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A2J Week 2021: Law and daily life - Addressing your legal questions

October 27, 2021
Wednesday October 27, 2021
4:30 -  5:30 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to join a diverse panel of lawyers and paralegals to ask questions relating to everyday legal matters, such as wills, real estate, civil and family matters, criminal law and more.
Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions electronically both before and during the session.
After attending this session, participants will:
  • Have a better understanding of how the law impacts everyday decisions, including those related to family, civil, employment, real estate, and other matters
  • Know where to locate a variety of legal resources
  • Be better equipped and more empowered to make informed decisions on seeking legal support.



Terry Brandon is an active criminal defence practitioner of over 27 years. She was born and raised in the City of Sarnia. She graduated from Huron Collage at the University of Western Ontario with a double honours BA in history and political science and subsequently graduated from Queen’s University law school. Ms. Brandon serves as the southwest regional representative for the Federation of Ontario Law Associations and as the Legal Aid Ontario chair for the province of Ontario. Terry is a mother of five.

Paula Callaghan is chair of the County of Carlton Law Association (CCLA) paralegal committee, former chair of the Ontario Paralegal Association government and (the former) Law Society of Upper Canada relations committee and former chair of the policy committee for the Paralegal Society of Ontario. She is a practicing paralegal and owner of Callaghan Paralegal in Ottawa, Ontario.  Paula offers pro bono services to persons with disabilities through her involvement with Reach Canada. Her volunteer activities include acting in the CCLA annual lawyer play, and Lawyers Feed the Hungry, for various charity recipients.

Daniel Fernandes is a lawyer practicing with his own firm, Fernandes Law Offices, specializing primarily in commercial real estate, leasing, commercial mortgage financing and land development. Prior to becoming a sole practitioner in 2001, he worked for and helped establish a small boutique commercial real estate law firm (Hebert McKinley Ramonat) and started his career at Goldberg, Shinder, Gardner & Kronick. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1994. He holds both a B.S.Sc. in Economics and Political Science and a LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. He is a founding member of ELCRO (Luso-Canadian Entrepreneurs of Ottawa) since 1997 and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, County of Carleton Law Association (“CCLA”). He was a board member of the JDRF Ride Campaign for seven years. He is a board member of the CCLA Real Estate Lawyers Committee and has been for the last ten years. He has given numerous seminars to financial institutions, lawyers and to groups of entrepreneurs and trades in the areas of commercial real estate and corporate law. He is a first-generation Portuguese with his father being one of the first Portuguese to the city in 1956.

Douglas W. Judson (he/him/his) is lawyer/consultant and maintains a practice that serves clients across Canada from Fort Frances, in northwestern Ontario, where he is also a municipal councillor. Doug is a former political aide and federal public servant and currently serves on the boards of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Northwest Community Legal Clinic, Borderland Pride, and the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. Doug holds degrees in political science and commerce from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of the JD/MBA program of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. He is a 2020/21 Action Canada fellow and a past president of the Law Students' Society of Ontario.

Stephanie Lewis (She/Her/Hers) is counsel in Dentons’ litigation and dispute resolution group with a focus on employment and labour. Since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2009, Stephanie has had the privilege of applying a respectful and practical approach to litigation in order to protect her clients’ rights. Prior to joining Dentons, Stephanie practiced in all areas of civil litigation at a bilingual Ottawa litigation boutique firm. Stephanie has appeared before and/or assisted on matters before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Provincial Offences Court, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Landlord Tenant Board, and the Ontario Municipal Board. While obtaining her law degree at the University of Ottawa, Stephanie was a peer advisor, a member of the student government executive, and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada. Stephanie graduated cum laude and received the Perley-Robertson, Hill and McDougall LLP Prize for highest standing in Federal Tribunals Practice, as well as the Shore, Davis & McGarvey Prize for highest standing in selected issues in feminist law. She teaches trial advocacy at the University of Ottawa and volunteers with Ottawa’s Advocacy Club.

Sam Misheal is a sole practitioner and has developed extensive experience in family law. He was born in Israel but has called Halton Region his home for 35 years. Sam has been privileged to advocate for children and families in complicated matrimonial and child protection proceedings. He is a panel member for the Office of the Children's Lawyer, dispute resolution office in Halton (Milton) court, family law committee chair and central west regional representative for the Federation of Ontario Law Associations, past president of the Halton County Law Association, and former panel counsel with the Family Responsibility Office. Sam likes to spend time with his family in his spare time. 


Teresa Donnelly
Law Society of Ontario

William (Bill) G. Woodward
Federation of Ontario Law Associations

This session is hosted in partnership with the Federation of Ontario Law Associations.

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