Young Advocates

Message from the Executive of the Young Advocates' Standing Committee


What is the Young Advocates' Standing Committee ("YASC")?


YASC is one of the six Standing Committees of The Advocates’ Society with a mandate to be a voice for young advocates (ten years of call or fewer) within the Society and within the profession. YASC provides young advocates with access to a community of peers and colleagues, and provides young advocates with a platform within the Society.  We do this through networking and mentoring events, by publishing articles by and for young advocates in our monthly newsletter Keeping Tabs, by connecting young advocates with volunteer opportunities through the Society and by working to ensure that issues of concern to young advocates are addressed within the Society and raised through it within the broader profession.  


YASC has approximately 30 members, including an executive (Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary). YASC is committed to diversity and strives to be a committee that is reflective of the community served by advocates, the community of advocates in Canada and members of the Society.


YASC members practice in a diverse range of practice areas, practice sizes and geographic locations (including Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Windsor, London, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Calgary and Vancouver)


Young Advocates Contribute to the Community of Best Advocates

YASC members are integral to all aspects of the Society's work. YASC is represented by two of its members on each of the Society's other Standing Committees, who contribute the perspective of young advocates. For example, Last year, young advocates contributed to the Society's submissions to the Law Society of Upper Canada in the Trinity Western University accreditation matter, and continue to participate on the taskforce overseeing the Society's intervention as it proceeds through the courts.


YASC members have also been instrumental in the development of many of the Society's important publications, such as:
Best Practices companion to the Principles of Professionalism and Civility in the Profession
Principles Governing Communications with Testifying Experts
Paperless Trials Manual
Best Practices for Civil Trials


The Society recognizes that its work is enriched through the contribution of young advocates - future leaders of the community of best advocates.


How You Can Get Involved

There are three ways young advocates can get involved in the Society - by volunteering for various Society efforts through the YASC volunteer roster, by writing for YASC's monthly publication, "Keeping Tabs", and by sitting on YASC.

YASC solicits applications for new committee members every year in March. YASC members serve a two-year term. YASC encourages applications from all interested young advocates.

Young advocates may get involved in the work of the Society by joining YASC's volunteer roster. If you are interested in joining the volunteer roster please email:


If you have any questions regarding YASC or want more information about how you can get involved please feel free to contact us.


Daniel Naymark


Ben Kates


Victoria Creighton



Keeping Tabs
Keeping Tabs

The March issue of the YASC newsletter, Keeping Tabs, is now available!


Click here to read it now


Past Issues:

February, 2017

January, 2017

December, 2016

November, 2016

October, 2016

September, 2016

August, 2016

July, 2016

May, 2016

April, 2016

March, 2016

February, 2016

January, 2016

November, 2015

October, 2015

September, 2015

August, 2015

June, 2015

May, 2015

April, 2015

March, 2015

February, 2015

December, 2014

November, 2014

September, 2014

Summer, 2014

April, 2014

March, 2014

February, 2014

January, 2014

November/December, 2013

October, 2013

September, 2013



Want to Get More Involved?

The Young Advocates' Standing Committee is seeking energetic junior Society members to become part of the 2017 - 2018 committee. This is an excellent opportunity to build your profile within The Advocates' Society and your local bar.


Click here for the Young Advocates' Standing Committee application form.

If you have any questions please email Jared Ploughman at


Not a Society member? Click here to join now.



Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to connect with today's up-and-coming legal professionals? Our networking events offer excellent exposure for your products and services to this exclusive market, and your sponsorship supports our commitment to bringing mentoring and networking opportunities to young advocates across the province. For more information on our Young Advocates events, please contact: Robin Black, Director, Marketing and Membership or call at 1-888-597-0243 x. 108.


Big thanks to our 2014-2015 Pub Night Sponsors: Cavanagh Williams Conway Baxter LLP, Collins Barrow, Giffin Koerth, MDD Forensic, Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siskinds LLP and Victory Verbatim.


Cavanagh   Collins Barrow   Giffin Koerth  
MDD   Nelligan O'Brien Payne   PwC  
Siskinds   Victory Verbatim   Whaley  
Larrek Investigations   Heidi Louise Bergeron      




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