Free Webinars on Mental Health Law

This month LexisNexis is hosting two free webinars on mental health and law. Check the descriptions below for more information and registration.

Each Webinar Includes:

  • CPD Credits: 1 hour (Substantive)
    • For Ontario, 1 hour can be applied towards the 9 Substantive Hours of Continuing Professional Development as required by the Law Society of Ontario
    • For other provinces, consider including this 1 hour course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society
  • A chance to interact through online question and answer periods
  • A recording of the live event

Mental Health and the Crossroads of Indigenous Persons, Bail & Sentencing January 17, 2023 12:00 PM

Contributing authors of “Law and Mental Health in Canada: Cases and Materials” discuss the intersection of mental health and Indigenous persons who become charged with a criminal charge or come before the Consent and Capacity Board. They also explore the ways mental health can impact decisions at the bail and sentencing stages in criminal proceedings.

Key Learning Objectives
• To identify and address issues specific to Indigenous persons living with mental health disorders in both the criminal and civil mental health fields.
• To identify and address issues specific to bail and sentencing for accused persons presenting with mental health disorders.
• To participate in a Question & Answer period with the opportunity to ask live questions.

Administrative Tribunal Litigation and Mental Health January 25, 2023 12:00 PM

The co-authors and General Editors of “Law and Mental Health in Canada: Cases and Materials” discuss the pros and cons of mental health law litigation before civil mental health review panels and Criminal Code Review Boards across Canada, including particular challenges for both litigants and tribunals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered include the nature of these hearings, the expertise of panels, rules of evidence and the tribunals, best practices in appearing as counsel for parties in such proceedings, cultural competency and tips for avoiding the appearance of institutional bias and providing full and fair hearings.

Key Learning Objectives
• To identify and address issues specific to administrative law litigation where mental health is an issue as distinct from traditionally adversarial trial proceedings in Court and how to ensure full and fair, bias-free hearings both from the perspective of litigants and the tribunal.
• To participate in a Question & Answer period with the opportunity to ask live questions

ICYMI: Practice Area Fundamentals

Did you know that the Law Society’s Education Centre updated and added new content to their Practice Area Fundamentals documents last September? Whether you are brushing up on current law and practice in Manitoba or new to a practice area, the Practice Area Fundamentals are a valuable free resource for our Members.

Developed with volunteer lawyers with relevant practice experience, Practice Area Fundamentals update the old Bar Admission (aka CPLED) materials in several practice areas.

Alongside the chapter on Criminal Law, the Education Centre added new chapters in:

Check out the Practice Area Fundamentals section at the Law Society of Manitoba Education Centre.

Jessop Competition Call for Volunteer Judges

Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for the oral rounds at the 2022 Jessup Canadian Qualifying Tournament in Winnipeg, Manitoba from February 10-12, 2022. This is a great opportunity to interact with current law students and colleagues from across Canada. All volunteers are welcome to attend the Judges’ Reception as well as the Gala Award Dinner.

In many jurisdictions, serving as a moot court judge counts towards Continuing Legal Education / Continued Professional Development credit.

Judges will receive background materials including:

  • The legal problem;
  • A comprehensive Bench Memo that details the problem and provides a general overview of the public international law principles teams are expected to address;
  • Copies of the teams’ written arguments are also available for judges to review prior to adjudication of the round.

Oral round judges will sit in panels of three and score the performance of competing schools.

Judges have the opportunity and are encouraged to provide feedback to students following the round.

Organizers attempt to balance the panel based on the judges’ practice area and experience in international law; familiarity in public international law is an asset but not a requirement to judge.

Rounds typically last 2.5 hours, and depending on one’s familiarity with the legal issues, can require the same amount of time for preparation.

Please click here to sign up to serve as an Oral Round Judge or contact Dana Hagg at

Deadline for judge sign-up: Friday, December 10, 2021

Optimize Your Research Skills with vLex and Irwin Law

Legal Research with vLex and Irwin Law Webinar

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m.

Irwin Law’s comprehensive Essentials of Canadian Law series is moving from desLibris onto the vLex platform.

Learn how to incorporate these texts, vLex and the AI assistant Vincent into your legal research with this free webinar.

Eligible for 1 hour of CPD

Email to register.

You will need to have Zoom installed on your device. Zoom link will be sent the day before the webinar.

Bill C-78 Divorce Act Webinar

The Bill C-78 Divorce Act Changes: What you need to know

Substantial changes to the Divorce Act come into force on March 1, 2021. Experts from the Family and Children’s Law Team, Department of Justice Canada, are offering free virtual training to provide you with an overview of the amendments.

This course will be helpful to those who need an introduction to the amendments and to those who need a refresher on the eve of implementation.

Due to demand, additional sessions have been added. but have since filled. Please keep checking the website for new dates and times.