Upcoming CPD Programs

Addressing Harassment and Discrimination in Lawyer and Paralegal Workplaces

In Spring 2018, the LSO’s SPOT Team (Steps, Progress, Opportunities, and Tactics) reported on incidences of discrimination and harassment confronting articling students (and others) within legal workplaces. This report highlighted the need for greater education among lawyers and paralegals about these issues, even as the #MeToo movement reverberates throughout different sectors of Canadian society. Our presenters explore what you need to know to ensure that your law or legal practice, government office, or in-house counsel workplace is equipped to identify, prevent, and effectively respond to harassment and discrimination. They also take you through real-life scenarios that help you engage with and discuss tools to successfully manage your practice in light of these concerns.

  • Discuss workplace culture and environment
  • Receive tips on best practices when advancing a preventative approach
  • Explore various policies and guidelines that ensure procedural fairness
  • Learn how to implement proper procedures for intervention

The Annotated Powers of Attorney for Property and for Personal Care 2019

Canada’s population is aging. More and more clients will be asking you to draft Powers of Attorney for Property and for Personal Care. Do you know what you need to know, to serve your clients appropriately? Our presenters have decades of experience advising clients and drafting Powers of Attorney. They bring you up to speed on any recent legislative and case law developments. You also receive up-to-date precedents and the invaluable new Annotated Powers of Attorney for Property and for Personal Care document.

  • What is the nature and extent of the duty to consult?
  • What are the record keeping and accounting requirements for a POA for Property?
  • How do you manage end-of-life decisions and advanced directives?

Family Law Refresher 2019

Perhaps you’re looking to branch out into a new area, or simply shore up your knowledge of family law. Either way, this is the program for you. Our presenters clearly explain what you need to know to practise in this area. They offer a synopsis of the issues of custody and access, child and spousal support, and division of property, along with effective strategies when negotiating domestic contracts or choosing appropriate alternative dispute resolution options. They also provide invaluable tips on drafting documents and preparing for court appearances, as well as insights into the latest trends and cases in family law.

  • Understand how to deal with difficult financial issues
  • Get tips on preparing for trial
  • Learn how to make case conferences more effective

Wills and Estates Refresher 2019

Drafting a will is not always straightforward. Even if it’s a sizeable part of your practice, you know that sometimes a will presents particular complications. The best way to meet this challenge is to have a good grasp of the essentials and brush up on the latest developments. Our presenters take you through the entire process, covering effective initial client interviews, drafting of documents, reporting, and more. You also hear useful tips on risk management and how to handle common challenges that sometimes arise with will planning and preparation.

  • Learn how to foster the client relationship while handling various challenges
  • Consider multiple wills and where things stand since Milne Estates
  • Gain useful practice management tips on the use of technology and privacy issues

Practice Gems: Probate Essentials 2019

It’s next to impossible to foresee every contingency when probating a will. That said, you can always make sure you’re thoroughly prepared; our presenters can help with that. They explore ways to anticipate complications, and then strategies to effectively mitigate them when they happen. Additionally, you receive invaluable practical precedents to help you with your next probate file.

  • What’s the best way to handle the resignation, devolution, and succession of estate trustees?
  • How can you locate foreign assets?
  • What do you include and exclude when calculating probate fees?

The Twelve-Minute Civil Litigator 2019

Concise. Insightful. Comprehensive. In short, a Twelve-Minute program is the fast track to all the recent developments in your area of law. We capture a variety of perspectives by drawing from a pool of presenters, and each one gets to the point within minutes. You always receive materials that explore the topics in greater detail, and take away practical tips and advice you might not get elsewhere. The half-day programs of our Twelve-Minute series make sure you’re up to the challenges of a busy litigation practice.

  • Learn about multinational corporate accountability
  • Find out key information on privilege and internal investigations
  • Evaluate the cost and quality considerations of AI in legal research
  • Consider what steps to take when a limitation period expires before you are entitled to commence litigation under an agreed-upon ADR procedure

Intensive Child Protection Training Primer (Day One)

A child protection case needs to be handled delicately. Our presenters teach you the strategic and advocacy skills for each stage of the case. They reinforce your understanding with numerous practical demonstrations, including conduct of temporary care and custody hearings, summary judgment motions, conferences, opening and closing statements, voir dires, and examinations of witnesses. Finally, you receive an array of relevant materials, including topical case law, precedents, and social science literature. You leave with the confidence that comes from an intense focus on the fundamentals of this area of family law.

  • Observe demonstrations of a case conference, summary judgment motion, cross-examination, re-examination and more
  • Learn the grounds, timing and case law in making the finding “in need of protection”
  • Hear about the law of hearsay in protection proceedings
  • Understand the impact of statutory findings for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children
  • Get tips on preparing for trial

Intensive Child Protection Training Primer (Day Two)

A child protection case needs to be handled delicately. Our presenters teach you the strategic and advocacy skills for each stage of the case. They reinforce your understanding with numerous practical demonstrations, including conduct of temporary care and custody hearings, summary judgment motions, conferences, opening and closing statements, voir dires, and examinations of witnesses. Finally, you receive an array of relevant materials, including topical case law, precedents, and social science literature. You leave with the confidence that comes from an intense focus on the fundamentals of this area of family law.

