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The TLA offers a variety of learning opportunities through our CPD Nutshells and skills training. Our goal is to support you in your dual role as lawyer and business owner by providing education sessions on current issues directly affecting you and your practice: legal trends, legislative & court decisions, as well as practice and firm management guidance.

Your weekly TLA Update will keep you informed of all our upcoming educational programs. Take a moment to scan it when it arrives in your inbox on Tuesdays.

Nutshell Programs

  • Accredited - LSUC CPD
  • Affordable - $90 for members and $120 for non-members
  • Accessible - held in the Lawyers Lounge at 361 University Ave.
  • Convenient - generally begin after 5:00 p.m.
  • Succinct - detailed, relevant and timely information in 1.5 to 3 hours
  • Welcoming - friendly, relaxed learning environment

Research Skills Training

The TLA also presents a range of invaluable hands-on sessions. Professional trainers deliver demonstrations of library resources and popular databases.

This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by The Law Society of Upper Canada.

Exclusively for TLA members. For the price of 5 Nutshells, purchase a $449 CPD Unlimited package and get all your CPD at the TLA in 2018. Choose from a variety of practice areas. Some conditions apply.* This package may be paid for in one transaction or by 5 equal monthly instalments. Register today!

*No refunds will be given. CPD Unlimited packages are not transferable and apply to in-person attendance only. The package does not include not include Powerful Speaking Skills workshops.
TLA will host a free nutshell highlighting both the practical use of the CourtCall program by lawyers, as well as an interactive demonstration showcasing CourtCall's capabilities. Join TLA for a behind-the-scenes look at how lawyers can effectively apply CourtCall in their practice, including content ranging from how to schedule an appearance to the appearance protocol, all with visual illustrations. Sub-conferencing and document sharing will also be explored in real time. Registration details coming soon.
This year our Court House Orientation Tours will be held on August 21, 23 and 28. Each tour will run from 8:30am to 11am. Tours are limited to TLA Articling Student members only, and membership is free for Articling Students. While the tour is free of charge, pre-registration is required as the size of the tour groups is restricted. We will be taking registration on a first come, first served basis. RSVP by registering online. For group reservations, please contact Sandra Porter.
The process for how to become a Judge has been the subject of considerable discussion recently. Please join us for an informative panel discussion, with a view to de-mystifying the judicial application and appointment process. Registration information coming soon.
Everything you need to know to succeed at Articles, but they didn’t teach you in law school. Eight months. That’s your window of opportunity to prove your value to your principal or firm. Take a half day to learn how to lay the foundations for your career as a lawyer. Full details and registration form.
All family lawyers encounter high-conflict cases. Whether it’s the timing of the separation or intensity of the conflict, high-conflict separations can hijack a family lawyer’s practice. With a number of different approaches to handling high-conflict files, the family lawyer must be ever discerning. From the moment a client walks into your office, you need to figure out the best way possible to proceed. How do you decide and what factors are important to consider? Join our panel of experienced lawyers who will answer these questions and help you understand processes that are available throughout the life of a high-conflict file or one that becomes high-conflict. Full details and registration form.
Professionalism is required in any legal matter, but is especially apparent when appearing on motions. This nutshell is a primer aimed at articling students as they begin arguing Masters' Motions. It contains lessons on professionalism, ethics and practice management. Full details and registration form.
More details coming soon.
For many lawyers, taking on an unpopular cause is viewed as a post of honour. The oath that lawyers swear in Ontario mandates that they “not refuse causes of complaint reasonably founded.” This implies an objective standard, one of a reasonable person. But, what about a lawyer’s conscience? At what point should the lawyer’s own moral compass be involved in the decision to take on a client or cause?. In its 8th year, the TLA has organized a thought-provoking program on Ethics and Professionalism with dynamic speakers and topics that satisfy your annual Professionalism Hours. Full details and registration form.
One of the most overlooked but critical components of any trial, criminal or civil, is the decision to call your client. Inevitably, it is also one of the most terrifying. Your client’s testimony may be essential to answering the opposing party’s case, but it could also undo all of the good work you have done in cross examination in one fell swoop. Importantly, it will also be the last impression the trier of fact has before deciding the case. The crucial question for litigators facing this high stakes decision is what situations necessitate the client taking the stand and where could it actually detract from an otherwise sound case? A panel that includes a Superior Court Judge as well as leading counsel from the criminal and civil bar will examine these difficult questions. Registration information coming soon.
In our 6th annual Supreme Court of Canada roundup, our expert panel of seasoned lawyers and scholars returns to offer insightful comments about recent decisions by our top court and identify emerging trends in the areas of civil, criminal, and public law. Registration information coming soon.
With recent world events, a public spotlight has been shone on the issue of sexual harassment. As a result, there have been an increasing number of allegations of sexual harassment in workplaces across all sectors. In the wake of a number of high profile cases, it has become apparent that sexual harassment complaints need to be dealt with swiftly and effectively. This panel session will provide an interactive discussion amongst lawyers, who represent both employers and employees. Full details and registration form.
More details coming soon.
The articling experience introduces challenges unique to the role of both the articling student and articling principal. This program is designed to enhance the appreciation of actual or potential articling principals and students for those challenges. To be followed by a wine & cheese soiree. Full details and registration form.
Learn about the time-saving and effective New features available on WestlawNext Canada:
  • **New** Browse Legal Topics feature to find relevant material across multiple sources including cases & decisions, the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, Texts & Annotations, and legal memos
  • **New** Four ways to employ the Canadian Abridgement to pinpoint relevant caselaw faster
  • **New**  Enhanced & Expanded Texts & Annotations Library with Reading Mode
  • Learn Cost Effective Research Strategies valued by Canadian law firms

Sign up to attend an in-person training session. A complimentary breakfast will be provided, as well as a certificate of completion. Everyone is welcome. Pre-registration is required.

This program contains 60 minutes of Professionalism Content
  • Wednesday Jun 27th
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • TLA Boardroom, 2nd floor
  • 361 University Avenue, Toronto