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  • Better Use of Visuals – Jennifer Brevorka and Peter Sankoff

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    Better Use of Visuals – Jennifer Brevorka and Peter Sankoff

    11am MST, Friday, 10 March 2023

    They say a picture is worth 1000 words. But defence lawyers rarely pick up on this maxim, preferring to run trials with documentary evidence and oral submissions only. There are many advantages to including visuals in your written materials, and also in court. What are the rules governing their use, and how can they be deployed effectively? Find out in this exciting seminar.

     

    Jennifer (Jenny) Brevorka is nimble courtroom advocate and skilled negotiator who frequently represents officials or executives accused of wrongdoing by their employer, the government, or regulators. As a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP, she maintains a criminal and civil practice. Before joining Henein Hutchison, Jenny served as partner in a Texas trial boutique and successfully defended individuals and corporations in venues across the United States.  Jenny’s American litigation experience includes a bench trial before the Delaware Court of Chancery, criminal jury trials involving multiple defendants in state and federal court, and federal criminal trials with questions of international law.

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  • End of Year “Spectacular” with Peter Sankoff and Steven Penney

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    End of Year “Spectacular” with Peter Sankoff and Steven Penney

    11am MST, Friday, 8 December 2023

    Join the two Profs for their fourth annual End of Year Review, taking look at the jurisprudential highlights and lowlights from 2023. They’ll analyze the key cases, add their insight, and make a few predictions for 2024. Every year, this is one of our most popular seminars. Don’t miss it!

    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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  • “Dealing with the Crown: Practice Issues”

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    “Dealing with the Crown: Practice Issues”

    11am MST, Friday, 3 November 2023

    In order to succeed as a defence lawyer, you need to figure out how to deal with the Crown. And it isn’t always easy. Time and again, scenarios will arise that test your abilities – and your patience. In this panel seminar, experienced lawyers will address problems that commonly and uncommonly arise, and give you tips on how to best deal with the Crown.

    Panelists will be announced in early 2023.

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  • “So, You Want to Argue an Appeal – Part II”

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    “So, You Want to Argue an Appeal – Part II”

    11am MST, Friday, 29 September 2023

    Making the jump from law school mooting to full on appellate work isn’t easy. There are so many aspects of the appeal process that cause difficulty for counsel making the transition. Appeals use a different language, and there are plenty of procedural complications. In this seminar, designed for those new or relatively new to appeals, Professor Sankoff will provide tips for making the transition seamlessly, with points on procedure, the writing of a factum, and oral appellate advocacy.

    This is Part II of the seminar on appellate advocacy. The focus will be oral advocacy, and how to excel in that area.

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  • “Better Bail Applications”

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    “Better Bail Applications”

    11am MST, Friday, 9 September 2023

    Bail court is its own unique world, and learning how to master it is a real challenge. In this seminar, experienced practitioners will cover the ins and outs of bail hearings, putting you in the very best position to succeed for your client.

    Speakers revealed in late 2022.

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  • TOPIC AND SPEAKERS TBD

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    TOPIC AND SPEAKERS TBD

    11am MST, Friday, 7 July 2023

    We’re leaving this slot open to include something super topical! Stay tuned!

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  • TBD- Chris Rudnicki and Theresa Donkor

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    TBD- Chris Rudnicki and Theresa Donkor

    11am MST, Friday, 9 June 2023

    Chris and Theresa are finalizing the topic they will present in June.

    Chris Rudnicki is lead counsel at Rudnicki & Company, a criminal defence firm in Toronto. He specializes in criminal law and has experience in complex, serious, and precedent-setting cases at every level of court. Chris began his career as a trial lawyer, shifting to appellate work in 2019. Though most of Chris’s work today consists of indictable appeals to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, he maintains a small trial, regulatory defence, and animal law practice. Chris sees his law practice as a means of achieving just results for individual clients while contributing to the progressive development of the legal system as a whole.

