Posted October 01, 2018 06:18:47 The Budin law office is located in downtown Toronto, but it’s not a typical law office.
Its one of a handful in Canada.
Located across the street from the Ontario Legislature, it offers a wide range of legal services including criminal defence, immigration and family law.
It also helps clients navigate the complex immigration system.
In this week’s interview with CBC Toronto’s Dan Prentice, Budin lawyer Jeff Ritchie tells the story of how the law firm has grown in size, the challenges he faces in his practice, and the obstacles that come with his clients’ requests for legal advice.
Budin Law office art: The Budins law office on the corner of Dundas Street and Bloor Street is home to a collection of law books and legal pamphlets.
(Jeff Ritchie)When did you start working in the law?
I was a graduate student in my final year at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in the fall of 2006.
I was doing research on the legal profession, and my thesis adviser was working on a paper about a study that had been going on for many years.
The study was looking at the relationship between lawyers, the quality of their practice, the number of lawyers they had, and whether or not they were hiring more or less.
She was interviewing law students and we were trying to figure out whether or no they were being hiring more.
She found that in the course of the study, she was interviewing more law students than she was people who had completed law school, so she started looking at all of the different kinds of law schools in the province.
She went through the curriculum at each university and she had her students come in and fill out surveys about their experience.
She did this for about six years, but then one of the professors asked her to do a second one and it was a completely different type of survey.
It asked students about the quality and quantity of their legal work, and she thought, “Well, I want to know how much of my practice is quality and how much is quantity.”
She thought, Well, that’s a good question, so I decided to do one.
She sent me her study, and then I sent it to her for another one.
So it’s like, how did this research affect my practice?
Well, it did not affect my firm’s practice in the sense that we’re still in business as usual.
But it did have an impact on the amount of time that we spend on our practice.
She told me that about a third of the time that I spend on legal work I’m looking at other things, so that was the kind of pressure that came up in her study.
And then she told me about a couple of other things that came into play.
One of those things was the way that we do our work, the way we approach cases, the ways that we handle the issues that we have in front of us.
The second thing was, because the law is so complicated, it’s so complex that it can be really hard to know what the law says, especially when it’s something as complex as a family law case.
And I remember reading about the first case that we had to hear in our family law division.
And the family law lawyer was not very familiar with the law.
She said, “Oh, I’m going to try to help you, and you’ll understand what the laws are.”
And that was a challenge for me.
And one of my first encounters with the judge, a judge from the family division, was to try and make sense of that.
I said, Well you’re not going to help me understand it, because it’s a very complex case.
You can’t really help me.
It’s not my job.
So I thought, I’ll just give it a try.
I’m not going away from the law, I think it’s important.
I think I’m better than the judge who said, I don’t care what it is.
What was the challenge of being the first person to be named in a family division case?
I think that is something that we all feel a little bit of guilt over.
It is something you would hope that someone else would do, because you are the one that is being named.
And in that particular case, it was the father of a young child.
And it was his child that was in danger of being abducted by his own son.
And so he had his own kids that were in danger.
So he had a very important, very important family.
And that is the challenge that we are all faced with in the family and child division.
Is it easy for you to get people to agree to the work that you do?
I certainly don’t think so.
We try very hard to get the best information that we can.
We have people