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Medical Malpractice Summer Student Program

At Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers LLP, the summer and articling program is designed to expose students to every aspect of litigation and to provide them with the skills necessary to be a successful lawyer.

Summer Law Student Program 2018

Please note that we are currently recruiting for our a student position for summer 2018. 

We welcome all candidates interested in joining our team to submit their cover letter, resume, letters of reference, and transcripts (law school and undergraduate) to Anna Iourina at annai@neinstein.comno later than Friday, December 22, 2017 by 5:00pm. Please include all documents in one PDF accessible file.

We intend to interview prospective students during the month of January 2018.

We are pleased to welcome back our 2017 Summer Student Brandyn DiDomenico as our 2018 Articling Student. We are very proud that over the last 8 years we have had a 100% hire-back success rate from our Summer Student program.

What You Can Expect

Our Summer and Articling students are provided with practical hands on experience that only a smaller, boutique firm can offer. Students are provided with a wide range of assignments from all lawyers within the firm. They gain valuable experience in drafting pleadings, motion materials, facta and memoranda of law, as well as in the art of oral advocacy. Our students are expected to attend and argue their own motions before Masters of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, conduct Pre-Trials in Small Claims Court and appear on behalf of clients before various Tribunals, including the Canada Pension Plan, Social Benefits and Criminal Injuries.

Students may be given the opportunity to have carriage of their own files under the supervision of the responsible lawyer. Students are always encouraged to sit in and contribute to client meetings, examinations for discovery, mediations and pre-trials.

With practical legal training through active participation, with guidance of a mentor to provide insight and direction, we provide one of the most practical articling experiences in the city.

My summer experience at Neinstein was special because of the practical hands on experience. Not only was I responsible for going to court for motions, but all the lawyers repeatedly included me in their practice which gave me the opportunity to see how my assignments were applied in practice. For example, writing mediation briefs and attending the mediation to see the file settle; researching issues to be examined in a discovery I went along to watch; or listening to new clients tell their stories and then drafting their Statement of Claim. It was a fantastic experience!

Mentoring

 

Students can expect to have one lawyer acting as a mentor for them. Typically, all student assignments are approved by the mentor. This way our students are ensured to have a constant, manageable flow of appropriate assignments.

It was great to have a lawyer mentor who monitored and provided training for all my assignments. In addition to this, I was encouraged by all the lawyers to approach them for assistance every day. The true open door policy made me feel confident about my work because of the constant guidance I received. The on-the-job training was the best way to learn.

Recruitment

Who We Are Looking For

We are always looking for ambitious and intelligent students with a keen interest in litigation, personal injury and medical malpractice to join our expanding firm. We typically hire one summer student (who has completed their 2nd year at law school) and one articling student each year. We have a record of hiring from each of the Ontario law schools.

Compensation

Our compensation package equals or exceeds that of other Toronto firms of a similar size.

Hireback History

The student program at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers also acts as our recruitment system. Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers articling program has been extremely successful for both the firm and the students.

Each year we aim to hire one summer student who returns as an articling student and hope that that student will return as an associate the following year. In the past five years, four of the past five articling students have returned to the firm as lawyers. We are confident that at the end of the articling term, our students will have developed a solid foundation for a career in civil litigation and acquired the tools necessary to excel.

 

While working at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers I felt like part of the team right from the beginning. I don’t know whether it was the intimate working environment or the many firm events that allowed me to feel comfortable with everyone in a social setting. The events included: lunches, dinners, baseball games, a private movie screening, charity fundraisers, The SickKids Foundation Volleyball Tournament, and monthly birthday celebrations.

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Proposed impaired driving bill hits roadblock in Senate

The federal government’s bid to enact strict new impaired driving rules alongside its marijuana legalization bill hit a major snag last month when the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee voted to remove a key provision in the legislation. The move divided lawmakers, legal experts, road safety advocates, and Ontario personal injury lawyers.

Bill C-46 was introduced as a companion to Bill C-45, the bill to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in Canada. In addition to addressing issues around marijuana-impaired driving, Bill C-46 proposes allowing police officers to conduct random roadside breathalyzer tests without probable suspicion of impairment.

