We’ve heard your interest in learning about practicing law within the government and the broader public sector loud and clear! Whether you are a student, a junior or senior lawyer in private or public practice, if you want to learn about starting, advancing, or transitioning your career in the public sector, this event is for you! Join FACL Ontario for a panel discussion with highly accomplished public sector lawyers followed by a networking session with lawyers from the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Department of Justice, Legal Aid Ontario, Toronto District School Board, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and much more! Light refreshments and finger food to be served! Space is limited- RSVP to the event to secure your spot!
Prabhu Rajan is currently Chief Counsel to the Chief Coroner for Ontario and Chief Forensic Pathologist. Previously, he was the Legal Director for the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education and Skills Development, Deputy Legal Director at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Deputy Legal Director at the Ministry of Labour.
Prabhu commenced his OPS career as counsel at the Ontario Human Rights Commission and later as counsel at the Ministry of Labour, Crown Law Office – Civil and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.A. Criminology) and Osgoode Hall Law School. He articled at Cavalluzzo, Hayes, Shilton, McIntyre and Cornish and was called to the Bar in 1996.
Leola Pon is General Counsel (Acting) at the Toronto District School Board, Canada’s largest school board. She leads a team of lawyers and staff who provide strategic legal advice on a wide range of areas of law including education, labour, real estate, municipal planning, corporate/commercial, governance and human rights. Leola previously worked in the Toronto office of Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP practising human resources law, and at the University of Toronto in both legal and non-legal roles. Leola chose law as a second career and was called to the Bar in 2006. Outside of work, Leola plays volleyball and is interested in photography.
Sona Advani is the Acting Legal Director of the Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities Office with the Ministry of the Attorney General. Formerly an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Downtown Toronto office, she was called to the Bar in 1999.
She has been significantly involved with the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (SABA) and its initiatives for many years, including: event planning, mentorship, law school liaison, and promoting diversity on the bench.
In her spare time, Sona teaches at various advocacy programmes and volunteers with the Canadian Cancer Society.
Falguni Debnath is senior counsel at the Department of Justice where her practice focuses on constitutional and administrative law. She is the former Deputy Regional Director General of the Ontario Regional Office in which capacity she supported the work of 350 lawyers and 150 support staff in addition to having responsibility for a dedicated team in the area of extradition and mutual legal assistance. Representing the Department of Justice overseas, she was the Country Director of a multi-million dollar law reform project in Asia which focused on reform of the criminal justice system and legislative drafting. She was also the Senior Assistant Prosecutor for the UN at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia.
Moderator: Me-Hae Hur, Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General Civil Law Division, Financial Services Commission of Ontario
Public sector counsel in attendance for the networking session will include Rina M. Li (MAG - Crown Law Civil), Amyn Hadibhai (Ontario Human Rights Commission), Richard Ashok Coutinho (MAG - Public Guardian and Trustee), Ian Hu (LawPRO), Kikee Malik (Family Responsibility Office), Michelle Pong (Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada), John J.S. Park (Ontario College of Trades), Kenneth Jim (Legal Aid Ontario), Ada Chan (Legal Aid Ontario), Jason Tam (Social Justice Tribunals Ontario), Frank Au (MAG - Crown Law Criminal), Douglas Lee (MAG - Ministry of Transportation), Espejo Clarke (Department of Justice), Joo Eun Kim (Legal Aid Ontario - Refugee Law Office), Sally Kwon (Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada), Shamila Clarke (City of Toronto), Kelly Matsumoto (City of Toronto), and many more!
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