"Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard. - Swiss Proverb"

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Diane A. VioletteI was called to the Bar in April 1985 and I am licensed to practice law in the Province of Ontario. I provide full bilingual legal services in both the French and English languages. I have over 30 years experience as a general practitioner in most areas of law, which include but are not limited to Aboriginal law, real estate, commercial, family, wills, estates and criminal law. I have represented many individuals, groups, corporations, banks, credit unions and non-profit groups. I have a special interest in representing Aboriginal peoples including Elders and Aboriginal communities and organizations.

I am a past Professor of the Native Studies department at the University of Sudbury. I taught three courses which included:

Nati 3605 - Legal Research and Writing and Aboriginal Law;
Nati 3116 - Aboriginal Peoples and the Criminal Justice System;
Nati 3117 - Social Policy, Family Law and Aboriginal Peoples.

I have been a guest lecturer on a number of occasions for the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admissions courses at the University of Western Ontario in the French language speaking on property law, commercial law and family law. At a local level, I have lectured extensively for non-profit organizations, women's groups, high schools and community colleges.

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Native Studies; a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and currently I am doing a distance Master of Laws (LL.M.) in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) at Osgoode Hall Law School.

The professional associations I have been involved with include the Trial Lawyers of America; the Indigenous Bar Association; the Canadian Bar Association; L'Association des Juristes de L'Expression Francaise; the Sudbury Law Association and the Sudbury Collaborative Family Law Group. The Law Society of Upper Canada licenses all lawyers in Ontario.