The provision is controversial, as Ontario personal injury lawyers can understand. Some legal experts believe it violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and “would lead to a decade of Charter challenge litigation,” according to Sen. Denise Batters, who proposed eliminating the provision. Activists have also suggested it would enable police to unfairly target minority communities.

Supporters of the bill see it as essential to ensuring safety on Canadian roads following the legalization of recreational cannabis. According to the National Post, more than 40 countries have enacted random roadside testing programs and experienced reductions in impaired driving fatalities of up to 36 per cent. When Conservative MP Steven Blaney proposed similar legislation in 2016, it received near-unanimous support in the House of Commons and praise from Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Many personal injury lawyers in Ontario believe the policy could significantly improve road safety in the province.

Some of the bill’s supporters believe that politics, not constitutional concerns, inspired the committee’s decision. The Conservative Party of Canada has emphatically opposed the Liberals’ efforts to legalize marijuana, and it was Conservative senators who spearheaded the committee’s vote. Indeed, Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais, who voted to eliminate the roadside testing provision, was an early and vocal proponent of Steven Blaney’s bill just two years ago.

“It appears as though obstruction of the policy agenda of the government of Canada is of higher priority than consistency of policy position,” said Sen. Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Senate.

“This is shocking,” added MADD CEO Andrew Murie, according to the Post. “You kind of wonder if this is based on what they say is legal concerns or is this politics being played out?”

After much debate, the Senate voted in June not to reinstate mandatory roadside testing. The amended bill will now move to the House of Commons, where it will likely be rejected and returned to the Senate. This cumbersome process may delay the bill’s passage, meaning Bill C-45 could be passed without accompanying impaired driving legislation, which puts road users at risk.

If you’ve been injured in an impaired driving accident, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers’ team of Ontario personal injury lawyers to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you understand your legal situation and provide guidance as you pursue fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries.

 

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Who is responsible for rising pedestrian fatalities?

Almost every Toronto personal injury lawyer has, at some point, fielded an inquiry relating to a vulnerable road user being struck by a vehicle. In Canada’s biggest city, cyclists, pedestrians, and motor vehicles all share limited space on the roads. As the city has grown, this arrangement has led to tensions and, unfortunately, a rising number of serious injuries and fatalities.

City planners, local politicians, and victims’ advocates have all proposed solutions to Toronto’s road safety woes, including increased funding for public transit programs, infrastructure updates, harsher penalties for dangerous driving, and stricter enforcement of existing traffic laws. Several months ago, Liberal MPP Yvan Baker even proposed the “Phones Down, Heads Up Act,” a so-called ‘zombie law’ targeting pedestrians who use their smartphones in crosswalks.

The Phones Down, Heads Up Act was an outlier; safety measures designed to protect vulnerable road users rarely target pedestrian behaviours. But in a recent Toronto Star editorial, contributor Royson James suggested that maybe they should.

Pedestrians in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) “exhibit a wanton disregard and disrespect of the car as a killing machine,” Royson writes. He posits that a healthy fear of automobiles and a sense of responsibility for one’s own safety would contribute to a decrease in pedestrian injuries in Toronto.

“Narrow sidewalks. Poor street design. Lack of safe cycling space. Insufficient speed controls. Inattentive drivers. These are some of the frequently cited reasons for the carnage on our streets when pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles converge,” Royson says. “We should loudly, boldly resolutely address another, less politically correct reason – the culture of pedestrian disrespect of the car as an agent of danger and death.”

However, in a separate Star editorial, Edward Keenan points out that the stats don’t back up claims that pedestrians are ultimately to blame for their injuries. He cites a May 2018 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an American organization, that found that problematic road design and an increase in large passenger vehicles were primarily to blame for spiking pedestrian fatalities in that country.

If you were to ask a Toronto personal injury lawyer, they might tell you that the best solution to surging pedestrian fatalities is a mix of infrastructure updates, changes to the rules of the road, and public messaging campaigns that promote awareness among pedestrians. Blaming vulnerable road users for the dangers they face may be irresponsible, but asking them to take reasonable precautions is not.

If you have been injured in a road accident in Toronto, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Toronto personal injury lawyer. Our team can help you understand your legal options and put you in touch with leading medical and rehabilitative care providers. At Neinstein, your recovery comes first.

 

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