Wednesday, 3 August 2011

First Steps, Baby Steps

My first post, and not much to report.

The end of July also marked the end of my tenure as an articled student, and a call to the Alberta Bar as a full-fledged lawyer. It was a fantastic ceremony - Alberta is the last province in Canada to continue the tradition of personal, one-on-one bar call ceremonies - and was filled with good times and good people. Definitely a cherished moment.

It also marked the end of working in a law firm. There will be lots of coworkers and colleagues that will be missed.

August is an 'in Canada' month, full of preparations, vaccinations, and other contemplations. I'm appropriately acquiring more and more materials on Kenya, travelling, international development, and what I think is relevant literature. So far, I am approaching this with an open, even empty, mind. There's a lot to look forward to, and a lot to learn!

For now, I will sit down and make checklists, and organize things that I have so far.

For more information on my host organization, check out their website at

The International Commission of Jurists is a large, worldwide organization that is dedicated to promoting Human Rights through the rule of law. For more information about the ICJ, check out their website at

Finally, I have the opportunity to work with the ICJ-Kenya thanks to the Canadian Bar Association, with funding from CIDA. For more information about the CBA's Young Lawyer International Program, check out

 And don't forget to check out CIDA's website for all other international development/aid opportunities and information -