most trial skills. By the end of a student's articling year, it is anticipated that he or she will be sufficiently well trained to work as a junior prosecutor. Application Requirements: Applications must include a resume, cover letter, undergraduate and law school transcripts, third year course selection and two (2) letters of reference. NCA candidates please include your Record of Examinations. Applications will be accepted by mail, , fax and in-person. Application Deadline: Friday, May 02, 2014 Send Application To: Key Contact Person (if students have questions about the program) Belinda Pagliaroli ATTN : Sheila Hamm Acting Deputy Crown Attorney Ministry of the Attorney General Crown Attorney's Office 5th Floor, Courthouse 200 Chatham Street East Windsor, ON N9A 2W3 Fax: Belinda Pagliaroli Acting Deputy Crown Attorney (519)

8 Goldstein DeBiase Manzocco Goldstein DeBiase Manzocco is a law firm of highly skilled personal injury lawyers with a hard-earned reputation for honesty, trial experience and a proven record of success. We are highly respected by our clients and by members of the legal community who, time and time again, refer complex and difficult cases to us. We are dedicated to helping injured people understand their legal rights. We are committed to assisting injured people in coping with the financial and emotional hardships caused by being involved in an accident. We guide our clients throughout the litigation process and answer all questions and concerns in a simple and easy-to-understand manner so that they can focus on their health and recovery. Goldstein DeBiase Manzocco is a law firm of experienced, compassionate and trial-hardened personal injury lawyers. By no means are we the largest personal injury law firm in the region. Rather, we believe that in order to be effective, our clients deserve individualized care and personal attention from our team of hardworking lawyers, paralegals, and legal secretaries. Together, we are committed to protecting our clients and their family. For more information about our commitment to excellence and real advocacy experience on behalf of injured people, contact Goldstein DeBiase Manzocco. Practice Areas Our dedication to injured people can be seen by the wide variety of accident claims we take on, some of which include: Accident injury claims: We provide advice and representation to those injured in motor vehicle, truck and motorcycle accidents, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians who have been injured after being struck by a vehicle. Fatal accident claims: We represent grieving families who have lost a loved one as the result of a motor vehicle accident or another person's negligence. Insurance benefit claims: We guide our clients through the benefits they are entitled to through no-fault motor vehicle accident benefits, including claims for underinsured and uninsured motorist protection. We also represent clients who require payment of benefits under their insurance policy as a result of large losses due to a fire or flood. 5

9 Severe injury claims: We work to secure our clients the medical care, compensation and support they require following a severe injury, including injuries to the spinal cord, head, loss of vision or hearing and catastrophic injuries such as paralysis. Liability claims: We file suit to recover damages in the wake of liability claims such as slip/trip-and-fall accidents, dog bites and attacks, product liability, tavern liability and injuries suffered by those as a result of criminal acts. Disability claims: We file benefit applications and appeals for those who have been denied workplace and government benefits including shortterm and long-term disability and CPP disability benefits. U.S. residents injured in Canada: We advise citizens from other countries who are injured while in Canada about their rights to compensation and how the law applies to their case, including which insurance scheme to draw upon to secure them maximum benefit. We are dedicated to providing our clients with strong representation to get them the results that they deserve. Application & Inquiries Colleen Caza Goldstein DeBiase Manzocco 176 University Avenue West, Suite 900 Windsor, ON N9A 5P1 Phone: Number of positions 1 Application Package Cover letter Resume Law & undergraduate transcripts Letters of reference (optional) Brief writing sample (not lengthy & excerpts accepted) Applications Accepted By to or mail to above address Employer Information 6

