Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward

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May 242017
 

CRILF Symposium: Finding the Best Ways ForwardOffice of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta

The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (CRILF), in partnership with the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta (OCYA), is holding the “Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward” symposium on September 15 & 16, 2017.

This two-day national symposium will gather together a multidisciplinary spectrum of leading stakeholders to share information and talk about how the voices of children and youth are heard, how their interests are protected, and how their evidence is received in justice processes.

There will also be a half-day pre-symposium conference, at which attendees will review law on the parenting and care of children after separation, contemporary dispute resolution processes, and traditional and emerging ways that the views and voices of children and youth are presented in those processes.

Finding the Best Ways Forward

In a recent interview, we spoke with Executive Director of CRILF, John-Paul E. Boyd, who told us a bit more about the symposium. Here’s what he had to say about why this event is so exciting.

It is exciting to see something that was but an idea become reality and take shape. I’m excited by the extraordinarily high quality of presenters who are coming from across Canada, and, in fact, one also from the U.S. We’ve got Dr. Rachel Birnbaum, from Queen’s University (Ontario); Professor Nicholas Bala, a frequent speaker and researcher in family law matters; Dr. Francine Cyr from the Université de Montréal; and Hon. Justice D. Martinson QC, of the British Columbia Supreme Court. Aside from academics and researchers, we’ve got mental health professionals who will be presenting on this issue and lawyers, such as Patricia Hébert QC, who presented at LESA’s Refresher in Lake Louise. So, lots of people that I unblushingly call the leading likes.”

Click here for a complete list of presenters.

John-Paul also told us a bit about some of the key takeaways attendees can look forward to.

“We intend on publishing a record of proceedings following the symposium. We’ve asked each workshop to attempt to produce something tangible. The fundamental idea is for everyone to share what’s going on in their particular jurisdiction. Partly, this symposium is about information sharing – common controversies; recommendations for policy, process, and legislation reform; best practices – so that attendees can understand what is going on in other parts of the country.”

Finally, John-Paul shared some of the topics that will be covered at the symposium, which include:

  • Assessing the Credibility of Children
  • Creating, Operating, and Sustaining Legal Clinics for Children and Youth
  • Hearing the Voice of the Alienated Child in Family Law Disputes
  • Hearing the Voices of Infants and Toddlers

…and more

Dates & Location

  • Pre-Symposium Conference | September 14, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Calgary (700 Centre Street SE)
  • Symposium | September 15 & 16, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Calgary (700 Centre Street SE)

Want to learn more about the symposium? Click here for details, including keynote speakers, accommodations, pricing, and registration information.

The early bird registration deadline is Saturday, June 3. Click here to register today.

Funding for the symposium generously provided by the Alberta Law Foundation.

Alberta Law Foundation

35th Annual Intensive Advocacy: Call for Volunteer Witnesses

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May 232017
 

35th Annual Intensive Advocacy

Are you interested in gaining valuable trial experience as a witness? We are looking for volunteers to act as witnesses in our upcoming 35th Annual Intensive Advocacy program in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

About the Program

The Intensive Advocacy program is a week-long interactive program designed to hone critical advocacy skills. The program culminates in a moot criminal trial, civil trial, or administrative hearing on Saturday, June 17 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Calgary Courts Centre. Program participants conduct moot trials or hearings before Alberta justices, judges, and administrative tribunal members, who then provide participants with feedback.

The Role

Volunteer witnesses play the role of a character in one of the criminal, civil, or administrative fact patterns and give evidence on the witness stand under direct examination and cross-examination. Volunteers are briefed on their role by participant lawyers prior to Saturday, June 17, then act as a witness during the actual moot trials and hearings.

Contact

This is an excellent opportunity for law students, articling students, and lawyers to observe the trial or hearing process and gain valuable insight into the experience and perspective of a witness.

If you are interested in volunteering as a witness for the Intensive Advocacy moot trials and hearings, or for more information, please contact kathy.fortier@lesa.org.

Bill C-224 – Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

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May 192017
 

 

Bill C-224 Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

Parliament has recently passed the largely supported Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (Bill C-224) [the Act]. This Liberal private member’s Bill was unanimously approved last November 2016 and continues to receive wide political support. According to Vishaal Gupta, writing for Rights Watch,

[s]upport for the Bill has come from all corners of Canada, and this was reflected in the bipartisan, unanimous vote”.

