2012 News

October 30, 2012 The 11th Annual Sopinka United Way Luncheon celebrated that lawyers in Burlington and Hamilton have raised over $175,000.00 for the United Way this year. Paul Sweeny chaired the United Way Sopinka Luncheon at which the Honourable Justice Marie Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada was the guest speaker. Dana Robbins, Publisher of the Hamilton Spectator, presented Bill Morris with the John F. Evans Award of Community Distinction for his contribution to the community.

October 29 – November 2, 2012 Liza Sheard attended the Harvard mediation course in Boston, MA on October 29, 2012 – November 2, 2012.

October 16 – 21, 2012 John Evans attended the American College of Trial Lawyers’ conference in New York City between October 16 – 21, 2012.

October 4, 2012 Paul Sweeny presented a paper co-authored by Megan Nicholls at the Annual Joint Insurance Seminar on October 4, 2012.

October 4, 2012 Michael Bordin also presented at the Annual Joint Insurance Seminar on October 4, 2012 on the topic of Technology and the Use of Smart Phones.

October 4, 2012 Paul Sweeny attended the OBA Past President’s dinner on October 4, 2013.

September 28, 2012 As Immediate Past President of the Ontario Bar Association, Paul Sweeny passed the hat to Morris Chochla at the OBA Annual Meeting in Huntsville on September 28th.

September 22, 2012 Megan Nicholls and the ESB Lawyers team raised $750 for the Miles for Smiles ride. This event raised awareness and support for the Good Shepherd Centres, which helps homeless and street-involved youth in a variety of ways. You can learn more about the ride and Good Shepherd Centres at milesforsmilesride.ca.

September 19, 2012 Michael Bordin successfully argued at trial that a partner must account to our client for his role in their partnership in his case Leger v. Tittarelli, 2012 ONSC 5281.

September 6, 2012 Megan Nicholls, who spent her articling year as a clerk for the judges of the Central South Region, was invited to and attended the Opening of Courts in Brantford on September 6, 2012.

September 4, 2012 Last year a columnist in the Hamilton Mountain News, talking about the annual Red Mass, remarked that “A lady vocalist, who sang like an angel, shot shivers up my spine with her Sarah Brightman like voice.” That lady vocalist was Liza Sheard, who once again sang at the Red Mass on September 4th.

August 8-12 2012 On August 8-12, 2012, Paul Sweeny attended the Canadian Bar Association’s Board of Directors meeting in Vancouver, BC.

August 1 2012 Please check out Paul Sweeny’s website in support of his candidacy for 2nd VP of the Canadian Bar Association – www.paulsweeny.ca

July 11 2012 John Evans was a guest instructor at the Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop on July 11, 2012.

July 9 2012 We are pleased to announce that Megan Nicholls joined Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP as an associate on July 9, 2012. Megan spent her articling year as a clerk with the Superior Court of Justice here in Hamilton after graduating from law school at the University of Windsor. We are very excited to have her join us!

July 8-15 2012 Scott Beattie reports that he had an excellent learning experience while attending Osgoode’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop from July 8 to 15, 2012.

July 5 2012 Paul Sweeny attended the Swearing-In of Justice Ian Leach in London on July 5, 2012 and the Swearing-In of Justice Ed Morgan in Toronto on July 26, 2012.

June 25 2012 On June 25 Paul Sweeny co-hosted the UFC 35th Anniversary Celebration Dinner.

June 23, 24 2012 On June 23/24 Paul Sweeny attended the CBA Council Meeting in British Columbia.

June 22 2012 Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP is proud to support Paul Sweeny’s candidacy for 2nd Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association.

June 14 2012 On June 14 Paul Sweeny spoke at the OBA Award for Excellence in Family Law to Justice David Steinberg.

June 13, 19, 21 2012 On June 13, 19, 21 Paul Sweeny attended Call to the Bar and Luncheons in Toronto, Ottawa and London.

June 8 2012 On June 8, Paul Sweeny attended the OBA President’s Tour in Ottawa and Annual Dinner of Supreme Court of Canada and CBA Board of Directors.

June 7 2012 John Evans, Michael Bordin and Scott Beattie attended the Hamilton Lawyers’ Club picnic on June 7.

June 6 2012 On June 6, Paul Sweeny attended the Advocates’ Society End of Term Dinner

May 30 2012 Paul Sweeny brought greetings from the OBA to the Hamilton Law Associations Annual General Meeting on May 31, 2012 at the Hamilton Club.

May 30 2012 Paul Sweeny’s President’s Tour continued in Sarnia on May 30, 2012.

May 24 2012 On May 24, 2012, a Formal Ceremony was held recognizing the appointments of Justices Hoy, Pepall and Ducharme to the Ontario Court of Appeal. Paul Sweeny will be in attendance.

May 23 2012 On May 23, 2012, Paul Sweeny will attended the launch of the new OBA Magazine “JUST” on May 23, 2012. JUST will replace “Briefly Speaking”.

May 15 2012 On May 15 2012, Michael Bordin chaired the Hamilton Law Association’s Professionalism Session.

May 11 2012 Paul Sweeny travelled to Iqaluit, Nunavut to provide a motions advocacy course on May 11, 2012, as a guest of the Nunavut Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.

May 8 2012 On May 8th, Andrea Hill chaired the HLA Roundtable Session “Workplace Harassment Policy: Bill 168 and its Application to Law Firms”. Speaker Leslie A. Brown of McArthur Vereschagin Brown LLP discussed Bill 168 and how law firms can create policies to come into compliance with the law.

