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11th Annual Articling Students and Maters' Motions

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Andrew J. Graham
Joan Haberman
Donald Short
Michael White
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
1 hour
$99.00 plus tax
11th Annual Articling Students and Masters' Motions
Includes Handouts

Professionalism is required in any civil matter, but is on public display to opposing counsel and the court when appearing on motions. This CPD program is a primer aimed at articling students as they begin arguing Masters' Motions and has lessons on professionalism, ethics and practice management throughout the program. Specific examples are cited below:

  • Avoiding motions
  • Civility in the courtroom
  • Costs outlines and submissions
  • Times for service issues
  • Estimating time for argument, preparing the written materials/documents dos and don'ts
  • How to prepare for a court appearance (including knowing the file, the motion, taking responsibility for the materials and preparing the oral argument)


Master Andrew J. Graham

Master Joan Haberman

Master Haberman was appointed as a Case Management Master in November 1998.

Before her appointment, she was senior counsel with the Crown Law Office, where her practice focused on malicious prosecution, institutional and sexual abuse claims, and insurance law. Prior to her work with the Crown, Master Haberman worked in private practice as personal injury counsel. She is a former member of the Civil Rules Committee and taught at the Bar Admissions Course for many years.

After her appointment, Master Haberman served as a member of the Simplified Rules Committee for 10 years. She retired from the Bench at the end of November 2016, and now happily reads the morning paper, practices yoga as often as she likes, and works on her landscape paintings. From time to time, she still speaks and writes on oral and written advocacy and related topics.

Master Donald Short

Michael White

Michael White is a partner with Kostyniuk & Greenside where his practice focuses on defending product liability, insurance and municipal law claims. Michael's professional experience includes appearing as lead counsel in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on both jury and judge alone trials. Michael has also represented clients in the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and at Arbitrations before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Michael is presently a Trustee of the Toronto Lawyers Association and a former executive member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Michael obtained his B.A. from Queen’s University (1997), his LLB from the University of Windsor (2004) and his Certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University (2003).

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