UCBA’s first event for 2015: Thursday, February 26th at 7 PM

We will be having our first official UCBA event for 2015 at the Albany Club – Main Dining Room- 91 King Street East – (One Block East of the King Edward Hotel).

The theme of the evening will be Mentoring and Career Management, including the development of marketing and networking skills by lawyers, young and old.


The evening will start with a networking reception. Those of you who have indicated that you wish to have a mentor will have an opportunity to meet your mentors.

In the coming weeks we will be contacting mentors and mentees about their proposed assignments, so come and meet your mentors in person!

Cash Bar and cocktail party food will be served.


Moderator: Alex Ilchenko, C.S., UCBA President

Senior Counsel – Pallett Valo LLP, previously McMillan LLP, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP and Lang Michener LLP

1) Bay Street and National Law firm Practice- Swimming Pools, Movie Stars
Jason Woycheshyn, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
– Marketing yourself in a big firm environment- how to stand out from the herd
– Finding a legal specialization and making it pay off
– Turning “Community” into “Opportunity” in a big firm environment
– Q. Do you want me to do good legal work or market? A. Yes
– Special demands of big firm practice

2) In-house Counsel Practice – Who Watches the Watchers?
Marta Lewycky, Vice-President – Legal Affairs, First Capital Realty and previously Partner, McCarthy Tetrault
– Challenges and rewards of in-house practice
– Your role as part of the business team
– Excelling as an internal advisor
– Managing external counsel
– How to be a value-added member of the business team

3) Sole Practice – Be your own Boss!
Oksana Miroutenko, Barrister & Solicitor
– The special challenges and rewards of sole practice
– Technology- the great leveler
– Marketing as a sole practitioner
– Special issues for the “4th Wave” practitioner

4) Your Country Needs You! – Government Legal Practice
Diane Dagenais- Deputy Regional Director and Senior Counsel – Immigration Law Division, Department of Justice
– There’s no life like it- legal advice and litigation in a public policy making environment
– Restrictions and rewards for the government lawyer
– Range of work and sophistication
– Special career management requirements

5) Historical Challenges Faced by Ukrainian-Canadian Lawyers
Eugene Zalucky, Founding Partner, Mitchell, Bardyn & Zalucky LLP
– How lawyers in our community historically persevered and excelled
– Special challenges of building a legal practice in the Ukrainian-Canadian community
– The Ukrainian-Canadian community as a business opportunity
We have applied to the Law Society of Upper Canada for approval of this program for one (1) hour of Professionalism Credit for your annual CPD requirements.

The program may be adjusted in consultation with the Law Society to qualify for the professionalism credit.

We will advise of any program changes on our website: www.ukecanbar.com

BRIEF AGM (9:00 PM TO 9:15 PM)

We will have a short AGM to approve a Constitution from members present and voting, to hear the report of the Executive Nominating Committee and to hear an update on next planned events.

A draft of the proposed Constitution and report of the Nominating Committee will be posted on our website www.ukecanbar.com before the meeting.


We will remain at the Albany Club for those who wish to keep networking with fellow members.

Please RSVP to our new email: UKECANBAR@GMAIL.COM

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