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Unbundling of Legal Services; Family Lawyer Negligence Issues; Best Practices: Don’t Get Sued!; Upcoming Changes to the Family Law Rules

Unbundling of Legal Services; Family Lawyer Negligence Issues; Best Practices: Don’t Get Sued!; Upcoming Changes to the Family Law Rules

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CPD Accredited Credits
Professionalism: 1.5
Published
2015
Presenter(s)
Yvonne Bernstein
Sarah Kennedy
Janet Minor
Jane Murray
Kerri Ross
Marta Siemiarczuk
Source
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
Provider
CPDOnline.ca
Language
English
Length
90 minutes
Price
$119.00 plus tax
CCLA Family Law Conference 2015
Includes Handouts

Presenters

Yvonne Bernstein

Yvonne Bernstein is a graduate of McGill University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1981. She practised family law and civil litigation prior to joining LAWPRO (then the Errors & Omissions Department of the Law Society) in 1989. Yvonne has continued her specialty in family law both in the area of claims as well as in the development of risk management tools for family law lawyers. In affiliation with DIVORCEmate Software, Yvonne worked on the development of Precedents+, a document creation program that utilizes a checklist format to create a customized and comprehensive domestic contract. Yvonne is a frequent speaker at OBA, LSUC and other programs on family law, risk management and professional responsibility. She was an instructor in both the Family Law Section and the Professional Responsibility Section of the Bar Admission Course for more than 10 years. She has authored numerous articles on family law and risk management issues.

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah graduated from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar in 2009. After working in a contract position with the National Judicial Institute, she began employment with Legal Aid Ontario. She worked at the Family Law Office, representing legally aided clients in court as well as during the course of the mediation process. She is a member of the CCLA’s New Lawyers and Articling Students Committee, and is active in U of O’s mentoring program and in assisting with several of U of O’s law student competitions. This is Sarah’s first year on the conference planning committee.

Janet Minor

Janet Minor was elected to lead The Law Society of Upper Canada as its 65th Treasurer by its governing body in June 2014. The Treasurer is the highest elected official of the Law Society, which regulates Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals in the public interest. Treasurer Minor has worked in public law since 1977. Up until her election she was general counsel in the Constitutional Law Branch of Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General. A highly respected advocate, she has appeared before all levels of Court and has argued many significant cases on behalf of the Ontario government. She was first elected as a bencher of the Law Society in 2001 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2011. She has served on a number of committees including chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee and the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee, as well as a member of the Access to Justice Committee and the Retention of Women and Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees working groups. Treasurer Minor played an integral role in the introduction of Pathways, an innovative pilot project designed to address the shortage of articling placements in Ontario. Pathways introduces significant changes to the experimental training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. A founding director of the Association of Law Officers of the Crown (ALOC) and past director of The Advocates’ Society, Treasurer Minor has also served on the boards of The Law Foundation of Ontario and the Ontario Justice Education Network. She received the Women’s Law Association President’s Award (2003), the Ontario Bar Associations’ Tom Marshall Award (2010), the ALOC’s Carol Creighton Award for Contribution to Public Law (2013) and a Zenith Award celebrating leading women lawyers from Lexpert (2013). Treasurer Minor has an LLB from the University of Toronto and an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1975.

Jane Murray

Jane Murray is a partner at Burke-Robertson, practicing in the areas of family law and estates. She has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Waterloo and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. Jane articled with Burke-Robertson and has been with the firm since being called to the Bar in 1984. She is currently a member of the CCLA, the Family Law Rules Committee, and Legal Co-Chair for the LifeSaving Society of Canada. Jane has been a seminar leader at the Bar Admission Course for both family law and estates.

Kerri Ross

Kerri Ross graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 2000 and received her law degree in 2004, both from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Bar in 2005. Kerri is a sole practitioner currently practicing in an association as Sinclair Ross Family Law. Kerri is very involved in the Collaborative Practice Ottawa (CPO) group. She serves as both a board member as well as a member of a number of CPO committees. Kerri has served on the board of directors of both the North Bay and Ottawa Humane Societies and has acted as past president of the North Bay and District Humane Society. Kerri has previously presented at the Annual Institute of Family Law, however, this is her first year serving on the Planning Committee of the Annual Institute. Kerri is married and has four little boys who keep her very busy when she is not practicing law.

Marta Siemiarczuk

Marta Siemiarczuk is a lawyer with Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP. Marta obtained her B.A. Honours (Philosophy) from the University of Western Ontario in 1999 and her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2002. Marta was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003. She practices in the areas of Family Law and Estates Litigation and Collaborative Family Law as well as Civil Litigation. Marta has acted as a co-instructor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, for Civil Procedure and guest lecturer and coach in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program as well as regularly guest lecturing in Family Law Issues. Marta is a regular columnist on various family law topics for the Law Times.

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