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PATRICK J. DUCHARME is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal, associations in America.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. The Call to Fellowship in the College of American Trial Lawyers is by special invitation only, an honour and distinction of the highest order, bestowed upon those few, exceptional trial lawyers in the United States and Canada whose art of advocacy and whose standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality are judged to be models to be emulated by the lawyer population at large in any state or province. Fellowship in the College of American Trial Lawyers is regarded as such a rare and exclusive privilege that it can never be extended to more than 1% of the total number of lawyers in any state or province.
There are currently approximately 5,739 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) 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. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute accused of crime and those who defend them. The College therefore speaks with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal Profession and the administration of justice.
Patrick is a senior partner and founding member in the Windsor law firm of Ducharme Fox LLP and has been practicing in the Province of Ontario for over 30 years. He has also been selected by his peers to be included in Woodward and White’s "The Best Lawyers in Canada". Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be included, a listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded within the legal profession as a single honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than 25 years, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. Patrick is also listed as one of the Best Lawyers in Ontario.
Patrick has also been a sessional lecturer in Criminal Procedure and Trial Advocacy, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor since 1982. He publishes peer-reviewed articles, papers and book reviews in the field of criminal law regularly, some of which can be found below. He has been awarded the Charles Clarke Award for Professional Integrity and Community Service and the Chamber of Commerce Award As Business Professional of the Year. He has received similar awards from the University of Windsor, the Iris House, the Humane Society and the University of Windsor Law School.
Criminal Practice and Procedure 2017 (521 pages) Criminal Practice and Procedure 2017 is the definitive guide to understanding procedural, evidentiary and substantive criminal law principles. It refers to new appellate decisions impacting these areas of law up to and including its date of publication in September 2016.
Criminal Trial Advocacy, Second Edition (400 pages) Criminal Trial Advocacy, Second Edition, is 400 pages of riveting, useful advice for trial lawyers wanting to hone their trial skills. It describes, in easy to understand language, the best methods for using innovative court room techniques and strategies. It demonstrates that the challenging world of a criminal defense lawyer requires an understanding of the law and the skill of the consummate storyteller. It will prove to be a useful tool for those lawyers wishing to provide effective, informed, creative and successful legal representation to clients in a wide range of difficult and high-profile cases.
Criminal Procedure & Practice 2016 Criminal Procedure & Practice is the definitive guide to understanding procedural, evidentiary and substantive criminal law principles. It refers to new appellate decisions impacting these areas of law up to and including its date of publication in August 2015. Although prepared for third year law students, it also serves as an excellent up-to-date, authoritative consideration of Canadian criminal law, a beneficial tool to all criminal law practitioners, regardless of their level of experience.
It is written by an experienced practitioner. Consequently, the writing style is of a very different character than used in most legal texts: short, sharp and to the point. It avoids legalese. It follows Lord Balfour's admonition: talk English, not law. It ensures that the reader understands the principles by using clear, concise language. Even difficult concepts, such as the co-actor's exception to the hearsay rule, are explained precisely, understandably, using the language of a seasoned trial lawyer like flashing lights on a dark night.
Canadian Criminal Procedure 2015 (463 pages) Covering such diverse topics as: all important procedural rules related to criminal trials, the rules of evidence, the rules of procedure related to proceedings under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, new amendments to the Criminal Code, rules of search and seizure, arrest, judicial interim release, arraignments and pleas, preliminary hearings, pre-trials, guilty pleas, jury selection, sentencing and appeals and referencing over 400 cases that impact the Canadian rules of procedure. Published by Medical-Legal Publishing up-to-date to January 2015.
Canadian Criminal Trial Advocacy 2015 (347 pages) Covering such diverse topics as: developing the necessary confidence to be a trial lawyer, preparing trial briefs, retainer agreements, creating a trial plan, developing trial strategies, bail strategies, tactical considerations, witness preparation, pre-trial applications, challenging jurors, examination in chief, presenting or challenging expert witnesses, cross-examination techniques, re-examination techniques, the art of the in trial objection, strategies for the media, preparation for sentencing and techniques for sentencing hearings. Published by Medical-Legal Publishing, published in January 2015.