Community Connection

The person I interviewed is Dermit, a litigation lawyer whom my mother works for.

  1. Why are you passionate about your job?

I get to help people through difficult moments in their lives. As a lawyer you shoulder the legal part of other people’s problems so that they don’t have to think about it so much. When you successfully resolve someone else’s issues it brings a great deal of satisfaction. I do a lot of family work and it is always good to see when people are able to put their legal problems behind them and get on with their lives.

Judges Gavel

2. What obstacles have you faced to get you where you are today?

I graduated in Europe so I had to take quite a few exams and jump through hoops to qualify as a lawyer in Canada. When I first immigrated to Canada I worked as an ESL teacher whilst studying for the qualification exams. It took me about 2 and a half years to finish them and then I had to take the bar exams for BC. It took time and energy and at times it was quite stressful but in the end it was worth it.

3. What advice would you pass on to someone interested in what you’re doing?

Customer service is the most important thing as a lawyer. You have to do your best for your client, keep them informed about the process all the way through and make sure that they feel valued. Any service jobs before going to law school and this real-life experience in dealing with people invaluable.

4. How do you feel/cope when you’ve lost a case?

Initially I feel disappointed; not for myself, but for my client. I think that as long as you have done your best you have to realize that in the legal profession, sometimes things don’t work out as you might have hoped. Judges are all human and they are affected by human stories one way or another. Sometimes they are sympathetic to your client, sometimes not. You have to distance yourself a little from the cases you’ve taken on. You do your best for your client but cannot internalize their struggles.

5. What made you decide to become a lawyer?

I was always interested in history and politics at school. I had a really good history class, with two great teachers, and all of my classmates got along well together. Many of us went on to become lawyers, journalists and teachers and I still keep in touch them. I was a voracious reader of biographies. A lot of people who I read about and came to respect were lawyers at some point in their lives, for example, Nelson Mandela, Wolfe Tone, Michael Mansfield and Mahatma Gandhi. I wanted to be like them and I still do!


Oklahoma Litigation Group



One comment

  1. bbarazzuol · February 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm ·

    Thank you for submitting your HCE (Health and Career Education) assignment for COL. We have reviewed your Edublog post, and have the following observations regarding your work:

    – Great job interviewing someone and seeking out information regarding their expertise
    – Way to incorporate your answers on your edublog

    Thank you,

    Mr. Barazzuol and Mr. Robinson
    COL Teachers