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Virtual decisions: Judging in pandemic times

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.5
30 minutes
Substantive: 0.25
15 minutes
Benoit Duchesne
Sally Gomery
Alexandre Kaufman
Calum MacLeod
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
45 minutes
$89.00 plus tax

The anticipated topics to be addressed by the panel include balancing the technological adaptations required by the global pandemic with effective yet ethical advocacy; how to effectively deal with self-represented litigants in a virtual context and civility in a virtual courtroom. (LSO Accreditation Criteria 2.1, 2.14, 3.15 and 3.17, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3)


Benoit Duchesne

Sally Gomery

Prior to being appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario in 2017, Justice Gomery practiced civil and commercial litigation for over twenty-five years. She continues to be amazed by how much law there is and how much law there isn’t.

Master Alexandre Kaufman

Master Alexandre Kaufman was appointed as Case Management Master in Ottawa in December 2018. Prior to his appointment he was a senior litigator with the federal Department of Justice. His practice, prior to his appointment, focused on administrative law and commercial disputes although he had a broad litigation practice that included procurement and trade remedies, contract and tort claims, and criminal law. He is the co-author of the Annotated Arbitration Act, 1991 and Annotated Ontario Arbitration Legislation. He also served as a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa’s faculty of law. Master Kaufman is a 2002 graduate of the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University.

Master Calum MacLeod

A frequent speaker at the civil litigation conference, Mr. Justice Calum MacLeod has been a judge of the Superior Court of Justice since June of 2016 and had been a master in that court since November of 2008. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (B.A., 1977 and LL.B., 1980) and was called to the bar in 1983. Prior to his appointment as a master, he practiced civil litigation and dispute resolution and had extensive experience as a neutral. He had been a mediator, arbitrator, fact finder and deputy judge. Over the course of his career as a judicial officer, Justice MacLeod authored many decisions concerning discovery, production and civil procedure and has heard scores of summary judgment motions. He case manages complex commercial cases and class actions. Justice MacLeod has a keen interest in court reform and legal education and has served on many committees and working groups including Sedona Canada and the civil rules committee. He is frequently called upon to speak to lawyers and judges in Ontario and in other jurisdictions.

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