Events | Barristers for a Better Bytown


Upcoming Events:

The Beastly Ball II: Creepin’ it Real – Thursday October 26, 2017

Please join Barristers for a Better Bytown on Thursday October 26, 2017 at our second annual Beastly Ball – The Beastly Ball II: Creepin’ it Real. The event starts at 8 pm and is being held at Hooley’s Pub located at 292 Elgin Street. Tickets are $15 and the funds raised will be used by Barristers for a Better Bytown to help those in need in our community. We’re taking care of the DJ and appetizers so all you need to do is come dressed in your best costume for a chance to win a prize. Contact us at for tickets.

Beastly Ball II Poster


Past Events:

Ottawa Champions Game – Sunday July 30, 2017

On Sunday July 30, above 60 lawyers, judges, friends and family attended the Ottawa Champions game to raise funds for Operation Come Home.  We had great weather, great food, and were able to see Justice Jack Nadelle throw out the first pitch.  We raised $2000 for the Music Works Program at Operation Come Home.  Many thanks to those who attended and supported this event!


The Beastly Ball

We are pleased to announce the most epic Halloween event of the season – the Beastly Ball – on Thursday October 27, 2016 from 9 pm to 2 am at Barrymore’s Music Hall on Bank Street.

Come in costume and enjoy great music, friends and snacks.  Drinks will be available from the bar. There will be prizes for best costumes (including best group costume) as well as raffle tickets for sale for other great draw prizes.

All proceeds benefit the Ottawa Mission Hospice to whom we have pledged $5000 to support their renovations.

This event is co-sponsored by the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, the County of Carleton Law Association and Garry and Jon Beckman, Investment Advisors at CIBC Wood Gundy.

Ticket prices: $30 for lawyers and judges / $10 (minimum) for non-lawyers, staff and students.  NOTE: Purchasers of $30 tickets are eligible for a tax receipt of $20 per ticket.  Tickets are available from Dominic Lamb, Michael Johnston, Solomon Friedman, Kim Hyslop –


Join us for the official Barristers for a Better Bytown launch event on March 31, 2016, at the University of Ottawa, in the Alumni Auditorium of the Jock Turcot University Centre, as we host a screening of “David & Me”. This event is being held in conjunction with the Criminal Law Students Association of the University of Ottawa Law School.

“David & Me” is a documentary about two unlikely friends – a convicted murderer and a young, Canadian filmmaker. David McCallum is 29 years into a life sentence. Despite a mountain of evidence that should exonerate David, or at least grant him a new trial, filmmaker Ray Klonsky and a pro-bono team are stymied by a justice system that is not designed to free the wrongly convicted. When news of a DNA match that fingers a new suspect surfaces, the team thinks justice will finally be served. But they quickly learn their fight has only just begun.

Admission: Accepting donations.  If you wish to obtain a ticket in advance or make a donation, please contact us at (Tax receipts available for donations of $15 or more).

Proceeds from the event benefit the Tamarack Trades Training Centre:

Date: March 31, 2016

Time: Doors open at 6pm, film to start at 6:15pm sharp. The film is 1 hour long.

Venue: Alumni Auditorium, Jock Turcot University Centre
85 University Private, University of Ottawa