Importantly, the Act may represent a change in tactics in the war on drugs. To respond to the challenges created by fear of prosecution, this Act signals a new approach that puts human life first and foremost. In short, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act recognizes the rising problem of drug-related deaths and represents a novel approach to a growing societal issue.

Summary of Bill C-224

The Act amends the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, SC 1996, c 19 [CDSA] in order to bar laying charges under s 4(1) (illegal possession of drugs listed in schedules 1-3) where the would-be-accused has sought emergency medical or law enforcement aid on behalf of themselves or another person.

The purpose of the Act is to reduce the pandemic of opiate-related overdoses. Research indicates that most overdoses are witnessed and, in many cases, witnesses fail to call for help out of a fear of prosecution for drug-related offences. According to Angie Hamilton, Executive Director of Families for Addiction Recovery, in a brief regarding Bill C-224, the Act prioritizes survival rather “than [the] cold comfort of knowing that if the [person] dies the trafficker can be prosecuted.”

Following the Act’s approval on May 2, 2017, and in anticipation of its coming into force, Health Canada has already prepared an information campaign to alert the public and raise awareness of the Act.

More Information.

For more information regarding Bill C-224, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, click here.

2017/2018 CPLED Opportunities

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May 172017
 

2017/2018 CPLED Opportunities

Each year, LESA partners with experienced legal professionals to deliver Alberta’s bar admission program, the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED). We’ve already had more than 330 students apply for the 2017/2018 CPLED program, and we’re still taking applications. Having this many students means we need a lot of support from Alberta’s legal community to help the CPLED Program run smoothly. That’s why today’s blog shares upcoming CPLED opportunities that you can get involved with.

One of the CPLED Program goals is to help students develop entry-level lawyer competencies. As such, LESA recruits facilitators – who provide feedback to students in preparation for their competency evaluations – and evaluators – who grade these final submissions. The desire to help new, aspiring lawyers develop their competencies is one reason why more seasoned lawyers choose to be a part of the program. If you’re one of those lawyers who wants to give back, you’re in luck – LESA has plenty of CPLED opportunities to fill.

LESA is currently recruiting facilitators and evaluators for the 7 online modules and the 3 face-to-face sessions that comprise the CPLED program (see the 2017/2018 Key Dates).

Online Modules

Each online module is open for 3 weeks.

Learning Group Facilitators (LGFs) commit about 10–20 hours a week to CPLED while the module is open, including time spent providing feedback on assignments. LGFs monitor the progress of their learning group (usually 18–20 students) and interact with students through an online learning management system. The responsibilities of LGFs include:

• preparing for each module;
• facilitating online discussions;
• responding to student questions;
• reviewing weekly student submissions; and
• providing feedback.

Learning Group Evaluators (LGEs) grade approximately 30–40 competency evaluations (final submissions). LGE duties conclude approximately 2 weeks after a module closes.

Both LGFs and LGEs are provided with training to explain the duties and expectations of their roles. Additional module-specific LGF training occurs about a week before each module opens.

Face-to-Face Sessions

Each face-to-face session runs over 3 or 4 days in Edmonton and Calgary, and individual volunteers usually commit 1 day of their time to the CPLED Program. LGFs help guide discussion and answer questions on teaching and learning exercise days, and LGEs grade final assessments on competency evaluation days.

LESA provides training materials and a pre-session conference call to ensure that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities.

Apply for CPLED Opportunities

Please note: CPLED facilitators and evaluators must have a minimum 4 years at the bar.

If you would like to get involved, complete the applicable application form(s).

Online module application form (due June 30)

o Please email all online module inquiries and application forms to Ashley Iachetta.

Face-to-Face module application form (accepted throughout the year)

o Please email all Face-to-Face Inquiries and application forms to Kathy Fortier.

Separate application forms must be completed for face-to-face and online modules.

May Upcoming Legal Events

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May 012017
 

May Upcoming Legal Events

Discover what legal events are coming up this May, from LESA programs, to CPLED, and more.

