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Canada’s preeminent trial advocacy skills program. This one-of-a-kind practical learning experience brings together an exceptional group of over 100 advocacy skills training experts and guest speakers, all of whom are active members of the Bench and Bar.



Over one week, in our unique learn-by-doing format, you will have an opportunity to develop and refine your advocacy skills in a safe learning environment that will provide extensive opportunity for individualized feedback and practice.

The program culminates with the opportunity for you to apply your skills acting as counsel in a half day mock trial. The trials are held at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and presided over by experienced judges, who will provide you with feedback on your performance.

ITAW is a truly exceptional opportunity to invest in yourself and your advocacy skills.

Reserve your place now. Space is strictly limited to ensure full engagement in a small group setting.

Faculty

Program Co-Directors

  • Professor Garry D. Watson, QC, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Professor Trevor C.W. Farrow, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Fellowships for the 39th Annual Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop

Fellowships are available to lawyers who could not otherwise attend ITAW due to financial constraints, and provide full tuition for the program.

Sheila Block & Prof. James Seckinger Fellowship

This fellowship recognizes the outstanding contributions made by Sheila Block and Prof. Seckinger to advocacy across Canada and around the world, and in particular to the ITAW program at Osgoode since its inception 33 years ago. Preference will be given to lawyers from non-profit organizations, and those in remote parts of Canada.

Judge David Stokes Memorial Fellowship

In honour of Judge Stokes, a long-time and highly esteemed instructor in the ITAW, this fellowship will be awarded to a criminal defense lawyer with demonstrated financial need and requiring advocacy training.

If you are interested in applying for either fellowship, send a CV, a persuasive cover letter and a copy of your previous year’s tax return to:

Osgoode Professional Development
Attn: Heather Gore Liddell, Senior Program Lawyer
1 Dundas St. West, 26th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3

Note: Applications must be received no later than April 30, 2018.

What ITAW alumni have said …

“This was an excellent course that will certainly have an impact on my practice. I cannot recommend it enough. You receive invaluable feedback on performing direct and cross examinations and opening and closing statements which are key skills that all lawyers who want to be oral advocates must master. I know that I will be a better lawyer for taking this course.”
Dianne Jozefacki, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

“I never would have guessed I could learn so much in one week. It’s an intense week, but worth it. The whole week was well-organized – from the materials to the demonstrations, to the video recording of our practice sessions. The best part was learning from judges and experienced trial lawyers, who were open and generous with both their feedback and their insights. ”
Karen Tobin, MBC Legal

“I thought the program was exceptional! You have transformed my trial advocacy skills.”
Nadia Lambek, Calluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP

“[ITAW] is a risk free environment, designed to help you learn and improve your skills. A wonderful week!”
Kayla Renken, Scheifele, Erskine & Renken, Barristers & Solicitors

“This course is a terrific educational opportunity for litigators who are just starting out as well as those with some trial experience.”
Andrew Elias, Lerners LLP

“I would recommend this course to all lawyers both as an introduction to trials for new lawyers and a reference course for those in practice for several years.”
Annemarie Roodal, Legal Aid Ontario

“This was an excellent program all around. Thank you for all your work putting it together.”
Eric Kupka, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

“This is the best (CPD) program I have ever attended or that is available to litigators.”
Rebecca Huang, Bennett Jones LLP

“The ITAW was the most practical and relevant of all the legal education seminars I have taken since being called to the Bar. The combination of a small instructor to student ratio, as well as the calibre of both instructors and fellow students created a challenging but supportive learning environment where I could try new techniques and expect positive and instructive feedback. The opportunity to conduct a full jury trial so early in my career and to discuss my approach with a member of the bench thereafter was immeasurably valuable. I constantly return to the drills we ran and the secrets of success we uncovered during that week and I now have a new level of confidence when I am on my feet as a result.
Take the course! You’ll be exhausted but you will not regret it.”

Eileen Costello, Aird & Berlis LLP

“…The course was a lot of fun and was an excellent learning experience, particularly from a practical viewpoint. It gave me an opportunity to try out different approaches and has made me feel much more comfortable in the courtroom. I strongly recommend it to any lawyer, particularly to lawyers who have been practising between 2 to 5 years.”
Allyson M. Fischer, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

“This is one the of the best training programs I’ve done in my life. I have learned enormously.”
Christian Paquette

“Excellent course. Every litigator ought to take this course at least once in their career!”
Chris Heer, Dimock Stratton LLP

Fees

Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitutions of participants are permitted at any time up to and including June 30th, 2018 (subject to $150 +HST administration fee). Substitutions are not permitted once the program has started.

Cancellations received in writing prior to May 31st, 2018 will receive a full refund (less $150 +HST administration fee). After June 1st, 2018 there will be no refunds. At that point, only substitutions will be permitted until June 30th. Non-attendance at all or part of the program does not entitle a participant to a refund or credit. *Note: All substitutions and cancellations are subject to a $150 +HST administration fee.

*Note: All substitutions and cancellations are subject to a $150+HST administration fee.

FAQs

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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Heather Gore Liddell at hgoreliddell@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

July 8 - 14, 2018
(7 Days)

Location

Chelsea Hotel
33 Gerard St., Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$4595 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Questions?

Who Should Attend

ITAW is ideally suited to lawyers with two to five years of legal experience, but with limited trial experience. The basic trial skills learned at ITAW are equally applicable to civil and criminal cases.

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“This program was challenging but definitely the most useful program I have ever attended. The skills learned during this program will make a substantive difference in the way I approach my practice.”
Falon Milligan
Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall

“This program is indispensable for litigators unaccustomed to dealing with live witness testimony. The opportunity to practice examination, cross-examination, and opening/closing techniques in front of veteran and highly-regarded litigators is invaluable. If you’re up on your feet in court at least once a month, you should consider this workshop to be mandatory.”
Idan Erez
Hoffer Adler LLP

“It lives up to its name – it may be the most intense learning experience I have ever gone through! Well worth the long hours though, as I learned invaluable lessons about advocacy and gained immeasurable self-confidence.”
Marc Edmunds
Department of Justice

ITAW Advanced Skills Series

Build on the skills taught in ITAW, using the same teaching techniques and instructors with the newly developed ITAW Advanced Skills Series.

Learn more.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitutions of participants are permitted at any time up to and including June 30th, 2018 (subject to $150 +HST administration fee). Substitutions are not permitted once the program has started.

Cancellations received in writing prior to May 31st, 2018 will receive a full refund (less $150 +HST administration fee). After June 1st, 2018 there will be no refunds. At that point, only substitutions will be permitted until June 30th. Non-attendance at all or part of the program does not entitle a participant to a refund or credit. *Note: All substitutions and cancellations are subject to a $150 +HST administration fee.

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