Attending the “Law School of the North”

Anyone who has lived in Northwestern Ontario will understand the uniqueness of the environment and demography here in comparison to the rest of the province, let alone the country. Growing up in Kenora, I have been exposed to many of the diverse issues faced by the population here and attending a law school that emphasized a focus on many of these issues seemed to make the most sense.

Attending a law school that catered to the unique characteristics and needs of Northwestern Ontario was important to me. Growing up in this region, it was always evident that there was an array of distinct issues; however, it became even clearer during my time away from Northern Ontario. It was then that I realized just how unique the area was in terms of its issues, population and environment – and this is what drove me to choose the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law for my legal education.

This law school has three specific mandates: Aboriginal and Indigenous law, Natural Resource and Environmental law and Small Practice. It is a law school that is committed to not only bringing more lawyers to the North but also to inspiring them to lead the way in providing the best access to justice possible to these rural and remote communities. As a law student from Northwestern Ontario, I could not be happier with this unique, specific yet diverse legal education.

The curriculum is catered to Northwestern Ontario, by not only offering a mandatory full year Aboriginal Law course but also by incorporating Anishinaabe and Métis legal teachings – through both a first year mandatory course, and a requirement in which students have the opportunity to participate in Indigenous events and traditions. This focus is one that is unique to this law school, and being given the opportunity to learn not only how the current legal system is affecting the Indigenous population, but to also learn Indigenous legal teachings themselves.

Finally, the unique curriculum effectively prepares students for practice in small, rural communities by integrating practical assignments into each course and by incorporating a four-month practice placement at the end of the degree; allowing us students the opportunity to understand the distinct challenges and realities of small town practice in Northern Ontario, from the earliest point possible.

I could not be happier with my decision to pursue my law degree in Northern Ontario, it is a unique law school, that is catered to the environment and the demographic of the North and it provides an exclusive perspective that will shape how I advocate in this area for years to come.

Employment Opportunity – Solicitor

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Hook, Seller and Lundin LLP is looking to add to their team! Ever dream of living at the lake and being able to practice in the same location? Located only 2 hours from Winnipeg on the shores of Lake of the Woods, Kenora is the ideal location to balance these goals, and have a thriving legal career at the same time.  We are looking for a lawyer, preferably with a minimum of 5 years of experience in corporate, commercial and real estate matters to join our busy firm.  Please reply to Cheryl Siran at csiran@hsllaw.ca, via fax at 807-468-8384 or drop off a C.V. at reception!

 

HSL welcomes Summer Student Phaedra Olinyk

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Being raised in Kenora by a homicide inspector and a Crown Attorney, my interest in law was more or less innate. But this interest was mostly one that was specific to criminal law – and that’s about as far as it went. My interest in the Criminal Justice System pushed me to pursue my undergraduate degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa. From there, I decided I wanted to go to law school and eventually practice law in my hometown. When I was accepted to study law at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law I was absolutely elated. Little did I know at the time that my interest in law was about to expand in ways that I never thought were possible.
After my first semester of law school, I already felt my interests shifting. It was not only Torts that I had a profound interest in, but Constitutional Law and Property Law were also at the top of my list. This is exactly why, when I was offered a Summer Law Student position at Hook, Seller and Lundin, I could not have been happier. Not only did I get to now spend my summer working at a local law firm in my hometown, but I also get to continue learning and exploring a vast range of legal areas including Family Law, Civil Litigation, Property Law, Real Estate and even some Criminal Law.
My first month at HSL has been surreal. Despite the fact that it has only been a month, it already feels like I have been here for much longer. In this short time, I have been given the opportunity to both attend a variety of Courts, as well as make my first court appearances in both Bail and Judges Court – both as an agent for defence counsel (my mom never thought she would see the day that I was standing next to her in court, on the opposite side). Being in court for the first time was extremely nerve-wracking but it made me want to become a lawyer that much more. Being able to advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves is extremely rewarding and is definitely something I can see myself doing in the future.
I have also been given many opportunities to apply my skills that I have acquired throughout my first year of studying law to real-life files – such as performing a Negligence Analysis in a Civil suit, writing Memos and Factums, performing conflict checks, researching case law for a variety of files, and assisting in the formulation of a criminal defence. All of these opportunities have provided me with insight into what it is like to practice law in general, but more importantly what it is like to practice law in a Northern Ontario town. Every day has been its own unique learning experience, and I am becoming more and more confident in my decision to pursue a caree Read more

Kim Riediger (Mejia) joins Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation

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HSL Associate, Kim Riediger( Mejia), has joined the Board of Directors of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation.

The LWDHF was established in 1992 and is dedicated to raising funds for new medical equipment and capital infrastructure upgrades for the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

Kim looks forward to assisting the LWDHF in doing all they can to assist the hospital in providing the necessary tools to ensure patients and the community continue to receive the best quality medical care close to home.

HSL welcomes Reid E. Thompson as a partner

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HSL welcomes Reid E. Thompson as a partner: HSL is pleased to announced that effective January 1, 2016, Reid E. Thompson was admitted to partnership in the firm. Reid was called to the Ontario bar in July 2008, and started his career in the area of criminal law. Since joining HSL in 2012, Reid’s practice areas have involved to include residential and commercial real estate, First Nation law, as well as other corporate and commercial transactions. Reid brings a wide range of prior work experience to move a client’s legal need to resolution, and practical, real-life problem solving skills to the practice of law. Reid can be reached at RThompson@HSLlaw.ca.

Retirement of E. James T. Hook

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The Partners of Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP would like to announce the retirement of our partner, E. James (“Jim”) T. Hook, effective December 31st, 2015. Jim practised in Kenora for 44 years, and over the years, Jim has applied his considerable legal expertise to assisting clients in resolving both routine and complex legal problems. Jim’s presence and experience will be missed. We are grateful to Jim for his innumerable contributions to building Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP and developing our team of legal professionals. We remain dedicated to continuing to provide clients with effective, efficient, and creative legal services with our team of lawyers, who have extensive experience advising and representing clients in all areas of law.

Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP welcomes Kimberly Riediger

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Born and raised in Kenora, Kimberly graduated from Beaver Brae Secondary School before heading to Southern Ontario to pursue a higher education, receiving a BBA (Hons) from Brock University in 2011. It was during her undergraduate degree that she completed an employment law course, culminating in a business-degree version of a moot, which unearthed a passion for advocacy that led her to realize that legal studies seemed like a “natural fit”.

While excited at the thought of pursuing a career in the legal field, Kimberly’s passion for travelling caused her to make the decision to attend law school in Australia where, in her final year, she held a Director position with the Law Students’ Association. She completed her LLB in November 2014 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2015. She is currently studying for her Canadian equivalency exams and upon completion plans to commence her articles at Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP.