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

The Continuing Professional Development Committee of the Law Society of Yukon is pleased to announce the following upcoming event:

Topic: Navigating 276, 278 Applications in Sexual Assault Cases Since the Passing of Bill C-51

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Time: 9:30 to 12:00 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: Free Zoom webinar
Registration Information: Click here to register for this event
CPD Credit: 2.5 hours
Description: The law related to pre- trial applications in sexual assault cases is complex and continually evolving as more cases are litigated under s.276 and s.278 of the Criminal Code.
You won’t want to miss the exceptional expertise of our panelists, two of which recently appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada in the companion cases of A.S. (Reddick) v. Her Majesty the Queen and Her Majesty the Queen v. J.J., which will determine the constitutionality and process for various aspects of the new provisions.

Presenters:

Dawne Way was called to the bar in 1997 and joined the Crown Attorney’s office in 2000. Dawne launched Way Law in 2007 and developed her practice primarily representing victims of crime in criminal proceedings and assisting organizations in criminal matters. The majority of Way Law clients are survivors of sexual assault, many of whom are children. She finds working with her clients intensely gratifying and fulfilling developing a special bond that transcends typical client/lawyer relationships. She is the author of “Representing the Victim in a Sexual Assault Proceeding” in Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Assault Offence Cases: A Practitioner’s Handbook by Daniel Brown and Jill Witkin.  Dawne’s primary focus is advocating for and representing sexual assault survivors with trial preparation and privacy protection. She also represents and advises organizations such as hospitals, counselling services, women’s shelters and corporations in criminal law matters and their obligations when subpoenaed. As a leader in the legal profession, Way Law will train other lawyers and organizations on victim’s rights.

Jill Witkin has worked as a Crown Prosecutor in Toronto since 1994. Since 2016 she has worked as Crown counsel at the Crown Law Office, Criminal and is Chair of the Criminal Law Division’s Sexual Violence Advisory Group (SVAG). She was co-chair of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial working group on Access to Justice for Adult Sexual Assault Victims. Jill was Deputy Crown Attorney at Old City Hall from 2009-2015 and prior to that she was Team Leader of the Child Abuse Team (Toronto office) from 2007-2009. She does trial and appellate work involving cases of sexual assault and child abuse. Jill is involved in sexual assault legal education for lawyers, judges, police, investigators and community stakeholders. She was past director of the Ontario Crown Attorney’s Association summer school courses “Sexual and Domestic Violence” and “Sexual Offences”. Jill has conducted workshops in Uganda, Africa teaching justice participants how to effectively interview children and adduce a child’s evidence in court. Jill completed her Master of Laws in 2002 in Melbourne, Australia which included a thesis on videolink testimony in the courtroom. Jill is co-author of the book “Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Offence Cases” (1st and 2nd editions) part of the Emond Criminal Law Series.

Jacob Legault has been working at the Bayne Sellar Ertel Carter since 2013. He started as a student in 2013 and completed his articles with the firm in 2016. He has been practising in both French and English as a criminal defence lawyer since his call to the bar in 2016. Jacob has experience in a variety of criminal and quasi-criminal matters, including impaired driving, assault, sexual assault, forcible confinement, trafficking and firearm offences. Jacob has experience in various levels of Court, including the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice (Judge alone and Jury trials). Since 2018, Jacob has been a Junior Director of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa.

In the last 5 years, Jacob has experience defending sexual assault allegations in Ontario, primarily in the Ottawa region and at the Provincial Court level. He also has experience in preparing and litigating 276 and 278.92 Applications under the new legislation.

This CPD has been approved for 2.5 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.

Topic: The Mentally Disordered Accuseds – Navigating Part XX.1 of the Criminal Code

Date: Friday, February 4, 2022
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: Free Zoom webinar
Registration Information: Click here to register for this event
CPD Credit: 1.5 hours
Description: This presentation will follow the paths by which mentally disordered accuseds in the criminal system are managed from the time they initially appear before a court until discharged when their public safety risk falls below the statutory threshold. The discussion will touch on various types and combinations of mental disorders and will also examine various disposition options, distinguishing them from the traditional sentencing options issued by criminal courts.
Given the time limitations, this presentation will necessarily be superficial in some respects. However, the panel will leave time at the end of the presentation for questions from the attendees.

