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    11am MST, Friday, 21 October 2022

    The topic of this seminar is TBD. Please stay tuned for more information.

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  • Seminar: The Most Important Cases of 2022 Every Criminal Litigator Should Know [with Steven Penney]

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    Seminar: The Most Important Cases of 2022 Every Criminal Litigator Should Know [with Steven Penney]

    11am MST, Friday, 02 December 2022

    Peter Sankoff

    To wrap up the year, Professors Penney and Sankoff join forces once again to examine the most important cases from the second half of 2021.
    In this exciting and interactive seminar, the two Professors will count down the cases you need to know about in order to excel in practice!

    Steven Penney

    Steven Penney is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. Born and raised in Edmonton, he received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. He researches, teaches, and consults in the areas of criminal procedure, evidence, substantive criminal law, privacy, and law and technology. He is co-author of Criminal Procedure in Canada and co-editor of Evidence: A Canadian Casebook, a member of the advisory boards of the Alberta Law Review and Canadian Journal of Law & Justice, and Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies advisory board.

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  • Seminar: “Bail Pending Appeal: Tips, Strategies and Concerns”

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    Seminar: “Bail Pending Appeal: Tips, Strategies and Concerns”

    11am MST, Friday, 9 September 2022

    Most criminal lawyers know quite a bit about obtaining bail for a client. With the presumption of innocence in hand, most clients SHOULD be released. But what happens once they’ve been convicted? The answer is that almost everything changes. Obtaining bail pending appeal is a complex tap with evidentiary, substantive and procedural requirements. What are the best strategies in obtaining judicial interim release? If you ever have plans to conduct a summary conviction appeal or appeal to the highest court of the province, you NEED to understand what to do.

    Peter Sankoff

    Join three appellate specialists:

    Peter Sankoff of Sankoff Criminal Law, Rebecca McConchie of McConchie Criminal Law and Mark Halfyard of Daniel Brown Law for this entertaining and edifying seminar.

    Rebecca McConchie

    Rebecca McConchie is a sole practitioner at McConchie Criminal Law in Vancouver. Rebecca began her practice in Toronto in 2012 before moving back home to B.C. in 2015. The majority of her practice involves representing people accused of criminal offences at trial and on appeal. Rebecca also defends clients facing regulatory prosecutions and civil forfeiture claims, and acts on behalf of incarcerated individuals in prison law matters.

    Mark C. Halfyard

    Mark C. Halfyard, B.A. (Carleton) 2001, LL.B. (Ottawa) 2004, is the senior appellate counsel and partner at Daniel Brown Law LLP, where he practices criminal and constitutional law. He is a certified specialist in criminal litigation by the Law Society of Ontario. Mark is the co-author of Criminal Appeals: A Practitioner’s Handbook (Emond Publishing; 2017) and a sessional lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School (Canadian Common Law LL.M. program) and the University of Toronto (Externship – Appellate Criminal Litigation). He is a Toronto Director for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association Ontario (CLA) and the Chair of the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program, which assists unrepresented litigants before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Mark has been counsel in over 350 appeals to various appellate bodies—the Superior Court of Justice (summary conviction appeals), Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

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  • Seminar: “Ethical Considerations for Counsel Representing Indigenous Clients”

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    Seminar: “Ethical Considerations for Counsel Representing Indigenous Clients”

    11am MST, Friday, 29 September 2022

    In cases like Gladue and Ipeelee, the Supreme Court has reiterated the importance of ensuring that the interests of Indigenous offenders are properly represented. What does that mean on the ground? In this seminar, Shauna Kelly will explore how and why Gladue operates, consider the important role of counsel in determining the foundational requirements for 718.2(e)(sentencing) and 493.2 (bail) and explain how counsel needs to communicate with Indigenous accused. In addition, she will highlight a useful road map for communicating the client’s cultural background to the court and provide tips for a hearing in which the client is self-identifying as Indigenous, but there is a significantly lack of correlation between their assertion and a tangible connection to the Indigenous Community. Don’t miss this one!

    Shaunna Kelly

    Shaunna Kelly was called to the bar in 2009 and is from Sudbury, Ontario. She owns and operates a small law firm in Toronto with her business partner, Corbin Cawkell. Much of her work focuses on representing members of the urban Indigenous community in Toronto. She is an elected Toronto Area Director to the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (2019), Gladue Court Representative to the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (2015) and co-chair of the Indigenous Committee with the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. She volunteers on other various committees, including the criminal advisory committee with Legal Aid Ontario and is involved in the development of the Gladue Courts for the New Toronto Courthouse.