May 7, 8 & 9, 2012 Paul Sweeny attended meetings of the CBA Finance Committee in Ottawa on May 7 & 8, 2012 as well as the Treasurer’s Liaison Committee on May 9, 2012.

May 6, 2012 On May 6, 2012, Paul Sweeny, Andrea Hill and Scott Beattie will be attending the 2012 Ontario Fundraiser for Fanconi Canada, the Canadian Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.

May 4, 5, 11 12 & 26, 2012 Liza Sheard will be singing in Hamilton’s Bach Elgar Choir which is performing Rachmaninoff’s Vespers on May 4, 5, 11, and 12 and on May 26, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Hamilton Place with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. She recently sang in Strata Vocal Ensemble, in their April concert which included performances of new and Canadian compositions.

May 3, 2012 On May 3, 2012, Michael Bordin will be the Moderator at the HLA’s 12th Annual Advocacy Conference Panel Discussion on File Management Strategies.

May 1, 2012 On May 1, 2012, Paul Sweeny attended the PC Leader’s dinner at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.

April 20, 2012 On April 20, 2012, Michael Bordin spoke to Waterdown District High students about the practice of law and hoping to inspire the next generation of lawyers.

April 19, 2012 On April 19, 2012, Paul Sweeny appeared before the Ontario Government’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy to address Bill 34 (Security for Courts).  Also on the 19th, Paul attended “Breakfast with Chris Bentley” and the Law Day Reception and Awards Ceremony in the evening.

April 18, 2012 Paul Sweeny attended a Cocktail Reception for Attorney General Gerretsen on April 18, 2012.

April 12, 2012 April 12, 2012, Andrea Hill assisted Hamilton-area Grade 11 and 12 Law students in a mock trial run by the Hamilton Justice Education Network, a group of local lawyers, judges and educators. Ken Peters and John Rennison of the Hamilton Spectator reported on the trial: http://www.thespec.com/videozone/704809 and http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/705389–the-judge-didn-t-look-old-enough-to-drive.

April 4, 2012 On April 4, 2012, Scott Beattie was acclaimed as an elected OBA Council member for the Central South Region.

April 3, 2012 Scott Beattie, together with local Hamilton lawyers, played in a charity hockey tournament on April 3 to raise money for the Canadian Spinal Research Organization.

April 2, 2012 On April 2, 2012, Paul Sweeny attended the Swearing-In of Justice Dale Fitzpatrick in Milton.

March 7, 2012 Michael Bordin co-chaired and Paul Sweeny spoke about “Rule 20: Motions for Summary Judgment” at the Hamilton Law Association’s Commercial Litigation Seminar on March 7th. Paul is particularly qualified having actively participated in the hearing before the Ontario Court of Appeal in June which formed the seminal judgment issued by the Court of Appeal in the fall of 2012.

February 29 to March 29, 2012 Paul Sweeny continued his OBA President’s Tour with stops in Kingston (February 29); Woodstock (March 1); Oshawa (March 5) and Cobourg (March 6). Paul spoke at Life after Law School events at Queens Law School on February 29th and will be speaking the University of Western Ontario on March 13th and Osgoode Law School on March 14th. As President of the OBA, Paul will host the first day of New York State Bar/ Ontario Bar Association Summit which takes place in Toronto on March 28th. The Summit continues in Buffalo, New York on March 29th.

February 27, 2012 On February 27th, Paul Sweeny was at Osgoode Hall Law School speaking at the OBA’s Life After Law program.

February 24, 2012 On February 24th, John F. Evans judged the Wilson Moot at which Canadian law students argue Charter issues. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Wilson Moot, which honours the contributions made by the late Honourable Bertha Wilson. John Evans reports that it was quite an enlightening experience. The young counsel were remarkably articulate. John does acknowledge he was very much in the shadow of his fellow jurist Peter Hogg.

February 17, 2012 OBA President, Paul Sweeny continued his tour of Ontario with a stop in Kitchener on February 17th.

February 16, 2012 On February 16th, Liza Sheard participated in a panel discussion at the Hamilton Law Association’s 10th Annual Estates and Trusts Seminar. Her talk was about professional liability and knowing your client.

February 9-13, 2012 Paul Sweeny attended the Canadian Bar Association’s Mid-Winter meeting in Mexico from February 9 to 13.

February 9, 2012 Liza Sheard’s paper on “The Capacity to Instruct Counsel” presented at the OBA Institute 2012 Trusts and Estates Program on February 9th was very well received and has generated a considerable amount of interest and discussion.

February 1, 2012 On February 1st, the New Lawyers’ Subcommittee of the Hamilton Law Association, of which Scott Beattie is a member, hosted a Lawyers’ Pub Night at Slainte Irish Pub (upper room) at 5:30 p.m. Look for future events on the HLA website as all are welcome.

January 10, 2012 On January 10th, Andrea Hill chaired the HLA Roundtable Session “Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants.” Participants received practical advice and guidance about how to interact with self-represented litigants and deal with ethical concerns.

January 1, 2012 In January, Paul Sweeny attended the Manitoba Bar Association Mid-Winter Meeting in Winnipeg from January 19th through 21st and spoke at the University of Toronto Law School on January 26th as part of the OBA’s Life After Law Program. He also attended the Swearing-in of Justices Philip Downes, Aston Hall and Heather McArthur in Toronto on January 11th. Paul’s OBA Presidential Tour continued with a visit to Newmarket on January 24th.