Presenter: The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard D. Schneider, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., LL.B., LL.M., C.Psych is a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice (appointed 2000), Deputy Judge of the Territorial Court of Yukon, and Chair of the Ontario Review Board, and Alternate Chair of the Nunavut Review Board. He was previously a criminal defence lawyer and certified clinical psychologist. Counsel to the Ontario Review Board from 1994 to 2000. Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Criminal Litigation. Private practice was generally limited to the representation of mentally disordered accused. Also, Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. A ‘Specially Appointed Researcher’, China University of Political Science, Law, and Criminal Psychology Research Centre. Named Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association in 2002.  A great deal of his time has been spent presiding at the Mental Health Court in Toronto. Major research interests are competency and criminal responsibility. Has published extensively in the area of mental disorder and the law. Recent books include: Mental Health Courts: Decriminalizing the Mentally Ill (2007, with H. Bloom and M. Heerema); Annotated Mental Health Statutes [with Pakosh,C., and Paton,L.] (Fifth Edition, in press); The Lunatic and the Lords (2009); Law and Mental Disorder: A Comprehensive and Practical Approach (2013, with H. Bloom); Mental Disorder and the Law: A primer for legal and mental health professionals (2nd Ed., 2017, with H. Bloom); Fitness to Stand Trial: Fairness First and Foremost (with H. Bloom), 2018. The Death of a Butterfly: Mental Health Court Diaries, 2019[all published by Irwin Law / www.irwinlaw.com]. 

Presenter: RICHARD (RICK) BUCHAN B.A., LL.B, C. Arb Lawyer ~ Mediator ~ Arbitrator

  • Practising law 37 years (33 in the Yukon), mainly in the fields of general civil and insurance litigation, administrative law, indigenous law, training and advising adjudicative tribunals, mediation and arbitration.
  • Certified in Advanced Commercial Mediation, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1996
  • Awarded Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb) designation in 2018 from ADR Institute of Canada
  • Review Board Experience
  • Served as Chairperson of the Yukon Review Board from 1999 to 2012; reappointed in April, 2016—continuing to the present time.
  • Other Adjudicative Experience
  • Chairperson, Yukon Employment Standards Board and Yukon Occupational Health and Safety Board, 1990-1993
  • Yukon Law Society appointee to Mental Health Review Board, 1990-1993
  • Arbitrator/Grievance Resolution Person (Yukon Education Act) 1992-1993
  • Law Society of Yukon Discipline Appeal Committee [Chairperson, various ad hoc appeal hearings]
  • Chairperson, Yukon Utilities Board, February 2021 to present time. 
  • Various private arbitrations.

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 discuss 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.

Recorded Webinars

Topic: Practical Tips with Judge Chisholm and David McWhinnie

Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: Free Zoom webinar
CPD Credit: 1.5 hours
Description: Join us for a discussion on the nuts and bolts of remote appearances and jurisdictional questions followed by a Q & A.
Speakers:
Judge Chisholm graduated from Dalhousie University law school in 1989. He was called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 1990 and worked in private practice in Halifax before moving to the Yukon in 1992 to join Preston, Willis, Leitch & Lackowicz. While in the Yukon, in addition to practicing law in the private sector, he worked as counsel with Legal Aid, and as a Crown Prosecutor. He was also counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Ottawa, and was Chief Federal Prosecutor for the Atlantic Region of the PPSC, based in Halifax, when appointed as a Judge of the Territorial Court of Yukon on July 31, 2013. He served as Chief Judge of that Court from April 8, 2018 to April 7, 2021.
In practice since 1984, David McWhinnie served as a federal prosecutor for nearly 30 years, retiring from the Public Prosecution Service in 2017 as General Counsel. His prosecution duties took him across all three northern Territories, along with periods of service in the federal Crimes against Humanity/War Crimes unit, and later the Proceeds of Crime section. Primarily a criminal trial lawyer, he also has substantial criminal appellate experience.
First called to the Alberta bar in 1984, and currently active in Yukon private practice, Mr. McWhinnie was previously active in the bars of the NWT and Nunavut.
He is a member of the Yukon Law Society’s Discipline Committee, and the Society’s representative at the national Federation of Law Societies.
Mr. McWhinnie also serves as an outside mentor/practice advisor to the Yukon Legal Aid program.

