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43rd Annual Fall Conference – THE ESSENTIALS

Date: October 30 to 31, 2015



Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

The 43rd Annual CLA Fall Conference – The Essentials program to be held on October 30-31, 2015 has been accredited for  3 hours and 55 minutes of Professionalism Content.  This program is also eligible for up to  5 hours and 50 minutes of Substantive Content.



8:45 – 8:50 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks

  • Anthony Moustacalis, President, Criminal Lawyers’ Association

8:50 – 9:30 a.m. – Promoting justice through a Neuropsychopharmacology lens

  • Dr. Carl Hart, Scientist, Education, Activist (New York, USA)

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. – Court Appointments and Counsel of Choice: What you need to know

  • The Honourable P. Andras Schreck, Ontario Court of Justice (Brampton)
  • Scott Hutchison, Henein Hutchison LLP (Toronto)
  • Jordan Weisz, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)

10:15 – 11 a.m. – Trials with co-accused, when friends become foes – Cutthroat defences

  • Moderator: Alison Mackay, Defence Lawyer (Brampton)
  • Anthony Bryant, Burstein Bryant Barristers (Toronto)
  • James Cavanagh (Ottawa)
  • The Honourable Matthew Webber, Ontario Court of Justice (Ottawa)

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Persuasive Jury Closings, American Style

  • Leon Carter, Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada & Mockler, PLLC (Dallas, USA)

12:15 – 1 p.m. – Are Searches Warranted?

  • The Honourable Steve Coroza, Superior Court of Justice (Brampton)
  • Dale Ives, Federal Crown (London)
  • Andy Rady, Defence Lawyer (London)
  • Moiz Rahman, Senior Counsel, Justice Canada (Toronto)

1 – 2:30 p.m. – Lunch – Advocacy lecture in memory of The Honourable Justice John Sopinka

  • Clayton Ruby, Ruby & Shiller (Toronto)

2:30 – 3 p.m. – Please don’t say what happened next: The Lawyer’s Role as Director in Examination in Chief

  • Sheila Block, Torys LLP (Toronto)

3 – 3:45 p.m. – Ethics and Professionalism in the Age of Social Media: Do’s and Dont’s

  • Phil Brown, Law Society of Upper Canada – Osgoode Hall (Toronto)
  • Professor Trevor Farrow, Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto)
  • Jessyca Greenwood, Greenwood Defence Law (Toronto)
  • Robin Parker, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)

3:45– 4:15 p.m. – Cross Examining Police

  • Michael Edelson, Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman LLP (Ottawa)

4:15 – 5 p.m. – Digital Disclosure and Defences: What to look for and how to present it

  • Gerald Chan, Stockwoods LLP (Toronto)
  • The Honourable J. Michal Fairburn, Superior Court of Justice (Brampton)
  • Susan Magotiaux, Crown Law Office Criminal (Toronto)


9 – 9:45 a.m. – DEFENCE COUNSEL UNDER FIRE: What to do if the unthinkable happens. Practical and ethical considerations

  • Stephen Bernstein, Bernstein, Newman and Associates (Toronto)
  • Laura Liscio, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • Louis Sokolov, Employment Law, Sotos (Toronto)
  • Anne London-Weinstein, Weinstein Law (Ottawa)

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. – Five Questions About Section 24(2) of the Charter

  • The Honourable James Stribopoulos, Ontario Court of Justice (Brampton)

11 – 11:45 a.m. – How to bullet proof yourself from an ineffective assistance of counsel claim

  • Erika Chozik, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • Lindsay Daviau, Kapoor Barristers (Toronto)
  • The Honourable Michael Tulloch, Court of Appeal for Ontario (Toronto)
  • Alison Wheeler, Attorney General (ON) Crown Law (Toronto)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear:
Omar Khadr and the Rise of Anti-Terrorism Legislation

  • Dennis Edney (Edmonton, AB)

1 – 3 p.m. – Lunch Presentation of the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Award to
Mark Sandler, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP (Toronto)