Aug 12, 2020 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Virtual Court Attendances – What You Need To Know
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1T3

This program contains 90 minutes of Professionalism Content.

Virtual court attendances are growing in popularity at all levels of court in Ontario. Join us for our live webinar on practical considerations and insights about litigating in the virtual realm. Our diverse range of panelists come from different points on the courtroom spectrum and draw upon their own recent virtual court experiences.

The panel will cover:

  • Do’s and Don’t’s of virtual court attendances at civil and public law hearings and pre-trial and case-management conferences
  • Virtual written and oral advocacy tips 
  • Technology and decorum of virtual advocacy.


  • Superior Court of Justice Regional Senior Justice Stephen Firestone
    The Honourable Stephen E. Firestone was called to the bar in 1988 and was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2013. Justice Firestone is currently the Regional Senior Judge for the Toronto Region and is a member of the Civil Case Management One Judge Model Pilot working group. He is the past Civil Team Lead and past chair of the Toronto Region Civil Bench and Bar Committee. He is a past director of the Advocates Society and past president of the Ontario Trial Lawyer’s Association. He is a general editor of Ontario Courtroom Procedure Fifth Edition and editor of Halsbury’s Laws of Canada – Motor Vehicles (2015) and (2019) and Ontario Motor Vehicle Insurance Law & Commentary all published by LexisNexis Canada Inc.
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  • Jasmine Daya, Managing Principal, JD & Co.
    Jasmine Daya is a lawyer and the Managing Principal of Jasmine Daya & Co. She is also a published author, blogger, podcaster and speaker.

    Jasmine graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in December 2001 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She completed the Canadian Securities Course in 2004. Prior to commencing her undergraduate studies, Jasmine completed a Pre-college Summer program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Jasmine graduated from Queen’s University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Laws. While at Queen’s, Jasmine was the recipient of the Reuben Wells Leonard prize in Business law and an active volunteer within the Queen’s Law community. During the Summer of 2003, Jasmine completed an International and Comparative Law Program through Tulane University that was hosted by McGill University.

    After completion of the Bar Admissions Course and exams, Jasmine commenced her articles in 2005 and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006. While continuing to practice as a full-time lawyer, Jasmine studied at Osgoode Hall graduating in 2009 with a Master of Laws.

    In 2013, Jasmine received a Certificate from Harvard Law School for successful completion of the Negotiation course for lawyers and executives. In 2019, Jasmine received a Certificate from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for successful completion of the Digital Marketing and Analytics course.
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  • Zachary Green, Counsel, Constitutional Law Branch, Civil Law Division, Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario
    Zachary Green is Counsel in the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, where he represents Ontario in constitutional cases before all levels of court. He holds a B.A. (Hon) from the University of Toronto, an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia, and an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He recently completed a Bakery Arts Certificate at George Brown College. Zachary teaches constitutional litigation at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.
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  • Douglas Smith, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
    Doug is a Partner at BLG’s Toronto office. Doug has a broad civil and commercial litigation practice, which includes governmental and police liability, banking insurance litigation, product liability, administrative and regulatory law, commercial insolvency, priority disputes, and general bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

    In addition to now litigating virtually, Doug has acted as counsel at more than 25 trials before the Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Court of Canada, on issues such as Police Liability, Products Liability and Crown liability. He also has extensive experience before appellate courts, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Divisional Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.
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Program details

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

ZOOM Webinar - 2 steps registration. You will receive the details to join in your confirmation email.

This program contains 90 minutes of Professionalism Content.

Please, note that if you are joining the Webinar by phone only, you will need to let us know the telephone number used, so that we can mark your attendance in our CPD records. If you are ever audited we will need to verify your attendance against our records.

Registration Fee:

Members $50.00 + 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 until August 11, 2020 . Please contact Sandra Porter at

No refunds after August 5, 2020. An administrative fee of $25.00 will be applied to all cancellations.

The views and opinion expressed by speakers are their own and may not represent the views and opinions of the Toronto Lawyers Association.

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

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