10 Greg Monforton and Partners Since our founding in 1981, we have built a reputation as one of Ontario s most successful personal injury boutique law firms. Our lawyers have helped thousands of people injured as a result of motor vehicle collisions, slip & falls, medical malpractice & product liability cases. We are often retained by accident victims in the most high profile injury cases in our community. We only represent people and never represent insurers or product manufacturers. Our lawyers have extensive experience at the Superior Court of Justice as well as at the Court of Appeal. We have a dedicated team of 3 partners, 5 associate lawyers, 2 articling students and 1 summer student. Assisting them is a team of support staff consisting of approximately 20 clerks and assistants. Founding partner Greg Monforton is certified as a specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada, is a Past-President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, is listed in the 2013 LEXPERT Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of Personal Injury Law and has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada. We are not only committed to providing students with hands on exposure to the practise of law but are also committed to the academic development of students while in law school. Greg and Partner, Jennifer Bezaire have previously taught the Automobile Insurance course at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Associate Lawyer Dina Mejalli previously taught Sales Law, Contract Law and Access to Justice at the law school as well. Our Student Articling Program is a major building block for our law firm. Students who excel in our program possess the passion and principles required for the pursuit of excellence; the same pursuit which began when the firm was founded more than 30 years ago. What we offer: strong mentoring from each of our lawyers an open door/collegial team atmosphere cutting edge marketing & technology student membership in the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) student attendance at continuing legal education events, including OTLA s annual two day spring and fall conferences extensive client interaction frequent attendance with lawyers at trials/discoveries/motions/mediations/pre- Trial Conferences 7

11 student attendances on motions/debtor judgment examinations/small claims court matters as well as observances of Highway Traffic Act and criminal proceedings experience in drafting pleadings, motions and settlement briefs direction on research involvement in trial preparation a firm with Core Values which enhance job satisfaction payment of your Bar Admission Course fees a salary which is competitive with other Windsor law firms Do we hire back? Yes we do. We are constantly on the lookout for talented and dedicated individuals. Our summer and articling program is one of the many ways we identify potential associates to sustain the continued growth of our firm. Application & Inquiries Jennifer Bezaire Articling Principal 1 Riverside Drive West, Suite 801 Windsor, ON N9A 5K3 (519) Number of positions 2 (as well as one Law I/II summer student) Application Package Cover letter Resume Law & undergraduate transcripts Letters of reference & writing samples (optional) Applications Accepted In person/by mail to above address or Employer Information 8

12 KIRWIN PARTNERS LLP CIVIL LITIGATION Our litigation team believes in championing the cause of both individuals and corporations. We provide representation in matters relating to all types of loss, damages and injury. We practice in all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal for Ontario, as well as before tribunals and boards. We assist clients in commercial and contractual disputes, construction liens and related lien litigation, land expropriation, business and corporate matters, insurance disputes, employer and employee matters and wrongful dismissal. In addition, we have extensive expertise in representing individuals in motor vehicle accident claims, personal injury, fire loss, property loss and claims pertaining to sickness, accident and disability. CORPORATE & REAL ESTATE LAW Our corporate and real estate team believes in innovative solutions for our clients' business needs. We provide services relating to corporate and commercial matters and real estate transactions. We assist our clients with the formation and organization of business corporations, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, commercial leasing, secured financial transactions, commercial insolvency issues and commercial real estate. We also advise clients on the appropriate legal structure for their business, taking into account tax issues and shareholder relations. We represent our clients in the purchase and sale of commercial and residential real estate and related mortgage transaction matters, including multi-unit properties and apartment buildings as well as condominium related matters FAMILY LAW Our family law department provides experienced but compassionate legal representation in the area of family law. We represent our clients in all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal for Ontario. We have extensive expertise in the areas of divorce law, custody and access, support and property division. We provide assistance to clients considering separation or divorce to ensure proper division of property and support payments are obtained. Legal advice is provided on issues relating to sole and joint custody of children, including visitation rights, mobility rights, maintenance of benefits and issues regarding a child's change of name. 9

13 WILLS & ESTATES Our wills and estates team assists clients in planning their estate by providing advice on the preparation of their will and powers of attorney. We provide services, such as representing the estate trustee and the family upon the death of a person and with respect to disputes that may arise in administering and settling the estate. We carefully draft wills and powers of attorneys for our clients based on their wishes, while considering what is allowed by law. We also assist clients in the area of guardianship applications for both personal care and property issues. We advise clients on estate planning and trust matters, including matters relating to persons with special needs and seniors. We have extensive experience assisting estate trustees in the administration of the estate. Advice is provided in matters ranging from the distribution of assets and passing of accounts, to estate disputes, challenges to wills ARBITRATION & MEDIATION With over 28 years of experience sitting on the bench as a Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, sitting mainly in Windsor and the Southwest Region, Anthony Cusinato dealt with and tried civil, family, estate and criminal cases. He also presided over case conferences, settlements and pre-trials. He will be providing arbitration and mediation services to lawyers and their clients as well as corporations and other parties needing dispute settlement services. Application & Inquiries Number of positions 1 Application Package Applications Accepted Employer Information Rodney Godard Kirwin Partners LLP 423 Pelissier St. Windsor, ON N9A 4L2 (519) Cover letter Resume Law & undergraduate transcripts Letters of reference (optional) By or mail to above address 10

