The Personal Injury Lawyer’s Guide to Virtual Events in Canada: September 2020 Edition

Lawyers who enjoyed attending conferences and networking events before the pandemic may be missing the educational aspect, as well as the social element of spending time with your colleagues and friends. Professional conferences are an opportunity to hear directly from industry leaders, break yourself out of your usual routine, and pick up new skills.

Thankfully, there are many options available for information-packed conferences and networking events you can attend remotely – and while virtual and Zoom socials are not the same, they can still help with staying connected.

Growing your network helps with finding referral sources, mentors, new jobs, and building your personal brand. Check out some upcoming virtual educational and networking events for Canadian lawyers curated by Medchart team below:

September 2nd, 2020 – 2pm-3pm EST. The Canadian Bar Association, A Different Way to Practice Law. Does the practice of law have to involve long hours of drudgery and sacrifice of time and connection with other important things in life (such as the self, the community, and family and friends)?

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September 10, 2020 – 5:15pm-7pm EST. Toronto Lawyers Association, Advice for Trial Lawyers from the Appeal’s Perspective. This panel of appellate experts will share tips and advice on how counsel can improve their client’s position, as either appellant or respondent, by thinking ahead. 

Cost: $50 + HST (members), $120 + HST (non-members). Complimentary tickets are available for law school students.  

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September 11, 2020 – 12pm-1:15pm EST. Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Effective Cross-examination of the Defendant in an Occupier and Municipal Slip and Fall Case. A 75 minute webinar with Alan Preyra and Joel McCoy from Bermanis, Preyra LLP to learn the ins & outs, tips & tricks of conducting an effective Cross-Examination of the Defendant in an Occupier and Municipal Slip and Fall Case.

Cost: $99 (members)

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September 14, 2020 – 9am-12:30pm EST. The Canadian Bar Association, Writing Persuasive Legal Documents. Writing strategically is as important as oral advocacy. All lawyers, new and seasoned, need to be continuously sharpening their drafting skills. Learn how to write in a tactical and winning way while moving beyond the reliance on boilerplate precedents. Get expert guidance on how to write and win in a practical, strategic, and focused way.

Cost: $200 + HST (members), $302 (non-members)

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September 15, 2020 – 12pm-1:30pm EST. The Canadian Bar Association, Update on Key Civil Litigation Cases Across Canada. This webinar is will cover 12+ of the most recent and significant civil litigation cases throughout Canada. Knowledgeable speakers will walk you through the decisions and provide you with the advice you need to remain on the right side of emerging case law. Some of the cases that will be reviewed include:

Cost: $55 (members), $220 (non-members)

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September 16, 2020 – 2pm-3pm EST. The Canadian Bar Association, What Next?: Legal Markets and Marketing – Now and Future. A conversation on legal markets, marketing and business development for lawyers considering what could be next for them and their legal careers, and how to position for success especially as the legal market undergoes tremendous change at the speed of summer lightening.

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September 17th, 2020 - 5pm-6pm EST. Toronto Lawyers Association, NSA Network: A conversation on Diversity. A panel discussion with four internationally trained lawyers from different countries, who will share their experiences getting qualified and finding work in Canada. 

Cost: $10 + HST. This program is open to all lawyers, licensing candidates and law school students.

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September 24th, 2020 – 12pm-1pm EST. Country of Carlton Law Association, Diversity Virtual Book Club: MMIWG Final Report – Chapter 6. This is the sixth instalment of the CCLA Diversity Book Club. The participants will be discussing and reflecting on Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In keeping with the Final Report’s calls to justice, this event aims to raise awareness within our community about the genocide against Indigenous Peoples through state laws, policies, and colonial practices.

*Please note that there is no requirement to have attended the book club’s other meetings.

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September 25th, 2020 – 12pm-1:30pm PST. The Canadian Bar Association, Effective Document Management in Digital Hearings. In the "new normal" of virtual hearings, lawyers are being asked to advocate for their clients in a new environment. There are various documents on best practices for running and behaving in virtual hearings, but not many cover the "nitty-gritty" of how to manage and present documents in the digital environment. In this session, Kate Gower discusses what is happening in Courts across Canada to maintain procedural integrity in virtual proceedings and shares best practices for managing documents in the digital environment.

Cost: $65 + GST (members), $115 + GST (non-members)

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September 25th, 9am-4:15pm ADT. The Canadian Bar Association, Evidence & Experts. This year’s annual civil litigation program, covering topics like A Trial During Covid-19, Ten Ways to Lose at the Court of Appeal, The Top Ten Cases (And Some More Besides) from the Supreme Court of Canada: Personal Injury & Insurance, 2019-20, and much more.

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September 28th, 2020 – 12:30pm-2pm PST. Trial Lawyers Association of BC, The (Near) Future of Appellate Practice in British Columbia – a Conversation with the Chief Justice and the Registrar of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. The meeting will provide a forum for the Chief Justice and the Registrar to present their near term ideas on broad matters such as the technological changes expected at the court or changes to how hearings are conducted and more narrow, technical matters such as paperless appeals and chambers practice.  

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September 30th, 2020 – 2pm-3pm EST. The Canadian Bar Association, The Rule of Law in the Current Pandemic:  Permutations within the Landscape of Civil Rights and the Law. This webinar will touch on the surface of the Rule of Law in Canada and comparatively assess how it imparts upon society domestically and globally in other jurisdictions.  You will learn about salient civil rights issues arising within this realm, including but not limited to topics of privacy, access to justice, and mobility rights.

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Please check dates and times directly on associations' websites as this information may change.