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High Conflict Cases - Contrasts in Approach

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SUMMARY: A panel discussion highlighting the differences in approach to high conflict Family Law matters in the litigation model and the collaborative setting.

Moderator: Clayton R. Spencer – Lawyer, Arbitrator.

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Justice Paul Nicholson – Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice.

Justice Jayne Hughes - Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice.

Mr. Tom Hamer – Lawyer, Past President Ontario Collaborative Law Federation.

Ms. Bev LeMay – Collaborative family professional, clinician, mediator.

Ms. Ilana Tamari – Mediator, arbitrator, parenting co-ordinator, custody assessor.


About the Panel:

Mr. Justice P. W. Nicholson received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Waterloo in 1985, and his Bachelor of Laws Degree from Queens University in 1988. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1990. Mr. Justice Nicholson practiced law for 24 years before being appointed as a judge to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Family Branch in 2014. During his time in private practice Justice Nicolson acted as a Dispute Resolution Office, a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, and a mediator for child protection matters. He was a member of the Durham Region Child Protection Best Practice Committee, the Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the Durham Region Law Association, and a presenter for the Superior Court of Justice Mandatory Information Program. Since being called to the Bench, Justice Nicholson has become the Chairman of the Durham Region Child Protection Best Practices Committee and the designated lead Child Protection Judge for Oshawa and Central East Region.

Madam Justice Jayne E. Hughes received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University in 1980, and her Bachelor of Laws Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983. She was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1985. Madam Justice Hughes practiced law for 25 years before being appointed as a judge to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Family Branch in 2008. During her time in private practice Justice Hughes completed the Advance Mediation Program through Osgoode Hall Law School and her training in Collaborative Family Law Practice. Justice Hughes is committed to helping families resolve the often complex parenting and

J. Thomas Hamer is a lawyer, admitted to the practice of law in Ontario in 1979. Tom practices family law and wills/estates law. Since 2005 Tom has restricted his family law practice to the resolution of family law conflict by negotiation, preferably utilizing the Collaborative Practice process. Collaborative Practice has enabled Tom to focus on helping people solve their family law problems with the help of a team of dedicated financial and family professionals while fostering healthy relationships between the separating parties.

Tom has been a member of the Board of Directors of Collaborative Practice Durham Region since 2004, and is a Past-President and former Board member of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation. Tom also belongs to Collaborative Practice Toronto (CPT) and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Bev LeMay, M.S.W., R.S.W., R.E.B.T presently co-ordinates a successful Private Practice entitled "The Centre for Constructive Thinking" working with adults, adolescents and children to help them re-construct their thoughts, more importantly their behviour, and learn to think positively about their life. Bev was trained in Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) by Dr. Albert Ellis at The Albert Ellis Institute in Manhattan NY, and uses this form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in her practice.

Bev has worked in the Family Law arena for over 30 years as a Section 30 Assessor, Mediator and Parent Coordinator etc. Bev has an expertise in domestic violence (DV) and conducted the DV training for the Durham Regional Police and has presented several workshops in the area of DV and high conflict families. She has extensive experience in high conflict separation and divorce and in 2008 completed her training as a Collaborative Family Professional. Bev made this shift to Collaborative Family Law because it offered a more peaceful, non-adversarial and transformative way to help people navigate through their separation. Bev is presently conducting DV consultations across Ontario in preparation for accreditation training in DV for Collaborative Family Law professionals.

She is a member of the Board of Directors for Collaborative Practice Durham Region and the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation and has completed over 170 team collaborative law cases.

Ilana Tamari has a graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She has been working for over 25 years and has been in full-time private practice for over 16 years. Ilana specializes in high conflict divorces where she is an accredited family mediator with OAFM and provides, Open-Closed mediation, Primary Med-Arb, Secondary Med-Arb i.e. Parenting Coordination and S30 and Voice of the Child Reports. Ilana also consulted to the Office of Children's Lawyer for over 14 years on specialty cases, such as the Lev Tahor matter. Ilana is actively involved in Family Law, where she often times lectures on Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances for lawyers and mental health professionals in the field of separation and divorce. In addition, Ilana is involved in a number of Peer Consultation groups, where they meet each other on a monthly basis.

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