AFCC Webinars

Unbundling Legal Services

Tami Moscoe, LLB, Lorna Yates, LLB

December 15, 2021
1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time US/Canada

Registration closes December 14, 2021 at 9am Eastern Time US

Unbundling Legal Services
While access to family law services remains a challenge across North America and beyond, there have been several significant developments in this area over the last five years, including several private family bar innovations. In this webinar, we will explore recent developments in the provision of unbundled family law services in Ontario, including Toronto’s Advice and Settlement Counsel (ASC) project, an innovative project established by leaders of the family law bar with support from Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services Project as well as the Superior Court of Justice.  This project, which now runs completely virtually, helps family litigants to obtain affordable summary legal advice in connection to their family court hearings, based loosely on publicly funded duty counsel service model that is available in Ontario in limited locations.  

ASC services are available to family litigants for a modest hourly consultation fee.  By engaging with the ASC service, the client can receive assistance focused on their court attendance, so they are better prepared for the event and in a better position to consider settlement opportunities.  This helps the client as well as the Court to ensure the event is as productive as possible.

In addition, we will discuss how the ASC roster assisted with the provision of emergency family law referral services on a pro bono basis through Ontario’s regulator, and provide updates on the progress of Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services project. 

This webinar is  not eligible for continuing education for psychologists. AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Lawyers, judges, social workers, counselors, and other professionals seeking continuing education credits may use the AFCC Certificate of Attendance to verify attendance when applying to their state, provincial, or other regulatory or licensing agency. You must attend the live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance.

Member Registration: $15, Certificate of Attendance: $15
Non-Member Registration: $50, Certificate of Attendance: $20

Tami Moscoe provides advice to Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz and Senior Family Justice Stevenson on all issues relating to family law, family court processes and the Unified Family Court.  This includes developing internal and external resources for the Superior Court of Justice to assist with the resolution of family cases, including a new guide to process for family litigants.  It also includes assisting with the development and implementation of best practices for family law and child protection proceedings.  Ms. Moscoe also advises on improvements to the Family Law Rules and family justice innovations, working closely with representatives of the Ministry, the family law bar and other stakeholders. Over the past five years, Ms. Moscoe has contributed to several successful family law initiatives, including co-chairing the Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition and contributing to the development of CLEO’s new Steps to Justice website.  She was also instrumental in the recent Unified Family Court expansion in Ontario as well as the recent launch of Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services project. Ms. Moscoe joined the public service in 2006 after 8 years of family law practice at Torkin Manes.  She also became an Accredited Family Mediator (Ontario Association for Family Mediation) during her time in private practice.

Lorna Yates is a founding partner at Cohen Alves Peeters Yates LLP.  Lorna has experience in all areas of family law, including negotiation of complex marriage contracts, separation agreements and parenting plans.  Lorna has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario.  Lorna is a frequent participant in mediation and mediation/arbitration proceedings. Lorna is an author for four (4) chapters of the Law Society of Ontario’s Bar Admission Materials for Family Law.  She is the past-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Family Law Section and past-Chair of the Family Law Practice Group at The Advocates Society.  Lorna is proud of her work as a panel member on the Office of the Children’s personal rights panel since 2004.  She has been a member of the Superior Court of Justice’s Family Law Bench and Bar in Toronto since 2012, a member of the 361 University User Group (SCJ) since the Spring, 2020 and a Mandatory Information Session presenter for many years.  Lorna is also an active member of the Superior Court of Justice Family Working Group, appointed by the Family Judge for Ontario Suzanne Stevenson. Lorna is very proud of her work in founding ASC Toronto, a summary legal advice pilot project at the Superior Court of Justice at 361 University Avenue:  www.ascfamily.comIn her spare time (not that she has much!), Lorna is a mom of 6.5 year old twins, is an active and engaged member of her community, and sits on the board of the George Herman House, an organization that provides transitional housing and support to women with emotional and psychiatric issues.