45th Annual CLA Fall Conference

Date: October 27-28, 2017

Conference Location: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

The Annual Criminal Lawyers’ Association Fall Conference is Canada’s largest criminal law conference, attracting more than 700 defence lawyers, members of the judiciary, educators, reporters and other prominent guests from across Canada. The 2017 CLA Fall Conference experienced record breaking attendance this year! More than 740 legal professionals were in attendance. For those not able to attend, you are able to purchase the electronic copy of the materials.


  • CLA members: $45 plus HST
  • Non-member: $75 plus HST

To order your materials, please call the CLA office, during business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with visa or mastercard information. Please call 416-214-9875.


The 2017 CLA Fall Conference has been accredited for 2 hours of Professionalism Content. This program is also eligible for up to 6 hr 45 min Substantive Content.



8:45 to 9 a.m.: Welcome from Anthony Moustacalis, President, Criminal Lawyers’ Association

9 to 9:45 a.m.: The importance of defence counsel in protecting the rights of people around the world

  • Featuring:
    • Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada (Ottawa)

9:45 to 10:15 a.m.: The NCR Defence: “Who says I’m crazy?” 

10:15 to 11 a.m.: Civil Forfeitures

  • Featuring:
    • Julia Evans, Attorney General (ON) Illicit Act (Toronto)
    • Justin Safayeni, Stockwoods LLP (Toronto)

11 to 11:30 a.m.: Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. to 12 noon: Ethics

  • Featuring:
    • Suzanne Jarvie, Law Society Of Upper Canada (Toronto)
    • Lisa Freeman, Courtyard Chambers (Toronto)

12 to 12:45 p.m.: New Impair Legislation

  • Featuring:
    • Karen Jokinen, Jokinen Law Professional Corporation (Barrie)
    • Peter Keen, Assistant Crown Attorney (Dryden)
    • Jonathan Rosenthal, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)

12:45 to 1:15 p.m.: Advocacy Lecture in Memory of The Honourable Justice John Sopinka

  • Featuring:
    • Tom Curry, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP (Toronto)

1:15 to 2:45 p.m.: Buffet Lunch

2:45 to 3:30 p.m.: Sexual Offence cases – what’s trending?

  • Featuring:
    • Jill Witkin, Ministry of Attorney General (Toronto)
    • Daniel Brown, Daniel Brown Law (Toronto)
    • Mark Halfyard, Rusonik, O’Connor, Robbins, Ross, Gorham & Angelini, LLP (Toronto)

3:30 to 4:15 p.m.: Jordan/Cody Update

  • Featuring:
    • The Honourable Nyron Dwyer, Ontario Court of Justice (Newmarket)
    • Megan Savard, Addario Law Group LLP (Toronto)

4:15 to 5 p.m.: New Marijuana Laws (Pot-cast)

  • Featuring:
    • Solomon Friedman, Edelson & Friedman LLP (Ottawa)
    • Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP (Ottawa)

5 to 5:30 p.m.: CLA Annual General Meeting

5:30 to 7 p.m.: Cocktail Reception

The Cocktail Reception has been kindly sponsored by:


9 to 9:30 a.m.: The Best Panel You Will Ever Hear – Guaranteed.  How Not to Advertise in 2017.

  • Featuring:
    • Nadia Liva, Courtyard Chambers (Toronto)
    • Jonathan Rosenthal, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
    • Adam Weisberg, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)

9:30 to 10:15 a.m.: 15 Recent Cases

  • Featuring:
    • The Honourable Joseph Di Luca, Superior Court of Justice (Toronto)
    • The Honourable Michal Fairburn, Ontario Court of Appeal (Brampton)
    • The Honourable Mara Greene, Ontario Court of Justice (Toronto)

10:15 to 11 a.m.: The Unreliability of the Old Law on Reliability and out of Court Statements

  • Featuring:
    • The Honourable David Paciocco, Court of Appeal for Ontario (Toronto)
    • Professor Palma Paciocco, Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto)
    • Louis Strezos, Louis P. Strezos and Associate (Toronto)

11 to 11:30 a.m.: Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Independent Police Oversight Review

  • Featuring:
    • The Honourable Michael Tulloch, Court of Appeal for Ontario (Toronto)

12 to 12:45 p.m.: Bail Post-Antic: Practical and Ethical Considerations 

  • Featuring:
    • Justice of the Peace Marilyn Churley, Ontario Court of Justice (Toronto)
    • Royland Moriah, Moriah Law Professional Corporation (Toronto)
    • Anthony Moustacalis, Defence Lawyers & President, Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Toronto)

2017 CLA G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal Award Luncheon

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1 to 3 p.m.

Featuring: The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

Chief Justice McLachlin has been at the forefront of the development of Canadian criminal law for over three decades. Throughout it all, the hallmarks of her approach have been balance, compassion and a commitment to individual rights.

The Martin Medal came into being in 1989. Named for a former lion of the defence bar who went on to be a leading light on the Ontario Court of Appeal, recipients are chosen based on lifelong achievement and a sustained commitment to the principles and advancement of the criminal law.

The 2017 CLA G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal Award Luncheon has been kindly sponsored by:






  • Donald H. Crawford, QC
  • Breese Davies Law
  • Doucette Santoro Furgiuele
  • Elizabeth Barefoot
  • Emond Publishing
  • Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein
  • Sandberg-Williams Barristers
  • Victor Giourgas & Carol Cahill


  1. Thomson Reuters (GOLD SPONSOR)
  2. Inquisit Solutions (BRONZE SPONSOR)
  3. Criminal Case Consultants
  4. Edward Jones
  5. Emond Publishing
  6. Giroux Imperial Robes Ltd.
  7. Irwin Law Inc.
  8. JEMTEC Inc.
  9. Law Practice Program (LPP) – Ryerson University
  10. Microtrace LLC
  11. MKD International Inc.
  12. Pardons Canada
  13. Recovery Science Corporation
  14. Steven Maxwell Drug Recognition Expert Consulting
  15. Surmesur
  16. Valiant Recovery