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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.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.