Heather Hui-Litwin Ph.D.(Chemistry, Univ.Toronto), J.D.(Osgoode)
Co-founder of the Self-Rep Navigators
Lawyer, LL.M.Candidate University of Toronto
Areas of Practice: Civil litigation; contractual disputes; procedural coaching for Superior Court matters; public legal education
Phone: (647) 739-0606
Heather is a lawyer and currently a graduate law student. While her practice is focused on assisting self-represented litigants, her current research project is focused on the challenges of expert evidence. Heather is passionate about access to justice and legal education for lay people. She was a founding member of the “Law At the Library” program at the Toronto Public Library. Heather offers private coaching consultations to individuals about the legal process. As a former litigant herself, she realizes that in order to engage with the legal process meaningfully, a litigant ought to understand at least the fundamental principles of our legal system. Having a basic understanding also helps a litigant to decide how to retain lawyers most effectively under limited scope or unbundled service retainers.
Here are some of the topics that Heather’s private tutorials cover:
- Overview of all the steps in a lawsuit
- What are the general steps in a motion, and how motions are different from trials
- What does “discovery” mean and what to expect
- How to find the right lawyer or other forms of legal services for your case (besides using Google or the Law Society’s Referral Service)
- The general steps in a trial
- What are some of the most basic things you must know about presenting your case (motions are different from trials)
- What are the different types of legal documents, the purpose behind these documents
- What is the difference between a legal argument versus just any common sense argument
- How to do your own legal research on the freely available database CanLII (without referring to your own situation).
- What self-represented litigants should be wary of in particular
Heather is also the coordinator of Law Society of Ontario’s accredited CPD programs for members of the Self-Rep Navigators.