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CLA Women’s Committee “Ask Me Anything with Jill Presser”

Date: June 10, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The CLA Women’s committee presents an interactive conversation featuring a successful female lawyer who will share her insight and provide you with an opportunity to learn from her experience.

Ask Me Anything with Jill R. Presser

DATE: Thursday, June 10, 2021

TIME: 4:30 to 5:30 (ish) p.m. ET


FACILITATOR: Anita Szigeti

About Jill:

PRACTICE:  Criminal defence, mental health, digital surveillance and privacy, artificial intelligence law. Predominantly appeals at all levels of appellate courts, some trial work (mostly arguing pre-trial legal issues for other lawyers). Hopelessly underfunded legally aided and pro bono cases are a specialite de maison.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Former senior lawyer member of the Consent and Capacity Board; former staff lawyer to the Hon. Stephen Goudge on the Commission of Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario; former part-time Crown prosecuting criminal cases on a letter of retainer with the Attorney-General of Ontario.

EXTRA-CURRICULARS:   Vice-Chair of the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Duty Counsel Program in the Court of Appeal for Ontario; Arguing appeals as pro bono inmate appeal duty counsel; Founding co-chair of the CLA’s Criminal Law and Technology Committee; Long-standing member of the CLA’s Litigation and Mental Disorder Committees; Vice-President of the Law and Mental Disorder Association; Former volunteer coach of the University of Toronto Schools mock trial team; Former volunteer peer counsellor in the University of Toronto post-partum depression clinical research study.

EXPERIENCE: 24 + years at the bar

TEACHER: Former adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching Evidence and the Law of Homicide; Former adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaching Evidence. Frequent organizer and speaker at continuing professional development programs for lawyers and judges on a variety of topics including criminal law, mental disorder law, evidence, law and technology, digital privacy, AI law, and women in the legal profession.

PUBLICATIONS: Co-author of A Guide to Mental Disorder Law in Canadian Criminal Justice (LexisNexis, 2020); co-editor and contributing author of Litigating Artificial Intelligence (Emond, May 2021); co-author of forthcoming commissioned law reform paper, AI Case Study: Probabilistic Genotyping DNA Tools in Canadian Criminal Courts (Law Commission of Ontario, June 2021). Author of numerous articles and book chapters including, “Mom’s Rea: Motherhood, Criminal Defence, and Guilt,” in Women and Criminal Justice (Durville Publications: 2018).

OTHER KEY STUFF: Stereo-typical Jewish mother of two amazing kids studying art at university (“become a lawyer? No way! Mom’s work is too stressful!”); lover of live theatre, funky tights, high-heeled shoes, and dry vodka martinis with lots of olives.


Professional: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  – Martin Luther King Jr                         

“Justice is what love looks like in public.” – Cornell West

Personal:  “MORE IS MORE!!”  – Jill Presser (offered by way of excuse for any excessive fashion choices, overworking a file, nagging kids and husband)

This event is open only to females, those that identify as female, two spirited persons and non-binary persons – FREE OF CHARGE

REGISTER ONLINE BY GOING TO https://members.criminallawyers.ca/event-4299605

Check your registration confirmation for links to content penned by Jill Presser.  Registrants will also be automatically entered into a draw for two copies of “Women in Criminal Justice” which features a chapter  written by Jill Presser.