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November 29, 2019 - 5th Annual Child Protection Program

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Law Society Classroom, 3rd Flr, 260 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg

5th Annual Child Protection Program

November 29, 2019   │   9:00 a.m.  to  4:00 p.m.
Law Society Classroom, 3rd Flr, 260 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg 


Jointly presented by the Law Society of Manitoba, the Court of Queen’s Bench Judges and the Provincial Court Judges

When practising in the area of child protection, a lawyer seeking a successful, sustainable outcome will need to consider not only the immediate problems facing his/her client but also the circumstances of the other individuals involved in the matter and the family as a whole. Given the interconnectedness of these individuals, in most cases it is better to strive for resolution rather than litigation.

This year’s program will focus on the need for counsel to adopt a modern, collaborative approach to child protection matters. Experienced practitioners will share tools for resolution that lawyers across the province can use to creatively and effectively explore settlement options. Members of the judiciary will also provide their observations.

Topics will include:

  • Drug Testing and Reading 
  • Lessons from Dauphin Provincial Court
  • Intake Court and How to Prepare an Effective Brief
  • Resources Available to Families Throughout the Province
  • Mama Mawi Wi Chi Itata - Family Group Conferencing

The day will be rounded out with the ever-popular case law and legislation update and will also feature an update on court procedures.

Presenters Include:

From Other Professions
Dr. Ginette Poulin, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
Bruce Harper, Absolute Testing Inc.
Jackie Anderson, Family Group Conference Coordinator, Mama Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

From the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench
The Honourable Madam Justice Gwen B. Hatch (Family Division)
The Honourable Madam Justice Kaye E. Dunlop (Family Division)
Senior Master Rick Lee 

From Manitoba Provincial Court
The Honourable Judge Christine Harapiak
The Honourable Judge Alain Huberdeau

Lynda Grimes, Overall, Grimes
Kris Janovcik, Tapper Cuddy LLP
David Joycey, Barrister & Solicitor
Darryl Buxton, Myers LLP
Michael Clark, Myers LLP
Karen Webb, Burgess Law Office
Desiree Dorion, Dawson & Bretecher
Meredith Mitchell, Legal Aid Manitoba – Agassiz Law Office
Terrance DeLaronde, Cochrane Saxberg, Barristers & Solicitors
Spencer Weisensel, Legal Aid Manitoba – Northlands Community Law Centre

Registration Fee:
Lawyer - $295.00 (plus GST)
Student - $145.00 (plus GST)~ 50%  Discount
Registration fee includes materials and lunch

Eligibility For CPD Hours: This program may be reported for up to 6 hours of eligible CPD activity, including 1 hours of EPPM.

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