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SLS Weekly – November 19, 2012

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1)  2013 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards – Nomination Open Now

The University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) and the Division of University Advancement are currently accepting nominations for the annual Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards.  These awards are designed to recognize outstanding undergraduate or graduate students in their final year who have demonstrated extra-curricular leadership in their college, faculty or the University in general. Volunteer service outside the University community will also be considered.  Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.7 (B-) in order to qualify.

Any member of the university community may nominate a candidate (including staff, faculty, alumni and students). Award recipients will be celebrated at a ceremony in the Spring – details to follow.

Nomination forms, as well as further information about the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards, are available online at:

The deadline for the submission of nominations to the Faculty of Law is 3:00pm on Friday, December 14, 2012. Please submit your completed nomination form/ packages to Heather Thornton ( in the Advancement Office, Falconer Hall, Room 111.

2)  BLG Client Counselling Competition Information Session and Demonstration – Tuesday, November 20 at 12:30pm in BLH

The BLG Client Counselling Competition provides students with the opportunity to hone their soft skills in an exciting competition format. Hosted at BLG, students compete in teams of two, conducting a mock-interview with a potential client. The competition focuses on interviewing, planning, and analytical skills in the lawyer-client relationship in the law office. No substantive legal knowledge is required, and 1Ls are strongly encouraged to participate – the competition is open to all 1L and 2L students at the law school.

The winners of the regional competition will be sent to the national competition, held at Queen’s University this year. Winners of the national competition have the opportunity to represent Canada at the International Competition in Glasgow, Scotland.

Space is limited to the first 42 teams and the deadline for registration is Friday, January 11th (first-come, first-served).

On Tuesday, November 20 at lunch there will be an information session and demonstration in BLH to give students an idea of what the competition looks like. Students may also sign up a team at this time if they wish to.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to the co-ordinators, Sierra Yates Robart and Peter Flynn at respectively.

3)  Mental Health and Wellness Focus Group – Tuesday, November 20 at 12:30pm in Moot Complex, Rm3404 (upstairs in the Bora library)

The SLS invites you to participate in a focus group aimed at developing a better understanding of mental health issues in the school. This will be a preliminary, informal discussion on how the student experience at UofT law has an impact on student mental health. It will serve as a launching point for future research, advocacy and programming. All students are welcome to attend. A light lunch will be served.

4)  Call to the Bar – Thursday, November 22 at 10:00pm at the Pilot

The SLS invites you to the last Call to the Bar of this semester on Thursday November 22 at 10:00pm, at The Pilot.  The Pilot is located at 22 Cumberland St.  Come out for a much deserved break from your exam preparation!  For the week of November 26, there will be no Call to the Bar scheduled.  In lieu of our weekly Call to the Bar, the SLS will be hosting a movie night on campus for the week of November 26.  The SLS Movie Night for the week of November 26 is tentatively scheduled for November 27, with details to follow.

5)  Law Ball – Save the Date

This year’s annual Law Ball gala will be held on Friday March 15 at the beautiful Eglinton Grand! Look for more details in the coming months.  Mark it in your calendars and we hope to see you there!


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