Federation of Ontario Law Associations


Hastings County Law Association Brunch Bunch (monthly event!)

HCLA defence lawyer Ruth Roberts of Bonn Law started a project to serve one brunch per month. These brunches are timed for the end of each month when social assistance cheques run out, and the brunch project has been a welcome addition for more than just a few people.

Now called the HCLA Brunch Bunch, they served their first ‘brunch’ at the Salvation Army on March 23, 2019.  Lawyers and legal community volunteers have now done 5 brunches to date, and served approximately 700 people in Belleville.  Many of the guests take food home with them to assist their families during the week. 

There are plans to continue expanding the program over time with the aid of donations and funding. If you want to talk to Ruth about this legal community project, she can be reached at (613) 771-0600. Her secretary is Jeremy McCaughen. 


Friday, November 1, 2019 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Advocates’ Society Education Centre, 2700-250 Yonge Street, Toronto

Registration Fees Start at $255.00

When 98% of civil actions never make it to court, being an effective advocate demands sharp ADR skills. This one-day program offers you the best of both ADR worlds and will take you through the techniques and strategies that are critical to your success at mediation and arbitration. Join us for the full day or customize your learning and choose either the morning session on mediation or the afternoon arbitration session.


November 14, 2019 – Practice Tips - What Judges Like and Dislike

There is no part of a lawyer’s participation in litigation that is not advocacy. Get an “insider look” into the minds of Judges in this unique seminar where esteemed members of both the OCJ and SCJ Bench and Bar discuss best practices, strategies and tips on how to best advocate for your family law clients throughout the litigation process. Topics will include written advocacy, advocacy at motions, and Conferences and why it is important to “know your judge”. Learn of the Judges’ expectations and about a lawyer’s responsibility as an officer of the court, including when to withdraw services, go on or off the record, and the importance of the duty of candour.

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First Annual Ralph Frayne Memorial Conference - Anatomy of a Trial

Monday, November 11, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Four Points by Sheraton

3530 Schmon Parkway, Thorold, ON

Cost: $150.00 (includes tax, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks & lunch)

$100.00 Early Bird Registration on or before September 30, 2019.

Law Society of Ontario - Special Lecture - Innovation, Tech, & the Practice of Law

November 21-22 - Toronto

An LSO Special Lectures program is taking place in late November entitled Innovation, Technology and the Practice of Law.   It will cover a number of topics relating to Artificial Intelligence, Privacy Concerns, practical items on how to use Technology in your practice, as well as discussing regulatory concerns about this new tech in law. 


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (optional workshop)

The Advocates’ Society Education Centre, 2700-250 Yonge Street, Toronto

Registration Fees Start at $255.00

Never underestimate the importance of the discovery process. Learn to use every step to your advantage at this practical skills training program. Receive tips and advice from seasoned practitioners on eliciting admissions from witnesses, evaluating credibility and developing an examination strategy


Friday, November 29, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Advocates’ Society Education Centre, 2700-250 Yonge Street, Toronto

Registration Fees Start at $255.00

Experienced lawyers come back to Senior Counsel Forum year after year to hear from our all-judge faculty on the topics that matter most to them. Join us and spend the afternoon with other leaders of the bar to gain insight from the bench on complex advocacy issues and advanced techniques in the courtroom.


January 27, 2020 – Year in Review

This is one program you do not want to miss. Our speakers will review and discuss the top 2019 domestic and child protection cases. This presentation and supporting papers will be invaluable to you moving forward in 2020, on top of your game!

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February 24, 2020 – Tips on Dealing with the Self-Represented Litigant

Self-represented litigants are an increasingly common challenge facing lawyers in family law matters. This is so whether the individual is the opposing party or a client receiving unbundled services from you or for whom you provide limited representation. Either way it is important to practice defensively so as to avoid a complaint or claim and to know your professional obligations owed to these litigants, the court and other members of the profession. Join us for a discussion of best practices, tips and effective strategies, to help you deal with these often-difficult litigants, including how to best assist them when you are prepared to provide unbundled services or act for them on a limited scope retainer, from retainer agreements to costs. This program will offer you perspectives from the Bar, the Bench, the Law Society, and LawPro.

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April 28, 2020 – The Crossover between Family Law and Criminal Law

At one time or another, nearly all family law lawyers find themselves either representing clients or dealing with opposing parties who have had contact with the criminal justice system. From arrest and bail to trial and sentencing, the process can be complex. Join us for a crash course in the most important issues in criminal law that can “cross-over” into family law matters and how to handle them.

  View series flyer here.