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    • Thursday, February 29, 2024
    • 17:30 - 19:30
    • Zoom
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    ESCAPING THE TALIBAN: JUSTICE CATRINA BRAID IN CONVERSATION WITH A FEMALE AFGHAN JUDGE

    When: Thursday, February 29, 2024  (5:30 pm -7:30 pm)

    Where: View this webcast program from your home or office computer.

    This program qualifies for 40 min Substantive, 25 min Professionalism, and 55 min EDI content

    Since the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan in August 2021, women judges throughout the country have lost their jobs, had their lives threatened and have been forced to evacuate or go into hiding. Members of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) assisted these women to flee the country in dangerous circumstances. Thirty-seven of the Afghan women judges came to Canada as government-sponsored refugees. Judge Nazira Safi arrived in Kitchener in February 2023. 

    Please join Justice Catrina Braid as she discusses with Judge Safi about life in Afghanistan before 2021; how and why she became a judge; the security risks of being a woman judge in Afghanistan; her escape from Afghanistan and her future plans in Canada.

    Registration is required to receive the instructions to sign into the session.

     

    This program contains 55 min of EDI, 25 Professionalism, and 40 min Substantive Content



    Registration Fee: This is a free session for WRLA members. The cost for non-members is $50.00 


    • Friday, March 01, 2024
    • 09:00 - 12:30
    • LSO Webcast

    THE EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT - A PRIMER 2024

    Friday, March 1, 2024 (9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

    View this webcast program from your home or office computer.

    This program qualifies for 3 h 30 m Substantive

    Co-Chairs:

    Jonquille Pak, JPak Employment Lawyers

    Carita Wong, Israel Foulon Wong LLP

    Back for a second year, this foundational program reviews the essential requirements of the Employment Standards Act, including recent changes to the legislation. Our presenters cover the basics and delve into some of the more vexing issues that can challenge even the most experienced employment law lawyer or paralegal. Join us for this primer and take home invaluable materials which will help you provide the most up-to-date advice to your clients.

    • Get an update on ESA protected leaves - maternity, disability, and emergency disease protection
    • Learn more about who is covered by the Act, including the status of remote workers
    • Understand which ESA changes are proposed or have been enacted in Ontario

    Program Agenda


      Please note that 11+ participants are required to secure the 50% off discount. The WRLA will notify participants if registration does not reach 11 participants.

      If 11 people register, the cost of the event will be $115.00 + HST ($14.95) for a total of $129.95 for WRLA members. 

      Registration for this CPD will close on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. We cannot accept registrations after this time.

      **We must receive your payment on or before Friday, February 23, 2024 in order to register you with the LSO for this CPD.**

      WRLA Cancellation Policy

      • Wednesday, March 06, 2024
      • 09:00 - 12:00
      • LSO Webcast

      THE Annotated guardianship application 2024

      Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

      View this webcast program from your home or office computer.

      This program qualifies for 2 h Substantive, 1 h Professionalism 

      Co-Chairs:

      Jan Goddard, Goddard Gamage LLP

      Yasmin Vinograd, Merovitz Potechin LLP

      Issues of legal decision-making and the status of incapacitated adults have become more common in the past few years, so applications for guardianship have risen in response. Our presenters give you helpful tips on how to give your clients sound advice and solid advocacy in this specialized area. They also give you an annotated Application for Guardianship document which can be an invaluable, takeaway resource for your practice. 

      • Hear about how to deal with high conflict families and the alternatives to contested hearings
      • Understand the role of section 3 counsel
      • Learn what's involved with replacing or terminating a guardian, implementing guardianship, and passing accounts

      Program Agenda


        Please note that 11+ participants are required to secure the 50% off discount. The WRLA will notify participants if registration does not reach 11 participants.

        If 11 people register, the cost of the event will be $115.00 + HST ($14.95) for a total of $129.95 for WRLA members. 

        Registration for this CPD will close on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. We cannot accept registrations after this time.

        **We must receive your payment on or before Wednesday, February 28, 2024 in order to register you with the LSO for this CPD.**

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        • Wednesday, March 06, 2024
        • 13:00 - 16:00
        • LSO Webcast
        Registration is closed

        THE Annotated alter ego trust and discretionary trust 2024

        Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.)

        View this webcast program from your home or office computer.

