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CPD Accredited Credits
Professionalism: 0.25
15 minutes
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: 0.25
10 minutes
Jo-Ann Meloche
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
25 minutes
$79.00 plus tax
CCLA 30th Annual Criminal Law Conference 2018

This panel will only cover professionalism topics. The speaker is an experienced criminal lawyer who used to work for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and who is now in private practice. She has first-hand experience dealing with the physical- and mental health-related challenges of practicing criminal law, and is now an expert on maintaining a healthy – both physically and mentally healthy – lifestyle as a working professional. The speaker will specifically address issues related to substance abuse in the profession, and to diversity and inclusion issues related to substance use and to persons suffering from mental health issues. Professionalism and EDI Professionalism content includes:

  • 5.2 Leadership for legal professionals
  • 5.3 Best practices for career and profile management as a legal professional
  • 5.4 Mentoring best practices for lawyers
  • 5.5 Work/life balance and wellness principles for lawyers
  • 6.2 Understanding power and privilege and unconscious bias
  • 6.5 Special responsibilities of lawyers to respect human rights laws in force in Ontario
  • 6.6 How to prevent and address discrimination and harassment
  • 6.7 Best practices for workplace diversity and inclusion, including persons with mental health issues and substance use issues


Jo-Ann Meloche

JO-ANN MELOCHE is a bilingual lawyer with expertise in criminal litigation, investigations and training. Passionate about promoting access to justice, she has relocated to her hometown of Ottawa in order to devote her experience to those in need of effective and compassionate advocacy.

Well honed advocacy skills as a prosecutor with 20 years experience as well as living and practising in different cultures has shaped Jo-Ann's ability to adapt and go beyond the sterile environment of the courtroom. The interviewing skills and ability to analyze facts has led Ms. Meloche down a path to workplace investigations which is quickly becoming a specialty.

Ms. Meloche attended the University of Ottawa in Canada where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Literature in 1991 and a Juris Doctor Degree in 1995. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1997 and joined the Ministry of the Attorney General in Ottawa Ontario as Crown Counsel. Ms. Meloche specialized in child abuse and sexual assault cases and has worked with the dangerous offender provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada involving serial violent and sexual offenders. Ms. Meloche created the Alcohol Awareness Program for first time domestic violence offenders as Team Leader of the Domestic Violence Unit.

In July 2009 Ms. Meloche was recruited from Canada to the Turks and Caicos Islands and joined the Attorney General’s Chambers as Principal Crown Counsel, Criminal. She became the first Director of Public Prosecutions in February 2013 upon the enactment of a new Constitution. Ms. Meloche built a team of prosecutors and instituted the first Prosecution Policy as DPP. Ms. Meloche implemented a continuing legal education program for Turks and Caicos Islands prosecutors and pursues her vision for team building and support in international development work.

Ms. Meloche was appointed Program Director, Public Prosecutors Program of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in October 2015 and relocated to Cairo Egypt. She designed and implemented a program of continuing legal education to strengthen the capacity of the Egyptian Public Prosecutors.

Jo-Ann's experience with justice reform and education merge perfectly with her passion for effecting change in social issues such as mental health, alcohol and drug addictions as well as addressing victims rights to provide compassionate and effective advocacy and access to justice for all.

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