Young, Ngai On

Trial Advocacy

Currently an Assistant Crown Attorney in Durham Region.

Yermakova, Lidiya

Trial Advocacy

Lidiya is an experienced courtroom advocate. Her practice focuses on professional liability and regulation, administrative law, and commercial litigation.

Lidiya’s clients include health professionals, healthcare businesses, lawyers, architects, engineers, accountants, and many others. She has extensive experience in registration, complaints, investigations, inspections, incapacity, and discipline matters. Lidiya has represented clients in serious academic misconduct investigations. She has also acted as Independent Legal Counsel to several regulators.

Lidiya maintains a broad civil litigation practice, including medical malpractice, professional regulation, and commercial litigation.

Sood, Sanj

Trial Advocacy

Sanj is a partner at Aird & Berlis LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation, Financial Services and Transportation Groups. He assists private and public companies, municipalities and financial institutions with complex commercial disputes, including those arising from commercial transactions and disagreements amongst shareholders.

For nearly twenty-five years, Sanj has effectively advocated for his clients’ interests in Ontario’s trial and appellate courts, before administrative tribunals, at private arbitrations, and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Sanj is also regularly retained by clients to conduct internal investigations to ensure their adherence to compliance regimes.

Slate, Kelly

Trial Advocacy

Kelly Slate obtained her JD from the University of Toronto in 2001 and was called in 2002. Currently with the Peel Crown Attorney’s Office she has a trial specialization in child and familial homicides, child abuse and sexual violence. Education has been a focus of her career with involvement in developing and teaching courses for the Peel Regional Police, Ontario Police College, and RCMP. She is a co-director of the Sexual Violence Summer Course for Crown Attorneys and regularly presents at conferences for the criminal bar.

Pawagi, Manjusha

Trial Advocacy

Justice Pawagi was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2009. She presides in Toronto, primarily in family court. She was a lawyer for the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and then the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. She has also worked as a reporter, for CBC radio in Charlottetown and Toronto; and for the Associated Press in St. Louis, Mo. She has written several books including The Girl Who Hated Books (translated into over 15 languages and made into an animated short by the NFB) and the memoir Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy.

Morgan, Lynda

Trial Advocacy

Lynda is a partner at Addario Law Group in Toronto. She maintains a criminal and regulatory law practice with a strong interest in search and seizure issues. Lynda acts as duty counsel for the Law Society of Ontario and the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program.

Lynda is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and was previously the Chair of the Advocates’ Society Criminal Law Practice Group. Lynda acts as duty counsel for the pro bono inmate appeal program and at the Law Society of Ontario. She has spoken at numerous conferences on search and seizure issues.

McKelvey, Michael

Trial Advocacy

Justice – Superior Court (Ontario)

Kleinman, Michael

Trial Advocacy

Practise commercial litigation since 1986, currently counsel at Loopstra Nixon LLP.8

Karabus, Matthew

Trial Advocacy

Matthew Karabus is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration group of Gowling WLG’s Toronto office.

He has a wide range of commercial dispute resolution experience, most regularly in matters involving:

  • Contractual disputes, shareholder litigation, banking litigation and commercial real estate disputes
  • Administrative law and litigation involving government and regulated industries
  • Injunctions, fraud claims and enforcement of foreign judgements

Matthew has acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations and at every level of court in Ontario.


Iu, Jean

Trial Advocacy

Jean has been teaching the Trial Advocacy course since 2018. She is a former Assistant Crown Attorney and counsel with the Ontario Government. She is currently working as Professional Standards Counsel with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.