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Appealing to Your Better Judge-ment

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.5
40 minutes
Substantive: 0.25
10 minutes
Peter Doody
Charles Hackland
Calum MacLeod
Julianne Parfett
Robyn Ryan Bell
Heather Williams
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
50 minutes
$99.00 plus tax
CCLA 39th Civil Litigation Conference

Peter Doddy, Heather WIlliams, Robyn Ryan Bell, Charles Hackland, Calum MacLeod, and Julianne Parfett present the judges panel, Appealing to Your Better Judge-ment.


Justice Peter Doody

Justice Peter K. Doody was called to the Ontario bar in 1982 and the Nunavut bar in 2010. A partner with the firm Borden Ladner Gervais since 1990, Justice Doody carried on a large and varied litigation practice focused on public and administrative law, commercial litigation, insurance law, and arbitration, together with regularly acting as criminal defence counsel. He frequently acted for governments at all levels and ministers of the Crown. He appeared as counsel in and to a number of commissions of inquiry, including as counsel to former Prime Minister Chretien in the Gomery Inquiry, as a senior Commission counsel in the Elliot Lake Inquiry, and as counsel to the Correctional Investigator in the Prison for Women Inquiry. He has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in Ontario and Nunavut, including the Supreme Court of Canada on a number of occasions. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada in a number of categories. He has been a sessional lecturer at the law schools at Queen's University and the University of Ottawa, and in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, in criminal law, conflict of laws, public law, and civil procedure. Justice Doody was appointed in 2016.

Justice Charles Hackland

Justice Hackland was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in October of 2003. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978 after completing his legal studies at the University of Ottawa Law School (LL.B,1975) and Oxford University (B.C.L.,1977) and articling at the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to his appointment, he was a senior partner at Gowlings LL.P. (Ottawa) specializing in employment and administrative law and the representation of physicians and other professionals. Justice Hackland served as Regional Senior Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, East Region, (2008-14). During that period he served as Chair of the Committee of Administrative Judges of the Small Claims Court. Justice Hackland is currently a member of the Superior Court bench in Ottawa and a member of Deputy Judges’ Council (which administers Ontario’s Small Claims Court), and Chair of the Council’s Education Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Canadian Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics and is a facilitator in the National Judicial Institute’s Evidence Workshop and Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges.

Master Calum MacLeod

A frequent speaker at the civil litigation conference, Mr. Justice Calum MacLeod has been a judge of the Superior Court of Justice since June of 2016 and had been a master in that court since November of 2008. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (B.A., 1977 and LL.B., 1980) and was called to the bar in 1983. Prior to his appointment as a master, he practiced civil litigation and dispute resolution and had extensive experience as a neutral. He had been a mediator, arbitrator, fact finder and deputy judge. Over the course of his career as a judicial officer, Justice MacLeod authored many decisions concerning discovery, production and civil procedure and has heard scores of summary judgment motions. He case manages complex commercial cases and class actions. Justice MacLeod has a keen interest in court reform and legal education and has served on many committees and working groups including Sedona Canada and the civil rules committee. He is frequently called upon to speak to lawyers and judges in Ontario and in other jurisdictions.

Justice Julianne Parfett

The Honourable Julianne Alys Parfett, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario. She replaces Mr. Justice G.R. Morin (Ottawa) who has elected to become a supernumerary judge. Madam Justice Parfett received a Master of Laws in 2001 from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws in 1983 and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) in 1980, from Queen’s University and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1985. She has practised criminal law in both official languages as a Crown Attorney first in Windsor County (1987-1989) and then in the Ottawa-Carleton Region (1989-2007). Madam Justice Parfett has acted as the Attorney General’s Representative at the Ontario Review Board and as Course Director, Ontario Crown Attorneys Association Summer School. She has been involved in the Ottawa community acting as President of the Board of Directors of the Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing Association.

Robyn Ryan Bell

Madam Justice Robyn M. Ryan Bell was born in Montreal, Quebec, and raised in Kingston, Ontario. She earned a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen's University, an LL.B. from Dalhousie University (where she was the gold medallist), and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She also holds an Associate Diploma in pianoforte from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music. She articled and practised as an associate and then as a partner at Davies, Ward & Beck, before joining Bennett Jones LLP in 1997 as a partner. Her practice has focused on administrative law, commercial litigation, privacy law and public law. Justice Ryan Bell has taught civil trial advocacy at Queen’s University and has been a faculty member at numerous continuing legal education programs. Her publications analyze, among other topics, the development of the common law of privacy. In addition to being a past director of The Advocates’ Society and a past member of its education committee, she was a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism for many years and serves as a Vice-Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. She and her husband live in Chelsea, Quebec, with their daughter.

Justice Heather Williams

Justice Heather J. Williams was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa in May, 2017 after practising civil litigation in Ottawa for more than 25 years. Justice Williams practised with Cavanagh Williams LLP (which now goes by some other name) and before that, with Nelligan O’Brien Payne (formerly Nelligan Power). Justice Williams is proud to be a past president of the County of Carleton Law Association and a former chair of the CCLA’s Civil Litigation Updated conference at Mont Tremblant.

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