        This program qualifies for 2 h 15 m Substantive, 45 m Professionalism 

        Co-Chairs:

        M. Elena Hoffstein, Miller Thomson LLP

        Joan Jung, Miller Thomson LLP

        The creation of a trust has always been an important tool in the toolbox of every estates lawyer. But in recent years, more specialized trust instruments have gained prominence in meeting your clients' needs. This program provides you with practical guidance on how to draft both an Alter Ego Trust and a Discretionary Trust. Our expert presenter panels review all of the pertinent legislative and case law developments, and provide you with updated Annotated Alter Ego and Discretionary Trust precedents as solid resource documents.

        • Receive an overview of the tax issues related to trusts
        • Hear about the common errors to avoid in setting up trusts, and how to use trust precedents effectively
        • Learn what should be included in your retainer agreements and reporting letters

        Program Agenda


          Please note that 11+ participants are required to secure the 50% off discount. The WRLA will notify participants if registration does not reach 11 participants.

          If 11 people register, the cost of the event will be $115.00 + HST ($14.95) for a total of $129.95 for WRLA members. 

          Registration for this CPD will close on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. We cannot accept registrations after this time.

          **We must receive your payment on or before Wednesday, February 28, 2024 in order to register you with the LSO for this CPD.**

          WRLA Cancellation Policy

          • Tuesday, March 19, 2024
          • 09:00 - 12:00
          • LSO Webcast
          Register

          buying or selling a business 2024

          Tuesday, March 19, 2024 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

          View this webcast program from your home or office computer.

          This program qualifies for 2 h 30 m Substantive, 30 m Professionalism 

          Co-Chairs:

          Ryan Done, Miller Thomson LLP

          Anna Naud, True North Law

          The annual go-to event for all business law practitioners returns! Join us this year as we focus on how to build your deal team and what you need to know to ensure your next deal closes smoothly. Get timely updates on law, policy, and practice from both small and large firm perspectives on transactions of every shape and size. Practitioners and professionals with other areas of expertise also provide you with key points of information for you to use and keep in mind for your next deal.

          • Hear the latest on IP, tax, labour, and employment law issues in a transaction
          • Understand your role when you manage or participate in a sale/bid for a business
          • Learn effective tips for negotiating reps, warranties, and related indemnifications

          Program Agenda


            Please note that 11+ participants are required to secure the 50% off discount. The WRLA will notify participants if registration does not reach 11 participants.

            If 11 people register, the cost of the event will be $115.00 + HST ($14.95) for a total of $129.95 for WRLA members. 

            Registration for this CPD will close on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. We cannot accept registrations after this time.

            **We must receive your payment on or before Tuesday, March 12, 2024 in order to register you with the LSO for this CPD.**

            WRLA Cancellation Policy

            • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
            • 09:00
            • Thursday, March 21, 2024
            • 16:00
            • LSO Webcast
            Register

            18th FAMILY LAW SUMMIT

            Wednesday, March 20, 2024 & Thursday, March 21, 2024,
            (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

            View this webcast program from your home or office computer

            This program qualifies for 9 h Substantive, 2 h Professionalism, 1 h EDI Professionalism

            Co-Chairs:

            Kelly D. Jordan, C. S., Kelly D. Jordan Family Law Firm

            Shawn Richard, TEP, BA. Shawn Richard Family and Estate Law


            Now in its 18th year, the Family Law Summit is the go-to conference for family law lawyers. Experienced lawyers, judges, and other experts in the field take a critical look and provide valuable insights into a wide range of topics that impact family law lawyers and their clients. From the latest cases you need to know to spousal support, property and financial issues, parenting and contact time, and child support, you get practical information and tips to assist you, plus practice management information to help you face the challenges in this complex area.

            • Be aware of the latest family law cases in our popular case law update
            • Get tips on completing financial statements
            • Hear from our judicial panel on the hot topics in family law
            • Learn how AI is used in ADR
            • Understand family violence in racialized families and the intersectional impacts of culture, the role of the extended family, and community
            • Find out about the issue of entitlement in spousal support cases

            Program Agenda


            Please note that 11+ participants are required to secure the 50% off discount. WRLA will notify participants if registration does not reach 11 participants and issue a refund.

            If 11 people register, the cost of the event will be $272.50 + HST ($35.43) for a total of $307.93 for WRLA members. This price includes registration for both days (webcast only).  

            Registration for this CPD will close on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. We cannot accept registrations after this time.

