Roster of Independent Practitioners
Ethical Associates Inc. maintains a roster of diverse human rights lawyers, equity practitioners and adjudicators who work independently and are available to serve as dedicated neutrals in the resolution of complex disputes. Please contact us if you wish to retain any of the independent practitioners on our roster.
Mediator, Investigator, Adjudicator
Tamara brings her training and experience in both law and social work to her many roles, having been called to the Bar of Ontario in 2000 and as a Registered Social Worker holding a Master’s degree in Social Work.
Tamara Jordan is a human rights lawyer, Registered Social Worker, mediator, and investigator, having been called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002. She recently served as an Investigator with the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (Ontario Child Advocate) where she conducted investigations into concerns raised about services provided by children’s aid societies and licensed residences, including forensic interviews with children, youth, individual and institutional caregivers, government representatives, service providers and Band Representatives across Ontario.
Tamara was Legal Counsel to the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CCAST) for over five years. Prior to that, she was a lawyer with Goodman and Carr LLP, where she practiced family law and handled civil sexual assault and harassment cases, along with representing First Nations, residential school and other survivors of physical and sexual abuse in court and administrative tribunals. Tamara worked for several years with Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, where she conducted program evaluation, research and training, and managed teams of advocates working with children, youth and their families involved in investigations related to physical violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking.
Tamara has been engaged by various organizations over the past 23 years to provide foundational work in the development of new initiatives, including coordinating the first Women’s Court Watch Project toward the implementation of specialized domestic violence courts, developing guidelines for the CCAST to direct evidence-informed work with caregivers with substance use issues, and completing a review for the Department of Justice Canada to identify promising international developments in the examination and cross-examination of child witnesses in criminal proceedings.
Tamara has served as the President and Board Member of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Legal Clinic, as well as a mentor and placement supervisor of graduate students at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia School of Social Work. For several years, she has provided instruction to students at the George Brown College School of Early Childhood Education and Ryerson University School of Early Childhood Studies related to their legal rights and responsibilities in recognizing and responding to child abuse.