BONUS EP 2 – Finding Purpose in Public Sector Work (Susheel Gupta) - October 28, 2020

In our latest bonus episode of Lawyered Unplugged, we speak with Susheel Gupta about finding purpose in the public sector. Susheel is a Canadian lawyer whose incredible story, stemming from a tragic murder, spurred him to serve in numerous impressive roles in the federal public sector, including as: a federal prosecutor, a Vice-Chair of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and an RCMP advisor in the Counter-Terrorism & National Security group.

This episode features a candid look at life at various levels of the public sector and includes career tips for lawyers at all levels of call.

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In the full 1-hour episode, you’ll hear Susheel tackle a number of topics, including:

  • What are some strategies for lawyers that are hoping to enter the public service (as a new call, as a mid-year call or as a senior lawyer)?
  • What paths are available for lawyers (and non-lawyers) that want to pursue a role as a judge or adjudicator?
  • What practical legal tips can lawyers learn from a lawyer-turned-adjudicator?
  • What strategies are available when a client (or government) mandate misaligns with a public sector employee’s personal views?
  • How can lawyers navigate the ethical issues that impact their day-to-day work?
  • What should lawyers consider if they seek to pivot into a non-legal career?


About the Guest:

Susheel Gupta is a proud father of two and a lawyer by profession. Most recently he was the Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Prior to his time at the Tribunal he worked with the Department of Justice War Crimes Section, was Special Advisor to the President and CEO at CATSA, and has been a Federal Prosecutor with the Department of Justice.

During his time as a Federal Prosecutor he was designated an Advisor on Computer Crime. He regularly presents on the legal aspects of Cybercrime. He has been a member on several expert Computer Crime Working Groups nationally, and was a Canadian designate to task forces on Cybercrime with the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service. With respect to National Security, Susheel was one of the co-counsels in Canada’s first prosecution under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Today, Susheel is a Senior Strategic Operations Advisor with the RCMP in the Counter-Terrorism & National Security group.

Susheel volunteers extensively with organizations dedicated to educating young people on Canada’s justice system and with organizations involved in supporting and advocating for victims of crime in Canada and internationally.

On a more personal note, Susheel has been actively involved in issues concerning national security and terrorism. He was 12 years old when his mother was murdered in the Air India Flight 182 terrorist bombing. It was this terrorist incident and tragedy that led him down the path to a career working in the public service.

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