2019 Schedule

Educational Program

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Conference Center, Melrose 2 & 3

Gold Sponsor - Evan Kwok, CPA


8:30 AM:  Registration Opens (lanyards sponsored by Donnell Law Group)

9:00-9:30 AM:  Criminal Law Trivia Contest, Scott Cowan & Adam Goodman (0.5 hours substantive)

Participate in an interactive trivia contest on hot-button criminal law issues.  We have prizes for the top scores.

9:30 AM:  Continental Breakfast sponsored by Rangefindr

9:50 AM:  Welcome from Scott Cowan & Adam Goodman

10:00-11:00 AM:  Keynote Address - Ethical Advocacy (0.75 hours professionalism, 0.25 hours substantive)

Michael Lacy, Brauti Thorning; President, Criminal Lawyer's Association

Mr. Lacy's talk will explore the issue of the ethics of advocacy in the context to criminal defence work.  Beyond the guidance of regulatory bodies, what ethical or moral decisions are we making in assisting clients. Practically speaking is our duty to the administration of justice even more important than our duty to the client?  The talk will also consider some “real life” dilemmas in search for some guiding principles.


11:00-11:45 AM:  Golden Nuggets:  Justice Kathleen Caldwell's "Views from the Bench" (.25 hours professionalism, 0.5 hours substantive)

The Hon. Kathleen Caldwell, Ontario Court of Justice, Old City Hall

Justice Kathleen Caldwell joins Scott Cowan for a fireside chat on perspectives from the bench.  Expect some useful practice tips.


11:45-12:30 PM:  Panel Discussion - Section 672 Unfit to Stand Trial: A Primer (0.75 hours substantive)

The Hon. Kathleen Caldwell, Ontario Court of Justice, Old City Hall

Jessyca Greenwood, Greenwood Defence


12:30-1:30 PM:  Lunch


1:30-2:30 PM:  Panel Discussion - Youth Justice Update (1.0 hours substantive)

Brock Jones, Assistant Crown Attorney, Scarborough

Karen McGowan, Advisory Counsel, Legal Aid Alberta, Youth Criminal, Edmonton

We will review of the fundamental principles of the YCJA, with am emphasis on those most applicable in sentencing hearings. Adult sentencing applications will also be examined in detail, with practical advice and tips for counsel on how to prepare for these hearings. We will also explore the issue of delay in youth court post Jordan, and recent court decisions addressing the segregation of young persons in custody. 


2:30-4:30 PM:  Ocean's 11 2.0 sponsored by Donnell Law Group (2.0 hours substantive)

11  lawyers speaking for 11 minutes:

  1. Solomon Friedman –  Section 278.92 - Records in sexual assault cases.
  2. Alison Craig – 3P Suspects
  3. Rafeena Rashid – Immigration Consequences
  4. Phil Millar – Civil Litigation for Criminal Lawyers
  5.  Adam Goodman – 3 Baseball Analogies for the Criminal Practitioner
  6. Phil Norton – Appellate advocacy tips
  7. Andrew Furgiuele – Voluntariness Update 
  8. Robin Parker – Work/Life Balance and the Lawyer’s Mental Health
  9. Ben Scholten – Criminal Harassment Particulars
  10. Carolynn Conron - Human Trafficking
  11. Nick Cake – The new marijuana laws you didn’t know about.

CPD Hours:  1.0 professionalism, 5.0 substantive


Sunday May 5, 2019

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Conference Center, Melrose 2 & 3

9:30 AM:  Continental Breakfast sponsored by Sandberg Barristers

10:00-11:00 AM:  Cirque du Soleil - The acrobatic use of search powers for devices, computers, data, and social media.  (1.0 hours substantive)

Michael Lacy, Brauti Thorning; President, Criminal Lawyer's Association

Leora Shemesh, Criminal Defence Lawyer


11:00-11:30 AM:  New Perspectives on Impaired Driving (0.5 hours substantive)

Michelle Johal, Criminal Defence Lawyer

Graham Zoppi, RGZ Law


11:30-12:30 PM:  Tales from the North - Dealing with a Diverse Clientele (1.0 hours EDI)

Lawyers practicing in Nunavut deal with a number of challenges:  a predominately Inuit clientele, rising crime rates, poverty, and a legal process much different then what we experience in Ontario.  In this panel discussion, Scott Cowan will share his experience practicing in Nunavut and how the diversity and inclusion lessons learned can be applied to practicing in Ontario.

Scott Cowan, Cowan Law Chambers


12:30-1:30 PM:  Cutting the Cards - Breakout sessions, choose one:

  1. Billing private and legal aid files (1.0 hours professionalism)
  2. Client management problems (1.0 hours professionalism)

Discussion leaders:

Scott Cowan, Cowan Law Chambers

Adam Goodman, AG Law


CPD Hours:  1.0 professionalism, 1.0 EDI, 1.5 substantive

Total CPD Hours:  2.0 professionalism, 1.0 EDI, 6.5 substantive



Social/Networking Events

Informal Meet & Greet

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - Cabo Wabo Las Vegas in the Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops, 8-10 PM.

For those arriving on Thursday, come join us for a beverage at Cabo Wabo.  We have a reservation inside but, if it's nice out, look for us on the patio.


Destination CPD's Famous Cabana Party

Friday, May 3, 2019 - Planet Hollywood Pleasure Pools, South Cabana Section, 12-6 PM.

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Vegas in style.  Come join us at the pool and enjoy the Las Vegas sun.  We'll have some buckets of beer and appetizers for those arriving early.


Suite Party!

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Bally's Las Vegas, Room TBA, 7-9 PM.

Come and enjoy a toast before heading for a Vegas night out.  We will provide location details on Saturday.