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Hello, I'm Karen Selick, the owner of and Custom Legal English Consultant.


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In 1976, I got my LL.B. degree (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Toronto. I was called to the bar in Ontario, Canada in 1978 and worked as a lawyer for almost four decades before retiring. I was an in-house corporate lawyer for several years, and a private practice lawyer in a small law firm for 24 years. I've done both litigation and solicitor's work.

In 2016, I retired from my law practice and studied  holistic nutrition and biology for a few years. Then I got my TEFL certificate and began teaching English online in 2020. 

Meanwhile, I have been a freelance writer for more than thirty years. I've written hundreds of articles for Canadian newspapers and magazines, including the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and Reader's Digest Canada. I was a columnist for sixteen years at Canadian Lawyer magazine and won a couple of awards for my columns there. 



These days, I assist companies and individuals in improving and perfecting their written English legal documents, websites, and spoken presentations. I love clear communications, and I love the process of selecting the best words to express each thought. I also enjoy working with a wide variety of clients. 

I'm an experienced public speaker and have also been in the position of doing the hiring for a law firm. I can provide coaching for English-language job interviews as well as for conference presentations or meetings. 

I work from my home in rural eastern Ontario, Canada. In addition to English, I speak French at a B2 level and Spanish at A2. I've recently studied beginner Mandarin too, to understand the structure of the language.

I'd be happy to meet with you online to discuss how I can help you with your English-language business requirements.

To book an appointment online, please click the button below. When you get to the page that lets you select an appointment time, please be sure to use the pull-down menu that lets you select your own time zone first. 

See you soon, I hope!




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