Criminal Lawyers’ Association Presents: CPD in Cancun

Date: 19 Jan 2024, 6:00 PM - 21 Jan 2024, 10:30 AM 

Conference location: JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, Blvd. Kukulcan, Km 14.5, Lote 40-A, Zona Hotelera Cancun, Quintana Roo 77500 
19 Jan 2024, 6:00 PM – 21 Jan 2024, 10:30 AM 


  • One hour of Professionalism content.
  • Four hours and 10 minutes substantive (if hours are not needed for professional they can be added to substantive)

We are pleased to announce the CLA inaugural CPD event outside of Canada! We are hosting this conference, January 19-21, 2024 at the beautiful JW Marriott Cancun.

The resort is located in the Cancun hotel zone where there are lots of local restaurants and attractions within walking distance (and 6.8 miles away from the CUN airport.) Direct flights are easy to find and the weather in January is quite reliable. We chose a hotel with an adult pool and a child-friendly pool. Conference attendees are welcome to bring their families and children (just not to the actual conference sessions).

The conference will not be recorded or live streamed as attendance must be in-person. Conference attendees will have plenty of time to enjoy the sun and local activities after the breakfast sessions are completed.

Due to our host conference venue now being sold out, the CLA was able to confirm a special arrangement to have special permission for any new registrants to book stays at aloft Cancun, while having access to our conference at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort. aloft Cancun is located at Blvd. Kukulkan Km 9 Mz 48 L-8-01 Secc. A Zona Hotelera Cancún, Q. Roo CP 77500. By car, the aloft Cancun is approximately 7 minutes from JW Marriott. Registrants can also take an Uber, bus, or taxi.

Any registrants that book at aloft Cancun must inform the CLA office so we can put you on a special list at the JW Marriott to ensure you have easy access to the conference.


European Plan + HAPPY 12 HOURS
Room Type Single/Double
Aloft Run of the House USD $139.00 – Extra adult USD $30.00

European Plan + HAPPY 12 HOURS + Continental Breakfast
Room Type Single/Double Extra adult
Aloft Run of the House USD $149.00 – Extra adult USD $40.00


  • Above mentioned rates are PER ROOM, PER NIGHT, in US Dollars.
  • Rates are subject to: 16% Federal tax + 5% lodging tax p. room p. night.
  • Subject to service charge USD $3.00 per room per night
  • Subject to environmental sanity tax USD $3.93 per room per night (subject to change)
  • Rooms are subject to availability at time of booking.

Reservations must be made under the following terms:

  • Reservations must be made through the code CRIMINAL LAWYERS.

Reservations directly to the hotel, through the reservations department:

  • Reservations: Tel. (998) 848-99 00 ext. 213 or Direct phone: (998) 848-9913
  • Email: reservations@aloftcancun.com.mx
  • WhatsApp: +52 1 998 126 8080

Reservation department is going to ask a deposit (non-refundable) of 1 night at time of booking.

Check-in time is at 15:00 Hrs.
Checkout time is at 12:00 hrs noon
Due to occupancy reasons, we do not permit free late checkouts. Late out rate will apply charges.

The Conference Agenda will be as follows:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2024 – 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Itinerary Overview and Welcome by Michelle Johal and Adam Weisberg (5 mins)
  • Alan D. Gold – Welcome Lecture: Being the Best Criminal Lawyer You Can Be (30 mins)
  • Patio Margherita and Beer Reception

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2024,  8 to 10:30 am (breakfast will be provided)

  1. Scott Hutchison –  Recent Search & Seizure Issues (40 mins)
  2. David Humphrey and Jill Makepeace – Witness Preparation of the Accused (60 mins)
  3. Kim Schofield – Tactics to Expose Dishonest Police Officers (40 mins)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2024, 8 to 10:30 am (breakfast will be provided)

  1. Gerald Chan and Nader Hasan – Defending White-Collar Crime and Regulatory Cases (60 mins)
  2. Michael Lacy  – Wiretap Authorizations (40 mins)
  3. Julianna Greenspan – Canadian Extradition Law (40 Mins)


Early Bird – on or before June 1, 2023- CLOSED

  • $500 plus HST: CLA Members
  • $1,000 plus HST: Non-member criminal defence lawyers, students and paralegals
  • $500 plus HST: Crown Attorneys and Judges

On-Time – register between June 2 and September 1, 2023- CLOSED

  • $700 plus HST: CLA Members
  • $1,000 plus HST: Non-member criminal defence lawyers, students and paralegals
  • $700 plus HST: Crown Attorneys and Judges

Late – register between September 2, 2023 and January 10, 2024 (space permitting)

  • $800 plus HST: CLA Members
  • $1,000 plus HST: Non-member criminal defence lawyers, students and paralegals
  • $800 plus HST: Crown Attorneys and Judges

* You should speak to your own tax professional about the potential to “write-off” this conference trip.


To register, please go to https://members.criminallawyers.ca/event-5207299 or call the CLA office during business hours to register over the phone with credit card information. Call 416-214-9875.

Please note we do not offer a one-day rate. There is no sharing of registrations. Cancellations will be accepted in writing if received by 12 noon (ET) on or before December 1, 2023. Cancellations are to be sent to support@criminallawyers.ca. A $35 admin fee will apply. No refunds will be accepted on or after December 2. The substitution of registrants is not accepted unless emailed to support@criminallawyers.ca by January 10.  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 an 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.

The CLA is not liable for ensuring attendees have appropriate travel documentation. Please check with your travel provider to confirm you have the necessary documents prior to travel.



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