Spreading Holiday Cheer with Hammerberg Lawyers

Hammerberg Lawyers, one of Rise Women’s Legal Centre’s generous ongoing supporters, reached out to Rise with a wonderful offer for us and our clients. Every year, as part of their firm-wide holiday tradition, they like to create special gift baskets for families in the community who could use some extra holiday cheer. This year, Hammerberg asked Rise to help them find some families who might welcome a little help with their holiday celebrations.

The Hammerberg staff’s favourite thing about their tradition is shopping for each family specially, so that each basket is as welcome and perfectly suited to its recipients as possible. We asked each mum for some details about her kids (their ages, sizes, favourite colours), their family’s dietary habits, and if there was something special the kids were hoping for this year. We anonymized the information and passed it along to the Hammerberg Lawyers team. Hammerberg’s Chief Operating Officer Tracey Scher, who spearheaded the project, dropped everything off to Rise this week, and the bounty was home-delivered by Rise staff.

In addition to the personalized baskets, Hammerberg Lawyers contributed over a dozen $100 gift cards to Great Canadian Superstore, to be distributed by Rise to some of our clients whose families could use the extra holiday cheer.

Rise would like to thank Hammerberg Lawyers for their incredibly generous support throughout this exciting first year. We’re proud to count them among our friends in the legal community.

The Twelve Weeks of Rise

The Twelve Weeks of Rise

As the fall semester comes to a close, one of our students shares a reflection on the challenges and triumphs experienced throughout their semester spent working at Rise, with a seasonally appropriate rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas.

From the staff and students at Rise, we wish you and you family a wonderful holiday season!


The Twelve (12) Weeks of Rise – By: Arash Ehteshami

In the first week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
A boat load of incomplete files.

In the second week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

In the third week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
Three stressed clients
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

In the fourth week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
Four friendly colleagues
Three stressed clients
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

In the fifth week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
FIVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
Four friendly colleagues
Three stressed clients
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

In the sixth week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
Six restless evenings
FIVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
Four friendly colleagues
Three stressed clients
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

In the seventh week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
Seven coffee runs
Six restless evenings
FIVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
Four friendly colleagues
Three stressed clients
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

In the eighth week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
Eight urgent deadlines
Seven coffee runs
Six restless evenings
FIVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
Four friendly colleagues
Three stressed clients
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

In the ninth week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
Nine missed calls
Eight urgent deadlines
Seven coffee runs
Six restless evenings
FIVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
Four friendly colleagues
Three stressed clients
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

In the tenth week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
Ten more served pleadings
Nine missed calls
Eight urgent deadlines
Seven coffee runs
Six restless evenings
FIVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
Four friendly colleagues
Three stressed clients
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

In the eleventh week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
Eleven gray hairs
Ten more served pleadings
Nine missed calls
Eight urgent deadlines
Seven coffee runs
Six restless evenings
FIVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
Four friendly colleagues
Three stressed clients
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

In the twelfth week of Rise
the clinic sent to me:
Twelve page assignments
Eleven gray hairs
Ten more served pleadings
Nine missed calls
Eight urgent deadlines
Seven coffee runs
Six restless evenings
FIVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
Four friendly colleagues
Three stressed clients
Two supervised intakes
and a boat load of incomplete files.

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