  • Observe demonstrations of a case conference, summary judgment motion, cross-examination, re-examination and more
  • Learn the grounds, timing and case law in making the finding “in need of protection”
  • Hear about the law of hearsay in protection proceedings
  • Understand the impact of statutory findings for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children
  • Get tips on preparing for trial

22nd Estates and Trusts Summit (Day One)

If you had to choose only one program in estates and trust law, this annual summit is the one. We ensure it has something for everyone, whether you’re a sole practitioner with a varied practice or a practitioner in a firm specializing in estates and trusts law. We also make certain it’s practical and timely; our panels of experienced experts analyze trends, innovations, and best practices in this continually evolving area. Day One addresses the latest developments for estate, trust, and capacity/elder law litigators, while Day Two focuses on the estate solicitor’s practice, including planning, administration, and tax.

  • Get an update on the latest case law developments
  • Learn how to draft wills and powers of attorney to avoid family conflict
  • Explore the use of technology in the courtroom

22nd Estates and Trusts Summit (Day Two)

If you had to choose only one program in estates and trust law, this annual summit is the one. We ensure it has something for everyone, whether you’re a sole practitioner with a varied practice or a practitioner in a firm specializing in estates and trusts law. We also make certain it’s practical and timely; our panels of experienced experts analyze trends, innovations, and best practices in this continually evolving area. Day One addresses the latest developments for estate, trust, and capacity/elder law litigators, while Day Two focuses on the estate solicitor’s practice, including planning, administration, and tax.

  • Get an update on the latest case law developments
  • Learn how to draft wills and powers of attorney to avoid family conflict
  • Explore the use of technology in the courtroom

Cannabis Issues (and Answers) for Real Estate and Business Lawyers

​Welcome to the new normal. It’s been one year since the legalization of cannabis, and we have a clearer picture of the impact of this change on real estate and commercial transactions—it has been significant and continues to play out in sometimes unexpected ways. It’s time to adjust your practice accordingly. Our presenters delve into the changing face of cannabis law, with insights on how to deal with this new, shifting reality. To be successful, your real estate and business law practice needs to remain nimble and responsive to the times. This program is designed to help you make it so.

  • Understand the nuances of cannabis M&A and financing transactions in Canada
  • Get details about cannabis retail stores, as well as employment and immigration issues one year later
  • Hear about edibles, extracts, and topicals, and what this will mean for non-cannabis industries

Intimate Partner Violence: What Family Lawyers Can Do About It

​Intimate partner violence cases can be among the most challenging for family lawyers. You could be dealing with a volatile or undisclosed history, unconfirmed allegations, violence that is difficult to detect or prove, or a host of other factors. Family lawyers are acutely aware of the unwelcome outcomes when you fail to correctly identify, understand, assess, and manage such cases, including complaints and an escalation of safety risks to clients, counsel, or staff. How do you avoid these? What are best practices for handling such sensitive files, whether as counsel, mediator, or arbitrator? Tap into our presenters’ years of experience and learn to better navigate the dynamics of intimate partner violence issues.

  • Learn how to identify coercive control in family law cases
  • Understand trauma informed practice and how to create safety systems
  • Get tips on representing intimate partner violence victims in court

The Six-Minute Real Estate Lawyer 2019

Year in, year out, our Six-Minute series is the go-to one for the busy legal practitioner. The time limit for each speaker ensures concise, compelling presentations with keen analysis on developments in your area of law. We draw from a pool of presenters to capture a range of perspectives, and you always receive materials that explore each topic in greater depth. To continue to serve your clients to the best of your ability and meet the challenges in your practice, a half-day Six-Minute program is just what you need.


The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2019

Concise. Insightful. Comprehensive. In short, a Six-Minute program is the fast track to all the recent developments in your area of law. We capture a variety of perspectives by drawing from a pool of presenters, and each one covers the salient points within minutes. You always receive materials that explore the topics in greater detail, and take away practical tips and advice you might not get elsewhere. The half-day programs of our Six-Minute series make sure you’re up to the challenges of a busy legal practice.


Impaired and “Over 80” 2019

In late 2018, Bill C-46 came into force, dramatically transforming how lawyers prosecute and defend those charged with impaired driving offences. Police will now have the power to demand roadside breath samples from drivers regardless of whether they suspect alcohol consumption. Drivers can be charged for failing a breathalyzer test up to two hours after driving. Our presenters go over the changes in detail and describe how the courts have dealt with the new provisions so that you’re fully equipped to handle your busy season.