Thursday

OBA'S Institute 2019 Thursday, February 7, 2019

Personalize your experience at OBA’s Institute by selecting from over 30 CPD programs and special events created by leading experts and specialists. Current, practical and dynamic programming is available to you.

Questions about registration? registrations@oba.org

7:45 am to 8:45 am

SOLE, SMALL FIRM & GENERAL PRACTICE

PROACTIVELY MANAGING YOUR FILES FOR A LAW SOCIETY OF ONTARIO AUDIT

Gain the proactive and preventative tools you need to identify possible deficiencies in your practice. Our experts will help you with:

  • File Management: Opening and Closing File Procedure
  • File Storage: Procedure and Length of Time and File Destruction
  • Financial Management: Fees and Billing; Controls for Accounts Payable and Receivable, Trust Accounts

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

HEALTH LAW

BEST PRACTICES ON PRIVACY ISSUES AND WORKING WITH EXPERTS IN HEALTH LAW

From the new guidelines on privacy, to expert advice for working with experts, our experienced faculty will provide you with what you should know to best serve your clients. Join us for both a comprehensive look at a range of current health law topics, as well as gathering practical tips to assist you in your day-to-day practice.

Register now for this valuable and timely program with our stellar panelists.

LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

Unraveling Good Faith in the Employment Relationship

Since the Supreme Court of Canada’s seminal decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew, bad faith is routinely pleaded in employment cases. Join us to explore what good faith means in the employment context, and how Bhasin is being interpreted and applied by the lower courts and arbitrators.  

How does this decision interact with the SCC’s landmark decision on aggravated and punitive damages in Honda v. Keays? Our expert faculty will share valuable insights on how to distinguish between punitive, aggravated and bad faith damages, and share valuable strategies for bringing or responding to allegations of bad faith.

REAL PROPERTY LAW

Commercial Real Estate Transactions: From Start to Finish

Join us to gain a thorough understanding of a wide array of issues that can arise before, during and after a commercial transaction closes and practice tips to help you manage, minimize or avoid these issues. Learn about tips, traps, and tribulations from planning lawyers and get a walkthrough of a precedent closing agenda ranging from standard to unique pre-closing matters.  

You will also hear from a title insurer on how you can avoid the most common claims against commercial title insurance policies. Explore the Rules of Professional Conduct and learn what to do when the lawyer on the other side has not completed an undertaking. As well, you will obtain insights from a mediator on how best to avoid unnecessary litigation and save yourself from costly disputes. 

12:15 PM to 1:00 PM

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION LAW

CRITICAL UPDATES ON IMMIGRATION LAW: CANNABIS, FOREIGN WORKERS, MEDICAL INADMISSIBILITY & MORE

Citizenship and Immigration laws and policies are continuously evolving with further changes expected in the upcoming months. Keep up to date on recent developments by attending this engaging program with your peers. Hear from our esteemed faculty and get the latest information on criminality and effect of new cannabis laws, updates on the temporary foreign workers program and international mobility program, refugee law and Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) updates, and medical inadmissibility changes.

TRUSTS & ESTATES LAW

TACKLING UNSETTLED ISSUES IN TRUSTS AND ESTATES LAW

Join us to hear from expert practitioners as they grapple with the most challenging unsettled issues facing trusts and estates lawyers today in a fun and engaging debate-style format. Get clarity on where the uncertainty continues to exist to allow you to best represent your clients, and gather helpful advice on how to navigate the murky waters. Plus, decide who is right and who is wrong with our interactive voting technology.

WORKERS COMPENSATION LAW

CHRONIC MENTAL STRESS: IMPACT ON WORKPLACE HARASSMENT INVESTIGATIONS, LITIGATION AND REMEDIES

New  coverage  for  chronic  mental  stress  under  the  Workplace  Safety  and  Insurance  Act,  1997  will  now  apply  to  cases  of  workplace harassment. This change in legislation will impact existing legal practice relating to workplace investigations, dispute resolution, and litigation.  

Join our stellar faculty as we tackle this important topic from a unique perspective, focusing on the exclusive jurisdiction of the WSIB over injuries  flowing  from workplace harassment, new considerations for complaints and investigations, and strategic litigation planning when pursuing a remedy or defending a claim. You will also gain practical tips on how to litigate strategically, directly from experienced counsel. 
  
Register now to ensure you are current on this timely and important issue.

5:15 pm TO 7:15 pm

RECEPTION FOR STUDENTS

CAREERS TO DISCOVER: A NETWORKING RECEPTION FOR ARTICLING STUDENTS AND LPP CANDIDATES

Are you curious to see what opportunities exist in law? Not sure where to start on your career path?  Join us for an engaging evening with distinguished members of the Bar in an informal setting and delve into details about various career options. Connect with our diverse guests who come from a broad range of legal careers and discuss their perspectives on life after articling/LPP, including traditional careers, opening your practice, moving into an in-house role, and alternative careers.