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OBA to tackle mental health after president’s talk of own struggles

Yamri Taddese - Monday, December 15, 2014

The Ontario Bar Association has launched a mental-health effort after its president’s candid discussion of his own struggles with mental health struck a chord with many in the profession.
OBA president Orlando Da Silva, who spoke publicly about his depression when he took over the president’s role in the summer, now appears on the organization’s web site talking about his own suicide attempt in an effort to normalize conversations around mental illness.

The association is also going to launch a continuing professional development series under the banner “the mindful lawyer.”

“What we’re trying to do is start the conversation about depression in order to de-stigmatize it, to make the OBA . . . a safe place to talk about depress...

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Monday December 15, 2014

Two lawyers will join the bench of the Ontario Court of Justice this week.

Ferhan Javed, the former managing partner of Javed Frost Trehearne, will preside in Oshawa, Ont. Prior to his appointment, Javed prosecuted federal matters as a standing agent of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Durham Region. Previously, he managed his own criminal defence practice at Simcoe Chambers in Toronto.

The other new appointee, Kimberly Moore, was a Crown attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General prior to her appointment. Before that, she was an assistant Crown attorney for 13 years doing prosecutions in both the Ontario Court and the Superior Court of Justice. She’ll preside in Brockville, Ont.

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