3rd Annual Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice Conference: “Beyond Fitness and NCR – Mental Health in Criminal Justice”

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hosted by the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) and the Law and Mental Disorder Association (LAMDA)

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In person: FCP Gallery, First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto OR Live Webcast
CPD Pending

Increasingly, individuals with mental health issues are becoming entangled in the criminal justice system. These clients present unique challenges for defence counsel. Solicitor-client relationships may be complicated, and the law is no simpler. Defence counsel require specialized knowledge and skills to deal with psychiatric issues that crop up throughout the criminal law process.

Come hear leading practitioners and new lawyers identify ethical and professional pitfalls and offer strategies to successfully manage cases involving a wide variety of mental health issues.

This year we move beyond the basics of fitness and NCR. We will explore an explosion of new cases coming out of our Court of Appeal in 2017 giving appellate guidance to the ORB and stake-holders on interpretations of the Mental Disorder provisions of the Code.  We begin basic learning about civil mental health law as we must understand in the context of defending our clients.  We also examine what happens in the community, including problematic interactions of police with individuals in crisis which lead to lethal outcomes.


  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Check-In and Networking
  • 10:00 – 10:05 a.m. Opening Remarks – Webcast begins
  • 10: 05 – 10:25 a.m. “Get Me Out of Here!” – Advocating for Liberty Interests and Health Care Interests at the Bail Stage

    • Michael Callaghan, Ministry of Attorney General (Toronto)
    • Cassandra DeMelo, Defence Lawyer (London)
  • 10:25 – 10:50 a.m. Using Civil Orders to help Criminal Clients: “You say invasive, I say persuasive!”

    • Christel Francis (Newmarket)
    • Mary Murphy, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • 10:50 – 11:10 a.m. “Significant Risk of Significant Harm” – the test for ongoing Review Board jurisdiction

    • Michael Davies, Defence Lawyer (Ottawa)
    • Michael Feindel, Crown Attorney’s Office (Toronto)
  • 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 noon. The 12 Minute Mental Disorder Lawyer – Five Leading Cases in 2017

    • Dean Embry, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
    • Sarah Lawson, Defence Lawyer (Milton)
    • Meaghan McMahon, Defence Lawyer (Ottawa)
    • Andrew Menchynski, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
    • Brendan Neil, Defence Lawyer (Oakville)
  • 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
  • 12:45 – 1:15 p.m. Keynote Address – Remembering the late Justice Marc Rosenberg and his Contribution to Mental Disorder Law and Access to Justice

    • Caroline Mandell, Legal Writing Coach (Toronto)
    • Jill Presser, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. “Fit to Be T(r)ied: Forensic Assessments In Custody vs. In Hospital re fitness/ NCR”

    • Dr. Graham Glancy, Associate Professor, University of Toronto (Toronto)
    • The Honourable Jeanine LeRoy, Ontario Court of Justice (London)
    • Keli Mersereau, Defence Lawyer (St. Thomas)
  • 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Seclusion and Restraint in Psychiatric Facilities – not always Asylum

    • Anita Szigeti, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
    • Carla Whillier, Mental Health and Elder Law Lawyer
  • 2: 15 – 2:30 p.m. BREAK
  • 2:30 – 3:10 p.m. In Crisis and In the Community – Police Interactions Leading to Lethal Outcomes

    • Jennifer Chambers
    • Dr. David Eden
    • Roy Wellington (Toronto)
  • 3:10 – 3: 40 p.m. “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Civil Mental Health System … but were afraid to ask”

    • Kelley Bryan, PBP Lawyers (Toronto)
    • Dr. Mark Pearce, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto)
    • Thomas Whillier
  • 3:40 – 3:55 p.m. How to get Paid – Legal Aid Update

    • Jordan Weisz, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • 3:55 – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Registration Rates* (for both in person and live webcast options):

  • $150 plus HST: CLA Full/Observer/LAMDA Member called to the bar in or before 2014
  • $130 plus HST: CLA Full/Observer/LAMDA Member called to the bar in 2015 and after
  • $90 plus HST: CLA/LAMDA Articling Student Member
  • $70 plus HST: CLA/LAMDA Student Member
  • $230 plus HST: Non-Member Practicing Lawyer, Paralegal or other professionals
  • $130 plus HST: Non-Member Articling Students or Students

 Register online by going to http://www.karelo.com/register.php?BID=372&BT=10&Ev=17835


FCP Gallery, First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto

We recommend enter via the Adelaide Street West Entrance to First Canadian Place.

For those that select the LIVE Webcast option:

  1. Please do NOT share the webcast link once received.
  2. Only those who have registered online for the event in advance can claim CPD.
    • It is mandatory that all those viewing the live webcast register online in order to be able to claim the CPD once confirmed.
    • Those that log into view the webcast and are not registered risk being reported to the LSO.
  3. It is the responsibility of the registrant to ensure the computer being used to view the webcast has a strong internet connection as well as proper software to view.
  4. The live webcast is being recorded. Pending the quality of the recording, we will share the link to the recorded version to all registrants once available at no additional cost.
  5. The link to the LIVE webcast will be emailed to all those that have selected the webcast option at least 24 hours PRIOR to the event date. The details will be emailed to the address provided when registering. Please be sure to check your spam and junk folders. If you have not received the link at least 24 hours prior to the event date, please email support@criminallawyers.ca. The CLA will not take responsibility should you not be able to locate the webcast link.

This conference has been kindly sponsored by:

Leila Feldman, M.A., C.A.M.F., OACCPP
(Masters in Psychological Counselling,  Certified Anger Management Facilitator, member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists)
Leila Feldman has been in private practice since 2006 specializing in anger management. Most of her client base have charges before the courts that require an intensive, individually tailored anger management program.

*Cancellation deadline date:
For cancellations received by 5 p.m. on April 23, 2018, a full refund is available minus a $25 administration fee. No cancellations will be accepted after April 23, 2018. Substitutions will be permitted if the office is notified by April 26, 2018. All cancellations must be submitted in writing by fax (416-968-6818) or e-mail (anthony@criminallawyers.ca). A refund confirmation will be sent. We reserve the right to change program content, speakers and location without notice.