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Join Canada’s foremost experts for an in-depth update of the most critical issues in the increasingly complex arena of civil sexual assault. A must attend program for professionals engaged in advancing or defending civil sexual assault claims.

In one information packed day, you will acquire the key knowledge, practical strategies and contacts you need to successfully advance or defend a civil sexual assault claim. Let OsgoodePD’s experts provide you with the benefit of their insights and experience and answer your most pressing questions on topics including:

  • How to deal with credibility problems at various stages of litigation
  • Breach of non-delegable duty – is this a viable alternative where other claims fail?
  • New and emerging trends including revenge porn, defamation claims, sexting
  • What’s different in sexual abuse mediations and how mediators and counsel can best manage them
  • The interplay between civil and criminal, including document sharing and the role of criminal convictions and acquittals in civil cases
  • Key update on vicarious liability and negligence trends
  • Class vs Group Actions – when are class actions advisable?
  • Privacy issues and strategies for dealing with them



  • Elizabeth K. P. Grace, Lerners LLP
  • Gillian T. Hnatiw, Lerners LLP


  • Joanna Birenbaum, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
  • Breese Davies, Breese Davies Law
  • David Butt, Barrister
  • Mark Elkin, Thompson, Tooze, McLean and Elkin
  • Frank Gomberg, Gomberg Mediation Solutions Inc.
  • Andrea Gonsalves, Stockwoods Barristers
  • Bruce Hutchison, Genest Murray LLP
  • Simona Jellinek, Jellinek Law Office
  • Anna Matas, Lerners LLP
  • Loretta P. Merritt, Torkin Manes LLP
  • Dr. Candice M. Monson, C.Psych., Department of Psychology, Ryerson University
  • The Hon. Justice Diane Oleskiw, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Alexander D. Pettingill,Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP
  • Linda C. Phillips-Smith,Stieber Berlach LLP
  • Molly Reynolds, Torys LLP
  • Alex Smith, Henein Hutchison LLP
  • Robert Talach, Beckett Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Kathleen Urdahl, Global Resolutions
  • Susan Vella, L.S.M., Rochon Genova LLP
  • Margaret L. Waddell, Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation
  • The Hon. Justice Darla Wilson, Ontario Superior Court of Justice



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments. Group discounts are available. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Group Discounts for CLE Programs

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying 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 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

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


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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:
Alison Hurst at ahurst@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

February 26, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m EST
In Person or Webcast

Online Replay
March 26, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Register for the Online Replay.


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

Fee per Delegate

$725 plus HST

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • In-house Counsel
  • Lawyers advising on sexual assault issues
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Institutional Representatives from the following sectors:
    - Educational organizations
    - Healthcare organizations
    - Religious organizations
    - Long Term Care organizations
    - Athletic organizations
    - Children’s activity organizations (camps, tutoring, sports leagues)
    - Eldercare organizations

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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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