We recognize the importance of supporting the communities in which we and our clients live and work. Both as a firm and as individuals, we are involved in extensive efforts to “give back” to those communities.
We are involved in a wide variety of community events and activities, from fundraising for diverse causes, to participating on the boards of charitable and non-profit organizations, to supporting educational and professional initiatives within the legal profession.
Many of our lawyers serve or have served on boards of directors for various charitable and local not-for-profit organizations including:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
- Victim Services Program of Toronto
- Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter
- Alternatives – The East York Mental Health Counselling Services Agency
Education and the Legal Profession
We are active in the legal community – through sponsoring fellowships, scholarships and student awards, supporting professional associations and affinity groups, and providing professional development opportunities for law students.
Recognizing that the law students of today are the future of the profession, the firm is committed to supporting the education and development the next generation of leading human resources law practitioners. The firm is a proud sponsor of a number of fellowship, scholarships and law school prizes.
We are also actively involved in a number of programs designed to support the education and professional development of law students, such as the Hicks Morley Moot, an annual competitive moot which provides law students with an opportunity to hone their advocacy skills by presenting argument on the topical issues of the day in human resources law and administrative law.
In addition, we support the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University, a pilot project initially launched in the 2014-15 licensing year as an alternative to the traditional articling experience, which enables students develop the necessary skills to enter the profession through the combination of on-line training and experiential, hands-on learning.
Lawyers in our firm participate actively in the activities of professional associations such as the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association and the Advocates Society. Currently, the firm has representatives on the executives of the OBA’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law, Education Law, Labour and Employment Law, and Pension and Benefits Law sections.
We also actively support a number of legal professional associations and affinity groups that foster and promote diversity and inclusion, as part of our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.
As individuals, our lawyers and staff participate in numerous charitable fundraising events every year.
On an annual basis, Hicks Morley participates in firm-wide fundraising campaigns for United Way Toronto & York Region, where our professional and administrative staff participate in numerous fundraising activities over the course of each year that directly support the achievement of the firm’s annual fundraising goal. In recent years, our United Way campaign has consistently raised in excess of $50,000.00, earning Hicks Morley a place on the Employee Honour Role alongside many larger donor organizations.
We are also involved in supporting numerous fundraising events with proceeds benefiting Lawyers Feed the Hungry; War Child, whose mission is to help children in war-affected communities reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice by providing educational, vocational and legal resources; and the Bruce Trail Conservancy, with a mandate to protect and steward Canada’s first and most famous hiking trail, a significant environmental protection endeavor.