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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, Adair Goldblatt Beiber LLP


  • Joanna Birenbaum, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
  • Breese Davies, Breese Davies Law
  • David Butt, Barrister
  • 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
  • Peter J. Osborne, Lenczner Slaght
  • 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


Group Discounts for CPD Programs

For boardroom and multi-purchase rates, please email us.
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.


After your purchase is complete, the course will appear in the Order History of your OsgoodePD account with a link to "Take Online Course". Once you click "Take Online Course" you will be forwarded to the Moodle page with the materials link. The program video link with be unlocked on the day of the program. You will have access to the video for 60 days.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the 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, Substitutions and Refunds

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.


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Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Date Recorded

February 27, 2018

Program Details

Date & Time

March 26, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT.


Web - Replay

Fee per Delegate

$725 plus HST

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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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