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What Every Family Lawyer and Civil Litigator Needs to Know About the New Tort of Family Violence

  • 20 Oct 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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This program contains 30 minutes of  Professionalism content and 1 hour and 30 minutes of Substantive content.

Thursday, October 20, 2022
Online via Zoom
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Laura Camarra, Camarra Law
Anju Fujioka, Beckett Personal Injury Lawyers
Claire Houston, Faculty of Law, Western University
Zahra Vaid, Lerners LLP

Hilary Jenkins, McKenzie Lake Lawyers
Tinashe Madzingo, Diamond & Diamond Lawyers

The Court recently recognized a new tort of family violence. Victims of family violence now have access to a new civil remedy that acknowledges the unique suffering that victims face when they experience violence from a loved one.

Recognition of this new tort makes it essential, now more than ever, that family lawyers and civil litigators know how to recognize and respond to clients experiencing family violence.

This program aims to cover practical and procedural considerations and strategies that family and civil litigation lawyers must know when dealing with clients who are victims of family violence.

During this program, you can expect to learn:

  • the anatomy of the new tort of family violence;
  • when to seek the advice of a family lawyer or a civil lawyer;
  • skills for a trauma-informed lawyer;
  • how the tort of family violence interacts with parallel proceedings (criminal, child protection, divorce);
  • how the tort of family violence interacts with existing torts; and
  • considerations when navigating different courts (family vs. civil) and jurisdictions (unified vs. non-unified courts).
Our Speakers:

Laura Camarra was called to the bar in 2009 and has practiced in London ever since. She founded Camarra Law in 2016, practising exclusively in the areas of family law and personal injury. Prior to starting her own practice, she worked at a prominent personal injury firm in London. Laura has conducted multiple trials in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Outside of work, she enjoys an active lifestyle with her young family.

Anju Fujioka has worked with survivors of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) for over a decade. She is currently a lawyer at Beckett Personal Injury Lawyers, where she focuses on representing victims of sexual violence across Canada. In addition to civil litigation, Anju is committed to increasing awareness about the legal rights and options for survivors of SGBV. She is a guest speaker at Western Law and at Anova’s crisis and support line volunteer training. Anju presently sits as the Vice-Chair of Anova and leads the board’s advocacy committee. She also volunteers regularly for Pro Bono Ontario’s Free Legal Advice Hotline, where she assists clients with civil matters and workplace sexual harassment.

Claire Houston is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law at Western University, where she teaches and researches in the area of family law. She has published articles on high conflict separation, intimate partner violence, and children’s health care decision-making. Claire articled at the Ontario Office of the Children’s Lawyer and clerked for justices of the Ontario Court of Appeal before completing her S.J.D. at Harvard Law School.

Zahra Vaid is an associate at Lerners LLP. She practices a range of civil litigation, including civil sexual abuse, health law, insurance defence, and appeals. She has previously worked at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. Zahra attended Osgoode Hall Law School, and completed her undergraduate degree in Equity Studies and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.

If you have any questions about this program, please email Tracy Fawdry, Executive Director of the Middlesex Law Association at

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Refund Policy: The Middlesex Law Association will refund the registration fee + HST if cancellation is received TWO business days before the CPD program.

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

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