LESA Programming

Civil Advocacy Series: Evidence | Edmonton, May 2 | Calgary, May 4
Every litigator requires honed skills to effectively lead evidence at trial. Develop practical and effective techniques to adduce evidence in support of your cause of action and requested relief. View the brochure for more details.

Corporate Procedure Fundamentals | Edmonton, May 3 | Calgary, May 10
Discuss how corporations are distinguished from other structures, review basic corporate practices and procedures, and learn how to maintain a minute book (including how to properly fix an out-of-date one). Read the brochure for more information.

Talent Management | Lake Louise, May 6
Proficiency in talent management is vital to the success of any law practice. Explore strategies for recruiting and retaining top talent, developing high-performance teams, mitigating burnout risks, and minimizing staff turnover. View the brochure to learn more.

50th Annual Refresher: Practice Excellence | Lake Louise, May 7–9
Deepen your substantive legal knowledge in civil litigation, family law, transactions (real estate and business), or wills and estates. Leverage powerful tips to strengthen your practice, and connect with top practitioners from across Alberta. View the brochure for program details.

Cultural Competence, Diversity, and Inclusion | Calgary, May 11 | Edmonton, May 12
Canada’s population has become increasingly diverse, which affects all members of the legal community. Increase your cultural competence skills, develop bias awareness, and identify potential cultural awareness blind spots. Read the brochure for details.

Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts | Calgary, May 15–19
Mediation is increasingly important in the practice of family law. This in-depth program provides over 40 hours of intensive, hands-on skills training and is recognized by collaborative law associations in Alberta. Read the brochure to learn more. Note: This seminar is full. Register online to join the waitlist.

Personal Property Security and Debt Recovery Essentials | Edmonton, May 17 | Calgary, May 24
Review recent developments, discuss key issues and procedures, and examine common challenges in personal property security and debt recovery. Read the brochure for more information.

Foreclosures Fundamentals | Edmonton, May 18 | Calgary, May 23
Review the substantive and procedural issues framing the foreclosure process, including orders, priorities that arise in a foreclosure context, and available options. Read the brochure for program details.

CPLED

The registration deadline for the 2017/2018 CPLED Program year is May 31, 2017. Click here to complete your online application. Students who do not apply by this date are subject to a non-refundable late filing fee.

Visit our CPLED for Students page for more information, or contact Craig Edhart, Student Coordinator.

Legal Community Events

Association des jurists d’expression française de l’Alberta (AJEFA)

The Early Bird registration deadline for AJEFA’s Annual Banquet and General Meeting is May 18. Click here to learn more about these meetings, including dates, speakers, pricing, and more.

Durvile Publications’
More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges & Criminal Lawyers

The third book in Durvile Publications’ True Case Series will be available soon. More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges & Criminal Lawyers is scheduled for release on May 31, 2017. Click here to learn more about book release receptions and how to pre-order your copy.

Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (ASSIST)

Assist has partnered with the Chartered Professional Accountants’ (CPA) Assistance program to offer a series featuring celebrity speakers on the importance of mental health in the legal profession. Members of the legal community, support staff, and guests are invited to the Elevate Dinner featuring guest speaker, Margaret Trudeau on May 30 (Edmonton) and May 31 (Calgary). Click here for more information.

More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges and Criminal Lawyers

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Apr 252017
 

More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges and Criminal Lawyers

The third book in Durvile Publications’ True Case Series will be available soon. More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges & Criminal Lawyers is scheduled for release on May 31, 2017.

About the Book

The sixteen stories in More Tough Crimes include:

  • Mr. Don Bayne on the Senator Mike Duffy trial and the theme of a trial as media spectacle;
  • Mr. David Bright on a tale of intrigue spanning extradition and incarceration from India to Nova Scotia;
  • Mr. Brian Beresh on a historic case of domestic violence;
  • Ms. Breese Davies on Ashley Smith who died by self-inflicted strangulation in her prison cell;
  • Honourable Justice J. Di Luca on funny and, at times, tragic stories of inmate appeals at the Court of Appeal;
  • Ms. Mona Duckett on a Mr. Big operation where the client falsely confessed to the killings;
  • Honourable Justice F. Finnestad on the twisting, turning, and unravelling of people’s lives as a crime unfolds;
    Mr. Alan D. Gold on the Andre Gravelle murder and bogus lip reading evidence;
  • Mr. Brian H. Greenspan on the trial of hockey agent and promoter Alan Eagleson;
  • Mr. James Lockyer on the wrongful conviction of Steven Truscott;
  • Mr. Brock Martland on the Surrey Six murders focusing on the Crown negotiating deals with alleged triggermen;
  • Honourable Judge J. Ogle on the case of Calgary druggist Stephen Kesler who shot a robbery suspect;
  • Mr. Jonathan Rudin on the deaths of young Aboriginal people from fly-in communities in Northern Ontario and the quest to get an inquest;
  • Honourable Justice R. Wyant on a vicious case of rape and murder that changed his life and career forever; and
  • Mr. William Trudell on the trial of the contract killing of the wife of Helmuth Buxbaum.

