Developing Client and Community Relationships

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Developing Client and Community Relationships (“DCCR”) is a non-credit, hands-on workshop where students will work with legal professionals and learn best practices for building positive relationships in a variety of settings.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Gain skills to make students more effective at developing and building both personal and business relationships with clients and communities
  • Learn the basics of emotional intelligence and how to improve their EQ
  • Learn the underlying principles of cultural competency
  • Gain an understanding of how important EQ is in building relationships in settings including: inside a firm/clinic/corporate environment, with community members, with colleagues and with other team members


Students will

  • Create a vision statement/philosophy of practice to help students find direction in their relationship building endeavors
  • Use the vision statement/philosophy of practice to create an individualized relationship building plan and learn how to put it into practice
  • Update and maximize social media exposure (LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Identify and set a roadmap for volunteer engagement (sitting on a board or committee of a community organization)

Dates and Times

DCCR will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm either downtown or at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University campus).

June 6, 2017

June 13, 2017

June 20, 2017

June 27, 2017

July 4, 2017

July 11, 2017

July 18, 2017


Konata Lake is a Senior Associate at Torys LLP where he practices corporate law. Mr. Lake graduated with his JD/MBA from Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich in 2008. He is on the York University Board of Governors and is an active member of the Osgoode/Schulich JD/MBA Alumni Association. Mr. Lake was recently named One to Watch by the Osgoode Alumni Association.

Nicole Salama is a Program Lawyer at Osgoode Hall Law School where she creates and runs several programs including the Learning and Leading Series and Access to Law and Learning, Osgoode’s free LSAT preparation program. Prior to joining Osgoode, Ms. Salama was a litigation associate at a mid-size Toronto firm for several years.

Supported by Torys LLP.