SEMINARS IN 2021

Junior Lawyer or Student (2016 + Call) - $35
Senior Lawyer - $50

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Seminar: The Use of Statements in Direct and Cross-Examination

$35.00$50.00

11am MST, Friday, 8 October 2021

Almost every litigation case involves the use of statements to examine and cross-examine a witness. But there are a myriad of technical rules governing the use of such statements. In this interactive seminar, Professor Sankoff will delve into the use of statements, and how they must be tendered to refresh memory, impeach a witness or be advanced for a substantive purpose. What is counsel’s role? When are statements tendered as an exhibit, and when do they have to be turned over to your adversary?

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Seminar: Race and the Law of Evidence [Professor David Tanovich]

$35.00$50.00

11am MST, Friday, 12 November 2021

How does a person’s race impact the law of evidence? Professor David Tanovich has spent much of his career exploring this question, and believes that many defence lawyers miss the chance to object to evidence that has prejudicial qualities in cases with a defendant from a racial minority or Indigenous background. In this important seminar, he will explore the way race impacts the law of evidence and discuss strategies for lawyers to use in objecting to evidence with these components.

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Seminar: Litigation Privilege: A Primer

$35.00$50.00

11am MST, Friday, 26 November 2021

One of the most important evidentiary rules for civil litigators, litigation privilege is also one of the most misunderstood. Frequently contested, but vital to the conduct of litigation, it is essential to know the basics of this privilege. In this interactive seminar, Professor Sankoff will examine the law on litigation privilege by examining a host of scenarios that pose difficulty for the courts. Attendees will emerge with a much better understanding of how to ensure that evidence created for the purposes of litigation remains privileged – and how to attack claims of this sort made by an adversary.

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Seminar: The Most Important Cases of 2021 Every Criminal Litigator Should Know [with Steven Penney]

$35.00$50.00

11am MST, Friday, 10 December 2021

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!

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SEMINARS IN 2022

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

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Seminar: Crown Witnesses and Character Evidence

$15.00$55.00

11am MST, Friday, 7 January 2022

In this seminar, Professor Sankoff will examine the rules governing the admission of character evidence adduced by the defence. Though bad character evidence tendered against the accused gets most of the attention, there are important things to know about how character evidence can be used FOR the accused. This seminar will examine when and how you can tender evidence about third party suspects, the victim or complainant and even the co-accused. It will also consider how bad character can be adduced against a testifying witness.

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Seminar: What Would You Do?: Ethical and Professional Dilemmas for Defence Lawyers

$15.00$55.00

11am MST, Friday, 11 February 2022

In this very practical seminar, two senior members of the Bar, Daniel Brown and Daniel Song will be joined by Amy Salyzyn, a Professor of Law, who focuses on ethics to address a host of professional and ethical dilemmas faced by defence lawyers and answer the question: What would you do in this situation?

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown is a criminal defence lawyer and lead counsel at Daniel Brown Law LLP, recognized as one of Canada’s 10 best boutique criminal law firms by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Since his call to the bar, Daniel has devoted his practice to criminal, constitutional and regulatory law and has appeared at every level of court in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada as both an appellant and an intervenor. He is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in criminal law and sits as a Vice President of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA). Outside the courtroom, Daniel mentors young lawyers and frequently lectures at law schools and at continuing legal education programs hosted by the Crown and defence bar.

Daniel Song

Daniel practices criminal law in both Alberta and British Columbia as counsel to Pringle Chivers Sparks Teskey. He initially studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto before completing degrees in English Literature and law at the University of British Columbia. He has argued a broad spectrum of cases in trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He also trains in two of the oldest Japanese martial arts, Katori Shinto-Ryu and Eishin-Ryu Iaido.

Amy Salyzyn

Amy Salyzyn is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa and a Faculty member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. She received her J.S.D from Yale Law School for her dissertation exploring the judicial regulation of lawyers in common law jurisdictions. She also received her LL.M. from Yale Law School and her J.D. from the University of Toronto. She has written extensively in the area of legal ethics, lawyer regulation, the use of technology in the delivery of legal services and access to justice. Amy is currently the President of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics.

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Seminar: “Regulatory Searches and Inquiries” with Professor Steven Penney

$15.00$55.00

11am MST, Friday, 11 March 2022

Professor Penney

Professor Penney will explore the complex Charter issues arising when law enforcement officials obtain evidence in the regulatory context. Topics covered include the criminal/regulatory distinction; expectations of privacy in regulatory domains; the reasonableness of regulatory searches; compulsory reporting; protection against self-incrimination; and use and derivative use immunity.

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Seminar: “Third Party Record Applications” with Peter Sankoff and Heather Gagnier

$15.00$55.00

11am MST, Friday, 8 April 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 and Heather Gagnier of Bottos Law Group 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.

Heather Gagnier

Heather Gagnier graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2018. Heather excelled in law school and received numerous awards for her academic achievements, like the 2018 George Bligh O’Connor Silver Medal in Law, the Gordon Wright QC Memorial Award in Advocacy, the President’s Scholarship in Law, and the Professor Bill Angus Prize in Criminal Law, to name just a few. She completed her articles at a large full-service law firm in Edmonton and subsequently practiced as a civil litigator in Edmonton and in London, Ontario before coming to work as Peter’s Associate in 2021.

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Seminar: “Challenging and Admitting Electronic Evidence,” Peter Sankoff with Gerald Chan

$15.00$55.00

11am MST, Friday, 6 May 2022

Many of our rules of evidence date back decades if not centuries to a time when little, if anything, was recorded and stored. Back then, evidence was led almost exclusively through the viva voce testimony of witnesses drawing on imperfect memories. Now, criminal courts are flooded with text messages, videos, social media screen captures, cell tower records, and all sorts of other digitally recorded evidence. How can we ensure the courts remain relevant and accessible to parties seeking to adduce electronic evidence while also guarding against the danger of digitally manipulated data? This seminar will explore these questions and discuss the legal principles that counsel and the courts need to be aware of when dealing with electronic evidence, including hearsay, authentication, and the best evidence rule.

Gerald Chan

Gerald Chan is a partner at Stockwoods LLP in Toronto where he practices criminal, constitutional and administrative law. He has been counsel in numerous cases in the Supreme Court of Canada. Beyond his practice, Gerald is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where he teaches Criminal Procedure and is a supervisor in the Appellate Criminal Litigation Externship. He also teaches on the faculty of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Criminal Law Program. In addition to teaching, Gerald has co-authored and co-edited numerous legal texts, including Digital Evidence: A Practitioner’s Handbook (Emond), Digital Privacy: Criminal, Civil and Regulatory Litigation (LexisNexis), Sentencing (LexisNexis), and Litigating Artificial Intelligence (Emond).

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

$15.00$55.00

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

$15.00$55.00

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: “Bad Character Evidence and Direct Relevance”

$15.00$55.00

11am MST, Friday, 15 July 2022

Most lawyers know about character evidence and how it can be admitted when it qualifies as similar fact evidence. More challenging are the times in which it can be admitted despite having no similarities whatsoever to the facts charged. The rules of “direct relevance” are challenging, and vary depending upon whether the accused testifies or does not. In this seminar, Professor Sankoff will detail everything you need to know about bad character evidence tendered against the accused that does not qualify as similar fact evidence.

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

$15.00$55.00

11am MST, Friday, 9 September 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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