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April 2023 - Issue #14

AC Boot Camp - New Sponsorship!

  • We are thrilled to announce that Kelly Santini LLP - a full service law firm - will host and sponsor the upcoming in-person Boot Camp!
  • It takes place April 25 & 27 afternoons, 12:30-5:00. Led by Juliet Knapton, at Kelly Santini's offices at 2401-160 Elgin Street, downtown Ottawa.
  • Participants qualify for 7.5 hours of substantive CPD and 1.5 hours of professional CPD, of which 1.0 hours qualify as EDI.
  • The cost is $370 for lawyers and $250 for students and paralegals, all plus HST, payable in advance and not refundable.

Seats are going fast!  Please contact John Hollander to express your interest in this or a future in-person or Zoom session. 

Recent Feedback:
"I'm amazed by how much I learned in such a short time. I gained practical knowledge and tools to be a better advocate for clients. This Advocacy Club Bootcamp is definitely a worthwhile investment." 
"The Advocacy Bootcamp challenged me and allowed me to learn much about how I currently conduct my legal practice and how it can be improved. The instructors pushed us and helped us reflect on our advocacy skills and how to improve them. I highly recommend taking this course."

Benchers Election

The LSO Bencher election takes place in April, online. Please vote. There are serious issues, and serious lawyers who invest their time to advance agendas that impact us.  Check out the LSO site here.

The Good Governance Coalition is holding an event after the CCLA AGM on April 13 to introduce some of its candidates to CCLA members.  Where: Gowlings Boardroom, 160 Elgin Street, 26th Floor, April 13, 2023.

When:  5:30 to 7:30 pm. 

What:  Meet & mingle with Bencher candidates and colleagues. The Treasurer of the Law Society will be in attendance and looks forward to meeting younger members of the bar.

    The Advocacy Club does not take positions on subjects outside its specific mandate, but three Club supporters - all members of the Good Governance Coalition -  have announced their candidacy for election as LSO Benchers.  The Club urges its members to canvass and vote to support these candidates.

    Boot Camp Refreshers

    Interested to practice your 5-and-outs? Your 7-Elements?  Curious about the new Scenes Technique?

    Club Member Nicole Bolick is running a users group to do just that. Practice in the comfort and privacy of a Zoom call. If you are interested to learn more, contact her directy at: nicole.bolick000@gmail.com

    Announcing the Advocacy Club Boot Camp on Substack 

    Can't take a Boot Camp? Want a refresher? Want to run your own DIY workshop?  No worries, Mate.  Access the Advocacy Club Boot Camp on Substack.  Use Donaghue v Stevenson as your case study. Follow the techniques and exercises laid out in the Blog, the Podcasts, the demos.  Start with the intro post here.  On your own time in your own home/office.

    As of this day, there are several posts on each of Question Skills, Case Analysis Scenes, Preparing for a Direct Examination and Preparing for a Cross-examination, with another post every week!


    AC@LS (Advocacy Club @ Law School) - on Zoom

    The sixth edition of the AC@LS ended March 28. 21 bright, eager and talented law students participated from three law schools. 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls, mixing and mingling freely. Each weekly session had 30 minutes of presentation and drills by John Hollander, followed by 60 minutes of student exercises in breakouts led by six Club member-litigators. Free of charge! 

    The next session starts October 3, 2023.  If you know of a law student who might interested, let me know. Here is the link to a promo sheet

    For any employers out there, recruit your next summer intern or articling student from this group of talented keeners! Contact me ​for details.


    Testimonials from Winter 2023 AC@LS participants:


    “I just wanted to thank you for running the advocacy club! As a 1L student, learning about interviewing techniques, direct/cross examinations, and public speaking at the beginning of my law school journey was extremely useful. I’ve already been able to apply what I learned to several school assignments, and I feel well-equipped and excited to tackle my mock trial in 2L! The opportunity to network with other lawyers was also invaluable.” 

    Alexandra Bula, 1L, Lakehead

    “This course is an incredible opportunity to extend your legal education beyond the classroom. Whether you pursue a career in litigation or not, this course teaches you fundamental skills that will serve you in every area of practice. Through this course, I became a more confident public speaker, learned how to think clearly under pressure/on the spot, and learned (most importantly) how to get to the point. The Club is also an incredible opportunity to interact with practicing lawyers who are happy to provide invaluable advice and guidance. I would recommend this Club to anyone”.

    Alexandra Weir, 1L, uOttawa

    “The advocacy club training was undoubtedly a remarkable experience for me. I had the opportunity to learn from experienced lawyers and engage in practical exercises that enabled me to refine my skills. Especially the formula-based direct and cross-examination skills. I am confident that the knowledge I gained will help me greatly in my future practice as a litigator.”

    Rui Zhang, 1L, uOttawa

    Contact John Hollander to sign up.

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