Final Thoughts at the End of Law School

Well, it’s been a trip. I won’t lie and say I’m sad it’s over, because three years of grinding through textbooks and essays and exams worth your entire grade is enough to drive someone mad, and I already had a head start before setting foot inside Gowlings Hall.  My bank account certainly couldn’t take another …

Racism Lives at Osgoode Too

 Embracing the #RacismLivesHereToo campaign at Osgoode Hall Law School My excitement in coming to Osgoode was unparalleled: the first day of the legal career for the first lawyer-to be in the family. I couldn’t wait for all the intellectual discussions with like-minded people who were here to make the world a better place. To my shock, …

Damn It, Not Again

Wow. Just wow. It was surreal to wake up to the news that Doug Ford is the new leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party. It shouldn’t have been surreal, considering how many hard-right populists have risen to political power in recent years, but here we are. One more doughy blue-blood shoved into a suit and …

And the Hammer Falls

In previous years, I compiled a yearly anthology of “horror stories about men without shame,” detailing sexual harassment stories that female associates had been willing to put in print. I will forgo publishing this year’s edition for one simple reason: it’s redundant. I honestly expected that 2017 was going to be the Year of the …

On Free Speech and the Future of Obiter

Because Cowardice has No Place in Law or Journalism   I’ll get down to the brass tacks here. This issue of Obiter contains two articles that might be controversial. One article is about Jordan Peterson’s opinion on personal organization in the context of cleaning one’s room, and while none of the article’s content is controversial …

10 Months [an Unpaid Worker]: An Opinion About Unpaid Articling Positions

[Editor’s note: The author of this article informed me that they have recently landed a paid articling position, and has asked me to mention that holding out for paid positions is worth the effort.  Congrats to him/her, whoever he/she is. Editor’s note: Online title has been edited, for a variety of reasons.] Articling: a necessary …

A Thirst for Life

INTRODUCTION   On July 28th, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized the universal human right to clean drinking water and sanitation, which called upon governments and international organizations to provide funding and technology transfer to developing countries in order to realize this right. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon proclaimed that “…all people have the …