Overview

Our student programs are flexible and allow you to gain exposure to a wide range of practice areas while exploring your own interests. We encourage students to reach out to lawyers in practice areas they would like to learn more about or with whom they are interested in working. You will receive interesting and practical hands-on experience in our diverse practice areas:

Litigation & Advocacy: You will be exposed to commercial litigation, insurance litigation, administrative law, insolvency, environmental law, family, wills & estates, immigration and aboriginal law.

Real Estate & Business Law:  You will be exposed to a mix of corporate and commercial law, taxation, real estate and employment & labour law.

We believe that our students should be involved in all facets of our practice. Our students are continuously challenged and will become involved in matters of increasing complexity and responsibility as their abilities develop.  Examples of assignments given to students include:

  • Handle your own small claims court files with supervision
  • Draft correspondence, pleadings, motion records, facta and research memos
  • Attend discoveries, mediations, pre-trials and hearings before courts and tribunals with our experienced lawyers
  • Assist with both corporate and real estate closings
  • Draft corporate contracts as well as director and shareholder resolutions

We treat summer and articling students similarly in terms of assignments and level of responsibility, except for the restrictions on rights of appearance before courts imposed by the Law Society.

Summer Student Program:  We try to match you with a lawyer in your chosen practice area in either our corporate/real estate or litigation practice areas as we feel the summer is too short for a formal rotation system. That said, we are flexible and allow you to seek out work in any and all areas of interest during your summer experience.

Articling Student Program:  We maintain a flexible individually-tailored rotation system in our two primary practice areas: litigation and business law.

Blaney McMurtry LLP is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.  Please contact our Human Resources department at 416-593-7221 to discuss any accommodation needs.

 Professional Development

We provide a comprehensive orientation during your first week with us as well as ongoing seminars which focus on both skills development and keeping abreast of legal developments across our practice areas. Examples of our seminar topics during your orientation and beyond include:

  • Small Claims Court Procedure & Advocacy
  • Expert Evidence for Litigators
  • Preparing For Your First Civil Trial
  • Basic Corporate Law
  • Strategic Legal Writing
  • Drafting and Uses of Boilerplate Clauses
 Mentoring

Blaneys is committed to your development as a professional. All students are teamed with a formal mentor. These are typically associates who still recall what it was like when they were in your shoes. Our mentoring program allows you to establish an ongoing relationship with a more experienced member of our firm. We also encourage you to build relationships and develop informal mentorships during your summer and articling experiences.

 Why Blaneys?

Why Choose Blaneys?

  • You will receive substantive hands-on assignments from day one
  • You can explore areas of interest from amongst our diverse practice areas
  • You will work in your own office with the same tools and support that are available to our associates
  • We offer a competitive salary and other benefits
  • We have an informal, collegial work culture; our lawyers are generally approachable and have open door policies

What Kind of Student Thrives at Blaneys?

  • You are committed to providing exceptional client service
  • You have an enthusiastic “can-do” attitude and are open to taking on new challenges to deepen your learning
  • You take ownership over your work – you treat assignments as if they were your own in terms of your responsiveness, attention to detail, follow-up and initiative in exploring creative ways to resolve our clients’ legal issues
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand that law is both a profession and a business
  Our Students
Cristina Fulop
416-593-1221 ext. 2045

Cristina is a Dual JD candidate at the University of Windsor and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and a Chartered Insurance Professional Designation from the Insurance Institute of Canada. Prior to law school, Cristina worked as a personal trainer before transitioning into disability management. She then spent five years as a property and casualty insurance claims adjuster.

Cristina is an avid mooter. She achieved Distinction in the G. Mennen Williams Moot Court Competition, competed in the Hicks Morley Labour Moot, and received awards for Best Team and Best Appellant Factum at the 2019 Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot.

Cristina is committed to the betterment of the Windsor Law student community and has taken on multiple leadership roles including co-chair of the Student Advocacy Committee, Executive Articles Editor (incoming) with the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, and physical activity coordinator for the Windsor Law Mental Health and Wellness Initiative.

In her free time, Cristina teaches indoor cycling classes and is currently training for her third half-marathon. She is an animal lover, enjoys cooking, has a passion for music, and spends as much free time outdoors as possible.

Rob Hawkins
416-593-1221 ext. 2042
rhawkins@blaney.com
Rob is a law student at Western University where he is completing a dual JD and Honours of Business Administration degree.

