Collateral Consequences Panel - Part 1 & 2: Youth Suspended/Expelled; Civil Forfeiture; Availability of Civil Remedies; Travelling; Employment; Professional Consequences |

Collateral Consequences Panel - Part 1 and 2: Youth Suspended/Expelled; Civil Forfeiture; Availability of Civil Remedies; Travelling; Employment; Professional Consequences

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.25
15 minutes
Substantive: 0.5
35 minutes
Sam Adam
Tina Hill
Dominic Lamb
Kristen Robins
Alyssa Tomkins
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
50 minutes
$89.00 plus tax
CCLA 30th Annual Criminal Law Conference 2018
Includes Handouts

This panel reviews the criminal lawyer’s professional obligations and responsibilities to look into, assess and advise clients on collateral consequences to stemming from the criminal charge. Expert panelists will provide input on the impact a criminal charge or conviction can have on your client’s life at school – e.g. suspension or expulsion; civil forfeiture; the availability of civil remedies; travelling; employment; and professional consequences. Professionalism content includes:

  • 1.1 Duty to maintain confidentiality, including justified and permitted disclosure in the context of dealing with a client’s collateral consequences
  • 1.3 Responding appropriately to client dishonesty or fraud
  • 1.6 Duties related to advocacy and to referring your client to other legal professionals to assist with collateral consequences, as required
  • 1.10 Obligation to nofity the client or insurer of errors or omissions
  • 1.12 Optional and mandatory withdrawal from representation if you determine you are not in a position to provide the legal services and representation that this client requires
  • 1.16 Best practices for analyzing ethical dilemmas
  • 2.4 Recognizing and being sensitive to clients’ circumstances, special needs and intellectual capacity
  • 2.9 Conducting effective client interviews and client meetings to determine what collateral consequences may be at play for your client
  • 3.15 Risk management best practices


Sam Adam

Samir Adam is a partner at May Irwin Adam. His practice is heavily focused on criminal and quasi -criminal litigation at both trial and appellate levels. He has also advised government agencies with respect to criminal investigations and has represented police officers involved in investigations before the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Mr. Adam was born in London, England, grew up in Ottawa, and received his LL.B in 2009 from the University of Ottawa following an Honours BA in Criminology from the same institution. While in University, Mr. Adam worked with Correction Service Canada’s International Transfers division where he worked with US Federal and State institutions to advocate for and facilitate the transfer of US-based Canadian offenders back to Canada. He has also worked within the Canadian Border Service Agency’s National Security division where he researched conflict zones around the world. He is currently a member of the County of Carleton Law Association, the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa.

Tina Hill

Tina joined Greenspon, Brown & Associates (the predecessor to Greenspon Granger Hill) in 2016. She practices civil litigation exclusively, and her current practice focuses on personal injury matters, including motor vehicle accidents, Charter of Rights cases, negligent investigation and malicious prosecution cases, false arrest and false imprisonment cases, and excessive force cases. Tina started practicing law in 2002, after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Psychology from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University. She practiced civil litigation at a national law firm for almost ten years. Immediately prior to joining Greenspon, Brown & Associates, she ran her own business as a mediator and arbitrator. Tina is a certified trained mediator and negotiator. During the course of her career as a lawyer, Tina Hill has acted as counsel in many negotiations, mediations and arbitrations. She is currently on the roster of Ottawa mediators for Ontario, the Better Business Bureau roster of mediators, as well as the roster of mediators for Pro Bono Law Ontario. Tina is deeply involved in the community. She has sat on and chaired several Boards, including the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa and the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region. She also sat on the Board of the Salvation Army Grace Manor, a long-term care facility in Ottawa, and has provided pro bono legal services to the CHEO BBQ, an annual volleyball and ultimate tournament organized by a grassroots organization to raise funds for CHEO.

Dominic Lamb

Dominic Lamb is a partner at the firm. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001. He received his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 1999 and his B.A. (Hons.) from Brock University in 1996. In 2003, Mr. Lamb started his own criminal defence practice. He joined Edelson & Friedman LLP in 2009. Dominic is accredited as a Certified Specialist (criminal law) by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is actively involved with the local bar and currently serves as the President of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. He has lectured on criminal law topics at the University of Ottawa Law School, at Carleton University and for visiting foreign jurists. He has been a member of the planning committee for the DCAO/CCLA Criminal Law Conference for many years, organizing and presenting at that conference. He is also involved in the planning and presentation of the ongoing DCAO 5 O’clock Lecture Series and regularly hosts the DCAO presentation of LSO continuing legal education programs for the local criminal defence bar. Dominic is also one of three lawyers behind the firm's Affordable Defence initiative.

Kristen Robins

Kristen L. Robins achieved a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, with honours in Criminology in 2005, and a Bachelor of Law degree in 2008, both from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario Bar in June of 2009. She began working with Kimberley A. Pegg, Barristers as an undergraduate student in 2004, completed her Articles, and went on to practice in the areas of child protection and criminal defence with the firm until 2018. Ms. Robins is now a Partner at Reed Robins Naik, LLP, where she continues to practice in the areas of child protection and criminal defence. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, the Criminal Lawyers Association, the County of Carleton Law Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and was the Vice President of the Child and Family Services Act Defence Bar Association from 2014-2017. In 2017, she received the first annual Justice Heidi Levenson Polowin Award for Excellence in Child Protection Advocacy.

Alyssa Tomkins

Alyssa Tomkins has a broad-ranging litigation practice in both official languages, including corporate and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency, administrative/constitutional law and construction, including procurement and the law of tender. Prior to joining Caza Saikaley, Alyssa clerked for the Honourable Michel Bastarache at the Supreme Court of Canada and worked for several years at a national firm. Alyssa is the co-chair of the County of Carleton Law Association Technology Committee and co-chaired a conference on the use of technology in litigation. She is a regular volunteer at Pro Bono Law Help Ontario and has acted on numerous pro bono matters in the area of human rights. She is also the volunteer coach of the University of Ottawa’s Laskin Moot team (constitutional and administrative law). When Alyssa is away from the office, she is an avid soccer and hockey player, skis and is attempting to learn to snowboard. She also loves music of all kinds and can be convinced to play the trumpet.

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