C. Mark McEwan
  • Title: Articling Student
  • Office: Montréal
  • Status: At the Firm
  • Law School: McGill University

 
Biography

Mark graduated from McGill University's Faculty of Law in 2013. Prior to pursuing his legal studies, he completed a Bachelor's degree in Economics, graduating in 2009 with Great Distinction and as a member of the Dean's Honour List. He is a former recipient of the J.W. McConnell Scholarship. Mark completed a semester of in the faculty of law at Université Pierre-Mendès-France in 2011 and passed Quebec's bar exams in 2013.

Throughout his post-secondary studies, Mark complemented his studies with part-time and summer- student work experience in a variety of sectors, including retail, natural resources, legal services and education. Mark has also interned in the not-for-profit sector with an organization focusing on good governance in western Africa.

Mark is keenly interested in business law. He enjoys reading, cooking, and running, as well as numerous other sporting activities.


 
A Day in The Life

Almost anything can happen in terms of the work that we do. There are times when small, discrete mandates fly into your office, and the moment you think you have it all under control, several more arrive. It can really be a thrill. There are other times when a lawyer asks you to be involved with a file over a longer period, whether for research, review, drafting, or coordination – whatever we can do that will keep the file moving forward efficiently. One way or another, no two days are the same and on most days I end up working on things unexpectedly after someone knocks on my door or gives me a call.

With the help of formal activities organized by the firm, and some informal ones that spring up organically, we students get to enjoy one another’s company and learn from our different backgrounds. The social aspect to our work is undeniable, whether it comes through a 5 à 7, a Lunch ‘n Learn, or a short visit from a colleague. It goes without saying that every day students are lending a hand to one another and sharing experiences together.

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Assignments

I have been fortunate to see a fairly broad range of mandates. I have undertaken research projects in labour law, bankruptcy, real estate and private international law, and those have allowed me to obtain insight into points of law with which I was previously unfamiliar. In some cases this work has been destined for eventual publication or presentation to clients. In business law, lawyers have asked me to help them prepare agreements in various contexts for public and private companies in connection with various types of transactions.

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