A world leader in law school lifelong learning
Contact Us

Understanding how allegations could play out in court is vital to assessing how to manage a claim of sexual assault. Not all claims proceed through the legal system, but a sound knowledge of what legal actions are available to claimants and what defences are available to institutions is essential in assessing the risk associated with each allegation. This opening session will provide you with an in-depth overview of the legal anatomy of a civil sexual assault claim. Ms. Jellinek and Ms. Jenkins will lead you through some of the key issues, including damages, vicarious liability, and trial strategies.

  • Types of legal actions available to claimants – when and why
  • Legal protections available to institutions
  • Heads of damage – financially, how much is on the line?
  • When institutions are accountable for individuals’ conduct – understanding vicarious liability
  • Appreciating why many claims do not proceed to trial
  • What you need to know about the evidence required to prove and disprove sexual assault cases
  • Strategic considerations in proving and attacking cases that do proceed to trial
  • Myths and stereotypes that impact how civil sexual assault claims are managed


Series Chair

  • Gillian T. Hnatiw, Lerners LLP
  • Simona Jellinek, Jellinek Law Office, Professional Corporation
  • Carole G. Jenkins, Smockum Zarnett LLP

Group Discounts

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


The video stream, including link to program materials 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. In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
January 20, 2015
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

Individual Session
$149 plus HST

Series (7 Sessions)
$995 plus HST

Buy Now

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


Back to top