CPD Events

Continuing Professional Development Opportunities

The Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPD Committee) provides legal professional development opportunities to members of the Law Society of Yukon.

The Committee focuses on topics that will assist members to increase their legal knowledge and practical skills, remain aware of their professional obligations, and provide better client service.

The CPD Committee encourages members to bring forward ideas or topics for future CPD activities at any time.

The Committee would also like to share with members the Notice to the Members of May 2020. The Notice includes a list of links to providers who offer CPD activities remotely. Membership is not a requirement for access. Click here for the Notice.


Up-Coming Continuing Professional Development Events

2020 Schedule

Topic: Safe & Effective Practices
Date: Postponed
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Registration Information: <
CPD Credit: 4.0 hours
Speakers: Justice S. Duncan; Judge K. Ruddy; K. Parkkari; L. Morris
Description: This seminar will begin with practice management tips from two senior members of the bar, Keith Parkkari and Lenore Morris. Topics will include managing client expectations, time management, and common pitfalls and strategies for avoiding them. Next, Madam Justice Suzanne M. Duncan and Judge Karen Ruddy will dicuss expectations of ethical behaviours by the courts. Additional time will be devoted for a moderated discussion and audience questions. This panel will provide you with engaging and insightful tips on practice management and ethics.

Topic: Sexual Assault Law Training
Date: Postponed to June 2021
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Registration Info: To follow
Registration Cost: No charge
CPD Credit: 3.5 hours
Speaker: Dr. Elaine Craig
Description: Section 276/278.92 of the Criminal Code: This part of the training will focus on both the procedural and substantive implications of the recent changes to the Criminal Code under Bill-51 as well as the intersection of these provisions with the recent trilogy of sexual assault relevant cases from the Supreme Court of Canada (Barton; RV; Goldfinch). Topics include consideration of how courts across Canada have addressed the procedural implications of granting complainants standing in 276 and 278.92 applications, the interpretation by various courts of “reasonable expectation of privacy” regarding records in the possession of the accused, crown led evidence of a complainant’s other sexual activity, and recent Charter challenges to aspects of the C-51 amendments.

Capacity to Consent: This part of the session will consider recent caselaw from the Ontario Court of Appeal (leave to the SCC granted) and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal regarding the legal definition of capacity to consent to sexual touching. We will examine how these definitions have been applied by lower courts across Canada as well as the evidentiary challenges in cases involving severely intoxicated complainants.
Bio: Elaine Craig is an associate professor at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. She teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law, evidence law, law and sexuality, feminist legal theory and queer legal theory. She received her doctorate in law from Dalhousie University in October, 2010. Her doctoral research focused on legal conceptions of sexuality, and the role of sexual integrity in law. She also holds a master’s degree in law from Yale University, a bachelor’s degree in law from Dalhousie Law School and a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Alberta. She has published articles on sexual assault law, the criminal regulation of sex work, censorship, sexual minority equality, feminist legal theory and queer legal theory.

Recorded Webinars

Topic: Applying a Child’s Rights Lens: Lessons from the Yukon Child and Youth Advocate
Date: Monday, November 9, 2020
Time: 12:00 noon Yukon time
Location: Live webinar on Zoom
Cost: Free
Registration: Online registration here
CPD Credit: This CPD has been approved for 1.5 hours by the Law Society of British Columbia and may be applied towards the mandatory 12 hour Continuing Professional Development requirement in both BC and Yukon.
Speakers: Annette King and Shaunagh Stikeman
The presentation will provide lawyers with a better understanding and resources to implement a child rights-based approach to their work consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Yukon legislation and case law.
Annette King, Yukon Child and Youth Advocate will provide an overview of the Child and Youth Advocate Act and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and how they may be implemented to support the best interests of Yukon children and youth. She will also share an example of a toolkit for applying a Child’s Rights Impact Assessment in decision-making and policy planning that touches on the lives of Yukon children and youth.
Shaunagh Stikeman, lawyer and Advocate’s counsel, will provide an update on relevant legislation and recent case law to further the implementation of a child’s rights-based approach to legal practice.
The presentation will finish with a Q&A session.
Annette King is the Yukon Child and Youth Advocate. She was sworn in by the Yukon Legislative Assembly in 2015 and was recently been reappointed for a second five-year term. Born and raised in Yukon, Ms. King has dedicated her 25+ years in social work clinical and leadership roles with Yukon Government. Ms. King has taught as a sessional instructor in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Yukon College. She is dedicated to upholding children’s rights with a focus on reconciliation. She was the 2020 Yukon recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers Award for Distinguished Service. Ms. King has a social work diploma from Red Deer College, and bachelor of social work degree and a masters of social work degrees from University of Calgary.
Shaunagh Stikeman obtained her BA Honours from McGill University in 2002 and her LL.B. from the University of Victoria in 2006. After clerking for the Supreme Court of British Columbia, she was called to the Bar in BC in 2009 and in Yukon in 2011. She has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Supreme Court and Territorial Court of Yukon. Shaunagh manages her own practice specializing in family law, civil litigation, human rights law, Indigenous law and administrative law.
Reference Materials
PowerPoint presentation by the Panelists

Topic: Mental Health Act: Overview & Practical Tips
Original Recording Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 noon Yukon time
Location: Live Webinar by Zoom
Registration Information: Register online by clicking the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84047623824
Registration fee: Free
Registration deadline: August 20, 2020
CPD Credit: 1.5 hours
Jim Tucker, lawyer and Chair of the Capability & Consent Board, will provide you with an overview of the Mental Health Act; his role as Chair; the process and some practical tips.
Mike Reynolds, a lawyer and Doctor’s counsel will provide information on the forms, technical issues and tips connected to Mental Health Review Board hearings.
David Christie, a lawyer and Patient’s counsel will review capacity and client management issues and provide some practical tips.
The three presenters will also provide an overview of the legislation, updates on recent case law in this area, and information about how COVID-19 has impacted this area of practice.  The presentation will finish with a Q&A session, via chat messages using the Zoom platform.
Description: The Yukon Mental Health Act recognizes that:
– it is just to make special provision for persons suffering from mental disorder,
– persons suffering from mental disorder have a right to treatment, that cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of the Yukon must be taken into account when assessing and treating persons for mental disorder, and
-care and treatment of persons suffering from mental disorder should be provided in the least restrictive and least intrusive manner
Summary of Processes
Overview of how Involuntary Admission may be invoked
Involuntary Admission under the Mental Health Act

Topic: Anti-Money Laundering and Client Identification/Verification
Original Recording Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Registration Fee: Free and open to members and support staff
CPD Credit: 2 hours
Speakers: Frederica Wilson, Executive Director, Policy and Public Affairs and Deputy CEO of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. See bio here.
Chioma Ufodike, Manager of Trust Safety, Law Society of Alberta. See bio here.
Description: This webinar will address the purpose and practice implications of proposed amendments to Division 16 and 17 of the Law Society of Yukon rules for anti-money laundering and client identification and verification.
Frederica Wilson, Executive Director, Policy and Public Affairs and Deputy CEO at the Federation of Law Societies, and Chioma Ufodike, Manager of Trust Safety for the Law Society of Alberta, will provide an overview of the professional obligations of lawyers with respect to anti-money laundering and the rules on client identification and verification.
For more information on Anti-Money Laundering click here.