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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.
With the “bombshell” that is R v. Jordan, all eyes are once again on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  While the first instinct of many defence lawyers is to jump at a chance to stay the charges, the Charter offers numerous other remedies. Join us as our experienced panellists - a Crown, Defence and Professor - sit down to talk about sections 11b, 7 and 24(1) of the Charter and walk you through key issues. Full details and registration.
In 2014, the Supreme Court in Hryniak mandated a “culture shift” by saying more cases should be determined by summary judgment motions. They enhance access to justice as a cheaper, faster alternative to full trials. Thus, in the last four years, this formerly under-used procedure has become one of the most important tools of civil litigators. Our diverse panel of experts, comprising a veteran motions judge and litigation counsel, will provide their unique perspective and useful information and advice on post-Hryniak developments pertinent to your practice. Full details and registration.
The use of multiple wills is one of the most effective estate planning strategies available to save and, sometimes, completely avoid estate administration tax on death. Therefore, careful drafting is required to ensure that the intended outcome is achieved. Whether drafting a primary or secondary Will or a Power of Attorney, much danger exists in relying on a boilerplate document. If you are you starting out as a Wills & Estates lawyer, or have some experience under your belt but need a refresher, then you’ll want to join our panel of seasoned lawyers from the Bar. Full details and registration.
A series of recent decisions have opened the door to funding of commercial litigation in Canada. Clients see litigation funding as a means of advancing claims, while sharing or offsetting the risk and cost. Litigators can use funding to attract clients who could not otherwise afford their services, to help large clients manage cost and risk, and to offer creative fee arrangements, all while ensuring that meritorious cases are properly resourced through to trial. The panelists include litigators from both large and small firms, and counsel for a litigation funder. They will discuss what litigation funding is and how it works in practice, what the courts have had to say about, and why counsel are increasingly thinking about funding now. Full details and registration.
Award-winning and renowned CEO Bonnie Gross of SpeechScience International Inc. is delivering a series of workshops that will teach you the secrets and tips of how great leaders, such as John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, have used their voice to exude power and leadership. Ms. Gross will use a series of interactive exercises together with audio, video and computer bio-feedback technology to provide you with individual feedback on how to develop your voice. All workshops include participatory lecture style and personal coaching and skills improvement. Sessions will be held in the TLA Boardroom (361 University Avenue Courthouse, 2nd floor) commencing at 5:30 p.m. Sessions are 2 ½ hours in length and a light dinner will be provided. A maximum of 8 registrants will be accepted to each session. Full details and registration.
Writing is one of the most difficult foundational skills of law students and new lawyers. Following our popular Writing Effective Memoranda of Law Nutshell, this program will help you escalate your legal writing to the next level. The premise of this unique group workshop is anchored in the following approach to learning: “Tell me & I will forget. Show me & I will remember. Involve me & I will understand.” – Confucius. Cultivate your ability to write clearly, concisely and elegantly in this interactive program. Your active participation will address in real time common writing challenges. Full details and registration.
Learn how to do your research effectively with Lexis Advance Quicklaw. The new platform, which has all the same content as classic Quicklaw, features new ways to filter your results; paragraph highlighting and notation; cleaner document formatting; and enhanced note-up records to more efficiently review citing cases.

Sign up to attend a WebEx training session led by certified LexisNexis trainer Gordon Brough. This one-hour session, which is accredited for 1 hour of CPD, will have a Family Law focus and will cover:
  • Searching board and court decisions by keyword
  • Quickly noting up decisions
  • Finding cases by party name, counsel, judge or arbitrator using the new Advance Search forms
  • Finding cases considering specific sections of legislation and accessing point-in-time legislation
  • Searching legal encyclopedias (i.e. Halsbury’s), textbooks and indices related to Family Law
  • Finding forms and precedents and using Family Law quantum services
Pre-registration is required.

Total CPD = 1.0 hour Professionalism Content
  • Thursday January 18, 2017
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • At your desk
  • Follow link provided upon registration
Attend this overview to learn about the time-saving 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 case law faster
  • **New** Enhanced & expanded Texts & Annotations library with Reading Mode
  • Tips and insights on how to do better research

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

Total CPD = 1.0 hour Professionalism Content
  • Wednesday January 24, 2017
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • TLA Boardroom, 2nd floor
  • 361 University Avenue, Toronto