How do I make sure that I am ready for Trial?; Get Your File Ready Before Trial |

How do I make sure that I am ready for Trial?; Get Your File Ready Before Trial

How do I make sure that I am ready for Trial?; Get Your File Ready Before Trial

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 1.0
1 hour
Substantive: 0.25
15 minutes
Stephen Appotive
Carol Cochrane
Jennifer Jolly
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
75 minutes
$109.00 plus tax
27th Annual Institute of Family Law
Includes Handouts

This workshop will address ethic and professional responsibility as well as practice management issues pursuant to Rules 1, 2 (client services), 3 (practice management) and 4 (ethical advocacy) including:

  • Getting a file ready for trial
  • Maintaining a reminder system
  • Using effective time management systems
  • Using a system for file organization
  • Managing undertakings
  • Delegation issues
  • Technology
  • Preparing a client for trial
  • Effective client communication
  • Managing a client's expectations
  • Dealing with arrangements
  • Encouraging a client to take a reasonable settlement position


Stephen Appotive

After 43 years at the practise of law Stephen Appotive is retiring. Stephen graduated from Carleton University in 1970 with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and from Osgoode Hall in 1973 with an Honours LL.B. In 1975 he was called to the Bar as a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. After articling and practising at Soloway Wright, Stephen joined Hamilton | Appotive as a named partner in 1978 and was certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 1990. Stephen is best known as an accomplished trial lawyer, who has always respected and practised family law.

Carol Cochrane

Carol Cochrane has been with the law firm of Low, Murchison Radnoff LLP since her call to the Bar many moons ago (although back at that time, it was just “Low Murchison.”) Carol restricts her practice to the field of family law, maintaining a mix of matrimonial litigation, domestic contract negotiations, mediation and arbitration. This year marks Carol’s fifth and final year serving as the moderator of the Fabulous Spousal Support Panel. Why final you ask? Well, after 35 years with LMR, Carol has decided to join the ranks of the unemployed at the end of this year, with the plan being for her to enjoy her retirement as much as she has her years of family law practice in Ottawa.

Jennifer Jolly

Jennifer has practised family law since her call to the bar in 1993. Since 2007 she has practised in this area almost exclusively, having a complimentary Estate Litigation Practise. Jennifer has also practised employment and labour law as well as insurance defense and personal injury law, as well as being a member of the Planning Committee for the Civil Litigation Updated Conference for 10 years. Jennifer was re-elected as a Trustee for the CCLA and serves on the Family Law Bench and Bar Committee. As of late, a great deal of her practise involves litigation with self-represented parties.

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