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A Joint Presentation of SOAR and OsgoodePD.

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

While adjudication can be challenging at the best of times, the unique ethical issues that confront many board and tribunal members can be particularly difficult. Referencing real-life examples, topics covered include:

  • Avoiding potential conflicts
    • How soon – if ever- can you preside over a party, legal professional (or law firm/organization) you have (or had) a professional or personal relationship with?
  • Professional and volunteer involvement: when can this be perceived to be a conflict?
  • Accessing additional information: what are the consequences – if any – for adjudicators who undertake their own research?
    • Obtaining outside subject-matter expertise or opinion
    • Searching information in the public domain (ie. Google, Wikipedia, etc.):
      • to get information not provided by the parties?
      • to learn about the parties?
      • to gain context for the issue in dispute?
      • research the law?
  • Effective strategies for obtaining consensus among tribunal/panel members


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


  • The Hon. Stephen Goudge, Counsel, Paliare Roland Rosenberg LLP
  • Michelle Alton, Tribunal General Counsel, Workplace Safety and Insuance Appeals Tribunal
  • David A. Wright, Chair, Law Society Tribunal

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.


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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - Program On Demand

Date Recorded
September 29, 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

  • 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
  • Legal professionals who appear before boards, agencies or tribunals
  • Government counsel
  • Tribunal counsel

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