14 McTague Law Firm LLP McTague Law Firm LLP is one of the oldest, largest and most respected law firms in Southwestern Ontario. We have a rich history and an impressive roster of current and former partners and associates. We recognize that articling is an important period, and, therefore, place a particular emphasis on our articling program. We seek well-rounded, motivated and self-starting individuals to join our firm, in a dynamic and friendly atmosphere. As a law firm we are strategically focused on Business and Corporate Law, Commercial Litigation, Employment and Labour Law, Estates and Trusts Law, Litigation, Real Estate Law and Patent and Trademark Law., Our articling program is specifically designed to expose articling students to a wide variety of legal matters in these areas, while retaining the flexibility to permit students to pursue their own specific interests. Working closely with lawyers from each practice area, articling students will have the opportunity to conduct legal research, interview witnesses, meet with clients, draft documents, and make court appearances. The firm typically hires two students for each articling year. In hiring students, we consider academic achievement, outside interests, and personality. We specifically look for students who can produce quality work, take responsibility and relate well to members of our firm and our clients. 11

15 Our compensation package is competitive with other similarly sized Essex County law firms. For the right person and where the need exists, we also offer the possibility of a career path subsequent to articling. Our articling program has provided the primary source of associates and partners within the firm and we invite you to review the lawyer profiles on our website at for examples of the outstanding people we employ and potential career paths. Applications & Inquiries Rashid Farhat Articling Principal McTague Law Firm LLP 455 Pelissier Street Windsor ON N9A 6Z9 (519) Number of Positions 2 Application Package Cover letter Resume Law and undergraduate transcripts Letters of reference (optional) Applications Accepted By mail to above address or Employer Information 12

16 MILLER CANFIELD LLP Since 1852, Miller Canfield's collaborative approach, deep resources and network of local, regional and worldwide relationships have helped our lawyers get work done quickly, efficiently and successfully for our clients. We engage the best people, best practices and deliver the best possible results. We know our clients' businesses, organizations and industries and look out for their best interests. They look to us for legal expertise as well as insight and business advice. Together, we build businesses, communities and prosperity. We don't just advise. We make things happen. The firm today: 160+ years of legal leadership 350+ lawyers and paralegals 134th largest U.S. law firm according to the National Law Journal 12 "Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers 145+ lawyers in leading referral guides, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and European Experts 25 lawyers are Fellows of American Colleges Global. We are the designated law firm in Michigan and Poland in the Employment Law Alliance, a network of top labor and employment lawyers in the world - a powerful resource for clients facing local or global issues. Chief Executive Officer: Michael P McGee Summer Student and Articling Student Opportunities in Canada Miller Canfield hires first year law students each summer in Windsor and second year law students in Toronto, Ontario, as well as graduating law students to work as articling students for a 10-month period under the provincial Law Society s lawyer licencing program. Although we can only hire students who will obtain law degrees from Canadian universities or who have qualified under the National Committee on Accreditation examination process, we are able to consider law students in joint degree programs between Canadian and U.S. universities such as the joint degree program between the University of Windsor Law School and the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. Articling Q: Will I be expected to work with one practice group or may I accept assignments from a wide range of practice groups? 13