Click here to download the Remote Appearances Materials

Click here to download the Relevant Practice Directions

Topic: Vaccine-mandates and Human Rights

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: Free Zoom webinar
CPD Credit: 1.5 hours
Description: The Yukon Government (YG) announced a vaccine-mandate, which came into effect on November 30, 2021.
There have been many questions from employers, employees, service providers, unions and others relative to the application of human rights legislation to the mandate. Additionally, many private sector employers are considering proof of vaccination policies in the workplace.

The Yukon Human Rights Commission (YHRC) will speak to some of the issues and questions in relation to the YG vaccine-mandate, proof of vaccination policies and the Yukon Human Rights Act (the Act), including:

  • Can an individual be exempted from the vaccine-mandate based on the Act?
  • What protected characteristics can ground a potential human rights complaint?
  • How does the duty to accommodate apply relative to vaccine mandates?

Presenter: Birju Dattani
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Birju has extensive academic and practical experience in the field of human rights. He was awarded an LL.B. (with Honours) by the University of Wales in Aberstwyth, a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills by the City University of London and an LL.M. in Public International Law by the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition, Birju has spent time studying at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Cambridge University and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Birju’s previous professional experience include serving as Assistant Regional Director with Alberta Human Rights Commission and Teaching Fellow in the faculty of law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The son of refugees from Uganda, Birju has a life-long commitment to advancing the cause of human rights and is pleased to have the opportunity to support the Commission in doing so.

Presenter: Amna Bhatti
Amna Bhatti is working as a Human Rights Officer at the Yukon Human Rights Commission. Amna moved to Canada in 2016 after finishing her BA-LL.B. (with Honours) from Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. She completed her LL.M. at Osgoode Hall Law School while interning with the Ministry of Attorney General. After getting licensed as a lawyer in Ontario, Amna completed a Legal Advisor placement at Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa. In that position Amna undertook large-scale research projects for the Gender Equality Programme, one of which examined the unique vulnerabilities of female migrants in South Africa, and was published in a peer-reviewed report.

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Topic: Children and Family Law

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Yukon time

Description: Family law matters involving children can be especially challenging. Our experienced panel will discuss the challenges and issues particular to this area of law. Three unique perspectives will be shared – from a judge, a family law lawyer, and a counsellor.

Presenters:

Justice Karen Wenckebach was recently appointed to the Supreme Court of Yukon.

Before that she had a varied legal career: she worked for many years with Legal Aid in the areas of family, criminal and poverty law.

She then worked at Government of Yukon. For a brief period she was part of the solicitors’ group before the siren call lured her back to litigation. While in the litigation group Justice Wenckebach practiced primarily in the areas of labour, human rights and administrative law.

Justice Wenckebach was also on the Executive of the Law Society of Yukon for several years, and then became a member of the discipline committee for the Law Society. 

Shayne Fairman is a partner at Austring Fairman & Fekete. He practices in the areas of Family law, Administrative law and Mental Health law.

 He obtained his law degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1988, and was qualified to practice law in the Yukon and British Columbia in 1989.

Shayne has been a Yukon resident for most of his life.  Shayne appreciates the diverse opportunities living in the Yukon affords, particularly a family-oriented lifestyle.  Shayne can be found golfing on warm summer days, fishing salmon in Alaska on rainy fall days, and keeps warm in the winter by playing broomball.

Dr. Zoë Armstrong, DAT, DKATI, BCATR, RCAT is a registered Art Therapist, who received her Doctorate of Art Therapy at Mount Mary University in November 2020. In 2016, she co-founded Ignite Counselling, a private practice in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her areas of focus are on trauma, grief and loss, as well as crisis intervention.  As part of her practice, she has worked with children involved in child protection matters, and children coping with the separation and divorce of their parents, including those involved in family law litigation. She is an exhibiting artist and neurodiverse, diagnosed as gifted with profound dyslexia and ADHD. 

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. 

