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Pro Bono

Stikeman Elliott enjoys a long tradition of pro bono and community service work. With the firm's support and encouragement, many of our lawyers make a significant contribution to the community. A prime example is our Montreal partner Dick Pound, who has a busy tax practice, acts as Chairman of the World Anti Doping Agency, and serves as Chair of McGill University. Dick was also recently selected by TIME Magazine as one of five Canadians who are among the world's most influential people in 2005. In addition to Dick's work, currently in Toronto some of our lawyers: Provide pro bono services to several organizations, including the Sierra Club of Canada - Ontario Chapter; Junior Achievement of Canada, the Venture Management Program at Queen's Business School, Wen-Do Canada, and an organization that provides employment opportunities and leadership development to youths.

Several Stikeman Elliott lawyers also act as directors on various boards, including the Kidney Foundation, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario Chapter), William Osler Health Centre Foundation, and the YWCA Toronto, to name a few. Our lawyers also teach a variety of business law courses at Ontario law schools. Over the years, Stikeman Elliott has chosen specific pro bono initiatives to which we can collectively devote significant firm resources. We are proud of our work with the Osgoode Business Clinic, where many of our lawyers partner with law students to provide ongoing legal advice to clients who are implementing new business ideas, or are growing their emerging businesses, but cannot afford necessary legal services. On the litigation front, we have acted in a pro bono capacity for various parties at all court levels. Recently, we acted on behalf of ARCH in a matter involving the Charter rights of autistic children at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. We are also working with Pro Bono Law Ontario to identify other initiatives in which we can be involved and have several projects in the development stage.

Diversity

Stikeman Elliott is committed to diversity amongst its lawyers, students, and staff and we want to ensure that all firm members are supported, valued and respected. In his address about the firm's defining principles at our 50th Anniversary Retreat, Dick Pound encouraged us to: "Never lose sight of the need for diversity among us. We will need the broadest range of talents and backgrounds as we face a national and international future. Embrace and seek out differences; do not reject them."

Knowledge Management

Stikeman Elliott's longstanding commitment to knowledge management and technology distinguishes us from other Canadian business law firms. We want our lawyers, students, and clients to benefit from our collective legal experience, and we work to ensure our lawyers and students have immediate and easy access to the firm's significant intellectual capital.

We provide:

  • a team of full-time lawyers who develop leading edge precedents, keep our lawyers up to date on recent legal developments, provide legal opinions on complex issues, and work with our students and lawyers to develop their analytical and drafting skills.
  • a collection of cutting-edge precedents reflecting the latest legal and business developments, as well as a legal research collection that contains over 10,000 documents.
  • an innovative portal-based intranet that gives our firm members 24/7 online access to all our in-house resources. Hildebrandt, the law firm consulting group, identified our intranet as among the best law firm intranets in North America, and we were awarded the Customer Innovation Award for Legal Intranet Solution by Hummingbird Ltd., the global solutions provider.