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The Professionalism Panel

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.75
45 minutes
Substantive: 0.25
15 minutes
Sean Bawden
Rosalind Conway
Teresa Donnelly
Deborah Palter
Karen Perron
William Woodward
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
1 hour
$119.00 plus tax
CCLA Civil Litigation Conference

The effect of the change wrought by the pandemic (work/advocate from home) both generally and, more specifically, on women in the profession;

(b) ensuring competency in the work-from-home era and how mentoring plays a critical role in such competency;

(c) oral advocacy and the future of oral advocacy in the digital age, with a focus on ensuring competency and mentoring;

(d) retention, especially of women and younger lawyers (and young, women lawyers) and how to attract and retain new members to the bar, especially when the landscape has changed so dramatically; and .

(e) pay equity issues.


Sean Bawden

Sean Bawden is a partner with the law firm of Kelly Santini LLP. He was called to the bar in 2008 and practices in the areas of employment law and civil litigation. He has also taught Trial Advocacy for Paralegals and Small Claims Court Practice at Algonquin College. He is the author of the employment law blog Labour Pains His twitter handle is @SeanBawden.

Rosalind Conway

Rosalind Conway is a certified specialist in criminal law. She graduated from the University of Toronto Law School, worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney, and is in private practice in Ottawa. She also works part-time as a Deputy Judge in the Ottawa Small Claims Court. Rosalind is a long-time Trustee of the County of Carleton Law Association, and a past president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa and the Bora Laskin Law Society.

Teresa Donnelly Treasurer

Deborah Palter

Deborah is President of The Advocates’ Society.  Her litigation practice focuses on the resolution and determination of complicated business disputes.  Deborah routinely advises and represents corporations, financial institutions and individuals on cases involving complex commercial agreements, director and officer liability, banking litigation, commercial real estate disputes, fraud claims, shareholder and partnership disputes and securities-related issues. She regularly appears as counsel in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) and in the negotiation, mediation and private arbitration of commercial disputes.  She is recognized as a leading lawyer by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Litigation – Corporate Commercial), Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate and Commercial Litigation) and Benchmark Canada.

Deborah sat on the Commercial List Users' Committee (2015-2019) and is a frequent speaker, moderator and skills trainer at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs.

Karen Perron

Karen Perron is a Partner in the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and encompasses banking litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation and directors’ and officers’ liability. She is fully bilingual and has appeared before numerous courts in Ontario including in complex commercial disputes before the Commercial List sittings in Toronto. Karen regularly volunteers at Pro Bono Ontario’s Law Help Centre in the Ottawa courthouse. She also enjoys being active in the legal community, including in her role as the 2nd Vice-President of the Ontario Bar Association.

William Woodward

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