Event: Does Zealous Advocacy have a Future in Canada?

When: Thursday December 6, 2012 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST Add to Calendar

Where: Heenan Blaikie Bay Adelaide Centre 333 Bay Street, Suite 2900 Skyfold Boardrooms Toronto, ON M5H 2T4

To register, go to the website by clicking HERE

What are the appropriate limits to “vigorous”  advocacy?  When and how does it  constitute professional misconduct in the form of “incivility”? What  is the role of the Law Society when the presiding judge has not objected to  counsel’s conduct? In June, the Law Society of Upper Canada ruled  in its high profile discipline hearing that Joe Groia crossed the  “civility” line during his successful defence of John  Felderhof. Groia’s case, now on appeal, has sparked wide and heated  discussion. On Thursday, December 6, a panel of leading  Canadian jurists will debate the impact of this and other developments on  lawyers and their clients across the country.  Come and join the  discussion, either in person or by live-stream, in what promises to be a  spirited and informative evening.  Wine and cheese will follow at the live  event.

Net proceeds from the  evening, and any additional contributions, will go to a fund to defray a  portion of Joe Groia’ s costs in his ongoing proceedings with the Law  Society. The articles below provide additional background information about the case.

George J. Karayannides Partner Heenan Blaikie The Honourable Ian Binnie, C.C., Q.C. Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C., L.L.D., D.C.L. Senior Partner, Greenspan Partners
Thomas G. Heintzman, O.C., Q.C. Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault
Alice Woolley Professor of Law and Director of Admissions, University of Calgary Author, Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Canada Co-author & Co-editor, Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation, 2nd ed.

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