The Lawyers Lounge
A Criminal Law Podcast

A Criminal Law Podcast
After a long morning in court, take a moment to unwind in The Lawyers Lounge. Tune in to hear your colleagues chat about what’s new in the criminal law community.

Hosts Danielle Robitaille and Lisa Jørgensen discuss recent criminal law cases from across Canada, covering issues of local and national importance. Listen for practical advocacy tips, business and career advice, and life-saving hacks that every lawyer needs to know. Each episode features distinguished guests from the defence bar, the Crown, and the media, as well as other members of the criminal justice system. From the publisher that brought you the Criminal Law Series, Emond Publishing presents The Lawyers Lounge podcast.
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Episode 15 - An Interview With Mona Duckett

In this special episode, Danielle interviews widely esteemed trial and appellate counsel Mona Duckett. Defence counsel in several high-profile cases over her four decades in the legal profession, Mona gives an inside look at two of her most publicized cases.

  • R v. NRR, 2014, ABQB 282, a youth criminal justice case involving police entrapment through a “Mr. Big” undercover operation by the RCMP.

  • R. v Naslund, 2022, ABCA 6, an appellate manslaughter case involving domestic violence, battered women syndrome, overcharging, and unethical plea bargaining. 

During high-profile cases like NRR, and Naslund, should lawyers—Crown and defence—speak to the media? Mona and Danielle share their opinions on speaking to the media during a case and the ethical obligation to do so when it is in the public interest.

Most lawyers will undoubtedly confront issues of professional and ethical conduct during their legal careers. Before her call to the bar, Mona had her first confrontation with unethical lawyering during her articling term. She shares her articling horror story and how this experience influences her outlook and practice.

Other topics include:

  • “Phone a friend” support system.

  • The “Mentorship Crisis.”

  • Vicarious trauma. 

Special Guest: Mona Duckett is a senior partner at Dawson, Duckett, Garcia, and Johnson in Edmonton. Her expertise spans the entire spectrum of criminal defence, related administrative law, and criminal appeals.

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The Hosts of the Lawyers Lounge Podcast

 
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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.

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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.

 

“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.”

—Ideablawg