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Positive outcomes in sexual offence cases are contingent on good education and best practices.

An allegation of sexual assault raises unique challenges for lawyers, judges, and investigators. In recent years, the justice system’s handling of these cases has come under sustained scrutiny.  Positive outcomes in sexual offence cases are contingent on good education and best practices. Join a top-level faculty to hear the latest in the law and practical approaches including:

  • Section 276 of the Criminal Code, prior sexual consent, and the trilogy of recent SCC cases, Barton, Goldfinch and RV.
  • Breaking down myths and stereotypes in a sexual assault case
  • Drill down on new sexual assault law: Bill C-51 and C-75
  • Ethics and civility during a sexual assault trial



  • Jill Witkin, Counsel, Crown Law Office – Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Frank Addario, Addario Law Group LLP
  • Megan Savard, Addario Law Group

Keynote Speaker

  • Christa Big Canoe, Legal Advocacy Director at Aboriginal Legal Services; Former Lead Commission Counsel for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls


  • Joanna Birenbaum, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
  • Erin Dann, Embry Dann LLP
  • The Hon. Justice Breese Davies, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • The Hon. Justice Peter Doody, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Alan D. Gold, Alan D. Gold Professional Corporation
  • Neville Golwalla, Assistant Crown Attorney, Regional Sexual Violence Crown, Toronto, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Mabel Lai, Counsel, Crown Law Office – Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Karen Papadopoulos, Counsel, Crown Law Office – Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Samara Secter, Addario Law Group LLP

More faculty TBC. Please check back soon for updates.



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

Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

OsgoodePD offers group rates and financial assistance for both on-site and webcast formats.

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

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Questions on the program content?
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Program Details

Date & Time

February 27, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

Can't make the date? Get 120-day on-demand access to the program archive.

Online Replay 
March 26, 2021
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Online - Live, interactive

Fee per Delegate

$495 + HST

Newly Licensed (2017-Present): $247.50 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • lawyers
  • police
  • sex crime investigators and supervisors
  • sexual assault and rape crisis centre support workers
  • counsellors

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