Topic: Pitfall Potpourri: Employment Edition

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Yukon Time
Format: Zoom webinar
Cost: No Cost
Presenters: Jocelyn Barrett of Lamarche, Lang & Barrett, and Elizabeth Reid of Fasken

CPD Credit: 1.5 hours

Description: Join Jocelyn Barrett of Lamarche, Lang & Barrett, and Elizabeth Reid of Fasken for a lively discussion on common pitfalls that they see in the employment law context.  They’ll touch on jurisdictional questions, frequent issues that arise with employment contracts and policies, and include an overview of particular challenges and lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bios:

Elizabeth Reid of Fasken in Vancouver, B.C., has extensive experience in both the solicitor and advocacy aspects of the Labour, Employment and human rights practice. With significant technical experience, she advises clients on the complex employment and human rights laws that impact employer-employee relationships. She provides counsel on day-to-day concerns and compliance issues, working collaboratively with clients to meet their needs. She also represents clients at all levels of court in British Columbia as well as in front of provincial and federal human rights and employment standards tribunals.

Jocelyn Barrett joined Lamarche, Lang & Barrett in 2017 and practices in the areas of corporate/commercial, employment and real estate law.  She moved from Kuujjuaq, Quebec to Whitehorse in 2007 to work for the local office of a large law firm.  Jocelyn is a member of the Law Society of Yukon and the Barreau du Quebec.  She graduated from McGill University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Common Law and a Bachelor of Civil Law.

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.

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Topic: Amendments to Yukon’s Wills Act, 2021

Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: No charge Zoom webinar

Description: The presentation will provide details on key changes to Yukon’s Wills Act brought about by the Act to Amend the Wills Act (2020) which came into force on May 1, 2021. It will include descriptions of new provisions and their application, as well as information on their interpretation in other Canadian jurisdictions. The presentation will be followed by time for questions.

Outline:

  • Purpose and design of the Amendment
  • Changes to formal requirements
  • Provisions involving spouses
  • Remedial provisions
  • Wills Registry and International Wills
  • Transitional provisions
  • Resources
  • Q and A

Presenter:
William Steinburg is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Department of Justice. He received his call to the Manitoba Bar in 2015 and is a graduate of Queen’s University (MA) and the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law (JD). His professional experience includes work for Legal Aid Manitoba, the Centre for Human Rights Research, the Public Interest Law Centre and Human Rights Commissions of Manitoba and Yukon. In his current role he leads the development of legislation across a range of topics including wills and estates and family law.

This CPD has been approved for 1.0 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.

Have questions?  Contact us at 867-668-4231 or by email at info@lawsocietyyukon.com

Click Here to read the PDF: “Wills Act Amendments – General Fact Sheet”

Click Here to read the PDF: “Wills Act Amendments – Information for the legal community”

Topic: Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession

Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: No charge Zoom webinar

Ensure that your office is following best practices to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Join us for a presentation by Birju Dattani, Director and Amna Bhatti, Human Rights Officer, from the Yukon Human Rights Commission, on the law of sexual harassment in the Yukon.  Birju Dattani and Amna Bhatti will also present on the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in relation to workplace sexual harassment.

Presenters:

Birju Dattani, originally from Calgary, Alberta, Birju has extensive academic and practical experience in the field of human rights. He was awarded an LL.B. (with Honours) by the University of Wales in Aberstwyth, a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills by the City University of London and an LL.M. in Public International Law by the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition, Birju has spent time studying at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Cambridge University and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Birju’s previous professional experience include serving as Assistant Regional Director with Alberta Human Rights Commission and Teaching Fellow in the faculty of law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The son of refugees from Uganda, Birju has a life-long commitment to advancing the cause of human rights and is pleased to have the opportunity to support the Commission in doing so.

Amna Bhatti is working as a Human Rights Officer at the Yukon Human Rights Commission. Amna moved to Canada in 2016 after finishing her BA-LL.B. (with Honours) from Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. She completed her LL.M. at Osgoode Hall Law School while interning with the Ministry of Attorney General. After getting licensed as a lawyer in Ontario, Amna completed a Legal Advisor placement at Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa. In that position Amna undertook large-scale research projects for the Gender Equality Programme, one of which examined the unique vulnerabilities of female migrants in South Africa, and was published in a peer-reviewed report. As a Human Rights Officer at the Commission, Amna investigates cases of discrimination and harassment under the Yukon Human Rights Act. She also undertakes inquiry consultations and assists the Legal Counsel by conducting research and drafting documents. Moreover, Amna supports the public legal education work by giving presentations, and contributing to the Commission’s Workplace Sexual Harassment project.

