4th Annual Current Topics in Ethics & Professionalism

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 04:30 to 07:30
Toronto Lawyers Association 361 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5G 1T3 Canada Lawyers Lounge, 2nd Floor, Rotunda

The TLA once again partnered with U of T’s Centre for the Legal Profession to provide an accredited, dynamic program which satisfies your annual professionalism hours.

How to Win or Lose with Class

There is a new rule on integrity in the Rules of Professional Conduct, which comes into force on October 1, 2014. R. 2. The quality of being honest and fair is at the heart of our justice system, yet incivility persists. The following issues will be considered in a panel discussion:

  • Is there is an inherent set of values that define the “moral conscience” of lawyers?
  • While lawyers have a professional duty to treat the court, opposing counsel and others with courtesy and respect, should clients have these duties too? In Radonicich v Reamey the court held that these principles applied to self-represented litigants. Why should they not also apply to represented litigants?
  •  How does the codification of proportionality impact a client’s wealth of resources? Should it limit or reduce the number of court motions/time in proportion to the legal issues at play?


The Great Debate:  Are Alternative Business Structures (ABS) a genuine threat to the future practice of law?

The Law Society of Upper Canada has formed a Working Group to explore various options for the delivery of legal services. Should this include Alternative Business Structures?

 Technology and Practice Management Tips

In this session, Dan Pinnington of the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LawPRO) shares his best 60 technology and practice management tips, including:

  •     How to prevent cybercrimes
  •     Steps to protect client data
  •     Docketing Do’s and Don’ts


The Hon. Todd Archibald, Superior Court of Justice, Toronto

Gavin Birer, Founder of Legalwise Outsourcing Inc.

Monica Goyal, My Legal Briefcase Inc.

Malcolm Mercer, McCarthy Tetrault LLP and LSUC Bencher

Lou Milrad, Milrad Law

Dan Pinnington, Vice President, Claims Prevention & Stakeholder Relations, LawPRO

Quinn Ross, The Ross Firm Professional Corporation

Joceyln Speyers, Crown Counsel, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Tannis Waugh, Barrister & Solicitor

David A. Wright, Chair, Law Society Tribunal 

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