The Lawyers Lounge Podcast

After a long morning in court, take a moment to unwind in The Lawyers Lounge. Make yourself comfortable and tune in to hear your colleagues chat about what’s new in the criminal law community.

From the publisher that brought you the Criminal Law Series, Emond Publishing presents The Lawyers Lounge podcast. Hosts Danielle Robitaille and Lisa Jørgensen cover issues of local and national importance and discuss recent criminal law cases from across Canada. Listen for practical advocacy tips, business and career advice, and life-saving hacks that every lawyer needs to know. Each 40-minute episode features distinguished guests from the defence bar, the Crown, and the media, as well as other members of the justice system from across Canada.

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Episode 11

Now Available

11. Criminal Law and Mental Health, a thought-provoking roundtable NEW

Join Danielle and criminal lawyers, Erin Dann and Maya Kotob (Anita Szigeti Advocates) as they discuss the challenges and rewards of representing clients with mental health issues.

In this episode, our guests shed light on their experiences practicing at the intersection between criminal law and mental health law. They examine the difference between advancing legal interests and the therapeutic interests of clients and discuss key solutions to some of the challenges lawyers face in practicing in the mental health space.

Other topics include:

  • The importance of mentorship
  • How crucial is a work-life balance?
  • Mistakes lawyers make in measuring professional success
  • Changing media perceptions of the non-criminally responsible (NCRs)
  • The lack of solutions towards mental health problems in the criminal justice system
  • Special Guests: Erin Dann and Maya Kotob (Anita Szigeti Advocates)

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    The Hosts of The Lawyers Lounge

    Danielle Robitaille Headshot

    Danielle Robitaille

    Danielle Robitaille has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and an LLB from Dalhousie University. She is a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP, where her practice focuses on criminal, regulatory, and disciplinary litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Danielle has appeared before all levels of court and is an active member of the Inmate Appeal Duty Counsel Program for the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In April 2016, she was appointed senior counsel to the Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch on the Independent Police Oversight Review. Danielle has lectured extensively on trial advocacy, expert evidence, and ethical issues at the Law Society of Ontario, the Federation of Law Societies, Osgoode Professional Development, the Advocates’ Society, the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, and the Ontario Court of Justice.

    Lisa Jorgensen Headshot

    Lisa Jørgensen

    Lisa Jørgensen graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law as a Wesbrook Scholar—UBC’s highest accolade. A former top oralist and winner of the national Gale Cup Moot, Lisa also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Queen’s University. Lisa maintains a busy trial and appellate practice, focusing on criminal and constitutional litigation. Lisa regularly appears in all levels of court in Ontario, as well as in the Supreme Court of Canada and administrative tribunals. Lisa is a director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and serves on several board subcommittees. She volunteers her time with pro bono litigation and education projects, and she is committed to ensuring access to justice for all. Lisa is a regular commentator on criminal justice issues in local and national media.


    Testimonials and Reviews

    "The Lawyers Lounge gives us that missing human touch by bringing us back to reality, in a pleasant way. It offers sound advice from Lisa and Danielle, two witty, sharp and grounded criminal lawyers, who tell us how to manage that difficult client or how to connect with clients emotionally during this emotional time."




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