First Impressions

Hello world!

Today marks the end of Week 3 for us 2018 Summer Students here at Cassels Brock & Blackwell. Before we dive in, let us thank you for being interested in our summer experience and Cassels as a whole. Our three weeks here have taught us that Cassels is a great place to work and we’re excited to share our insights and experiences with you in the coming weeks. As with past summers, the CBB Blog will be run by several of Cassels’ eager Summer Students, but look forward to features and quotes from the rest of the students too. We hope you enjoy getting to know the team by the end of the summer!

To kick things off on the CBB Blog, we thought it would only be appropriate to start from the very beginning: Orientation Week. Here is a brief overview of our Orientation Week activities, but feel free to skip below if you would like to hear from some of our Summer Students on their personal highlights of the week…

Day 1

Monday started with some warm welcomes to the firm by Jonathan Freeman and Jennifer Wasylyk, Co-Chairs of the Student Committee. This was followed by a presentation on the “Nuts & Bolts” of summering at Cassels, given by none other than our beloved Director of Practice Excellence, Shannon Leo (a name any aspiring Cassels student will quickly become familiar with).

That day we were also all given our office assignments and formal mentors. Many of us met our mentors over lunch with the Student Committee, which was the first of many great meals to come.

The afternoon was spent getting our work iPhones, taking a professional headshot photo for the CBB website and LinkedIn, and capping the day off with some firm-sponsored food and drinks at Beer Bistro.

Day 2

Our second day was spent receiving IT and library training, as well as going out for lunch at Mercatto where many of the Summer Students (myself included) ate way too much pizza and pasta for our own good.

Day 3

On Wednesday, we had the pleasure of hearing from some associates and partners at the firm, giving us brief “101” sessions on the Business Law group and due diligence work. We also had a training session across the street hosted by Thomson Reuters, teaching us all how to use WestlawNext like pros.

In the evening, we were officially welcomed and introduced to the firm at an evening cocktail reception, where we interacted with many of the firm’s lawyers and were treated to some yummy finger foods and wine.

Day 4

During the day, we were given time to work on our personal CBB web bios for the student website, each of us driven to come up with the perfect and punny tagline.

In the evening, we went to dinner at Wayne Gretzky’s with our mentors, attended the Second City show, “The Best is Yet to Come Undone”, and finished off the night with some drinks on the roof-top patio at Oasis. It was an evening full of laughs, and a great opportunity to get to know each other.

Day 5

The last day of Orientation Week was highlighted by a delicious three-course meal and champagne for lunch at Terroni on Adelaide, with Shannon Leo sending us home early to enjoy the long weekend and sleep off the food.

So what is your favourite Orientation Week memory?

Shannon Scrocchi: “Getting to mix and mingle with all of the summer students!”

Kieran May: “Having some laughs at Second City after a busy first week!”

Carmen Bruni: “Seeing everyone Friday morning after Second City – you can learn a lot about a person from how they handle a hangover!”

Reza Sarsangi: “Getting together with all the students at Beer Bistro after the first day. It was a great way for the summer student class to get to know one another.” 

Corina Capmare: “One of the many highlights of Orientation Week was having lunch with one of my mentors on the first day and learning about all of the interesting places and scenarios that litigation practice can take you!”

Forrest Finn: “Going to the bar the first night and getting to know everyone better over drinks and going to Second City with all of the students and mentors!”

Photos from Orientation Week:

Summer Students bonding over some drinks during Orientation Week

Summer Students from left to right: Aamir, Spencer, and Rob

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