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The Sixteenth Annual Straight from the Bench Conference: The Modern Advocacy Task Force

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.25
20 minutes
Substantive: 0.75
40 minutes
Peter Osborne
Deborah Palter
Mike Robb
Middlesex Law Association
1 hour
$119.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

The Modern Advocacy Task Force (MATF) of The Advocates’ Society released its Final Report in June, 2021, following a year of research, consultation and discussion among both stakeholders across the spectrum of the justice system and thought leaders from around the world. The Task Force looked at the jurisprudential history and origins of the rate to be heard in our justice system, the rich tradition of orality and storytelling in the context of dispute resolution within Canada's Indigenous communities, pedagogical and psychological concepts of learning and how humans process ideas and are persuaded, all as against the accelerated transition to remote hearings as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, to come up with a series of recommendations and a model rule for use by courts and tribunals across Canada about modes of hearing and factors to be taken into account to determine which mode of hearing is appropriate and efficient for each step in a proceeding. TAS President Deborah Palter, TAS Practice Groups Committee Chair Michael Robb and MATF Chair Peter Osborne took attendees through the MATF Final Report and the recommendations.


Peter Osborne Partner

Peter's advocacy practice includes securities matters, commercial and industrial disputes, cross-border restructuring and insolvency cases, class actions, governance issues as well as professional regulatory litigation and disciplinary proceedings. He appears regularly before a wide range of courts and tribunals across Canada, in cross-border proceedings and in arbitrations in numerous jurisdictions.

Peter routinely advises shareholders, officers, directors, special committees and boards of public as well as private companies in crisis situations and shareholder and governance disputes. He also acts for such clients in the context of cross-border litigation and insolvency proceedings. In addition, he both prosecutes and defends professional disciplinary proceedings.

Peter is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Director of The Advocates’ Society. For many years, Peter taught trial advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is also a regular instructor for continuing legal education programs of The Advocates' Society.

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.

Mike Robb

Michael Robb is a partner in the Class Actions Group at Siskinds LLP. He acts for plaintiffs in class actions relating to securities misrepresentation, privacy breaches, product liability and environmental wrongs.  Michael is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates Society. 

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