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The law surrounding sexual assault claims is evolving rapidly. Class action suits currently threaten many large organizations; they are the fastest growing new area of civil sexual assault. This expert panel will help you understand the trends, considerations and risks, and prepare you to be able to respond effectively.

The panel will touch on:

  • Civil sexual assault class actions – the residential school context and beyond
  • The emergence of defamation issues in sexual assault claims
  • The changing definition of sexual assault, R. v. Hutchinson
  • Interplay between the criminal and civil cases
  • Emerging issues plaguing institutional representatives – what you need to know to stay ahead of the trends


Series Chair and Moderator

  • Gillian T. Hnatiw, Lerners LLP


  • David Butt, Barrister
  • Russell Raikes, McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP
  • Kristina Reitmeier, Chief Counsel and Director, Legal Sevices, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

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

March 3, 2015

Running Time


Fee per Delegate

$149 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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