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PANEL: Articling, sandwich boards and referral fees: Professionalism in 2016

PANEL: Articling, sandwich boards and referral fees: Professionalism in 2016

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.75
Bradley Berg
Derek Nicholson
Paul Schabas
David Sterns
Heather Williams
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
50 minutes
$109.00 plus tax
CCLA 36th Civil Litigation Conference
Includes Handouts

This presentation will include a discussion and debate on the regulation and ethics of marketing campaigns by lawyers such as billboards and radio/television ads. The panel will also discuss the marketing in light of the Rules of Professional Conduct (especially Chapter 4, Section 4.2). The panel will also explore the issue of referral fees, Chapter 3, Section 3.6 of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the regulation of referrals by the LSUC and pitfalls to look out for and avoid. The presentation will also cover the vote on the LPP program (which is scheduled to occur at the LSUC on November 10, 2016), the future of articling in the province and obligations and duties of lawyers to those entering the profession.


President Bradley Berg

Derek Nicholson

Derek Nicholson has exclusively practised in the area of civil litigation for 37 years and is currently at partner at Beament Hebert Nicholson LLP.  He taught for seventeen (17) years at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law as a guest lecturer for The Law of Insurance and was also a guest lecturer in Advocacy for three (3) years at the same institution.  Derek has taught several sections of the Bar Admission Course when it was more active including civil litigation, insurance, evidence and ethics.  Derek is currently the Treasure of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (“OTLA”).  He is also on three OTLA Committees, namely the OTLA Cup, the OTLA Finance Committee and the OTLA Interventions Committee.  He runs the OTLA Cup Trial Moot Court competition with Michele Jorge.  He has presented several papers at OTLA Conferences, the Advocates Society and at Trombello. Derek is an active ski instructor and scuba diver.

Paul Schabas Judge

Paul Schabas is widely recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent trial and appellate counsel. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation and arbitrations, and criminal, competition, tax and regulatory matters, including professional regulation.

Over the past 25 years, Paul has developed a reputation as one of Canada's leading media and constitutional lawyers, arguing many cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. He is regularly sought after for strategic advice involving sensitive reputational issues and has significant experience as a mediator and adjudicator. Paul is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

From 2016  to 2018, Paul was the elected treasurer (president) of the Law Society of Ontario, the governing body for Ontario's 50,000 lawyers. He is the second Blakes partner to have held the position, the first being the Firm’s founder, Edward Blake. Prior to being elected treasurer, Paul served as a bencher (director) of the Law Society for nine years.

Paul is a past-chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario and a past-president of the Canadian Media Lawyers Association and Pro Bono Law Ontario. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, sits on numerous boards, and writes and speaks frequently on media, constitutional and other legal issues, in Canada and abroad.

David Sterns

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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