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Coffee Chats in the Time of COVID

There is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has had an affect our world. Yet, despite the uncertainty of these times, there are many who are choosing to get creative and are finding ways to navigate the global crisis with innovation, determination, and connection. One such initiative is the weekly virtual chat put on by the Canadian Bar Association coined, “Coffee in the Times of COVID“. These online gatherings create a supportive space for young lawyers and law students to meet and discuss topics of interest and the impact of COVID-19 on their lives, both personally and professionally. Enabling connection is at the forefront of this virtual coffee chat with topics that focus on professional challenges/opportunities, personal growth, and creative ways to maintain wellness in these unprecedented times.

1. THE LOST JOBS SERIES

The COVID-19 pandemic has had serious impacts both on our healthcare system and our economy. As a result, many Canadians have lost jobs or been laid off temporarily as their employers weather the financial storm. The legal profession has not been immune to these challenges, and as a result, many young lawyers and law students have lost jobs or upcoming opportunities. In this series, sessions will explore the impacts of COVID-19 on summer positions, articling, and associate jobs, and participants will be encouraged to share their experiences, resources, and tips with other young lawyers and law students from across Canada.

2. THE WELL-BEING SERIES

While physical distancing will keep Canadians safe from COVID-19, it has really turned everyone’s lives upside down. Whether you are stressed about your upcoming graduation being cancelled or cannot seem to figure out how to remain productive while working from home, the struggle is real. In this series, we will explore topics relating to promoting well-being during these strange times, while trying to come up with collective ideas on how to keep calm and carry on.

Anyone who is a member of the CBA can propose a topic, so long as it falls under one of the above noted streams. Gatherings are limited to nine participants to maintain intimacy and are about an hour long on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at 11:00 AM EST.

Upcoming sessions include:

Inclusion in the Workplace
Friday, July 10, 2020

Balancing Home and Work Life During COVID-19
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

30 Years’ Perspective In Practice: There and Back Again
Friday, July 24, 2020

Grab yourself a coffee and check ’em out!