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.

Click here for the Power Point slides in PDF format

Topic: Getting Back to Work: Developing Well-Being to Deal with the Changing Times

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: No charge Zoom webinar

In this workshop, we will look at some of our concerns as we look forward to a new beginning. We will ask about what we are looking forward to; what we are resistant to and we will learn some techniques to help us move through these changing times.

Presenter:
Derek LaCroix, QC, joined LAPBC as our Executive Director in 1997. With 46+ years’ work experience, he brings a sincere and valued perspective to his commitment to both the organization and to the BC legal profession. Derek practiced law for 19 years, primarily as a trial lawyer, and went on to expand his skills in business and counseling. This diverse range of interests has helped Derek become a respected leader in the legal, health care and recovery communities. He has served on committees with the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was a Commissioner of the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the Chair of the annual CoLAP conference for several years. He is also on several non-profit boards of societies dealing with addictions, education and spirituality. He is often called upon to present seminars and workshops throughout the province, and is tireless in his efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of legal professionals and those who care about them. He received the designation of Queen’s Counsel in 2004.

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.

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Topic: From Birth to Burial: The Lifecycle of a Litigated File

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: No charge Zoom webinar


In this CPD, you will be guided through the steps in managing a file, from client intake and management, pleadings, pre-trial strategies and discovery; settlement opportunities and procedures, trial advocacy, and post-trial / post-settlement steps.

Presenter: Sandy Kovacs is a leading personal injury lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is also a member of the Law Society of Yukon. Her practice includes litigating complex claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and historical sexual assault. She is an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching Law 435C “Personal Injury Law”. Ms. Kovacs’s recent trial results include Anderson v. Molon, 2020 BCSC 1247, a historical sexual abuse claim in direct negligence against the Roman Catholic Church in which record punitive damages were awarded; and Uy v. Dhillon, 2020 BCSC 1302, where she achieved a record damages award for the severely brain-injured plaintiff, in excess of $9 million.

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.

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Topic: Judicial Review with Justice Wenckebach

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: No charge Zoom webinar
CPD Credit: 1.5 hours

Grab your lunch and join us for a learning opportunity. Justice Wenckebach will be discussing the importance of reasons in the age of Vavilov. This session will also provide practical tips and information about judicial reviews along with a Question & Answer opportunity.

Presenter: Justice Karen Wenckebach.

Bio for Justice Karen Wenckebach.

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Topic: Law Firm Trust and General Books, Records and Accounts – Best Practices and the Use of Electronic Banking/Transaction Methods

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Yukon time
Cost: No charge Zoom webinar
CPD Credit: 2.5 hours
Description: This session will go through the best practices for both trust and general law firm bookkeeping with illustrative examples.  The session will cover recommendations from the Law Society’s auditors on maintaining books and records in compliance with the Law Society’s Legal Profession Act and Rules and go through the risks of using electronic banking in a law practice.  This session is ideal for both law society members, their administrative staff and/or bookkeepers (anyone working with the law firm’s trust and general books and records).
Presenters: Sara Jiménez, CPA, CA, CFF, CFE and Gustavo Jiménez, CPA, CGA, CFE – Sara and Gustavo have worked extensively with lawyers and law firms in both Alberta and the Yukon, performing trust audits and investigations, and assisting members with the proper maintenance of law firm books and records.  Sara and Gustavo run a CPA practice in Calgary, AB, performing forensic accounting and litigation support services and working with small business clients providing accounting and taxation compliance services and business advisory services.

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Topic: Children & Criminal Law

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Yukon time
Location: Live webinar on Zoom
Cost:  Free
CPD Credit: 3.0 hours
Speakers: Cpl. Kelly Manweiller, Simon Renouf, Noel Sinclair
Description: This Zoom CPD will touch on many topics regarding children and criminal law, including best practices for police officers when interviewing children, practical tips when preparing for trials involving children, developing rapport with child witnesses, legal principles regarding the treatment of children’s evidence in criminal trials and how to cross-examine child witnesses effectively without alienating the judge or jury or causing psychological harm to the child. This CPD will be of interest to criminal lawyers (both defence and Crown) as well as lawyers who work with children involved with the criminal justice system. There will be time allotted for the speakers to take questions from participants via the Zoom chat function. This CPD has been approved for 3.0 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.