17 A: We encourage summer students and articling students to accept assignments from all practice groups, but our program allows flexibility to select assignments, as well. Q: What social activities can I expect? A: In addition to challenging assignments, summer students and articling students have the opportunity to get to know lawyers in the firm, as well as each other, at social activities and continuing education programs coordinated in Ontario and with our offices in the U.S. Q: What is the compensation? A: Competitive compensation is offered. Articling students are eligible to receive health and medical benefits. Q: Will I have a mentor? A: Yes. Articling students are required to have a principal under Law Society rules. We will also assign a mentor to answer questions, trouble-shoot, socialize, and, if requested, review written work product. Application & Inquiries Number of positions 2 Application Package Applications Accepted Marco Dolfi Miller Canfield LLP 100 Ouellette Ave, 13 th Floor Windsor, ON N9A 6R4 (519) Cover letter Resume Law & undergraduate transcripts Letters of reference (optional) By mail to above address or by to Employer Information 14

18 Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP is a full service law firm offering the articling student a wide variety of legal matters into which they can immerse themselves on a daily basis. There is no formal rotation for the articling term and as such the articling student will typically deal with numerous matters during the full term of their articles, including federal criminal prosecutions, civil litigation, family law, real estate law, municipal law, and commercial transactions. Articling at MDMP Our Law Firm is committed to fostering the education and training of law students. Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP is a full service law firm offering the articling student a wide variety of legal matters into which they can immerse themselves on a daily basis. There is no formal rotation for the articling term and as such the articling student will typically deal with numerous matters during the full term of their articles, including federal criminal prosecutions, civil litigation, family law, real estate law, municipal law, and commercial transactions. During the articling term the articling student will be involved with various legal and administrative duties such as drafting letters to clients, conducting legal research, preparing legal memoranda, preparing witnesses or clients for trial, preparing for discoveries, attending mediations, motions and settlement conferences. The articling student will learn skills and responsibilities associated with administrative functions required for the carriage and maintenance of files from start to finish. As an articling student at Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP, you obtain an abundance of court room experience. You may be in court on a daily basis representing the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Ontario Court of Justice, or representing the City of Windsor and the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Provincial Offences Court. In addition, as the articling student has full carriage of small claims court files, you would conduct any trials that arise out of those matters. 15

19 The articling student works closely, and in conjunction with, the lawyers at the firm on a daily basis and will be able to obtain an invaluable, well-rounded articling experience. Application & Inquiries Number of Positions 1 Application Package Applications Accepted Employer Information Mr. Ilias Kiritsis Articling Principal Westcour Place, Suite Goyeau Street Windsor ON N9A 6V2 (519) Cover letter Resume Law & undergraduate transcripts Letters of reference (optional) By mail to the above address or 16

20 Established in 1964 in Toronto, Shibley Righton LLP is a full-service firm with offices in Windsor and Toronto. There are 46 lawyers at the firm, with 15 of those lawyers practising in our Windsor office, located at the corner of Ouellette Avenue and Eugenie Street. Our lawyers, as at most law firms, come from all walks of life. We have a wide variety of personalities in our firm. What seems to distinguish us from most other firms is the way in which our unique personalities interact and work together to help one another become better advisors and stronger advocates, dedicated to providing excellence in client service. We are approachable, open, receptive and straight-forward. We are very willing to assist our students as they seek to gain the experience necessary to become great lawyers. Our students work directly with our lawyers who have carriage of client files. Whether that is a senior partner or an associate who has carriage of their own file, the student becomes part of the team in performing the work for the client. Our lawyers enjoy working in the firm, and each have found their own comfort zone, without sacrificing their personalities and who they are as individuals. Our students find that they are warmly pulled into the firm during their articles and get to participate in a hands-on manner in the practice of law. Work flows into the student s office as it flows into the firm; there are no formal rotations, and students are welcome to seek work in areas of particular interest to them. We expect students to take on responsibilities and perform their work as if they were lawyers, providing them with the independence necessary to perform their work, while ensuring guidance is available to them when required or requested. Students have the ability to excel and be assigned associate-level work should they establish themselves as being capable of doing so (all within the restrictions applicable to students by the LSUC and the courts, of course). We like to think that our relationship with our students is a mutually beneficial one, and we invest in our students so that if the opportunities are there to grow our firm, we will turn to our students first. For more information about the articling experience at Shibley Righton LLP, please visit our website at: Application & Inquiries Tanya Allison Office Manager, Windsor Shibley Righton LLP 2510 Ouellette Avenue, Suite 301 Windsor, Ontario N8X 1L

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