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Episode 0 – What is Viva Voce?

January 29, 2019

  What is Viva Voce? It’s a talk show about lawyers. Daniel explains why he started it and what he’s learned from it so far. His producer, Robert Hiltz, asks the questions and takes the host seat. Full Episode Transcript Robert: Hi there, welcome to Viva Voce. I am not Daniel Goldwater.…

Episode 1 – Course aux stages

January 29, 2019

  Daniel jumps into the pressure cooker known as the Course aux stages, the regulated process by which ambitious law students do their best to secure articling positions at prestigious firms across Quebec. Daniel interviews a second-year McGill Law student, Elisabeth Novak, a third-year University of Montreal student, Hanane Loumi, and his…

Episode 2 – Sophie Gaillard

January 29, 2019

  Daniel talks about animal rights law with Sophie Gaillard, practicing attorney and Animal Advocacy Director at the SPCA Montreal. The morality of farming practices, eating animals, cruelty and the horror of castrating pigs without pain control are discussed. Sophie shares her journey and the ridicule she and her allies have had…

Episode 3 – Robert Leckey

January 29, 2019

Daniel welcomes his esteemed guest, Me Robert Leckey, dean of McGill’s Faculty of Law. Daniel asks Robert what distinguishes McGill and why anyone should get a legal education in the first place when Google exists. Thorny questions about diversity, campus radicalism and anglophone-francophone relations are fielded. Daniel says “every law is a crime…

Episode 4 – Jamie Benizri

February 5, 2019

  Daniel sits down with Me Jamie Benziri, founder of Legal Logik, a multi-practice firm with a deep online marketing presence. Jamie is clearly telegenic and brimming with energy and charisma, but he and Daniel both bring out vulnerable sides of themselves, in-between jokey banter. Jamie tells his career story, how he…

Episode 5 – Marie-Hélène Dubé

February 12, 2019

Daniel gets personal with his old mentor and senior partner at his firm, Goldwater, Dubé. She discusses her career highlights such as the same-sex marriage case of Hendricks and Leboeuf v. Quebec and the reasonable accommodation case of Bruker v. Marcovitz. Identity, minority rights and secularism are themes…