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Join Canada’s foremost experts for an in-depth update of the most critical issues in the increasingly complex arena of civil sexual assault. A must attend program for professionals engaged in advancing or defending civil sexual assault claims.

In one information packed day, you will acquire the key knowledge and practical strategies you need to successfully advance or defend a civil sexual assault claim. Let OsgoodePD’s experts provide you with the benefit of their insights and experience and answer your most pressing questions on topics including:

  • Understanding and navigating Credibility and Memory Issues – why and how they may impact claims
  • Institutional Liability – where we’re at and what’s ahead
  • Privacy torts, including voyeurism, NCDII, false light claims
  • Drill down on damages: trends in the recognized “range”. Does the PI cap apply?
  • Defamation and Anti SLAPP update. Where do we go from here?
  • Strategies for navigating overlapping proceedings

Program Chairs

  • Gillian Hnatiw, Gillian Hnatiw and Co.
  • Alexi N. Wood, St. Lawrence Barristers LLP


  • Joanna Birenbaum , Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
  • Elizabeth Bowker, Stieber Berlach LLP
  • The Hon. Justice Breese Davies, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • Rebecca C. Durcan, Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc (SML)
  • Andrea Gonsalves, Stockwoods LLP
  • Elizabeth Grace, Lerners LLP
  • Lara Guest, Torys LLP
  • Pam Hrick, Stockwoods LLP
  • Simona Jellinek, Jellinek Law Office
  • Rachel Liebman PhD, Assistant Director, York University Psychology Clinic, Faculty of Health, York University
  • Anna Matas, Lerners LLP
  • Deepa Mattoo B.A, LL.B, MBA, PGD, Executive Director, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
  • Loretta P. Merritt, Torkin Manes LLP
  • Marcela Saitua, Saitua Legal Mediation Services
  • Jennifer P. Saville, St. Lawrence Barristers LLP
  • Lindsay Scott, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • Joyce Tam, Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP
  • Lidiya Yermakova, Koziebrocki Law


After your purchase is complete, the course will appear in the Order History of your OsgoodePD account with a link to "View Program". Once you click "View Program" you will be forwarded to the Zoom meeting for the webinar. This will be unlocked on the day of the program. You will have access to the content for 120 days.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice.


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Technical Support

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Program Recorded: February 25, 2021

Program Details

Date & Time

March 25, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST


Online - Web - Replay

Fee per Delegate

$595 + HST

Newly Licensed Rate (2018-Present): $297.50 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • In-house Counsel
  • Lawyers advising on sexual misconduct issues
  • Employment law lawyers
  • Human Resources Professionals

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