            **The WRLA must receive your payment  on or before Wednesday, March 13, 2024 in order to register you with LSO for this CPD.**

            WRLA Cancellation Policy

            • Wednesday, March 27, 2024
            • 09:00 - 12:30
            • LSO Webcast
            Register

            WILLS AND ESTATES REFRESHER 2024

            Wednesday, March 27, 2024 (9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

            View this webcast program from your home or office computer.

            This program qualifies for 2 h 30 m Substantive, 1 h Professionalism 

            Chair:

            Ed Esposto, TEP, Aird & Berlis LLP

            The past few years have brought tremendous change for the wills and estates practitioner – not only legislative but also in how you interact with your clients and manage files. To steer through it all efficiently while meeting your professional responsibilities requires solid core skills and the ability to identify and manage challenges. Our expert panel engages in meaningful discussion through real-life scenarios as they guide you through the essentials of taking client instructions, drafting considerations, managing ethical dilemmas, and more. A must-attend program for those starting out, or anyone seeking practical guidance on fundamental principles.

            • Receive useful tips to support client communication and manage expectations
            • Discuss drafting best practices to avoid errors and meet evidentiary thresholds
            • Gain insight into the diverse nature of modern family arrangements and their impact on the will
            • Understand proposed succession planning requirements and your practice

            Program Agenda


              Please note that 11+ participants are required to secure the 50% off discount. The WRLA will notify participants if registration does not reach 11 participants.

              If 11 people register, the cost of the event will be $115.00 + HST ($14.95) for a total of $129.95 for WRLA members. 

              Registration for this CPD will close on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. We cannot accept registrations after this time.

              **We must receive your payment on or before Wednesday, March 20, 2024 in order to register you with the LSO for this CPD.**

              WRLA Cancellation Policy

              • Tuesday, April 16, 2024
              • 16:30 - 21:00
              • Crowne Plaza Hotel, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON
              Register

              Registrants will receive a link to a form to select their dinner entree in the confirmation email sent after you have completed your registration.


              To view options for entrees, please click here. Attendees can indicate any dietary restrictions at the time of registration. Cash bar will be available.


              Cost:

              • $120/person 
              • $900 for a table of eight (8).

              Location:

              • AGM, Trillium Suite, The Crowne Plaza
              • Coulter Osborne Awards Dinner, Kitchener Suite, The Crowne Plaza


                We hope to see you there!

                Please RSVP your attendance by  4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2024