Sneak Preview

Here are some excerpts from the book that you can look forward to.

Clayton Rice | The Case of Kristen Budic: Too Crazy to be Insane

At the core of the delusion was Budic’s belief that he had signed an insurance policy on a previous visit to Dr. Bozo Bulaijic and that Dr. Bulaijic was preventing him from getting treatment. According to Budic’s thinking, Dr. Bulaijic carried out the worldwide conspiracy against him by telex machine. Dr. Geoffrey Hopkinson, a psychiatrist at the Alberta Hospital, would testify years later: ‘I suspect that [Budic] took the law into his own hands to perhaps save his own life.’ The psychiatric diagnosis was the easy part. Getting Budic to trial was something else.”

Jonathan Rudin | The Death of Reggie Bushie and the Eight-Year Inquest

Almost all of the witnesses who testified about their experience attending high school at DFC (Thunder Bay) spoke about the racism—racism that sometimes took the form of name calling, but often including food and drinks being thrown at them on the street. For the students who came to the city from First Nation communities where this sort of racism was foreign, they had to live with the knowledge that these assaults could occur at any time. None of them ever went to the police, most didn’t even report it to school staff, it was—and is—the price First Nations students pay for high school education.”

Brock Martland | The Surrey Six

As criminal lawyers we get a lot more excitement than some of our desk-bound colleagues, but it’s normally detached from the immediacy and unpredictability of the crime itself. We study the evidence and analyze photographs from the crime scene and autopsy. They can be disturbing. But our analysis is all after-the-fact and it’s second-hand. It does not have the same intensity as being there. In the Surrey Six case, veteran RCMP Staff Sergeant Dave Teboul described the crime scene as horrific, even for seasoned homicide investigators.”

More Information

You’re invited to attend the book release receptions.

  • Calgary | May 30, 2017 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) | Danish Canadian Club (727 – 11 Ave SW)
  • Toronto | June 1, 2017 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) |Simcoe Chambers (#100, 116 Simcoe Street)
  • Edmonton | June 14 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) | Audrys Books (10701 Jasper Avenue)

Pre-order your copy of More Tough Crimes from durvile.com or at indigo.ca. Read more excerpts here. Partial proceeds go to Canadian Women’s & Family Shelters.

For a review copy or excerpt inquiries, to set up an interview, or for further information, contact Lorene Shyba, Publisher (lorene.shyba@durvile.com) or 403.818.4808.

Hon. Madam Justice P.A. Rowbotham wins 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Apr 242017
 

We are pleased to announce that the Honourable Madam Justice P.A. Rowbotham has been named the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner of the 2017 Women In Law Leadership (WILL) Awards. A long-term judicial liaison on the LESA Board and with 34 years of experience as a practising lawyer, law professor, trial judge, and appellate judge, LESA extends our warmest congratulations to Justice Rowbotham.


About the Awards

The WILL Awards are presented annually to female members of the Alberta legal profession. The purpose of the WILL Awards is for the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) and The Counsel Network (TCN) to recognize the contributions of women lawyers in the following areas:

  • Leadership in the Profession in Private Practice
  • Leadership in the Profession in Government
  • Leadership in the Profession In-house
  • Leadership in the Profession in a Broader Role
  • Leadership in the Community
  • Tomorrows Leader
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Law Firm Award

The 7th Annual WILL Awards Dinner will be held on November 9, 2017 at the Westin Calgary. Click here for more information.