During his first year of law school, Rob was awarded the 1st place team award and 2nd place individual award for the Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy course moot. Rob became a Teaching Assistant in his second year at law school. 

Rob is active in the university community where he was the Convener for the Intramural Ice Hockey program for the past two years. He continues to be an on-ice official for Intramural Hockey games and to help train new officials.

In his free time, Rob enjoys golfing, spending weekends at the cottage and cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jacqueline Hicks
416-593-1221 ext. 2043

Jacqueline is a law student at the University of Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Western University in International Relations.

At law school, Jacqueline worked as a caseworker at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic in the Women’s Division. Jacqueline also serves on the executive committee for the Women’s Fitness Law Society at the University of Ottawa. In her first year of law school, Jacqueline conducted research for the Centre for Law, Technology and Society.

Jacqueline has co-led a team in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for the past 7 years, which has collectively raised over $1m for cancer research. Jacqueline enjoys travelling, trying new restaurants, reading and staying active through spinning, running and trying new workout classes.

Kathleen Lefebvre
416-593-1221 ext. 2046
klefebvre@blaney.com 
Kathleen is a law student at Queen’s University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Ottawa with a major in Ethics and Society.

At law school, Kathleen volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada at the Queen’s Prison Law Legal Clinic. Prior to law school, Kathleen volunteered at Law Help Ontario where she was responsible for client intake and organized the Law Day Run in Ottawa which raised money for Pro Bono Law Ontario and their legal partnerships.

Kathleen enjoys playing sports and is always seeking new adventures. She recently bungee jumped off the Macau Tower – the world’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 233-meters.

Donato Rosati
416-593-1221 ext. 2044

Donny is a law student at the Western University Faculty of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with High Distinction from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Criminology. During his time as an undergrad, Donny was actively involved as an executive member of the University of Toronto Italian-Canadian Association – and ultimately served as President in his final year.

Upon completing his first year of law school, Donny spent the summer working as a legal intern for the Sahara Force India Formula One Team, based in the United Kingdom. He assisted the legal team in drafting numerous commercial agreements with the team’s corporate partners. Prior to enrolling in law school, Donny also spent several years as a labourer in the construction industry.

Donny enjoys all things sports and has a passion for quality espresso. 

Mariam Sheikh
416-593-1221 ext. 2047

Mariam is a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School. She holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, English, and Economics from the University of Toronto. Prior to law school, she founded and continues to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Toronto Prose Mill, a literary journal that publishes Canadian short stories.

At law school, Mariam serves as Senior Style Editor of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and served as both a Dean’s Fellow for a first-year Public & Constitutional Law Course and a Research Assistant to a Human Rights and Equality Law professor. She has also worked as a Fellow with the law school’s Intellectual Property Innovation Clinic, and as a Student Researcher with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.

In her free time, Mariam enjoys cake-decorating (really, all things dessert), watching stand-up comedy, and running. 

Philip Yang
416-593-1221 ext. 2048

Phil is currently a law student at Dalhousie University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Psychology.

During law school, Phil volunteered as a member of the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service and the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia. He also served as a Peer Mentor, where he tutored and provided guidance to first-year law students. Phil was a recipient of the Alistair Fraser Award for Academic Excellence in multiple courses and the Anderson & Clarence Lockerby Scholarship. He was placed on the Dean’s List (top 10%) of the first-year class and was a recipient of the Schulich Scholarship in Law.

Phil enjoys trying out new restaurants with friends and family in addition to both playing and watching basketball.

 Summer Student Recruitment

Please note that Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in this year’s OCI and Interview Week recruitment process. However, we are still planning to hire up to 7 second year summer students after the OCI recruitment process is completed.

Candidates can submit applications from November 8th, 2019 until November 13th, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. to Alva Orlando as follows:

Ms. Alva Orlando
Professional Development & Research Partner
studentrecruit@blaney.com

Summer student applications should include the following (please submit all of your application materials in one pdf document):

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Copies of official undergraduate and law school transcripts
  • Names and contact information of 2 references (reference letters are not required but are welcome)
 Articling Student Recruitment

Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in the 2020-2021 articling student recruitment process

Key Contact
ALTERNATE CONTACT
Janice McLaren
Co-ordinator - Professional Development
EMAIL | 416-593-7221 ext.2222
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