Join us on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, 2015, for the Law Union of Ontario’s Annual Conference! The Law Union of Ontario’s Annual Conference brings progressive legal and activist communities together to discuss an exciting and challenging series of pressing issues.




FRIDAY Location: The Friday night event will be held at Friends House from 6:30-8 p.m. The address is 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto. Follow this link for a map of the exact location of the conference:

Accessibility: This facility is wheelchair accessible through the parking lot door (east side of the building through from the Bedford entrance) and childcare will be provided.

SATURDAY Location: All plenaries and panels on Saturday will be held at The Ryerson Student Centre from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The address is 55 Gould Street, Toronto. Follow this link for a map of the exact location of the Saturday conference:

Accessibility: This facility is wheelchair accessible and childcare will be provided. CART (Communication Access Real Time Translation) services will be provided for all plenaries and select panels.


CPD Accreditation: The Law Union Conference has been accredited for 30min Professionalism Content.  The Conference is also eligible for up to 9hr 15min Substantive Content.

Registration Fees: Suggested fees are:

$125 for lawyers/paralegals using the CPD hours

$50 for community members

Pay-what-you-can for all others




Childcare will be provided – please email us in advance at with the number and ages of the children who will be attending.


Questions? Email us at, and include “Conference” in the subject heading.


Occupy, Protest, Resist: Law Union of Ontario Conference 2012

What: Law Union of Ontario Conference: Occupy, Protest, Resist.

When: February 25, 2012 900AM-530PM (registration starts at 8:30 AM) (Click here for the Conference flyer)
Where: Victoria College* at the University of Toronto, from. (Click “Victoria College” for a Map of the Conference grounds with accessible paths highlighted)

Panels will discuss topics including the omnibus crime bill, the right to strike and back-to-work legislation, insights from the Insite decision, the Occupy movement, the place of politics in the courtroom, criminal justice issues affecting Aboriginal people, advocating for change in policing, the constitutionality of capacity and consent, and extractive industries and Indigenous peoples. Plenary sessions will also be held on the ethics of progressive lawyering (for which we anticipate LSUC professionalism credits will be available), and the legacy of Jack Layton. A networking lunch for students is also planned.

Child care will be available. The space is barrier-free. Should people require ASL interpretation or other forms of accommodation, please RSVP as soon as possible and before February 18 by email to It is our aim to have the 2012 conference accredited for CPD by the Law Society; if so, full day attendance will equal 6 hours of CPD for all members.

Costs will be $60 for professionals, PWYC for community members, $100 for those using the conference for CPD credit.

*Victoria College is located at 91 Charles St W, University of Toronto, Victoria College, Old Vic Bldg, 2nd floor, S side of Charles St W (just E of University Ave), 1st bldg S of Isabel Bader Theatre, a 30 second walk E from Museum subway station, across the street from the ROM.

Accreditation Information:

This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 1.75 Professionalism Hours
This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 7 New Member CPD Hours
There is also 5.25 substantive hours available to Experienced Members.

For more info or to contact us:

Twitter: @LawUnionOntario
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Law Union of Ontario 2010 Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Friend’s Meeting House, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto


The Law Union of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting

The meeting is open to members and those interested in joining the Law Union.
The Steering Committee will update you on the projects with which we have been involved throughout the year. We will also look at what is planned for the coming year.

Elections will also be held for the Law Union’s new Steering Committee. If you plan to run for the Steering Committee, please send me a private e-mail, so that we can keep track and numbers (and know if we’ll need a “formal” election.) We encourage you to join the Steering Committee and otherwise get involved with our good causes. We are always in need of more people to work on the many projects.

Food and socializing to follow…details T.B.A.

We hope to see you there!!

Lawyers, law students, paralegals, law professors and other social activists in the legal field may join the Law Union and/or come to the meeting.