Final Surrogate Practice & Procedure Town Hall Meetings

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Apr 212017
 

Final Surrogate Practice & Procedure Townhall Meetings

The Final Surrogate Practice and Procedure Town Hall Meetings are happening next week.

Members of the bar are invited to join in open discussion and to submit questions and comments relating to Surrogate practice matters, including the process of applying for grants, to the Co-Chairs at SRAC@albertacourts.ca.

Efforts will be made at the meeting to address these questions and concerns. Select the city where you wish to attend to see full details, including guest speakers and session topics.

Meeting Information

Calgary

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM–1:30 PM
Location: Calgary – QB Courtroom 1801
Hosts: Chief Justice N.C. Wittmann and Hon. Justice C.M. Jones

Guest Speakers:

  • Marie Strauss | Executive Director, Queen’s Bench Administration
  • Graham Badry | Calgary Regional Public Guardian
  • Dana Kingsbury | Assistant Public Trustee
  • Yvonne Gaudet | Assistant Public Trustee

View the Notice of Meeting here.

Edmonton

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM–1:30 PM
Location: Edmonton – QB Courtroom 317
Hosts: Hon. Justice P. Michalyshyn | Northern Alberta Surrogate Practice Advisor

Guest Speakers:

  • Marie Strauss | Executive Director, Queen’s Bench Administration
  • Shirley Peleshytyk | Edmonton Regional Public Guardian
  • Cheryl Fix | Assistant Public Trustee

View the Notice of Meeting here.

AJEFA Annual Banquet and General Meeting

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Apr 192017
 

AJEFA Annual Banquet and General MeetingThe Association des jurists d’expression française de l’Alberta (AJEFA) is hosting their Annual Banquet and General Meeting on June 2 (Calgary) at the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club (2502 – 6 Street NE).

Topics and Times

Annual General Meeting | 4 PM
This meeting is intended for AJEFA members. However, you’re welcome to attend this meeting as an observer. Interested in becoming an AJEFA member? Click here.

Panel of Experts on Dying with Dignity | 5 PM

  • Me Jolene Lalonde | Scenario and overview of the history of dying with dignity,
  • Me Shannon James | Legal implications for the drafting of wills mandates and other documents in the event of incapacity, and
  • Health Professional (to be confirmed).

Cocktail Reception | 6 PM

Annual Banquet – Above All, Common Sense | 7 PM
Join the Honourable Justice R.J. Chartier, Chief Justice, Manitoba Court of Appeal, to hear about his report Above All, Common Sense on French Language Services within the Government of Manitoba. Learn how the Policy on French Language Services helped increase access to justice in French in Manitoba.

Register Online

Please note that the Annual General Meeting and the panel are free activities, while the Annual Banquet is a paid event.

To register for these activities, complete the registration form before May 19, 2017. The Early Bird registration deadline is April 30, 2017.

Click here for more information. For assistance, call Brigitte or Maria at 780-450-2443.

50th Annual Refresher: Family Law Sessions

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Apr 132017
 

50th annual Refresher: Family Law Sessions

The 50th Annual Refresher: Practice Excellence is approaching quickly, so we want to give you a bit more detail about what to expect from each of the substantive law sessions.

In a recent interview, we spoke with our Family Law Sessional Chair, Marie L. Gordon QC, who was pleased to share more detail about each of the family law sessions. We also asked her why she was keen on being involved in this year’s Refresher program. Here’s what she had to say.

I think that this new idea of bringing together four subject areas under the umbrella of Practice Excellence is a great idea. It’s going to give us more exposure to broader thinking about the way we practice law. I think that all of us have capacity to think about our practices from a forward thinking approach, so that excites me. In addition to that, to get Richard Susskind to speak at this conference is a major coup!”

Learn more about each of the Family Law Sessions, including

Separation and Divorce Later in Life | John-Paul E. Boyd
Do Family Lawyers Have Ethical Obligations to the Children of Their Clients? | Patricial M. Herbert QC & Prof. Nicholas Bala
Jurisdictional Issues in Custody Matters | Krysta H. Ostwald
Old Dogs, New Tricks | Deni Cashin

Happy reading!


