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The 16th Annual Straight from the Bench Conference

  • 1 Nov 2021
  • 2 Nov 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • 1 Nov 2021, 9:00 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • 2 Nov 2021, 9:00 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • London, ON -Online via Zoom


  • Rate available to MLA Members - please log in to your profile to access this rate.
  • Applies to lawyers who are not current MLA members, and to independent paralegals. Paralegals working for a law firm can pay the Student/Clerk/Assistant/Paralegal rate.
  • Applies to law firm students, clerks, assistants and paralegals
  • Available to students enrolled in law school at Western University.


It is anticipated that this program will contains 45 minutes of EDI Professionalism content, 2 hours of Professionalism content,  and 4.0 hours of Substantive content.  

Guest Speakers:  The Honourable Mr. Justice Benjamin Zarnett from the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Professor Thomas Telfer on Mindfulness & Lawyer Well-Being, Professor Michael Coyle on Aboriginal Rights and Alternative Dispute & Resolution theory and Regional Senior Justice Bruce Thomas for a Southwest region update.

Presenters: Carolynn Conron, Jennifer Butkus and more!

Panel Discussions: Appeal Proofing your Trial featuring the Honourable Mr. Justice Zarnett, Peter Kryworuk and Jacob Damstra & The Modern Advocacy Panel with Peter Osborne, Deborah Palter and Michael Robb

Conference Chairs: The Honourable Madam Justice Lynne Leitch, Anne Marie Frauts, Elizabeth Harding, Dara Lambe, Evelyn ten Cate, Dagmara Wozniak

This is the premiere civil litigation conference in southwestern Ontario!

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

If you have any questions about the program, please email Paula Puddy, Director of CPD, at

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.

Register online then payment can be made online, via E-Transfer, or by cheque: If paying by E-Transfer, please e-transfer the total amount above to using the security code: SFTB2021 (case sensitive). If you have trouble with the e-transfer, please email us. If paying by cheque, please allow for a processing delay as we are working off-site.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

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