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Completion of this program counts towards the
Advanced Certificate in Adjudication

As an adjudicator, not only must you deliver clear, coherent and credible decisions, your reasons must be legally sufficient. This is an art and a skill requiring continuing refinement.

In two (2) intensive days, you’ll learn and practice effective writing techniques and get individualized feedback from leading writing experts – in a “no consequence” learning environment.

This hands-on program, a joint offering of SOAR and OsgoodePD, will boost your decision-writing skills. It also provides an opportunity to engage with other experienced adjudicators and explore evolving ideas about what makes writing “great”. You will:

  • Learn how to bring a more audience-focused perspective to your decision writing
  • Craft powerful introductions and use narrative to meet the needs of your audience
  • Explore innovative techniques to provide context and use point-first writing
  • Develop and effective writing process, and structure issue-driven decisions
  • Improve clarity at the paragraph, sentence and word level
  • Develop a clear and credible voice
  • Improve your confidence and skill in oral delivery of reasons

PLUS! You’ll obtain tips, precedents, and checklist that will act as a valuable resource.

This course builds upon and expands key concepts taught in the introductory Certificate program, and SOAR’s one-day course Effective Decision-writing for Administrative Adjudicators. It is designed as an advanced, second-level course that will introduce new concepts and provide greater opportunity for hands-on work and feedback.

Mandatory Writing Sample 

You will be expected to submit a sample of your writing ahead of the program. If you do not have one available, please email decisionwriting@osgoode.yorku.ca.


Lead Instructor

  • Pamela Chapman, Legal Educator and Consultant


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Gail Geronimo at GGeronimo@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

April 25 & 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
In Person


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$1195 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • graduates of the SOAR/OsgoodePD Certificate in Adjudication;
  • those with two or more years of full-time experience as an adjudicator, OR an equivalent amount of experience as a part-time adjudicator; OR
  • senior tribunal staff, such as counsel, who work closely with adjudicators and would benefit from advanced training in adjudication

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A joint program with the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR)


Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.