     

    Theresa Donkor is associate counsel at Rudnicki & Company. She practices criminal defence, with a focus on appeals from conviction and sentence to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She also acts for lawyers in professional disciplinary proceedings. Theresa’s practice focuses on racial justice. She has advocated for lower sentences to account for systemic anti-Black racism, the need to account for disproportionately harsh jail conditions faced by racialized prisoners, and the importance of cultural competence when representing Black defendants. Theresa sees herself first and foremost as an advocate and works tirelessly to deliver the best results for her clients.

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  • “The Confessions Rule – Part 1” – Steven Penney

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    “The Confessions Rule – Part 1” – Steven Penney

    11am MST, Friday, 10 May 2023

    Professor Penney will examine the latest developments in the law of confessions, including the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in R v Tessier, the meaning of the “person in authority” requirement, operating mind, inducements, oppression, voir dire procedures, derived confessions, corroboration, and the “Mr. Big” rule.

    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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  • “Sentencing Primer” with Paul Moreau

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    “Sentencing Primer” with Paul Moreau

    11am MST, Friday, 3 February 2023

    No defence lawyer likes to see a client convicted, but the trial is only half the battle. Sentence hearings have their own rules and require special preparation. Paul Moreau is a former Crown, now a defence lawyer, and teaches sentencing at the University of Alberta. There isn’t much he has not seen. Join him for an informative look at how to best prepare for a contested sentence hearing.

    Paul Moreau has focused his practice on criminal defence since 2001. He argues his cases both at the trial and appeal levels, appearing in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He also sits on several committees with Legal Aid Alberta and the Alberta Courts. He is also a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, teaching Sentencing Law since 2017.

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  • “Using Section 7 of the Charter to Challenge Prison Conditions” – Adelina Iftene

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    “Using Section 7 of the Charter to Challenge Prison Conditions” – Adelina Iftene

    11am MST, Friday, 14 October 2023

    In this seminar, drawing upon her empirical work with incarcerated people, as well as on the relevant s. 7 jurisprudence and scholarship, Dr. Adelina Iftene will explore the ways in which s. 7 of the Charter may be used as a litigation tool in challenging prison conditions of confinement. The presentation will cover some social science evidence documenting the inadequacies of conditions and treatment in federal and provincial prisons, their impact on incarcerated people, the potential sources of a s. 7 breach in this context, and how various principles of fundamental justice may be engaged. Some s. 1 issues will also be covered in the presentation. The presentation will be example-heavy, with focus especially on inadequate prison health care.

    Dr. Adelina Iftene is an Assistant Professor and the Criminal Justice Specialization Coordinator at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, as well as the Associate Director of the Health Law Institute at Dalhousie. Adelina teaches and conducts research in the areas of criminal law, evidence, sentencing and imprisonment and prison policy. Her book “Punished for Aging: Vulnerabilities, Rights, and Access to Justice in Canadian Penitentiaries,” was published by University of Toronto Press in 2019. She is also the co-author of the Annual Review of Criminal Law (Thomson Reuters).

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  • “Sexual Assault Trials: Latest Trends and Developments”

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    “Sexual Assault Trials: Latest Trends and Developments”

    11am MST, Friday, 14 April 2023

    The law of sexual assault is in a constant state of evolution. In this seminar, Professor Sankoff will provide a much-needed update on the law concerning “myths and stereotypes”, section 276, and the use of an accused’s affidavit for cross-examination. Recent decisions like Kirkpatrick, McKnight and HP (ONCA) will all be considered.

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  • “So, You Want to Argue an Appeal? Part 1”

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    “So, You Want to Argue an Appeal? Part 1”

    11am MST, Friday, 13 January 2023

    Making the jump from law school mooting to full on appellate work isn’t easy. There are so many aspects of the appeal process that cause difficulty for counsel making the transition. Appeals use a different language, and there are plenty of procedural complications.
    In this two-part seminar (September 29 is Part 2), designed for those new or relatively new to appeals, Peter Sankoff will provide tips for making the transition seamlessly, with points on procedure, the writing of a factum, and oral appellate advocacy.
    This seminar will focus on basic procedures to be aware of (including the bail process), and important tips on writing a factum.

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