Separation and Divorce Later in life | John-Paul E. Boyd

About the Session

Family lawyers are facing more elder divorces than ever. This is a demographic shift that all of us are feeling, and these files require that we have an enhanced understanding of the dynamics that are unique to divorces later in life. Some of the more challenging issues that intersect include, retirement; spousal support; new spouses and new partners; insurance obligations; the making of family law obligations binding on an estate; and public assistance programs, such as OAS, CPP, etc. We need to have a broader understanding of these issues.”

About the Presenter

John-Paul Boyd is a very experienced family law practitioner who’s now the Executive Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family. He brings a wonderful hybrid of practical and sociodemographic information about this topic.”

Session Value

Attendees will get a greater sense of what to watch out for in elder divorces and more confidence about guiding clients through a divorce later in life.”

Additional Session Information

This session is running Sunday, May 7 (2017). Make sure to whether or not you wish to attend this session in the comments section upon registration checkout.


Do Family Lawyers Have Ethical Obligations to the Children of Their Clients? | Patricia M. Herbert QC & Prof. Nicholas Bala

About the Session

This is a really interesting take on parenting issues. The majority of our files involve parenting issues, and we’ve come a million miles away from the old fashioned notion of simply managing various schedules. Lawyers used to just help their clients manage a schedule, decide whether it was sole vs. joint custody, and we were done. This session takes a much more sophisticated approach towards understanding our role as lawyers when helping our adult clients. Lawyers have not always been aware of the impact of divorce on children and have sometimes been blind to how their role impacts their clients’ children. This is really going to inform lawyers about how they can manage parenting issues better on their family law files.”

About the Presenters

Nicholas is an international family law star. He is one of Canada’s preeminent academics, and we were extremely fortunate in securing his agreement to speak at this session. He is a prolific writer, judicial educator, and academic who is always on the cutting edge of family law issues related to children. Patricia is highly respected and a nationally recognized expert on issues involving representation of children, parental alienation, and child focus strategies for judges and lawyers. She has experience with some of the hardest files.”

Session Value

This session will give attendees the opportunity to think about their role in an expanded way. It will stretch their understanding of how they can help or harm the children of their clients, and will also allow them to become more conscious of their impact as they move through a standard family law file involving parenting.”

Additional Session Information

This session is running Sunday, May 7 (2017). Make sure to whether or not you wish to attend this session in the comments section upon registration checkout.


Jurisdictional Issues in Custody Matters | Krysta H. Ostwald

About the Session

Family lawyers sometimes feel they have to start at zero when it comes to jurisdictional issues. All of us are concerned about conflict issues and matters that intersect – either interprovincial or international jurisdictional matters. This session provides a very important update with key new cases on jurisdictional matters as they relate to custody. These matters arise frequently on a file and it’s going to be a huge comfort for attendees to get a review of not only basic concepts but also access to key go-to cases.”

About the Presenter

Krysta Ostwald is one of those lawyers who can do it all – litigate, mediate, arbitrate. Krysta has a wealth of practical experience and she is much in demand as a speaker. She is one of the leaders of the National Family Law Program.”

Key Takeaway

This session will help attendees gain a better understanding of the basics of jurisdictional custody –how to avoid leading clients into unsuccessful litigation, how to reduce client costs, and to help clients to effectively litigate if they have to.”

Additional Session Information

This session is running Monday May 8, 2017. Make sure to whether or not you wish to attend this session in the comments section upon registration checkout.


Old Dogs, New Tricks | Deni Cashin

About the Session

About 95% of all the files we ever touch never go to court. This session reminds attendees to constantly think about more effective ways for settling files. It is important to constantly challenge ourselves to get out of our old routines and to think about strategies to bring family disputes to resolution. Everything we do – whether it is in collaboration, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, etc. – all of it requires that we constantly reexamine and improve how we help people “get to yes”. Deni is going to harvest ideas and strategies to share from other family law practitioners.”

About the Presenter

I know Deni personally as being one of those hard-working effective family lawyers, who – like all of us – is striving to constantly get better as a litigator and negotiator.”

Additional Session Information

This session is running Monday, May 8 (2017). Make sure to whether or not you wish to attend this session in the comments section upon registration checkout.


Register Online

Join us for the 50th Annual Refresher this May 7–9 in at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Read the conference brochure to learn more about this once-in-a-career event.

Register on.lesa.org/50years.