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Ojibwa lawyer seeks $55M in damages from law firm

An Ojibwa lawyer claims she lost her confidence and her livelihood after being replaced on the Indian day school class-action lawsuit.

Joan Jack, originally of Berens River First Nation in Manitoba, makes the allegations in a statement of claim filed Sept. 10 against Canada and international law firm Gowling WLG.

Jack is seeking $55 million along with unspecified punitive damages.

Gowling’s Ottawa office took over from Jack in 2019 and successfully certified the suit, which led to a multi-billion-dollar settlement from the federal government, for an estimated 200,000 survivors forced to attend the federally run schools.

Simone Hughes, director of business development and marketing at Gowling WLG, said in a statement that Jack’s allegations are “without merit” and will be “vigorously defended…

“Our continued focus and commitment is to supporting Class Members and ensuring they receive the long-awaited compensation they deserve. As this matter is before the Courts, we will

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On-campus interviews in January? Top law schools consider delays amid law firm pressure

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Columbia Law School has decided to push back on-campus interviews for summer associates until January 2021 amid pressure from law firms, according to a published report.

Several other law schools are also considering delays, according to the report by Law.com.

Law firms interview students who have finished their first year of law school in late July or early August, Law.com explains. That gives firms a full year of grades to consider for their summer associate programs.

But several top schools are either requiring or mandating pass-fail grades this semester as they go online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That would give law firms just one semester of grades to consider if on-campus interviews are conducted this summer.

Several major New York law firms are

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