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So You Want to be a Judge? How Do You Navigate the Process of Being Appointed to the Bench?

So You Want to be a Judge? How Do You Navigate the Process of Being Appointed to the Bench?

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 1.0
1 hour
Substantive: 0.5
30 minutes
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: 0.5
30 minutes
Fareed Amin
Cheryl Goldhart
Russell Juriansz
Christina Porretta
Frank Walwyn
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
2 hours
$119.00 plus tax

Come and listen to our expert panelists candidly discuss and de-mystify the judicial application and appointment process. Hear how you can navigate this process for the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and Federal Court of Canada. This unique program will address such topics as:

  • What are the most critical selection criteria?
  • How can you stand out?
  • When in your career should you apply?
  • How does the selection process ensure appointment of a diverse range of candidates?
  • How important are references?
  • Will past indiscretions come back to bite you?
  • Can a non-litigation lawyer be appointed?

Leadership for legal professionals; Best practices for career and profile management as a legal professional

Value of diversity and inclusion. Why is it important to ensure the judiciary reflects the population it serves

Understanding power, privilege and unconscious bias. How does the selection process ensure appointment of a diverse range of candidates?


Fareed Amin

Cheryl Goldhart

Cheryl Goldhart is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada and has practiced exclusively in family law since she was called to the bar in 1987. She specializes in negotiating complex agreements encompassing all areas of family law and litigates in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal. She is also an accomplished mediator and arbitrator and is an OAFM accredited family mediator.

Cheryl is the past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association, Family Law Executive, and a past member of the Canadian Bar Association (Federal), Family Law Executive. She is Chair of the Dispute Resolution Officer Committee in Toronto and has worked as a Dispute Resolution Officer at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for more than 15 years. Cheryl is a past member of the Panel of the Children’s Lawyer of Ontario, representing children in custody, access and child protection cases. She is a member of the Bench and Bar Committee of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Toronto). She is the director of the Board of the Advocates’ Society.

She has been a family law instructor for the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a frequent lecturer on various topics in family law. Over her years of practice, Cheryl has written numerous articles for the Bar Admission Course, professional journals, periodicals and magazines. Cheryl has been certified as a “Best Lawyer in Canada” for family law since 2008 and in 2014 was the only family lawyer in Ontario to be awarded the Lexpert Zenith Award. Cheryl was awarded the OBA Award of Excellence in Family Law in 2016 in memory of James McLeod.

The Honourable Justice Russell Juriansz

Member of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for Ontario - GTA

Christina Porretta

Christina is a partner in the Advisory Research group in Toronto, which provides opinions on complex or novel legal issues to clients and lawyers within the Firm. In her practice, Christina provides advice to corporate clients faced with potential litigation, and works closely with litigators to provide strategic support to clients already engaged in litigation. Drawing on her previous experience as a litigator, Christina develops legal arguments and pleadings, and advises on contractual or statutory interpretation, unclaimed property, conflict of laws, and numerous other corporate and commercial matters. She is regularly called upon to prepare written materials for appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada and has played a significant role in cases involving professional negligence, complex commercial disputes and insurance matters. Christina is the Chair of the Firm’s Student Committee and is also responsible for the training and development of the research and writing skills of the articling and summer students in the Firm’s Toronto office.

Christina is a frequent publisher and was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in CIBC v. Green, the securities class action trilogy, for her work on limitation periods. Christina also maintains Dentons’ Limitations Law Blog, which provides updates on key developments on laws involving limitation periods in Ontario.

Prior to joining Dentons, Christina clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal for the Honourable Mr. Justice Brian Malone and practiced civil litigation at another national law firm in Toronto. Christina also obtained an LL.M. at Osgoode Hall, focusing her research on conflict of laws.

Christina brings her prior experience as a litigator and judicial law clerk to her practice in order to produce practical answers designed to assist the Firm’s clients and advocate for their interests.

Frank Walwyn

Member of the Judicial Appointment Advisory Committee for the Ontario Court of Justice.

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