Oct 29, 2019 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM - Advocacy Tips from the Bench for Family Lawyers
361 University Avenue, Courthouse
Rotunda 2nd floor, TLA Lawyers Lounge
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1T3

This program contains 15 minutes of Professionalism Conten
and is eligible for 75 minutes of Substantive Content.

As family lawyers, we often wonder what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong when appearing before a judge. There aren’t many opportunities to find out what judges really think about different advocacy styles and what we can do to improve. It’s also important with an ever growing number of self represented litigants for counsel to better understand our obligations to assist the court where necessary.

Our panel of 3 judges will provide their top tips for family law conferences, motions and trials. Each judge will speak for 20 minutes and there will be time for Q&A at the end.

Some of the issues that will be considered include:
  • What is the right balance between advocacy vs. settlement focus for a conference?
  • What are the most common errors that counsel make at conferences?
  • What drafting errors are most common in affidavits and in factums?
  • When making oral submissions, are there things that counsel do that are inappropriate or annoying to the court?
  • When is it appropriate to make objections at trial and how often should counsel be interrupting?
  • When is it appropriate to re-examine a witness?


  • Justice Melanie Sager, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Justice Sharon Shore, Superior Court of Justice
  • Justice Cory Gilmore, Superior Court of Justice
  • Audrey Shecter, Beard Winter LLP
  • Julie Stanchieri, Stanchieri Family Law

Program details

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

5:15 – 6:45 p.m. (Registration at 5:00 p.m.)

TLA Lawyers Lounge, 2nd Floor, 361 University Avenue Court House

This program contains 15 minutes of Professionalism Conten
and is eligible for 75 minutes of Substantive Content.

Registration Fee:

Members $90.00 + HST 

Member Licensing Candidates and New Calls $20.00 + HST 

Non-Members and Friends of the TLA $120.00 + HST 

Complimentary tickets are available for Law School Students. Please contact Sandra Porter at events@tlaonline.ca.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

No refunds after October 22, 2019. An administrative fee of $25.00 will be applied to all cancellations. Space is limited, no walk-ins.

Many thanks to our generous Sponsor:

This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism content by the Law Society of Ontario.

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