Public Info Session: Your OPTIONS for Taking Post-g8/g20 LEGAL ACTION — Sunday, August 8, 2010

Co-hosted by the Summit Legal Support Project of the Movement Defence
Committee (MDC) and the Law Union of Ontario.

Join us on August 8th to learn about:
– how to file a human rights claim
– the police complaints process
– how you can sue the police
– the class action lawsuit(s) (that are currently in discussion)

Registration: Please register as soon as possible at

Purpose of Info Session: To provide basic legal information about how
each of these legal processes work, how to file claims, and who to
contact for further information.

Agenda: TBD. Over the next two weeks the agenda will be posted on our
website ( with a specific time provided for each
type of legal process that we will cover. This will hopefully allow
you to better plan your Sunday afternoon.

Date & Time: Sunday August 8th, 2010; 1:30pm – 5:30 pm

Location: United Steelworkers Hall (wheel chair accessible), 25 Cecil
Street (near the intersection of College and Spadina).

Contact: For more info on the Summit Legal Support Project or this
event, email us at or check out For more information on the broader Law Union of
Ontario, please visit

Facebook invite:!/event.php?eid=140351979317449

Note: Childcare and ASL interpretation will be provided. Please
request other accommodation as needed through our registration system
located here

***IN THE MEANTIME, here is a “to-do list” for anyone who may have
grounds for a lawsuit or a complaint, or who witnessed a potential
complaint, and who has not yet consulted with a lawyer about it:

1) Write down everything that you remember about what happened, and
when and where it happened, while it is still fresh in your mind.

– These notes should be made on your own, based on your own memory.
Have support of friends or the psycho-social support team
( nearby as this process could
be triggering.

•- Date the document and on the top of each page write “Confidential:
for my lawyers eyes only”. This may help to keep the information
confidential between you and your lawyer.

– For most people, it’s easiest to go chronologically. Be as precise
as possible regarding dates, times, places, etc.

– Write down the names and contact information for any witnesses you know of.

– Write down any details you have about the police officer(s) involved
– badge number (or the absence of any visible badge number), helmet
number, name, police force, description of uniform, and any other
identifying information – and what the officer(s) did.

– Be sure to keep copies of any video/audio/photo evidence with dates,
times and locations. Again, mark it as “for my lawyers eyes only” if
it is footage that you don’t want made public.

– If possible, include the impact the events had on you. If you are
injured or traumatized, this is important to document, along with
medical records, counselling appointments, time off from work, etc.

– Keep at least one hard copy only in a safe place to show only to
your legal counsel. DO NOT send us details of your case, of your
actions or other’s actions, and DO NOT send your personal
documentation to us.

2) Public Testimonials

– You might want to write or speak publicly about your experiences,
but it is important if you do to be more general than when you’re
documenting the events for your lawyer (as described above) because
anything you say in public can be used in court later. And lawyers for
the other side will check to see if you’ve been consistent in all your

– Also remember that your statements can be used in regards to other
people’s legal claims, so keep that in mind when describing events
where other people were involved as well.

3) If you were physically injured or traumatized by what happened to
you, or feel unsure about the effects of any trauma you might have

– see a doctor right away if you haven’t yet;

– take photographs or videos of any visible injuries; and

– write down a list and description of the physical and mental
injuries you sustained.

4) Keep a record of all out-of-pocket costs, no matter how trivial
(e.g., taxi fare, TTC fare, or vehicle mileage for getting home from
the detention centre, getting to or from court, or getting to or from
a doctor’s or lawyer’s office; pain medication or wound dressings;
uninsured therapy costs, lawyers’ fees, etc.). Keep all receipts.

5) Write down a detailed list of all property that was lost or damaged
(clothing, bicycles, backpacks, personal belongings, etc.).

6) Keep track of any employment or other income you have lost as a
result of being detained or as a result of your physical or
mental injuries arising from the incident.

7) If you would like to be contacted in the future concerning possible
legal options, email your contact information to MDC by visiting

8) Check back at the MDC website regularly for updated info,