CPD Program Details

The 14th Annual Mentoring Event

What I Didn't Learn in Law School about the Path to Becoming a Judge!

June 2, 2021 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Program Chairs: Jennifer Butkus and Jacqueline Fortner
Topics:  The Judicial Advisory Committee, and Integrity, Reputation & Ethics

If you have been practising law for 10 years or less, please plan to attend the 2021 Mentoring Event!  This year, this program will be online via Zoom.  Enjoy the delights of a local charcuterie board (hand-delivered) while learning and socializing with colleagues and mentors.

The Honourable Madam Justice Lynne Leitch will address the role of the Judicial Advisory Committee which is responsible for assessing the qualifications for appointment of the lawyers who apply.  Justice Leitch chaired this committee for the south and west region until May 1, 2021.

The small group discussions will focus on ethical issues that, if handled improperly, could impact your reputation.  You will have an opportunity to “switch rooms” during the program to connect with more mentors and hear different perspectives.

Mentors & Sponsors to date:

  • Ryan Steiner of Beckett Personal Injury Lawyers LLP
  • Bill Woodward of Dyer Brown LLP
  • Mana Khami of Harrison Pensa LLP
  • Tino Kasi of Kasi Law
  • Joni Dobson of Legate Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Yola Ventresca of Lerners LLP
  • Matthew Villeneuve of McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP
  • Andrew Camman of Polishuk Camman & Steele
  • Jeff VanBakel of Scott Petrie LLP
  • Maura Thompson of Shillington McCall LLP
  • Jim Mays of Siskinds LLP
  • Doug Wallace of Wallace Smith LLP



Payment can be made online, via E-Transfer, or by cheque:  If paying by E-Transfer, please e-transfer the total amount above to library@middlaw.on.ca using the security code: CPD2021MENTOR (case sensitive). If you have trouble with the e-transfer, please email us. If paying by cheque, please email your registration form to library@middlaw.on.ca as we are working off-site and there are delays receiving and processing cheques.

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

Terms & Conditions:  By registering for this program, I acknowledge that my email address will be used to invite me to this Zoom CPD and will be facilitated by the Middlesex Law Association. We will take reasonable steps to ensure the security of the CPD program on Zoom (see Zoom’s terms & conditions.)

Refund Policy: The Middlesex Law Association will refund the registration fee + HST if cancellation is received FIVE business days before the CPD program.  If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know and we will accommodate you.