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47th Annual CLA Fall Conference

Date: November 15-16, 2019

November 15 to 16, 2019, Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

The 47th 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.

CPD PENDING


AGENDA: Friday, November 15:

8:45 to 9 a.m.: Welcoming remarks by Michael Lacy, President, CLA 

9 to 9:40 a.m.: Don’t Blow It: Impaired Litigation in the Wake of Bill C-46

  • Brett Moodie (MAG) (Hamilton)
  • Michelle Johal, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)

9:40 to 10:20 a.m.: Three’s a Crowd: Sexual Assault Litigation in the Wake of Bill C-51

  • Adam Weisberg, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • Francesca Yaskiel, Barrister and Solicitor (Toronto)

10:20 to 11 a.m.: Not Every One’s a Winner: Prison Conditions and Parole

  • Michael Mandelcorn, Defence Lawyer (Kingston)
  • Jeff Rybak, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • Chris Sewrattan, Criminal Lawyer (Toronto)

11:30 a.m. to 12 noon: Race in your Case: Defences and Sentencing

  • Gail Smith, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • Nana Yanful, Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) (Toronto)

12 to 12:30 p.m.: Aboriginal Issues in Your Practice

  • The Honourable Harry S. Laforme, Court of Appeals of Ontario
  • Shannon McDunnough (Kenora)

12.30 to 1 p.m.: Sopinka Lecture – How Can you Defend Those People and Other Notes from the Frontlines of Defending in the Criminal Courts

  • Frank Addario, Addario Law Group (Toronto)

LUNCHEON 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Fireside Chat – The Honourable Enzo Rondinelli will interview The Honourable Aston Hall on his experiences as a criminal lawyer to becoming a Justice to becoming a Regional Senior Justice.

2:30 to 3:15 p.m.: Litigating Search Warrants in the Shadow of Step Six 

  • Kerry Benzakein, Crown counsel at Public Prosecution Service of Canada (Scarborough)
  • Nathan Gorham, Gorham Vandebeek LLP (Toronto)
  • Lynda Morgan (MAG), Assistant Crown Attorney (Toronto)

3:15 to 3:45 p.m.: Dealing Effectively with Concurrent Criminal and Regulatory Proceedings 

  • Lisa Freeman, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • Megan Savard, Addario Law Group LLP (Toronto)

3:45 to 4:15 p.m.: Keynote – TBC 

4:15 to 5 p.m.: What’s Yours is Mine: Getting Paid Through Alternative Means

  • Gregory Lafontaine, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)

5 to 5:30 p.m.: CLA Annual General Meeting

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception

AGENDA: Saturday, November 16:

9 to 9:30 a.m.: Decoding Digital Evidence

  • Gerald Chan, STOCKWOODS Barristers (Toronto)
  • Nader R. Hasan, STOCKWOODS Barristers (Toronto)

9:30 to 10:15 a.m.: Emerging Trends in DNA Evidence

  • Jack Laird, Section Head – Biology, Centre of Forensic Sciences, Ministry of the Solicitor General (Toronto)
  • Jill R. Presser, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • The Honourable David Rose, Ontario Court of Justice

10:15 to 11 a.m.: Top 15 Cases

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

11:30 a.m. to 12 noon: Mental Health Check-In for Criminal Practitioners

  • Orlando Da Silva, LSM, Senior Crown Counsel, Serious Fraud Office, Prosecution Division; Chief Administrator, Administrative Tribunal Support Service of Canada – (Toronto)
  • Dr. Janine Cutler, PhD, CBT Associates (Toronto)

12 to 12:30 p.m.: Conducting a Trial Like You’re Going to Lose

  • David Humphrey, Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein (Toronto)
  • Jamie Klukach (MAG), Crown Law Office Criminal (Toronto)
  • The Honourable John Laskin, Court of Appeal for Ontario

12:30 to 1 p.m: Ethical Dilemmas:  I can’t do that! Don’t ask me do that! Here’s why I did that!

  • Mark Sandler, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP (Toronto)

1 to 3 p.m.: Martin Medal luncheon featuring Justice David. H. Doherty


Conference registration for individuals from the GTA:
(includes a PDF copy of the materials. Luncheons and Women’s dinner extra)

  • $400 plus HST: Active members called to the bar in 2016 or before
  • $250 plus HST: Active members called to the bar in 2017 or after
  • $250 plus HST: Articling Student members
  • $150 plus HST: Student members
  • $735 plus HST: Non-members

Conference registration for individuals from OUTSIDE the GTA:
(includes a PDF copy of the materials. Luncheons and Women’s dinner extra)

  • $340 plus HST: Active & Observer members called to the bar in 2016 or before
  • $215 plus HST: Active & Observer members called to the bar in 2017 or after
  • $215 plus HST: Articling Student members
  • $130 plus HST: Student members
  • $735 plus HST: Non-members
Please note we do not offer a one-day rate. There is no sharing of registrations.

Extra Options:

  • FREE to all registrants: CLA Friday Social, Friday, November 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come and go as you please during the time period noted. We are making the social extra special this year!
  • $55 plus HST: Women in Criminal Law Dinner, Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m.,THE RICHMOND, 477 Richmond St. W., Suite 104 (open to women and individuals that identify as a woman). Open bar and full course sit-down meal. Maximum 75 participants.
  • $45 plus HST: Friday, November 15 Luncheon Fireside Chat ­featuring The Honourable Enzo Rondinelli and The Honourable Aston Hall.
  • $45 plus HST: Saturday, November 16 Martin Medal Luncheon honouring Justice David. H. Doherty

REGISTER NOW

Register online for the conference by going to https://members.criminallawyers.ca/events/fall-2019/. Registrations are also accepted over the phone if paying by visa, mastercard or american express. Call 416-214-9875, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If wanting to only register for a luncheon(s) and/or Women’s dinner, please register by phone by calling 416-214-9875, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Credit card payment is required.


Conference materials:

Conference materials will be emailed to all registrants at least 48 hours in advance to the email address provided when registering. Please be sure to monitor or spam/junk folders for materials. No sharing of materials is allowed as they are included with the registration fee. The CLA does not provide printed copies of the materials.


Accommodation: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay Street, Toronto,

Attendees can book at the host hotel at a special subsidized rate of $185 plus applicable taxes per night. Please note:

  • The $185.00 rate is only available on the nights of the November 14, 15 and 16.
  • The CLA has a specific numbers of rooms available at the $185.00 rate. This rate will be available while rooms are available in our block and/or before October 24. The rate will no longer be available once the CLA block is full and/or after October 24 – whichever comes first.
  • Reservations at the hotel are to be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 228-9290 or online (Book your group rate for CRIMINAL LAWYERS ANNUAL CONFERENCE NOV2019). You MUST note you are from the CLA to get the reduced rate. 

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