Adversity Makes Strange Bedfellows: Calling an Expert Retained by the Other Side; Promoting Efficiency & Respect for the Court; Equality, Diversity & Inclusion |

Adversity Makes Strange Bedfellows: Calling an Expert Retained by the Other Side; Promoting Efficiency and Respect for the Court; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.25
15 minutes
Substantive: 0.25
15 minutes
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: 0.25
20 minutes
Sally Gomery
Marc Labrosse
Pam MacEachern
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
50 minutes
$109.00 plus tax
CCLA 39th Civil Litigation Conference
Includes Handouts

Justice Labrosse will speak about the following:

  1. adjournments – when do you seek instructions; how do you balance those instructions against the Rules of Professional Conduct and simple human kindness; what if a lawyer is ill. When do you demand proof? Who pays for the adjournment and the costs thrown away? What are the costs thrown away (1/2? 1/3? of actual costs?) What if a client is ill?
  2. how to manage visible and invisible disabilities? Especially for lawyers in court – do you disclose? What should a lawyer do if they need an accommodation? How do they raise it with opposing counsel and the court and not “lose face” or be taken advantage of? How and when do you tell the court? And what are the common blunders that lawyers make that are disrespectful and they don’t know about (or maybe know are disrespectful but don’t think are that big a deal but are actually a big deal to those on the bench)?

Justice MacEachern will speak about the need for lawyers and the courts to recognize diversity issues and respond and adapt appropriately especially in the litigation context and specifically, when in court.


Sally Gomery

Prior to being appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario in 2017, Justice Gomery practiced civil and commercial litigation for over twenty-five years. She continues to be amazed by how much law there is and how much law there isn’t.

Justice Marc Labrosse

The Honourable Marc R. Labrosse, was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Ottawa) in January 2014. Justice Labrosse received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1994 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996. He practised with the Ottawa law firm of Vice & Hunter since 1996. His main practise areas were municipal law, civil litigation and corporate law. Mr. Justice Labrosse has been a member of l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario since 1995 and a member of the Carleton County Law Association since 1996. He has served as an instructor for the Bar Admissions Course and been a part-time professor with the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Since being appointed, Justice Labrosse has regularly been sitting on civil, family and criminal matters in both official languages. He is the local administrative judge for the Divisional Court in Ottawa.

Justice Pam MacEachern

Justice MacEachern practised with the Ottawa law firm of Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP from 1994 until her appointment to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She served as head of the firm's family law group from 2007 until her appointment and as head of the firm's wills and estates group from 2015 to 2018. Her practice included family law; wills and estates; civil litigation and personal injury law; and human rights, constitutional, and equality law. At the same time, she remained involved in personal injury litigation, primarily in cases involving sexual violence. She has also remained engaged in human rights, constitutional, and equality work, including in the areas of violence,propagation of hate, defamation, and prisoners' rights.Justice MacEachern was involved as legal counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases, including in the area of same-sex spousal recognition and the right to marry (Egan, M. v. H., Trinity Western, Little Sisters, the Marriage Reference, and other cases); unjust enrichment claims for common-law spouses (Vanasse v. Seguin/Kerr v. Baranow); and prisoners' rights cases (R. v. Ewert).She served as co-chair of the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA) Family Law Institute Annual Conference beginning in 2013, and was a member of the conference planning committee beginning in 1999. In addition, she was a founding member of the CCLA's Diversity Committee.Justice MacEachern has acted as pro bono legal counsel to both the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and (EGALE). She was the 2018 recipient of the Ontario Bar Association's Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Women's Equality.

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