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  • Seminar: “Rectifying Injustice: Battles that Need to Be Fought Again”

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    Seminar: “Rectifying Injustice: Battles that Need to Be Fought Again”

    11am MST, Friday, 4 November 2022

    The doctrine of stare decisis is a cornerstone of our legal system. It provides predictability and allows all parties to know the answer to important legal questions. But it can also entrench injustice. When a Supreme Court decision sets down a new rule, it provides a firm and seemingly unshakable way of looking at a legal problem. Unfortunately, Supreme Court precedents are not easily challenged, and they can have hugely negative ramifications for criminal defendants. Sometimes the residual unfairness created by a particular precedent can linger for decades.

    In this seminar, Professor Sankoff will explain why it is sometimes important to challenge the established orthodoxy and provide a tool kit for how this can be done. Then he will provide eight examples of rules that are causing injustice to accused persons, and advocate for lawyers to rectify them by bringing legal challenges that contest the status quo.

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  • Seminar: “An Introduction to the Youth Criminal Justice Act” with Emma Rhodes

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    Seminar: “An Introduction to the Youth Criminal Justice Act” with Emma Rhodes

    11am MST, Friday, 17 June 2022

    So you want to represent a youth charged with criminal offences? It’s not just a matter of knowing the criminal law. The Youth Criminal Justice Act sets out a host of different evidentiary rules, procedures and penalties where young offenders are concerned. If you want to do your client justice, you need to understand how things change when your client is under 18 years of age. In this seminar, Emma Rhodes will give you a detailed overview of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, providing insight into what you need to watch out for when dealing with teens and young adults.

    Emma Rhodes

    Emma Rhodes practices in Toronto and has over twenty years of experience working with youth charged with criminal offences. She is a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for child protection, custody and access, minor parents, Voluntary Youth Service Agreements (VYSA), and secure treatment hearings. Emma is on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Child and Youth Law Section, and sits on Legal Aid Ontario’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee and Criminal Law Youth Panel Standards Advisory Committee. Emma was an Instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she taught Trial Advocacy from 2010 to 2016, and was an adjunct professor at University of Toronto from 2012 to 2014 for a course on Youth Criminal Justice. She is the Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s representative for youth criminal justice issues for all of Ontario.

    Emma was selected to be part of the Ministry of Attorney General’s Independent Legal Advice panel for Sexual Assault Survivors Pilot Program. Emma is co-author of Prosecuting and Defending Youth Criminal Justice Cases (Edmond Publishing) and a contributing editor for Wilson on Children and the Law (LexisNexis), and for Halsbury’s Laws of Canada (LexisNexis). She was the recipient of the Toronto Lawyers Association’s Honsberger Award in 2019 for representing each of the three pillars of the TLA – knowledge, community and advocacy.

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  • Seminar: “Dangerous Driving or Dangerous Defences? ” with Kyla Lee

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    Seminar: “Dangerous Driving or Dangerous Defences? ” with Kyla Lee

    11am MST, Friday, 3 June 2022

    Dangerous driving cases have numerous complexities. The substantive law is challenging to follow, evidentiary perils abound. In this seminar, Kyla Lee of Acumen Law in Vancouver, who specializes in defending accused persons charged with driving offences, will help you navigate the hurdles of a dangerous driving trial.

    Kyla Lee

    Kyla Lee is a prominent criminal defence lawyer and impaired driving lawyer in Vancouver BC. Kyla is known for her knowledge of the Immediate Roadside Prohibitions. She has appeared as counsel in all levels of Court in BC and as lead counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is the author of Cross-Examination: The Pinpoint Method and Immediate Roadside Prohibitions in Western Canada on LexisNexis.

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  • Seminar: “Third Party Record Applications”

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    Seminar: “Third Party Record Applications”

    11am MST, Friday, 15 July 2022


    There’s information out there, and your client needs it to defend themselves. How can you get it when the Crown doesn’t have it and won’t help you get it? This seminar, led by Professor Sankoff will explore the limits of Crown disclosure (when can you force the Crown to obtain materials), O’Connor applications, and records in sexual assault trials (section 278.1 regime). It will explore both the legal and practical requirements and give you the best chance to obtain what your client needs.

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