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Mel Bittman


2017/2018 Articling Student

During my time as both a summer student and an articling student in the Real Property and Planning Group, I was provided with interesting and challenging work and received a significant level of client exposure. As a summer student, I was asked to conduct research and write memorandums in response to a number of complex legal issues. In many instances, my work was sent directly to the client. This was also the case as an articling student, which fostered a deep sense of pride and ownership in my work, and made me feel like a valued member of the group.

One of the highlights of my articles was assisting in the acquisition of an industrial property located in Alberta.  Initially tasked with preparing a title report, I went on to assist with drafting the due diligence report, and was subsequently involved in almost every other step in the transaction. I attended conference calls and eventually became responsible for communicating directly with the client. I also conducted research and drafted memorandums that were used to advise the client on a number of legal issues. I was given greater responsibility as the transaction progressed and felt like I was providing meaningful and useful assistance.

Working on this transaction allowed me to improve my drafting, client service, and communication skills. I received guidance and constructive feedback from the supervising lawyer throughout, and was encouraged to ask questions and share my opinions.  This created an open and supportive environment for me to learn and develop new skills.