Young Advocates

Learn. Belong. Give Back.


There’s no better resource for young advocates than The Advocates’ Society. We were purpose-built to help you grow your competencies, your contacts and your confidence. Here’s how we do it:

Skills-Based Education & Mentoring
Our CPD programs are first-rate, offering you year-round opportunities to be a better advocate. Learn from experienced professionals in large or small-group settings. Tap into specialist knowledge.

A Community of Peers
Make connections – social and professional – with advocates of all ages and experience levels.

Get Involved
Help shape the future of your profession by joining YASC or a Practice Group and getting involved. Write a blog or article. Organize a teleseminar or program. Help run a reception. Pay it forward by sharing what you’ve learned through us with the next generation of young advocates.


Legends of the Bar


The Young Advocates' Standing Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the TAS Legends of the Bar YouTube Series. TAS has a rich, archived catalogue of historic lectures and speeches from legends of the litigation bar. YASC has been reviewing these archives and will be releasing select videos on YouTube bi-monthly.  

Following the successful launch of our YouTube series in the last issue of Keeping Tabs, YASC is pleased to present its second video in this series. This one also comes from the 2002 Dubin Lectures on Advocacy.

Hon. Ian Binnie, C.C., Q.C., ASM delivers his lecture In Praise of Oral Advocacy, in which he highlights lessons he learned about oral advocacy from hearing cases at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Binnie also draws on the advocacy skills of Chief Justice Dubin, J.J. Robinette, along with Justices Arnup, McKinnon, and Martin, describing why they were effective, why they did what they did, why it was—from the bench’s point of view—skillful advocacy, and why he thinks it still works. With sparkling wit & impeccable timing, he distills these lessons into five stages of appellate advocacy.



Young Advocates' Standing Committee Civility Award 2020

Nominate an Exceptional Young Advocate by August 31, 2020

Help us celebrate civility in the profession by nominating a TAS member for The Young Advocates' Standing Committee Civility Award, presented biennially at The Advocates' Society Fall Forum. The award is intended to honour a young advocate who conducts their practice with honour and treats colleagues and opposing counsel with equal respect.

Criteria for the Civility Award:

  • Candidates must be ten years of call or less and a member in good standing of The Advocates' Society
  • Candidates shall epitomize the Principles of Civility and Professionalism
  • Nominators must be a TAS member ten years of call or less and practise in a different firm or organization from the candidate.
Nominating is as EASY as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Do not prepare a nomination package. We will not read it. We just need the name, year of call and firm / organization of your nominee
  2. Tweet your nomination using the following format

    "I nominate '@name' 'year of call' from 'firm / organization' for #YASCCivilityAward. Voting ends Aug31 @Advocates_Soc"

    Or

  3. Email your nominee's name, year of call and firm / organization using the subject line “YASC Civility Award Nomination” to Melissa Pike at melissa.pike@mcinnescooper.com
Deadline for nominations: August 31, 2020

Voting will be open from September 8 to September 15, 2020


The YASC awards were created to recognize the contributions of the Society's young advocate members (ten years of call or less) and to celebrate these achievements with their peers at Fall Forum, the Society's marquee conference for young advocates.

Past Recipients
2016 – Sara Mahoney
2018 - Myriam M. Seers

Young Advocates’ Standing Committee

YASC is the voice for young advocates within the Society and the profession. To learn more about our committee, click here.


Keeping Tabs

Keeping Tabs is a monthly newsletter published by YASC and is distributed to nearly 10,000 subscribers each month. Catch up on past issues here.

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YASC Events

Join us at the next YASC event near you. There’s no better way to connect with friends and colleagues. For TAS calendar of collegial events, click here. For information on Fall Forum, click here