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An allegation of sexual assault raises unique challenges for lawyers, judges and investigators. In recent years, the justice system’s handling of these cases has come under sustained scrutiny. Positive outcomes in sexual offence cases are contingent on good education and best practices.

Join a top tier, multi-disciplinary faculty and learn about the most recent developments in law, science and practice and how these impact on the prosecution and defense of sexual offences.

Topics Include:

  • Conducting trauma informed investigations and prosecutions; understanding how sexual assault impacts a victim’s behaviour and memory ; questioning the science of trauma and its effect on witness reliability and memory
  • Crown vs defence discussion concerning the admissibility of expert evidence about the effects of trauma on a complainant including a mock voir dire
  • Cross-examination of the complainant; law, ethics and strategy
  • Unique evidence admissibility issues in sexual assault trials, including issues relating to capacity to consent
  • Top five new cases in sexual assault law
  • Bill C-51: proposed changes to the law



  • Jill Witkin, Counsel, Crown Law Office- Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario), Chair, Sexual Violence Advisory Group Education and Training Crown
  • Frank Addario, Addario Law Group LLP

Keynote Speaker

  • Lori Haskell, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Meaghan Cunningham, Regional Sexual Violence Crown, East Region
    Criminal Law Division, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Teresa Donnelly, West Region Sexual Violence Crown, Sexual Violence Advisory‎ Group, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Lisa Dufraimont, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Nathan Gorham, Rusonik, O’Connor, Robbins, Ross, Gorham & Angelini LLP
  • Jamie Klukach, Counsel, Crown Law Office-Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Mabel Lai, Counsel, Crown Law Office- Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Daryl J. Mayers Ph.D., Toxicology Section, Centre of Forensic Sciences
  • The Honourable Justice Shaun Nakatsuru, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • The Honourable Justice David Paciocco, Court of Appeal of Ontario
  • The Honourable Justice Renee Pomerance, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • Danielle Robitaille, Henein Hutchison LLP
  • Samara Secter, Addario Law Group LLP
  • Jonathan A. Shime, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, Barristers & Solicitors


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.

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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:
Mary Park at mpark@osgoode.yorku.ca

Date Recorded

April 21, 2018

Program Details

Date & Time

May 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT


Web - Replay

Fee per Delegate

$425 plus HST

Registration for this program is now closed.

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Crown and defence lawyers
  • Judges
  • Law enforcement
  • Military prosecutors
  • Victim workers from crisis centres
  • Forensic nurses

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