Kelley spoke on a panel at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Solo and Small Firm conference, on the topic of how lawyers should approach issues relating to client capacity to instruct counsel.  She provided practical tips on addressing ethical concerns of lawyers who service incapable or possibly incapable persons. Topic: Effective approaches for dealing […]

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Kelley was invited to present a webinar on the topic of client capacity to instruct counsel, for the Philippe Kirsch Institute.  Kelley discussed general concepts of mental capacity as it impacts the ethical duties of lawyers.  She provided an outline of the process for lawyers to assess their clients’ capacity and different options for preserving the […]

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Kelley spoke on a panel at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s conference on Professionalism and Practice Management Issues for Administrative Lawyers, on the topic of ethical and professionalism issues arising when clients have mental capacity issues.  The panel was chaired by Lucas Lung of Lerners LLP. […]

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Mercedes was a panelist at the annual Social Justice Tribunals Ontario Professional Development Institute.  This is an annual SJTO professional development event for the approximately 200 members of the SJTO tribunals.  Mercedes spoke at a workshop titled “Accessibility, Capacity & Opportunity to be Heard”. […]

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Along with Suzan Fraser of Fraser Advocacy, Kelley represented the Mental Health Legal Committee in an intervention before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The case addressed, in part, the duty of fairness owed by the Ontario Review Board to accused persons. In particular, the Court accepted that the Board should disclose to an NCR accused […]

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Mercedes was a faculty member teaching lawyers and health care professionals enrolled in the 2015 Osgoode Professional Development Mental Health Law certificate program.  Mercedes presented on the topic of “The Client’s Perspective: Client-Instructed Advocacy”. […]

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