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The View from the Court of Appeal: It Is Always About the People; State of the Region Address

The View from the Court of Appeal: It Is Always About the People; State of the Region Address

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Gloria J. Epstein
Thomas Heeney
Middlesex Law Association
65 minutes
$99.00 plus tax
2016 MLA Straight from the Bench Conference


The Honourable Madam Justice Gloria J. Epstein

Education and Employment History:  
Graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 1972.  For the next two years she lived on an island in Temagami, Ontario and owned and operated a fishing camp.  She returned to Toronto to study law at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1977.  She practised litigation in two large law firms before starting her own firm in 1985. Designated a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in 1993 and to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2007.  In June of 1998 the Premier of Ontario appointed her to review the government’s involvement in the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets.  
Past and Current Involvement includes:  
Instructor, Bar Admission Course, Civil Procedure; York University, Advocacy Programme and Mooting Program.  Director of the Ontario Development Corporation; National secretary and member of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews; Director of The Starlight Foundation; Director of Women’s College Hospital Foundation; Director of World Film Festival of Toronto.  
Co-chair of the Education Committee of the CIAJ, member of Committee established to facilitate access to the courts for people with disabilities.  Member of the Education Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council, Chair of the Family Rules Committee and member of the Civil Rules Committee.  Co-chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network.  Member of the National Board of Directors of Pathways to Education.  Founder of the McMurtry Gardens of Justice. Member of Advisory Committee to the Queens School of Business.  
Received Arbor Award in 2007 for outstanding contribution to the University of Toronto.  Recognized as Woman of Distinction in 2013 by the YWCA.

Regional Senior Justice Thomas Heeney

RSJ Heeney obtained his law degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1977, and was called to the bar in 1980.  He practiced in Tillsonburg, doing criminal, civil and family litigation, until being appointed to what is now the Superior Court of Justice in 1998.  He was the Local Administrative Justice for his home base of Woodstock, as well as St. Thomas, for many years until being appointed to the position of Regional Senior Justice of the Southwest Region in June of 2012.  He has also presided as a Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of Yukon.  RSJ Heeney has been heavily involved in committee work with the Superior Court, including the education, technology and rules committees.  He is currently a Director of the Canadian Superior Court Judges’ Association and a member of their Conduct Review Committee.  He has participated as a presenter and panel member at a number of continuing education programmes, both for the judiciary and for the bar, relating to criminal, civil and family law. 

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