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.


Up-Coming Continuing Professional Development Events

2020 Schedule

Topic: Anti-Money Laundering and Client Identification/Verification
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 noon Yukon time
Location: By Zoom
Registration Information: Register online by clicking the link https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3GTPVgAVRbGNeEMcSkJtuQ
Registration 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.

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.