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A Joint Presentation of SOAR and OsgoodePD.

This webinar is part of the Ethics in Administrative Justice: Webinar Series.

Developed to provide clarity on some of the most complex ethical issues that advocates commonly face in tribunal practice, this webinar will provide you expert insight on a range of practical techniques and recommended responses.

There is no single model for adjudicative ethics that is commonly recognized and followed by all tribunals, boards or agencies across Canada, or even within Ontario. This, plus the perception that administrative tribunals are “less formalistic” than courts, creates a lot of uncertainty for advocates in administrative adjudication.

As one of them, you need to be ready to address any ethical dilemma that can arise during the adjudicative process – both to maximize your client’s chances of success, and to ensure that your own professionalism is not compromised.

Topics include:

  • Best practices for navigating the tribunal, board or agency
    • Strategically (and ethically) building relationships within the tribunal, including adjudicators and tribunal staff
  • Appreciating the unique culture within administrative adjudication
  • Clarifying your roles and obligations when dealing with self reps
    • Counsels’ obligations to client vs. administration of justice
  • Managing the under-represented litigant: appreciating the role (and obligations) of counsel in adjudicative proceedings
    • When – if ever – should you assist the other side? How is this most successfully accomplished?
  • Unbundling legal services and limited retainers: tactics for dealing with the ethical implications these new structures pose


Series Chairs

  • Lorne Sossin, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Voy T. Stelmaszynski, Board Solicitor, Ontario Labour Relations Board
  • Melisse Willems, Registrar and Executive Director, College of Dieticians


  • Lorne Sossin, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School


  • Patricia Hughes, Founding Executive Director, Law Commission of Ontario (former); Alternate Chair, Ontario Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal (former); Vice-chair, Ontario Labour Relations Board (former)
  • Lai-King Hum, Hum Law Firm
  • Freya Kristjanson, Wardle Daley Bernstein Bieber LLP

Group Discounts

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.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.

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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - Program On Demand

Date Recorded
October 27, 2016
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

Individual Session
$175 plus HST

Series (3 Sessions)
$395 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Legal professionals who appear before boards, agencies or tribunals
  • Government counsel
  • Tribunal counsel
  • Tribunal, board members
  • Adjudicators
  • Regulators
  • Professional regulators, Colleges, Universities & Associations
  • Members of disciplinary bodies
  • Adjudicators from the provincial, federal or municipal sectors
  • Leaders required to conduct hearings in the broader public sector, including health and education

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