              Past events

              Wednesday, February 28, 2024 The Eight-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2024
              Thursday, February 22, 2024 Succession Planning and Law Practice Sales
              Tuesday, February 20, 2024 10 Highlights for Your New Practice: 2022-2023
              Wednesday, January 24, 2024 The Annotated Powers of Attorney for Property and for Personal Care 2024
              Wednesday, January 24, 2024 The Annotated Will 2024
              Thursday, January 18, 2024 How to Be Effective as Counsel at Mediation
              Friday, December 15, 2023 2023 CRIMPOWR Holiday Party
              Thursday, December 14, 2023 Understanding ADHD in the Legal Profession
              Thursday, December 07, 2023 2023 WRLA Holiday Open House
              Tuesday, December 05, 2023 From Unwell to a Path Towards Wellness and Balance
              Monday, December 04, 2023 Real Estate Refresher 2023
              Saturday, December 02, 2023 Impaired Driving 2023
              Tuesday, November 28, 2023 The Eight-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2023
              Wednesday, November 15, 2023 Safeguarding Real Estate Transactions 2023
              Wednesday, November 15, 2023 The Six-Minute Real Estate Lawyer 2023
              Thursday, November 09, 2023 13th Business Law Summit
              Thursday, November 02, 2023 Intensive Child Protection Training Primer 2023
              Wednesday, November 01, 2023 Tiptoeing through the Minefield: Pensions in Ontario Family Law
              Wednesday, October 18, 2023 26th Estates and Trusts Summit
              Thursday, October 12, 2023 CRIMPOWR Presents: Evidence 101
              Wednesday, October 11, 2023 24th Employment Law Summit
              Friday, September 29, 2023 The Twelve-Minute Civil Litigator 2023
              Wednesday, September 27, 2023 September 2023 Thirsty Thursday (Wednesday Edition)
              Tuesday, September 26, 2023 Practice Gems: Administration of Estates 2023
              Tuesday, September 26, 2023 Practice Gems: Probate Essentials 2023
              Wednesday, September 06, 2023 Opening of the Courts, 2023
              Friday, June 16, 2023 Anti-Black Racism Training
              Thursday, June 15, 2023 What Legal Practitioners Should Know Before Joining a Board
              Tuesday, June 13, 2023 Waterloo Region Law Association Annual Golf Tournament
              Thursday, May 04, 2023 The Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2023
              Tuesday, May 02, 2023 Former NHLer Shayne Corson Shares his Mental Health Journey
              Wednesday, April 26, 2023 Tips and Tricks for Writing the Bar and P1 Exam
              Monday, April 17, 2023 CaseLines Training: Training By a Lawyer, for Lawyers
              Friday, April 14, 2023 Legal Attire Fitting at the WRLA
              Tuesday, April 04, 2023 2023 AGM & Coulter Osborne Awards Dinner
              Thursday, March 30, 2023 Wills and Estates Refresher 2023
              Tuesday, March 28, 2023 CRIMPOWR Meeting
              Tuesday, March 28, 2023 17th Family Law Summit
              Tuesday, February 28, 2023 Annotated Employment Agreement Clauses 2023
              Thursday, January 26, 2023 The Annotated Will 2023
              Friday, December 16, 2022 2022 CRIMPOWR Holiday Party
              Thursday, December 08, 2022 WRLA Holiday Open House
              Monday, November 28, 2022 The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2022
              Thursday, November 24, 2022 November 2022 Thirsty Thursday
              Thursday, November 17, 2022 The Six-Minute Real Estate Lawyer 2022
              Wednesday, November 16, 2022 Remote Resources for WRLA Members - vLex and Irwin Law
              Thursday, November 10, 2022 Coulter Osborne Awards Dinner
              Wednesday, October 19, 2022 25th Estates and Trusts Summit
              Wednesday, October 12, 2022 23rd Employment Law Summit
              Friday, September 16, 2022 Untangling the Web of High Conflict Family Law Cases
              Tuesday, September 06, 2022 Opening of the Courts
              Thursday, August 25, 2022 New Licensee and Law Student Courthouse and Law Library Orientation Tour
              Monday, June 27, 2022 Waterloo Region Law Association Annual Golf Tournament
              Tuesday, April 26, 2022 VLEX, Vincent and Irwin Law Collection Training
              Tuesday, February 01, 2022 Anti-Islamophobia Training Presented by the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW
              Wednesday, January 26, 2022 The Annotated Will 2022
              Thursday, December 09, 2021 WRLA Holiday Open House
              Wednesday, December 01, 2021 Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment Presents Mental Health 101 for Legal Professionals
              Tuesday, September 28, 2021 Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late. Prevent Mental Illness and Mental Health Stigma in Your Workplace Before it Happens
              Tuesday, September 07, 2021 2021 Opening of the Courts
              Wednesday, August 25, 2021 Waterloo Region Law Association Annual Golf Tournament
              Monday, June 14, 2021 What Does a (New) Lawyer Need to Know About Running a Law Practice?
              Tuesday, June 01, 2021 FEMPOWR Spring Program – Knowing your Value – Defining your Brand – Building your Voice
              Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Mental Health for Legal Professionals Summit
              Wednesday, March 03, 2021 Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Legal Profession
              Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Parental Leaves in the Legal Profession
              Monday, December 21, 2020 WRLA Virtual Holiday Social
              Thursday, December 10, 2020 Sexual Violence and Gender Inequity in the Workplace (Free 2-Hour EDI Program)
              Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Negotiation, Reconciliation, Separation and/or Divorce: A Roadmap to Efficient Alternatives
              Saturday, November 07, 2020 How to Get Paid and Collect Your Fees Without Breaking the LSO's Rules
              Tuesday, October 06, 2020 A Discussion on COVID-19's Unique Impact on Women in the Legal Profession
              Thursday, September 24, 2020 FLOWR Meeting
              Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Opening of the Courts & Presentation of the Coulter Osborne Award
              Monday, August 24, 2020 CaseLines Webinar
              Saturday, August 22, 2020 How to Build a Dominant Web Presence Without Breaking the LSO Rules
              Friday, May 08, 2020 FLOWR Zoom Meeting
              Tuesday, April 07, 2020 Annual General Meeting

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