Planning and Building on Professionalism: Dos and Don'ts for the Municipal Law Specialist (Archived Video Stream) 

Dec. 6, 2012
Toronto Online

ARCHIVED VIDEO STREAM

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2nd annual program on maintaining professionalism in the municipal law context. This year the primary focus will be on professionalism in the planning and development context.

Program Chairs:

J. Colin Grant, City of Brampton
 Barnet Kussner, WeirFoulds LLP

 

Rules for Tendering and RFPs:
Fair Process and Where Lawyers Can Go Wrong
Glenn Ackerley, WeirFoulds LLP

  • This topic will consider lawyers’ professional obligations in a minefield of judge-made law with respect to municipal procurement, tendering, and requests for proposals (RFPs), requests for qualifications (RFQs) and requests for expressions of interest (RFEIs). 
  • If fairness is in the eye of the beholder, what are the lawyer’s obligations to his/her client and to the administration of justice?
  • This topic will consider the Rules of Professional Conduct including Rules 2 and 4 and such matters as: the defined terms of competence, quality of service, and honesty and candour; challenges when the client is an organization, or seeks legal services under a limited scope retainer; treatment of confidential information; and the lawyer’s role in the administration of justice, and encouraging respect for the administration of justice.

 

 

Council as Client: How Much Direction is Enough and When is it Too Much?
Chris Barnett, Davis LLP

  • When acting as counsel to a Municipal Council, are there different obligations owed in different situations?
  • This topic will consider lawyers’ professional obligations to clients, and to the profession at large.
  • This topic will consider the Rules of Professional Conduct including Rules 2 and 6 and such matters as: honesty and candour; challenges when the client is an organization, or seeks legal services under a limited scope retainer; addressing concerns of apparent dishonesty when the client is an organization; confidentiality; withdrawal from representation; integrity and responsibility to the profession generally.

 

 

Dealing with Inconsistent Witnesses and Professional Reports
Christopher Williams, Aird & Berlis LLP

  • This topic will consider the advocates’ dual professional obligations: specifically, obligations to the client on the one hand, and to the profession and to the administration of justice on the other.
  • This topic will consider the Rules of Professional Conduct including Rules 4 and 6 and such matters as: the lawyer as advocate; advocacy, discovery obligations, undertakings; encouraging respect for the administration of justice; integrity and responsibility to the profession generally.

 

 

Communications with Key Stakeholders - Citizen Groups and Media Relations
Lyn Townsend, Townsend & Associates

  • This topic will consider lawyers’ professional obligations to the client, and the profession, when dealing with citizen groups, both represented and unrepresented.
  • Are there additional obligations when the media becomes involved?
  • This topic will consider the Rules of Professional Conduct including Rules 2 and 6 and such matters as: the relationship to clients and avoidance of conflicts of interest; dealing with unrepresented persons; and communicating with the public.

 

 

Communications with the Tribunal Member Outside of the Hearing Room
Michael Melling, Davies Howe Partners LLP

  • “How about those Leafs? … now, about that case I have before you…”
  • This topic will consider lawyers’ professional obligations to the profession and to the administration of justice, within the context of the permissible limits (if any) for ex parte communications between counsel and a member of an administrative tribunal such as the Ontario Municipal Board.
  • This topic will consider the Rules of Professional Conduct including Rules 2 and 6 and such matters as encouraging respect for the administration of justice, the relationship to the profession and other lawyers, and communications and public statements

 

 

The Developer Seeking Costs: When is a Heavy Hand Too Heavy?
Jeff Cowan, WeirFoulds LLP

  • Are lawyers’ professional obligations impacted by SLAPP legislation? Do those professional obligations impose limits on the costs which can legitimately be sought against individual litigants or groups?
  • This topic will consider the advocates’ dual professional obligations, to the client on the one hand, and to the profession and to the administration of justice on the other.
  • This topic will consider the Rules of Professional Conduct including Rules 2, 4 and 6 and such matters as: lawyer as advocate; the lawyer and the administration of justice; encouraging respect for the administration of justice; responsibility to the profession generally and to others; courtesy and good faith.

 

 

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