Top Ten Tuesday “10 Most Interesting Things We’ve Done This Summer…So Far”

 It has been a while since we’ve seen a Top 10 Tuesday so it’s with great pleasure I’m bringing this to you all. The students at CBB have been itching to share all those very exciting things we’ve been working on this summer. So today’s Top 10 features the untold stories of what we’ve been up to!

Number 10: Michelle Sutkiewicz (that’s me) worked on a memo for a lawyer who then gave me the chance to write the factum for an upcoming application. The factum was due to the other side just a few short days after my internal due date.

Number 9: Alex Williamson did research on just cause and the admissibility of post-discharge medical evidence for a labour arbitration happening later this month. She’s waiting to see her research in action in a few weeks.

Number 8: Evan Eliason co-authored an article for a sports law website on the use of event-specific legislation in the Olympic Games. The article examines intellectual property legislation enacted by host countries in advance of the Olympic Games designed to protect the IOC, the Olympic brand, and the official sponsors of the Olympic Games. The legislation provides trademark protection to various Olympic marks, words, and phrases, and grants exclusive marketing rights to the official sponsors of the Games.

Number 7: Mike Alvaro helped Dave Goldstein update a chapter on the NHL Contract Negotiations for the Law of Professional & Amateur Sports. He spent a few days reading through the new NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement and updating the relevant sections of the chapter.

Number 6:  Peter Reinitzer was involved in a litigation matter a few weeks ago. After familiarizing himself with the case and doing some research, his supervising lawyer let him take a shot at writing his submissions. He also was given several opportunities to interview the client prior to the hearing.

Number 5: Hilary Fender worked on a motion where a third party was attempting to claim standing on the proceedings. Our client held the same position as this third party, and Hil had the opportunity to join a meeting and observe the lawyers from Cassels and the opposing firm strategize and coordinated their approach to the motion. Hil then attended court for the full-day proceeding, and saw three different lawyers argue their position.

Hil made three conclusions: (1) Litigation really is expensive (2) Lunch break at court is NOT at noon, and quiet snacks are a must (3) Reading other lawyer’s dockets is a much less fun version of reading your sister’s diary (which obviously, she never did..)

Number 4: Laura McGee attended the Ontario Security Commission for a 10 day trial and was able to sit in on cross examinations.

Number 3: Daniel Shiff went to an investment banker’s meeting and met with underwriters for a read through of a prospectus.

Number 2: Amir Har-Gil is making his first appearance in provincial offences court today to adjourn a matter. I hope the “breakfast club” ( gave Amir a hardy bagel, he needs all the energy he can get.

Number 1: Nick Carmichael took to the skies and landed in Vancouver to attend a meeting at which a delegation of Canadian federal negotiators debriefed representatives from the Yukon Territories on the status of the devolution of legislative powers from Parliament to the Northwest Territories Legislature, in respect of control and administration over their natural resources.  Because the National Energy Board had been appointed by Canada as the sole energy regulator, by the terms of the agreement, Nick made a brief pit stop in Calgary to confer with them as well.  Nick shadowed the meetings and had the opportunity to pour over and edit the final draft agreement.  Needless to say Nick felt very privileged to witness politics, government and law intersect at such a high-level and to engage in a process that reshaped the political configuration of our country.

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