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UPCOMING SEMINARS


Law Student - $15
Articling Student - $30
Young Lawyer (2017 call or later) - $40
Senior Lawyer - $55

The purchase of a seminar gives you permanent access to the video recording. Recordings are delivered the day after the seminar. All prices exclude GST.

All our seminars are accredited for CPD credit with every Canadian Law Society (pending approval in Quebec).

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

$15.00$55.00

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 task 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”

$15.00$55.00

11am MST, Thursday, 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, Jonathan Rudin 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!

Jonathan Rudin

Jonathan Rudin received his LL.B. and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. In 1990 he was hired to establish Aboriginal Legal Services and has been with ALS ever since. Currently he is the Program Director. Mr. Rudin has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
At ALS he helped establish the Community Council – the first urban Aboriginal justice program in Canada in 1992, and in 2001 helped establish the Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Court at the Old City Hall Courts in Toronto.
Mr. Rudin has written and spoken widely on issues of Indigenous justice. His book, Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System was released by Emond Publishing in 2018 and won the Walter Owen Book Prize from the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research in 2019. A second edition of the book was published in July 2022.
Mr. Rudin teaches in the Masters of Law program at Osgoode Hall Law School and was the Constitutional Litigator in Residence at the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at the University of Toronto Law School in the fall of 2021.

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“Everybody Loses: The Modern Sexual Assault Trial”

$25.00$55.00

11am MST, Friday, 21 October 2022

Peter Sankoff

Sexual assault cases have become exceedingly complex and cumbersome, leading to increasingly lengthy trials. In addition to creating delays that affect all parties involved, the 276 regime poses significant risks to accused persons, who are routinely subject to cross-examination on their 276 affidavits. Join Professor Sankoff as he considers the detrimental impacts of the existing regime and delves into why the status quo cannot go on—for the sake of all involved.

Granos de Arena

This seminar is by donation. All proceeds go to Granos de Arena, a small (but mighty!) non-profit operating in Campeche, the heart of the Mundo Maya in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. We collaborate with local communities to improve the overall health of homeless dogs and cats struggling to survive on their streets. Poverty, lack of access to education, cultural norms and a merciless climate combine to create brutal conditions for street dogs and cats. We are their voice.

Founded by Ursula Hendel, who retired in 2021 from a familiar career as a criminal prosecutor in Canada to find herself working harder than she ever thought possible in a whole new world.

Based on the fundamental belief that everyone has something to contribute, and that by working together, seemingly impossible things become achievable, we are very grateful to Professor Sankoff and the participants of this seminar for contributing their “Grains of Sand” to make a meaningful difference in the life of some of the planet’s most defenceless creatures.

To learn more about how your donations will be put to use, please visit Granos de Arena’s Facebook and Instagram.

NOTE: This seminar is covered by our Annual Pass. Any donation is much appreciated.

No minimum, but please contribute as much as you feel to support Granos de Arena.
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Seminar: “Rectifying Injustice: Battles that Need to Be Fought Again”

$15.00$55.00

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

$15.00$55.00

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 2022.
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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