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While practicing family law can be challenging at the best of times, the unique ethical issues that confront legal professionals when faced with opposing self-represented litigants can be particularly difficult.

It is critical you know what you can and cannot do, and how to ensure that your own client’s interests are well served.

This OsgoodePD online program will provide you with the critical information, best practices and practical strategies you need to confidently and competently navigate this ethical minefield. Using examples, family law experts will discuss:

  • Where does your duty start and stop?
  • Educating self-reps vs. advising – where is the line?
  • What are your obligations to assist the self-rep? What are the pitfalls?
  • Best practices when communicating with self-reps – should this always be in writing?
  • How to confidently handle unreasonable requests
  • Strategies to prevent proceedings from becoming unduly delayed
  • Effective tactics for confronting disruptive conduct
  • How to ensure self-represented litigants pose a minimal impact on process, including motions, discoveries, negotiations, settlements & trial
  • Impact of new structures, including the unbundling of legal services, on self-reps
  • What should you do if the self-rep’s capacity is in question?


  • Brian Burke, Epstein Cole LLP
  • Cheryl Goldhart, Goldhart & Associates
  • Heather Hansen, Martha McCarthy& Co. 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 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
November 24, 2015
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

$129 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Family Law Lawyers
  • General Practitioners
  • Paralegals

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