Paliare Roland new managing partner Emily Lawrence on how her generation is redefining leadership

“We have an active inclusion committee that focuses on inclusion over everything else so that people feel like they have a voice and a place to raise issues and where they can address complaints or concerns.”

In the last five years, Lawrence says the firm’s management has committed to DEI initiatives beyond “talking the talk” but by providing resources and time, acknowledging the stories of marginalized people, and working to create a more inclusive environment.

“We’ve been engaged in a significant amount of anti-racism and anti-oppression training. So not simply unconscious bias training, but grappling with power structures,” Lawrence says. “We’ve been engaging in training on anti-indigenous racism and LGBTQ and trans rights.”

Lawrence succeeds Robert Centa, who held the position since 2015 and was appointed as a superior court judge in May. She has substantial expertise in professional regulation, pension litigation, employment and labor law, constitutional litigation, civil disputes, and privacy matters.

In addition, Lawrence has appeared as counsel before numerous administrative law tribunals and is co-author of a book on administrative law practice with Justice Lorne Sossin.

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Helpful tips on how to choose a good family lawyer

McCarthy says a family lawyer’s goal in every case is an elegant divorce. “Sometimes people say I’m not interested in an elegant divorce, I’m interested in vengeance, and I say, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be the right person for you because I’m not here to be an instrument of your revenge.”

At the beginning of a family law proceeding, McCarthy says many people are hurt, assaulted and often going through the five stages of grief written by psychologist Kubler Hyson Ross – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. She says people in family law proceedings are not ready to bargain until they have moved through the anger and denial stages and are at the end goal of acceptance.

Some clients come for a family law consultation prematurely. For example, McCarthy says someone who finds out on Thursday that their spouse is in an extramarital affair and has a consult on Friday is too early and cannot hear the legal advice, receive, or evaluate it because they are in full crisis and trauma. She says they must get to a place where they can have rational conversations, hear advice, and think about things reasonably.

“There’s nothing wrong with taking two, three weeks or a month from the initial crisis moment to talk to your counselor or get some therapy. You can’t consume legal services if the volume of the emotional content is too high.”

McCarthy says about half of her initial consults have a helper in the room, which is highly encouraged. She says lawyers in family law never mind consulting with a family member or best friend because many people need a helper and find it helpful to have a “second set of ears.”

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Maritimers renting out personal cars to earn extra cash

As costs continue to rise, many are looking for a side hustle to make some extra cash, and some have been turning to their personal cars.

Chanel Pearson began renting out her 2015 Toyota Corolla through the website turo.com/”Turo.com about a month ago. The service works similar to Airbnb, but for cars.

“I had overheard a lot of conversations of people saying their relatives were trying to come into town. They could not find a rental car anywhere,” said Pearson, a Halifax resident.

Now, her vehicle is nearly all booked for summer.

“I had a request within one minute of posting it,” she said. “I had a request probably every five minutes within the first hour of posting it and that continued on for the first whole week. My phone was blowing up.”

One interested person was Liz Wagman, who is living in Halifax but does not have a car. She says she wanted to explore Cape Breton for the Canada Day weekend.

The trouble was however, rental cars were all booked, which led her to connect with Pearson online.

“Chanel had some great reviews. The car, the photos of the car looked like it was in pretty good condition,” Wagman said. “But like with everything, Airbnb or Facebook marketplace you gotta put a little bit of trust in people.”

The vice president and head of Turo Canada, Cedric Mathieu, said the company has been running in Nova Scotia since 2019, and about a month and a half ago it launched in New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador.

“We’ve seen more than 2,000 trips being booked within the first month of the launch,” Mathieu said.

Vehicles signing with Turo have to be less than 12-years-old, have fewer than 200,000 kilometers, and must go through an inspection.

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