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Seminars for lawyers on domestic violence and clients

Posted on: Monday, April 6/09

Legal Aid Ontario would like to invite family lawyers representing legal aid clients to free training session on domestic violence and its impact. There will be three sessions held in May and June:


Friday, May 1 from 9 am- 1 pm
Four Points by Sheraton
1150 Wellington Road South


Monday, June 1, 2009 from 9 am- 1 pm
Toronto City Hall- Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West



Monday, June 8, 2009 from 10 am- 2pm
North York Central Library- Auditorium
5120 Yonge Street

Cases involving domestic violence are complex. Apart from unique legal challenges, such as cases involving parallel immigration and criminal proceedings, there may also be ongoing safety concerns for the victim, their children and those who try to protect them. These cases require a high level of awareness, knowledge and sensitivity on the part of lawyers and their staffs, whether they represent the abuser or the victim.

The session is open to all family law practitioners and duty counsel who work with legally aided clients, as well as lawyers and law students contemplating doing this work. Local practitioners and other experts will participate in the training as well, so don't miss your chance to network. Legal Aid Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada will recognize the session as Continuing Legal Education. Lunch will be provided.

Each session will provide:

  • Practice tips on issues such as duty to report abuse, cases with unrepresented and/or difficult clients, trauma and how it affects your clients
  • An update on recent changes in family law
  • Information on local community resources to which you can refer your clients
  • A chance for you to connect and share challenges and strategies with those working in the area of domestic violence

Cost: FREE

RSVP: To reserve a space at one of the seminars please contact or contact Michelle Davis, Co-director of the Domestic Violence Response Training Project, at 416-979-2352, ext. 5042 or 1-800-668-8258.

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come basis.

For more info:

For a printable version of the seminar invitation please click the link
LAO Family Lawyer Seminars

For more information on these seminars contact or call Michelle Davis at 416-979-2352, ext. 5042 or 1-800-668-8258.