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Thursday, October 19, 2017 Events
Location: Toronto Central YMCA Centre, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, ON
New Professionals Event, “Advice From the Bench” 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what advice judges would provide to the family law professionals involved in their cases? This year we invite our New Professionals (as well as our seasoned veterans) to join us on Thursday October 19, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm for a special panel discussion by members of the Ontario judiciary. In the format of advice in 8 minutes, this unique session will provide practical suggestions and tips in the areas of: written and oral advocacy; do’s and don’ts at conferences and motions; dealing with lawyers and self-represented litigants; and tips to achieving success as a family law professional. Our experienced panel includes: Justice Roselyn Zisman (Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto), Justice Victoria Starr (Ontario Court of Justice, Halton), Justice Kendra Coats (Superior Court of Justice, Halton) and Justice Allan Rowsell (Superior Court of Justice (Family Branch), Durham). Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the Bench, which will undoubtedly yield thoughtful answers and useful advice. This unique and stimulating experience is surely one that should not be missed.
Pre-Conference Institute, “Addiction in Family Breakdown: The Challenges and Complexities” 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Our annual pre-conference event will take an in-depth look at the significantly challenging issues that can arise when parents and/or children are affected by addictions. Dr. Leslie Buckley, psychiatrist and medical director of Addictions Outpatient Services at the University Health Network, will lead the discussion about the impact of addictions on overall functioning, as well as on parenting. Dr. Buckley will be joined by a panel of experts, including: Andrew Galloway (Edgewood Health Network); Howard Hurwitz (MSW); Carolyn Leach (Counsel, Office of the Children’s Lawyer); Justice Ellen Murray (Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto); and Lisa Pont (Addiction Therapist/Trainer, CAMH). Our speakers will provide the insight necessary to enable attendees to achieve a better understanding of, and better practices in, cases where addiction affects parents and/or children. As family law professionals it is our duty to support our clients while ensuring that risk is being properly considered. A diverse set of addictions will be explored including: alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs, gambling and video games.