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  • Using a case scenario to set the stage, this paper addresses common issues that can arise in immigration matters, including determining a client’s civil status, investigating permanent residence options, and the effects of criminal charges or family medical issues on applications for permanent residency. This paper was presented at LESA’s How to Untangle Immigration Issues: An Overview and Analysis of a Case Scenario webinar on March 25, 2021.
  • Building on a 2007 LESA paper called Section 8 Factors, Fairness and Fruit of the Marriage Tree, this paper provides a timely update on the challenges lawyers and clients face when dividing family property. Topics include: the presumption of 50/50 sharing in s 7(4), exempt property in s 7(2), ‘just and equitable’ property in s 7(3), settlement (ss 37-38), increases in the value of exempt property, debt and exemptions, valuation date, retroactive and interim support, and pension division. This paper was presented at LESA’s Family Property Act and Fruit of the Marriage Tree 2021 Update webinar on March 23, 2021.
  • Board dysfunction may operate at different levels and be multifactorial. Sources of such dysfunction may be systemic to the organization, the result of human behaviours, or a combination of both. This paper identifies potential causes of board dysfunction and offers some suggestions for addressing the problems. This paper was presented at LESA’s Board Governance for Not-for-Profit Organizations webinar on February 9, 2021.
  • Lawyers, like other professionals, are often asked to participate on non-profit boards, which often involves providing that board with the presumed legal skills and legal guidance for board governance. This paper examines legal and governance structures of not-for-profit organizations. It further explores legal duties and obligations, potential liability (and how to avoid it), and key considerations for bylaws. This paper was presented at LESA’s Board Governance for Not-for-Profit Organizations webinar on February 2, 2021.
  • This paper focuses on 4 practical considerations for effective written advocacy: establishing your credibility as counsel, understanding your client’s objectives, preparing your case/developing the theory, and crafting a compelling narrative. This paper was presented at LESA’s Civil Litigation Series webinar on April 13, 2021.
  • This paper provides a brief overview of oppression claims and derivative actions pursuant to Part 19 of the Business Corporations Act. It also contains practical information on how to determine whether there is a potential claim, the selection of the appropriate commencement document, the procedure to launch an action, other important considerations, and how to avoid oppression claims and derivative actions in the first place. This paper was presented at LESA’s Civil Litigation Series webinar on March 17, 2021.
  • This detailed list provides a summary of legislative and jurisprudential authorities about how to establish facts in civil litigation matters and includes specific references to the Rules of Court and pinpointed sections in various Acts. The materials also identify strategies to help litigators choose which method of proof they should employ. This paper was presented at LESA’s Civil Litigation Series webinar on March 3, 2021.
  • These materials provide suggestions and strategies for effectively managing matters in chambers. Topics include consent, ex parte, and adjournment applications; notice requirements for applications and affidavits; contents of documents; what can and cannot be heard in chambers; time limits; evidence; protocols and courtesies; costs of an application; and preparation of orders. This paper was presented at LESA’s Civil Litigation Series webinar on February 18, 2021.
  • Estate litigation has unique nuances. This paper explores applicable legislation and rules that address who can be properly added as a party to estate litigation, who might have standing to participate, how litigation representatives need to function, and potential conflicts of interest that might exist. This paper was presented at LESA’s Civil Litigation Series webinar on February 4, 2021.
  • Explore the fundamentals of business for lawyers. Topics include an introduction to financial statements, financial statement analysis, business valuations, and business continuity planning. This four-part on-demand series was originally broadcasted as webinars between October – December, 2020. Each session is approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes. Each part in this series is also available for individual purchase.
  • These materials outline some of the preliminary considerations that must be given to Charter issues in every criminal file, and considerations for advancing the issues procedurally, strategically, and ethically. They also provide references to leading caselaw on some of the Charter principles which are most often raised in criminal proceedings This paper was presented at LESA’s Criminal Law Webinar Series on June 11, 2021.
  • This paper serves as a practitioner’s guide on how to approach the defence of a prosecution involving evidence obtained pursuant to a search warrant or other judicial pre-authorization. It examines five phases: seeking disclosure, reviewing the search warrant, reviewing the Information to Obtain (ITO), providing Charter notice, and making a Garafoli application. This paper was presented at LESA’s Criminal Law Webinar Series on April 16, 2021.