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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 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.

The 47th Annual CLA Fall Conference – being held on November 15-16, 2019 has been accredited for 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Content and 2 hours and 10 minutes of Professionalism content. 6 hours and 55 minutes substantive (if hours are not needed for EDI and/or professional they can be added to substantive)

The 47th Annual CLA Fall Conference Materials and the 5th Annual Recent Call Conference Materials can be purchased. Details to download the materials will be emailed with purchase receipt.

Fall Conference materials included:

  1. Don’t Blow It: Impaired Litigation in the Wake of Bill C-46
  2. Three’s a Crowd: Sexual Assault Litigation in the Wake of Bill C-51
  3. Not Every One’s a Winner: Prison Conditions and Parole
  4. Cultural Assessments Reports for Black Clients in Sentencing and Bails
  5. Key Considerations When Representing Aboriginal Clients
  6. Litigating Search Warrants in the Shadow of Step Six
  7. Dealing Effectively with Concurrent Criminal and Regulatory Proceedings
  8. Keynote: No Kill Bill C-75 – Now What?
  9. What’s Yours is Mine: Getting Paid Through Alternative Means
  10. Decoding Digital Evidence
  11. Emerging Developments in DNA Technology – transference and trace evidence
  12. Top 15 Cases
  13. Ethical Dilemmas: I can’t do that! Don’t ask me to do that! Here’s why I did that!

Recent Call Conference materials included:

  1. Challenges of Criminal Practice: Managing Your Mental Health and Wellness 
  2. Keys to a Thriving Practice: Management, Organization, Billing and more

Materials pricing (both conferences materials are included):

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

To purchase, please go to https://members.criminallawyers.ca/event-3636048

NO REFUNDS. 

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


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: Cultural Assessments Reports for Black Clients in Sentencing and Bails

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

12 to 12:30 p.m.: Key Considerations When Representing Aboriginal Clients 

  • J. Scott Cowan, Defence Lawyer (Goderich/Toronto)
  • Shaunna Kelly, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • Shannon McDunnough, Defence Lawyer (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

Featuring Frank Addario, Addario Law Group (Toronto) and CLA Past President

LUNCHEON 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Fireside Chat with The Honourable Enzo Rondinelli and The Honourable Aston Hall.

The Honourable Enzo Rondinelli will interview the Honourable Aston Hall on his experiences from emigrating from Jamaica then becoming a criminal lawyer to become a Justice to becoming a Regional Senior Justice. Among other things this unique session will explore the challenges faced by Regional Justice Hall, as a black lawyer from his days as a defence lawyer in Courts appearing before the mainly male white-dominated judiciary, representing racialized clients and his appointment as a Judge and then to the role of the first Toronto RSJ,

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: No Kill Bill C-75 – Now What?

  • Daniel Brown, Defence Lawyer (Toronto)
  • Stephanie DiGiuseppe, Ruby Shiller Enenajor DiGiuseppe, Barrister (Toronto)
  • Annamaria Enenajor, Ruby Shiller Enenajor DiGiuseppe, Barrister (Toronto)
  • Richard Litkowski, Hicks Adams LLP (Toronto)

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

Get ready for fun and networking. This year we will feature food stations, oyster shucking, passed wine and cash bar.  Attendees must be 19+ in age. The cocktail reception is open to all Fall Conference registrants at no extra charge.

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 Developments in DNA Technology – transference and trace 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

Always a highlight of the fall conference, the presenters will discuss 5 recent Court of Appeal cases; 5 recent Superior Court cases; and 5 recent Ontario Court of Justice cases that members should be aware due to their relevance to criminal law procedure or substantive criminal law.

  • 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 12:15 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)
  • Janine Cutler, Ph.D., C. Psych, Clinical and Forensic/Correctional Psychology, CBT Associates (Toronto)

12:15 to 12:45 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

12:45 to 1:15 p.m: Ethical Dilemmas:  I can’t do that! Don’t ask me to do that! Here’s why I did that!

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

1:15 to 3 p.m.: Martin Medal luncheon

Featuring Justice David. H. Doherty. Noted as the longest-serving justice for the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Justice Doherty is being recognized for his lifelong career and contribution to the administration of justice as well as legal educator. 


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