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46th Annual CLA Fall Conference

Date: November 9-10, 2018

The 2018 CLA Fall Conference has been accredited for 2 hours and 5 minutes of Professionalism Content. This program contains 1 hour and 5 minutes of EDI Professionalism Content. This program is also eligible for up to 6 hr 45 min Substantive Content.

November 9-10, 2018
Conference Location: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

The 46th annual Criminal Lawyers’ Association Fall Conference is now open for registration! The Annual Criminal Lawyers’ Association Fall Conference is Canada’s largest criminal law conference, attracting more than 700 defence lawyers, judiciary, educators, reporters and other prominent guests from across Canada.

he 46th Annual CLA Fall Conference Materials and the 4th Annual Recent Call Conference Materials can be purchased. Details to download the materials will be emailed with purchase receipt.

Fall Conference materials include:

  1. Drug recognition experts (DREs)
  2. Constitutional challenges to Bill C-75
  3. The “f” Word – Fentanyl
  4. Sexual harassment in the work place
  5. Evidence
  6. Technology in the courtroom
  7. Experts in SCJ
  8. 15 Recent cases
  9. What is effective advocacy

Recent Call Conference materials include:

  1. Working with Legal Aid Ontario
  2. Challenging Search Warrants
  3. I’m innocent! Now I want to plead guilty
  4. Preparing Your Client to Testify

Materials pricing (both conferences included):

  • $40 plus HST: CLA members
  • $65 plus HST: Non-members

To purchase, please go to https://members.criminallawyers.ca/event-3131847 


Please note that CPD credits cannot be claimed for only purchasing the materials. Attendance to each specific conference was required in order to claim.


Friday, November 9:

8:45 to 9 a.m. Welcoming remarks from Michael Lacy, President, Criminal Lawyers’ Association

9 to 9:45 a.m. Drug recognition experts (DREs)

  • Nathan Baker, Nathan Baker Law (Peterborough)
  • Steven Maxwell, Drug Recognition Expert Consulting (Quebec)

9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Constitutional challenges to Bill C-75

  • Stephanie DiGiuseppe, DiGiuseppe Law (Toronto)
  • Brian Greenspan, Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein (Toronto)
  • Apple Newton-Smith, Berkes Newton-Smith (Toronto)

10:15 to 11 a.m. The “f” Word – Fentanyl

  • Joshua Frost, Joshua Frost Professional Corporation (Toronto)
  • Pieter Kort, Kafka, Kort Barristers (Belleville)
  • Kim Schofield, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)

11:30 a.m. to 12 noon Sexual harassment in the work place

  • Esi Codjoe, Vice Chair, Human Rights Tribunal; Professor, Ryerson University; Secretary, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) (Toronto)
  • Lisa Freeman, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)

12 to 12:45 p.m. Legalization of marijuana and what is going to happen moving forward

  • Annamaria Enenajor, Ruby Shiller & Enenajor Barristers (Toronto)
  • Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP (Ottawa)
  • Sandy Thomas, Public Prosecution Service of Canada (Toronto)

12.45 to 1:15 p.m. Sopinka Lecture presented by Marie Henein, Henein Hutchison LLP (Toronto)

1:15 to 2:45 p.m. LUNCHEON honouring Marlys Edwardh
Sponsored by:

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Evidence

  • Palma Paciocco, Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto)
  • Justice Vincenzo (Enzo) Rondinelli, Ontario Court of Justice (Toronto)
  • Moderator: Louis Strezos, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)

3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Technology in the courtroom

  • David Parke. Crown Attorney’s Office (Oshawa)
  • Joseph Wilkinson, Brauti Thorning Zibarras (Toronto)

4:15 to 5 p.m. Bill C-51 – Sexual assault 

  • Daniel Brown, Daniel Brown Law Office (Toronto)
  • Teresa Donnelly, West Region Sexual Violence Crown, Ministry of the Attorney General (or MAG) (Goderich)

5 to 5:30 p.m. CLA Annual General Meeting (open to all current CLA members)

5:30 to 7 p.m. Cocktail Reception (open to all registrants)
Sponsored by:

Saturday, November 10:

9 to 9:30 a.m. Experts in SCJ

  • Soloman Friedman, Edelson & Friedman LLP (Ottawa)
  • Jeffrey Manishen, Ross & McBride LLP (Hamilton)

9:30 to 10:15 a.m. 15 Recent cases

  • The Honourable Bruce Durno, Superior Court of Justice (Brampton)
  • The Honourable Michal Fairburn, Ontario Court of Appeal (Brampton),
  • The Honourable Mara Greene, Ontario Court of Justice (Toronto)

10:15 to 11 a.m. Ethics

  • Alice Woolley, President, Canadian Association for Legal Ethics, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary (Calgary)

11:30 a.m. to 12 noon What is effective advocacy

  • Royland Moriah, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • Liam O’Connor, Rusonik, O’Connor, Robbins, Ross, Gorham & Angelini (Toronto)
  • Samantha Peeris, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)

12 to 12:45 p.m. Presentation by David Rudolf, Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney (featured on Netflix series “The Staircase”), North Carolina, USA
Sponsored by:

1 to 3 p.m. Lunch and Presentation of the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Award to John Rosen, Rosen & Company (Toronto)
Sponsored by:





Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP



Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein

Doucette Furgiuele Ruffo

Barefoot Law Professional Corporation

Sandberg-Williams Barristers

Courtyard Chambers: John Dent, Lisa Freeman, Janet Leiper & Nadia Liva

Donald H. Crawford, QC

Emond Publishing


1. Thomson Reuters
2. Alexsei Inc
3. CosmoLex
4. Emond Publishing
5. JEMTEC Inc.
6. MKD International Inc.
7. Recovery Science Corporation
8. Irwin Law Inc.
9. Valiant Recovery
10. LexisNexis Canada Inc.
11. Edward Jones
12. Law Practice Program (LPP) – Ryerson University
13. Steven Maxwell Drug Recognition Expert Consulting
14. Pardons Canada
15. Destination CPD
16. Giroux Imperial Robes Limited

Cancellation Deadline:

Cancellations will be accepted in writing if received by 12 noon (ET) on or before November 1, 2018. Cancellations are to be sent to support@criminallawyers.ca. A $35 admin fee will apply. No refunds will be accepted on or after November 2. The substitution of registrants is not accepted unless emailed to support@criminallawyers.ca 36 hours prior to the event start time. The sharing of registrations is not permitted.

The CLA reserves the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any of the arrangements relating directly or indirectly to an event, for any circumstances beyond the CLA’s reasonable control. If the CLA cancels the event, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of the event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.

In the case of inclement weather, unless otherwise notified by CLA, the event will still take place. When an event proceeds as planned, there will be no refunds should attendees not be able to attend as a result of weather. The CLA will also not be liable to refund registration fees should the event be impacted by a transit strike, strike lock-out, accident, civil disturbance or any other cause whatsoever beyond their control.