Relocation Under the Amended Legislation; ADR under the Amended Legislation, Leinwand v Brown, ADR, & new duties; The Latest: Address from the Regional Senior Justice |

Relocation Under the Amended Legislation; ADR under the Amended Legislation, Leinwand v Brown, ADR, and new duties; The Latest: Address from the Regional Senior Justice

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 1.0
1 hour
Melanie Kraft
Calum MacLeod
Rollie Thompson
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
1 hour
$119.00 plus tax
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Professor Rollie Thompson is a highly acclaimed and respected Professor who has presented to family lawyers and the judiciary on various family law topics. Professor Thompson will provide practical and legal information dealing with the new relocation rules under the amended legislation which include:

  • Duty to act in good faith
  • Duties related to advocacy
  • Required conduct of lawyers arising from statute and legislation
  • Recognizing and being sensitive to client’s circumstances
  • Dealing effectively with unrepresented persons
  • Treating the court, opposing counsel and parties with courtesy and respect;
  • Encouraging respect for legal institutions and authorities.

Justice Melanie Kraft presided over this case and will be speaking of our new duties with respect to alternative dispute resolution process under the amended legislation. This topic will touch upon our ethics and professional responsibility, client service and ethical advocacy:

  • Duty to act in good faith
  • Duties related to advocacy
  • Required conduct of lawyers arising from statute and legislation
  • Making services available to the public
  • Being sensitive to clients’ circumstances
  • Dealing effectively with unrepresented persons
  • Practicing with civility in the boardroom
  • Treating the court with courtesy and respect
  • Encouraging respect for legal authorities.




Justice Melanie Kraft

Justice Melanie Kraft graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1994. Upon completion of her articles with Epstein Cole LLP, she was admitted to the Bar of Ontario. She practised family law exclusively with the firm, becoming a partner in 2001. Her practice covered a broad range of family law issues and involved various dispute-resolution mechanisms, including the negotiation of domestic contracts in complex financial matters and acting as counsel in contentious parenting, support, and property disputes. Given Justice Kraft’s long-held commitment to improving the public’s access to justice, she has supported and participated in programs developed to support this objective. This includes her past participation in the Intensive Poverty Law Programme at Parkdale Community Legal Service; her service as Duty Counsel at the Ontario Court of Justice, and, most recently, her service both as a Dispute Resolution Officer and as Advice Settlement Counsel at the Superior Court of Justice. Justice Kraft is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she co-teaches Family Law. She has obtained certificates in mediation from both the Collaborative Decision Resource Centre in Boulder, Colorado, and the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School. In addition to spending family time with her husband, Mark, and their three children, Justice Kraft has been actively involved in parents’ associations at her children’s elementary schools and has also served on the board of her children's post-secondary school

Master Calum MacLeod

A frequent speaker at the civil litigation conference, Mr. Justice Calum MacLeod has been a judge of the Superior Court of Justice since June of 2016 and had been a master in that court since November of 2008. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (B.A., 1977 and LL.B., 1980) and was called to the bar in 1983. Prior to his appointment as a master, he practiced civil litigation and dispute resolution and had extensive experience as a neutral. He had been a mediator, arbitrator, fact finder and deputy judge. Over the course of his career as a judicial officer, Justice MacLeod authored many decisions concerning discovery, production and civil procedure and has heard scores of summary judgment motions. He case manages complex commercial cases and class actions. Justice MacLeod has a keen interest in court reform and legal education and has served on many committees and working groups including Sedona Canada and the civil rules committee. He is frequently called upon to speak to lawyers and judges in Ontario and in other jurisdictions.

Professor Rollie Thompson

Professor, Dalhousie Law School (now Schulich School of Law), since 1982 (full professor since 1992). Executive Director, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, 1982-85 and 1991-94. Recipient of Dalhousie Law Alumni Association and Dalhousie Law Students Society Award for Teaching Excellence 2001-02 and of the Vincent J. Pottier Award for Exceptional and Outstanding Contribution to Dalhousie Legal Aid Service (awarded in 2005). Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011. Editor of the Canadian Family Law Quarterly. Co-director (with Prof. Carol Rogerson), Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines Project, Department of Justice Canada 2001-2008. On sabbatical 2006-07 at University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, taught Evidence. Also teaches Child and Spousal Support course at Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional Development, Family Law Ll.M. (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015). Associate at Kitz, Matheson, Green & MacIsaac, Halifax, 1980-82. Member of N.S. Bar since 1980. Clerk to Justice Brian Dickson, Supreme Court of Canada, 1978-79. Ll.B. (Dalhousie, 1978); B.A. (Hons. Economics & Political Science) (McGill, 1971). Teaching subjects: Family Law, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Supreme Court (Family Division) Placement, Clinical Law.

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