Volume 95, Issue 90

Friday, March 22, 2002
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Legal beagles chase their tails

Discuss the profession's future leaders

By Uroos Rizvi
Gazette Staff

Western's legal minds held their first-ever leadership discussion last night, in hopes of discovering how the real world works after graduation.

The forum, which took place in the Law Building, was organized by Western's law school in co-operation with the Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity. It was meant to foster discussion, debate and argument about the legal profession.

The panelists included former Ontario premier David Peterson, constitutional lawyer Mary Eberts and the director of Mellon Bank Canada and Renascent Foundation, James A. Riley.

"It is a forum about leadership in law," said Western's dean of law and moderator Ian Holloway, adding the debate focused on how lawyers can demonstrate leadership, while also making society a better place.

"It is not just about working in a big firm – it is about creating a value system in that firm," Riley said, noting lawyers need to feel like they belong in their company.

"Everyone goes where the money is going," Eberts said, noting young lawyers will be working for big firms in a capitalist environment.

Eberts, a Western graduate, works to promote equality in Canadian law and has published a number of books on the topic.

Even though the role of a lawyer is to participate in the advancement of the rule of law, Eberts told prospective lawyers, "If you are not with the capitalist agenda, you won't be successful.

"Are we leading by what we say or what we do?" she asked in regards to legal aid and leadership in society.

"Do not lose your ideals, [your] humanity and use your privilege to make the world a better place," Peterson said.

"I think there are much higher obligations for lawyers because they have gone through the education," he added, adding law school provides a wonderful training that instills discipline.

"It was very well done [and] well-organized and encouraged free-flowing debate about a number of legal issues that are concerns of students today," said third-year law student Amy Tibble, who was in attendance.

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