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From the developers of the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop (ITAW) – refine cross examination skills to increase your confidence and competitive edge.

Oral advocacy is a skill that requires continual refinement and practice. In one intensive day, the Cross-Examination Workshop will sharpen your cross-examination skills. You’ll receive individualized feedback from the foremost Canadian instructors in advocacy skills training, comprising senior members of the bench and bar.

Cross-examination can make or break your case. In this learn-by-doing advanced skills workshop, you will get individualized feedback from the foremost Canadian instructors in advocacy skills training – comprising senior members of the bench and bar.

Working in small groups, you will learn:

  • Strategies for preparing a successful cross-examination
  • When NOT to cross examine
  • Techniques for keeping control of the witness
  • Advanced impeachment techniques
  • How to deal with unresponsive and difficult witnesses

PLUS! Don’t miss the Judges’ Tell All roundtable. This candid session will give you practical tips and guidance on advocacy strategies that impress and assist the ultimate decision maker – the judge.

Enrollment will be strictly limited to ensure a quality experience.


Program Chairs

  • The Hon. Justice Patrice François Band, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Jonathan M. Rosenthal, Barrister and Solicitor; Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School


  • Frank Au, Ministry of the Attorney General, Crown Law Office – Criminal
  • Paul Burstein, Burstein Bryant Barristers
  • The Hon. Justice Steve Coroza, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • Rachel Grinberg, Barrister and Solicitor; Adjunct Faculty, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Monique Jilesen, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
  • The Hon. Justice Russell G. Juriansz, Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • The Hon. Justice Freya Kristjanson, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • The Hon. Justice Shaun Nakatsuru, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Carolyn Silver, Sr. Counsel, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario



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

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, 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

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


Have questions? Read our FAQs.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Heather Gore Liddell

Program Details

Date & Time

May 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$595 plus HST

Registration for this program is now closed

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Litigators – all practice areas
  • Crown and defence Counsel
  • In-house counsel (litigators)
  • Paralegals

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This program is part of the Advanced Skills Series, developed by the producers of ITAW, Canada’s preeminent trial advocacy skills program!

ITAW Advanced Skills Series

Learn more.

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.


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