The first official UCBA event for 2015 took place at the Albany Club in Toronto on Thursday, February 26.
A fantastic turnout of more than 60 lawyers and law students (out of our total UCBA membership of almost 110 lawyers and law students) filled the historic main dining room.
The theme of the evening was Mentoring and Career Management and the development of marketing and networking skills by lawyers, young and old.
Following our networking reception we conducted our CPD program: “It Takes a Village (Selo)”
Jason Woycheshyn, Partner at Bennett Jones LLP, spoke about Bay Street and National Law firm practice.
Marta Lewycky, Vice-President – Legal Affairs, First Capital Realty, and previously Partner, McCarthy Tetrault, spoke about the challenges and rewards of in-house practice.
Diane Dagenais, Deputy Regional Director and Senior Counsel – Immigration Law Division, Department of Justice, spoke about practicing as a government lawyer.
Oksana Miroutenko, spoke about being a sole practitioner and the special issues of being a “4th Wave” practitioner
Eugene Zalucky, Founding Partner, Mitchell, Bardyn & Zalucky LLP spoke about building a law firm and the historical challenges faced by Ukrainian-Canadian lawyers, based on his almost 50 years of practice.
Thanks to the hard work of our Education Director, Alexandra Chyczij, this program contained 2 Professionalism Hours. The UCBA is now approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
To register the CPD credits on the LSUC Portal, use this information:
Activity Type: CPD Program or Course
Area of Law: Ethics, Professional Responsibility and Practice Management
Program Name: It Takes a Village
Provider: Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association
Location: Albany Club, Toronto
Date: February 26th, 2015
Professionalism Hours: 2 hours
Please send us your LSUC number for our sign-in sheet records if you did not have it at the meeting.
After the completion of the CPD program, the Executive Nominating Committee delivered its report and the members present elected an executive. Bios for your new UCBA Executive will be posted shortly.
At the request of the members we delayed approval of the proposed Constitution to allow the members more time to review the draft and provide comments. A revised draft will be posted. The constitution will then be approved at a future meeting.
We have been invited by the Hellenic Canadian Law Association for a networking and educational event they are holding on April 1, 2015. Stay tuned for more details.