Advanced Decision Writing for Administrative Adjudicators


NOVEMBER 23 & 24, 2023

9:00am-4:00pm (online live)

Fee: $1395.00 plus HST

The hearing process can sometimes be lengthy and complex. Your written decision should not be. 

Learn to deliver a clear, credible and concise written decision that meets the needs of your audience. Decision writing is an art and a skill that requires continuing refinement.

Over two days, this interactive, learn-by-doing program will help you improve your decision writing skills through discussions and individualized feedback from leading writing experts. You will have an opportunity to:

  • Identify the deep issues central to your decision
  • Receive constructive feedback and critique on your own writing sample
  • Analyze your own writing process, and adjust it to work more effectively for you
  • Improve clarity at the paragraph, sentence and word level.

This hands-on program takes a deep dive into key areas of written decisions and will strengthen your decision-writing skills through individualized feedback on your own writing style and voice. Work with our decision writing experts to finely hone your writing skills. This course requires some pre-program preparation.

Plus! You’ll obtain tips, precedents and checklists that will act as a valuable resource.

Program Director

Pamela Chapman, Legal Educator and Consultant

Expert Instructors

Shelley Appleby-Ostroff, Legal Talent Development, Consultant & Writing Coach, SAO Legal Writing; Former Sessional Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law’s Legal Writing Academy

Caroline Mandell, Legal Communication and Litigation Consultant, Mandell Coaching

Virginia McRae, Sessional Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law’s Legal Writing Academy

Barbara Morris, Professor of English, Humber College (retired)

Plus a team of experienced adjudicators and counsel from a range of tribunal settings, and a judges’ panel, to discuss best practices from diverse perspectives.

Register through Osgoode Professional Development here

November 23rd, 2023 9:00 AM to November 24th, 2023 4:00 PM
Osgoode Professional Development
1 Dundas Street, Suite 2600