LAMDA is born – Introducing Law and Mental Disorder Association

Beginning in January of 2017, we have founded a new Association to advance the rights of clients with mental disorder, both in criminal and civil justice systems. I am the founding President. Our five Vice-Presidents of the following Portfolios have now been identified. Jill Presser, Consent and Capacity Board proceedings and appeals. Mary Murphy, Criminal and Mental Health Courts, NCR/unfit accused. Thomas Whillier, Ontario Review Board and appeals. Keli Mersereau, Inquests, Policing and Custodial Concerns and last but not least, Jordan Weisz, Legal Aid Ontario Portfolio. I am proud to say LAMDA already has 55 active members in its inaugural month. Meetings are held last TUESDAY evening of each month at 5:30 at our offices, the University Law Chambers. New members welcome: email – to anita@asabarristers.com and joe@asabarristers.com! It’s gonna be a wonderful group with tremendous education and advocacy initiatives, serving as an umbrella organization for a host of others, which already all do fabulous work. Please join us if you are a lawyer in private practice and interested in mental health and mental disorder law. All are welcome.

 

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About anitaszigeti

• Called to the Bar (1992) • U of T Law grad (1990) • Sole practitioner (8 years) • Partner in small law firm (Hiltz Szigeti) since 2002 • Mom to two astonishing kids, Scarlett (8) and Sebastian (5) • (Founding) Chair of Mental Health Legal Committee for nine years (1997 to 2006) • Counsel to clients with serious mental health issues before administrative tribunals and on appeals • Former Chair, current member of LAO’s mental health law advisory committee • Educator, lecturer, widely published author (including text book on consent and capacity law) • Fifteen years’ experience as counsel to almost exclusively legally aided clients • Frequently appointed amicus curiae • Fearless advocate • Not entirely humourless
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