FREE Seminar: “So You Want to be a Defence Lawyer”


11am MST, Friday, 11 May 2022

In this free seminar to celebrate the second anniversary of Professor Sankoff’s Criminal Defence Essentials, Annamaria Enenajor of Ruby, Shiller and Michael Oykhman of Oykhman Criminal Defence join Professor Sankoff help young lawyers, law students and articling students with advice about being a criminal defence lawyer. They will take your questions about what it’s like to join a firm, start out on your own, and deal with the myriad challenges of practice (including the special challenges faced by minorities and women entering the profession). Topics covered include practice management, finding a healthy work-life balance, how to be successful in practice, and taking the steps needed to be a great lawyer.

Annamaria Enenajor

Annamaria Enenajor is a partner at Ruby Shiller Enenajor DiGiuseppe, Barristers, where she practices criminal defence, regulatory, constitutional law and civil law where it intersects with state accountability. She defends clients accused of criminal misconduct in a variety of cases, including white collar crime, murder and manslaughter, drug offences, human trafficking offences, sexual offences, and fraud. She also acts for clients in professional misconduct and quasi-criminal/regulatory matters. She has argued before all levels of court in Ontario and before the Supreme Court of Canada. After graduating from McGill as the David L. Johnson gold medalist, Annamaria clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Richard Wagner, now the Chief Justice of Canada. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty and sits on the Board of Directors of the Open Democracy Project.

Michael Okyhman

Michael Okyhman is the Founder of Oykhman Criminal Defence, a Full-Service Criminal Law firm with central law offices across Western Canada and Ontario. For 10 years, Michael has worked to build a law office where all the lawyers share collective experience, resources, and passion to help people. Michael is a graduate of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, and has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta, including at the Supreme Court of Canada. He is currently the Advising Lawyer for Student Legal Assistance, a non-profit organization of law students at the University of Calgary dedicated to providing legal services and access to justice to low-income individuals.