BIOS

Cpl. Kelly Manweiller

Cpl. Kelly Manweiller has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Winnipeg with a double major in Justice and Law Enforcement and Conflict Resolution Studies.  She has been a RCMP officer for the past 21 years. She started her career in Northern Manitoba for the first 9 years, serving in both Norway House and Swan River Detachments prior to moving to the Yukon in 2008. While in the Yukon, Cpl Manweiller oversaw C Watch for a year, then moved to the Major Crime Unit for 3 years, from there she assisted in establishing the Specialized Response Unit whose mandate was to oversee and assist with sexualized assaults, domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse investigation, and after another 3-year term went back to the Major Crime Unit for a year, then returned to Whitehorse Detachment to the General Investigation Section for 2 years and then finally back to general duty policing and overseeing B Watch now for the past 2 years. 

Throughout her service Cpl. Manweiller has been passionate about working with survivors of sexualized assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Cpl. Manweiller was fortunate enough to take her first training in interviewing children in 2001 and has been mentoring other members in child interviewing throughout her service. Cpl. Manweiller is Step-Wise child interview trained and a Step-Wise Instructor. Cpl. Manweiller also has the honour of being on the Board of Directions for the Yukon Women’s Transition Home – Kaushee’s Place and Betty’s Haven. She is the proud mother of 2 boys (aged 19 & 15) and 3 dogs. She is an avid outdoors person and can often be found hiking the beautiful trails in and around Marsh Lake.

Noel Sinclair

Noel Sinclair is a retired N.W.T fishing guide who graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1993. For the first 9 years of his legal career Noel worked in private practice in Yellowknife and on Vancouver Island, focusing mainly on criminal law defence cases, family law litigation, child protection and other occasional solicitor’s work – stamping and signing-off on documents prepared by hard-working legal assistants.

Noel joined the Federal Prosecution Service (now the PPSC) as Crown Counsel in 2002 and has since then focused on criminal prosecutions across the Northern region from Pangnirtung to Beaver Creek. He currently serves as General Counsel for the PPSC Yukon Regional Office and is active as a trial and appellant lawyer at all levels of court in the Yukon. Noel is a past member of the Sexual Assault Response Committee and played an active role in the development of the Lynx Program for supporting child victims and witnesses.

He is regarded by many of his colleagues in the bar as an uncompromising, intransigent but otherwise good-natured prosecutor who is often incorrect and unsuccessful, but never uncertain.

Simon Renouf

Simon Renouf received his LL.B. degree (with distinction) from the University of Alberta in 1989.  He had received a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1971.

During his studies at the University of Alberta Simon received the George Bligh O’Connor Silver Medal, the Peter Lougheed Scholarship, the Chief Justice S. Bruce Smith Prize, the Parlee Scholarship, the W. Bernie Kelly, Q.C. Memorial Prize, and other prizes in labour law, contract law, administrative law, trusts and criminal law.

In the 1970s Simon was a staff member with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) where he participated in collective bargaining, prepared and presented the union’s position in numerous interest arbitrations, conducted legislative liaison and lobbying and taught part-time labour courses at both Niagara and Humber Colleges. 

From 1979 to 1985 Simon was executive director of United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) where he was chief negotiator for many rounds of collective bargaining, including province wide hospital strikes in 1980 and 1982.From 1985 to 1989, Simon was director of his own consulting company which provided collective bargaining and related services to unions and faculty associations.

Since 1990 Simon has been a member of the Alberta bar.  He is a member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association. Simon acts as trial and appellate defence counsel in criminal cases.  He has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta, the Yukon Territorial Court and in the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to his criminal law practice, Simon represents clients in professional conduct and administrative law matters before the courts and numerous federal and provincial administrative tribunals.

From 1992 to 2007 Simon was a Sessional Instructor with the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000.

From 1998 to 2002 Simon was an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta serving on the executive and virtually all committees, and as a member or chair of numerous disciplinary panels.  Simon chaired the Law Society’s Legal Aid negotiations committee.  He was also the Law Society representative on the law faculty council at the University of Alberta and on the board of directors of the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA).

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:
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
Description:
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.
Bios:
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
Speakers:
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
Materials:
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.