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Episode 10: Shirley MacLean, KC

In this episode, Dean Michael Marin sits down with Shirley MacLean, KC (LLB ’90), Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick. The pair discuss MacLean’s influential decision to study French at Université Laval (7:42); her first four years as a lawyer in private practice and her eventual move to the Law Society of New Brunswick (20:21); the challenging work involved in her role as Registrar of Complaints (24:38); strategies lawyers can use to prevent complaints and how to respond if a complaint is filed (31:00); her role as Commissioner of Official Languages and the strengths of New Brunswick’s bilingualism (41:33); her response to criticism of bilingualism in the province, debunking myths, and promotional work (56:44); and advice on building a career outside of private practice (1:05:50).

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