Destination CPD Las Vegas 2022

Sponsors:  Donnell Law Group, Sandberg Barristers, Lerners

All times are PST unless otherwise stated (three hours behind EST)


Educational Program


Monday, May 9, 2022

8-8:45 PM EST:  Welcome to Vegas Roundtable

Join our speakers and sponsors for a discussion about the future of the Criminal Justice system.

Available here:  Welcome to Vegas Roundtable - YouTube

40 minutes substantive


Saturday, May 14, 2022


Caesars Palace Resort & Casino Conference Centre

Online participants:  See email for Zoom link


8:30 AM:  Registration Opens, Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Donnell Law Group

9:30-9:50 AM:  Welcome Remarks, criminal law trivia, other fun stuff

10-11 AM:  Taking instructions and preparing your client:
Lessons from Ineffective Assistance Claims
Amy Ohler, Barrister, Toronto
Scott Cowan

Experienced appellate counsel will take us through R. v.
Sararas, 2022 ONCA 58 and identify
ways to better represent your client through the lens of an
ineffective assistance claim. Papering your file, engaging
with the evidence and trial stratagem, listening to your
client, and preparing them for the unpredictable ebbs of
testifying. And CYA.


11-12 PM: The legal implications from Drug Use and Abuse;
Addiction, Capacity, and Mens Rea
Andrew Furgiuele, Doucette Furgiuele Ruffo, Toronto

It is hard to overstate the role that drug use and misuse
plays in bringing people before the courts – and the
landscape may be changing. Mr. Furgiuele will canvass
the on-reserve cases of Sullivan & Chan and their
implications for how we think about the voluntary and
involuntary aspects of addiction and mental health in
our courtrooms, our offices, and our society.


12-1 PM:  Practice and Resource Management
as we resume the roaring 20’s
Quinn Ross, The Ross Firm, Goderich

The only worthwhile system - is a
sustainable system. Key insights into
lawyer and staff resource management
in a four day work week. The
implications for client service, mental
health, and sustainability. Brought to
you by the CEO of the first firm in
Canada to fully implement a four-day


1-2:15 PM:  Lunch break


2:15-3 PM:  The ever-evolving constitutionality of
commercial sex work
Carolynn Conron, Conron Law, London

Bedford struck it down, and Parliament
responded. What are the new problems with the
so called Nordic model? Is it overbroad? Is it
helping or hurting sex workers? Top counsel
Carolynn Conron takes us through the morallegal
landscape of the oldest profession.


Afternoon Reception sponsored by Sandberg Barristers


3:15-4 PM: Identification and SCC update
Daniel Rechtshaffen, Daniel Rechtshaffen Criminal Defence,
Daniel can always be counted on for
insightful and sardonic observations
about what’s going on in our courts.
With an eye on the release of several SCC decisions, he will bring you up to
date on what matters most in cutting
edge legal developments.


4-4:45 PM:  Mareva, Anton Piller, and Civil Remedies
Jason Squire, Lerners LLP

Everything you need to know about these
remedies and how they may intersect with
your practice. Anyone who practices in an
area where “ill gotten gains” may be afoot,
you’ll want to hear from Lerners LLP’s Jason


Sunday May 15, 2022


9:30-10:15 AM:  Advocacy Lecture: Eulogies, Storytelling, and
Stand-Up – What they can teach us and how they
can make us better
J. Scott Cowan, Conference Chair
Public speaking is the #1 fear of the average citizen,
and lawyers are expected to excel at it by learning on
the job. Our Director of Education shares a few things
he’s learned about being rhetorical yet ethical, candid
yet creative, and why being funny should only be
unleashed with the greatest of care.


10:15-11:15 AM:  Modern Remedies for Police Misconduct; Excision,
Exclusion, Stays, and Beyond
Leora Shemesh, Barrister, Toronto

Leora has made a name for herself for exposing
defects in the warrant process, excessive force, and
finding defences in the so-called hopeless cases. She
will share her best tactics and latest legal
developments in how to keep the system accountable.


11:15-12:15 PM:  The Duty to Protect in the digital age
Solomon Friedman, Friedman Mansour, Ottawa
Jessyca Greenwood

Our devices may not be listening, but they sure
are remembering. The engaging and articulate
Solomon Friedman takes us through the
conflicting duties of confidentiality from the
Bernardo tapes to the contemporary issues of
CSAM, intimate images and revenge porn, and
the gendered aspects of these legal issues.


Social/Networking Events

Informal Meet & Greet

Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 8 - 10 PM

For those arriving on Thursday, come join us for a beverage.  Location TBA.


Destination CPD's Famous Cabana Party sponsored by Lerners

Friday, May 13, 2022 - Caesars Palace pool

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!

We are assessing the viability of this event due to Covid concerns.