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On November 26th, Martha McCarthy attended at the Parliamentary Committee in Ottawa as a witness to the proposed amendments under Bill C-78. Martha spoke about the Unified Family Court, the importance of labels in family law, and the risk of a presumption of joint custody.

Martha’s brief can be found online at:
https://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/JUST/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=10292072

Joanna Radbord and Martha McCarthy acted as counsel to the LGBTQ families challenging discriminatory parentage laws. Joanna was instrumental in advocating for and drafting the All Families are Equal Act. The Act provides equal treatment for all children regardless of how they were conceived.
For the complete statute, please see: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/S16023
Martha McCarthy & Company LLP would again like to congratulate the University of Toronto Walsh Family law Mooters on their spectacular results!University of Toronto Law had another year of great success at the Walsh Family Law Moot. U of T, represented by Rachel Kattapuram, Petra Molnar Diop, Amy Tang, and Graham Thomson came in first overall. Graham was named top oralist (with a perfect score!) Rachel and Amy tied with Manitoba for best respondents’ factum.

The team made submissions before the Supreme Moot Court of Canada on two thorny issues of property division under the Family Law Act: (1) the valuation of fixed debts under bankruptcy, and (2) the court’s power to set aside a single, mistaken provision of a settlement agreement.

For the first time the Family Law Moot included a Negotiation component. Christophe Shammas and Aoife Quinn comprised our negotiation team and did very well in their pioneering role.

Walsh Moot team

Walsh Moot team: Sarah Young and Martha McCarthy, (Faculty Advisors) Petra Molnar Diop, Amy Tang, Rachel Kattapuram, and Graham Thompson, (Mooters), Carol Rogerson (Faculty Advisor), Paloma van Groll and Colleen McKeown (student coaches)

Martha McCarthy & Company LLP would like to congratulate the University of Toronto Walsh Family Law Mooters on their spectacular results!Brenna Staats, Jesse Elders, Paloma van Groll and Colleen McKeown represented UofT, with all six Ontario law schools competing. The mooters were unflappable in the face of tough questioning on a very complex problem. When all was said and done, the UofT team nearly swept the competition, winning Best Team, Best Factum for the Respondent (team of Paloma van Groll and Colleen McKeown), and 2nd Place Oralist for Colleen McKeown. In the face of a difficult problem, and a brand-new moot for the school, the team showed its skill and versatility in pulling off an unparalleled performance. The team is truly indebted to its all-star student coaches: Laura Cardiff, Jordan Katz, and Hani Migally; and to Carol Rogerson for her tireless faculty support.Martha McCarthy and Sarah Young of Martha McCarthy & Co. LLP had the pleasure of assisting with coaching the team and are so proud of the team and their success.

Walsh Family Law Mooters

Walsh Family Law Mooters

Each year, the Law Society of Upper Canada awards its top honour — the Law Society Medal — to selected lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the profession. On May 29, 2013, Martha McCarthy received this honour at a special ceremony.The award is given for outstanding service within the profession, whether in the area of practice, in the academic sphere, or in some other professional capacity where the service is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession. It may be awarded for devotion to professional duties over a long term or for a single outstanding act of service.The team at Martha McCarthy & Company LLP congratulate Martha on this tremendous honour.

Martha McCarthy, LSMMedal, Law Society of Upper Canada

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The induction ceremony took place recently before an audience of approximately 1,070 persons during the recent 2012 Annual Meeting of the College in New York, New York.Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,838 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. The college is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

To commemorate this special day, a photograph was taken during the induction ceremony.

Martha McCarthy has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier associations in America.

Martha McCarthy has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier associations in America.

The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Through its Board of Regents, its general committees and its state and province committees, the College engages in a wide variety of activities to further those purposes”

“Fellowship is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality”

Martha McCarthy is much deserving of the prestigious honour. All of us at Martha McCarthy & Company LLP extend our congratulations.