The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers congratulates the new President of the Ottawa Chapter, Antoine L. Collins!
Antoine L. Collins has practiced law in the United States and Canada over the past 15 years. After graduating in 2002 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, he began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Baltimore City’s States Attorney’s Office. There, he prosecuted cases ranging from theft to felony child abuse and domestic violence. Subsequently, he took a position with one of Baltimore’s top law firms, defending Workers’ Compensation cases. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011. Now based in Ottawa, Antoine is a progressive and dynamic solo practitioner offering personalized service in a variety of legal disciplines, including: Real Estate, Wills, Small Claims and Entertainment Law. Antoine is actively involved in the CCLA and serves on the OBA’s Governance and Equality Committees. Oh, did we forget to mention that Antoine is Vocal Jazz recording artist, feel free to take a listen www.antoinelcollins.com.
Although raised in a state foster care system on the outskirts of Chicago in Gary, Indiana, Antoine was one of the lucky ones who managed to escape the merry-go-round of foster homes that many children endure. He has always felt that it does not matter where you come from, as long as you end up in the right place.
From the President:
“NOTHING GREAT WAS EVER ACHIEVED WITHOUT ENTHUSIASM”
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words of more than 150 years ago still ring true. I believe that enthusiasm and commitment to excellence remain critical for the successful black lawyer. I am an extremely enthusiastic and proud lawyer who cares deeply about these values and our future in the legal profession. I am truly honored that the members of the Ottawa Chapter of CABL have put their faith in me to serve as their President. I am enthusiastic about taking up the challenge to help shape and define our future/place as lawyers of color in our noble profession.
I am proud to be part of a profession that attracts an amazing and diverse array of talent. I get so excited when I think about the incredible complement of black legal talent working here in the NCR and beyond. I am convinced that our profession as a whole will benefit when it finally comes to reflect the diversity of all of its members. I am personally committed to making sure that our black legal professionals in the NCR are recognized at all levels of the profession.
In this new role, I will strive to build on CABL’s legacy and impact by working to better position the Ottawa Chapter of CABL in the ever-changing legal environment based on our core values of engagement, transparency, accountability, and leading-edge governance. In short, I envision us participating in initiatives together that increase CABL’s visibility within the legal community as a platform for promoting diversity, inclusion and battling the remaining vestiges of racism in our profession. I look forward to working with all of you to achieve these goals.