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WSIAT In Focus 21(1) April 2011

On March 8, 2011, at an Ontario Bar Association (OBA) professional development program on "Current Issues in Tribunal Adjudication: an Update for Advocates and Members" Tribunal Vice-Chair, Eleanor Smith, participated as a member of a panel on "How Qualified? Using Expert Testimony." Counsel to the Tribunal Chair, Carole Prest, participated as moderator of a panel on "Active Adjudication or Entering the Arena – How Much is Too Much?"

On March 29, 2011, Tribunal Counsel Office lawyer Danielle Allen was part of a panel of volunteer judges at the OBA Secondary School Mock Trial Tournament. The annual tournament is hosted by the OBA, in conjunction with the Law Day committee, as a lead-up to a week of public educational activities that mark the anniversary of the Charter of Rights. Ontario secondary school students are given a fictional criminal case, and act out the roles of counsel and witnesses for either the defence or the crown. Ms. Allen was inspired by the students' talent and dedication, and said that making the decision on which team would progress to the next round was a real challenge.