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Admin Law II: Revenge of the Administrative Law Primer

Registration Open!

Admin Law II: Revenge of the Administrative Law Primer

Tuesday June 9, 2015
9:00 am -12:00 noon

Macdonald Block, Queen’s Park
St. Clair-Erie-Thames Room
900 Bay St. Toronto, ON

Fee: $125 + HST

“Revenge of the Administrative Law Primer” is designed for staff or management looking to dig a bit deeper into administrative law concepts through case scenarios and problem solving using the same practical plain language approach employed in SAMN’s highly successful Administrative Law Primer. Some topics include bias, reasons, and other fairness principles.

Certificate in Adjudication Program Announced for May 2015

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This five-day intensive training program for adjudicators is the first collaboration between the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode Professional Development of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. The program brings together SOAR’s peer-driven model of adjudicative education and Osgoode’s leadership in legal education to set a new standard for the delivery of education and training for administrative adjudicators in Ontario and beyond.

COURSE DATE: May 4-8, 2015

LOCATION:
Osgoode Professional Development Centre
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor, Toronto, ON
  
PRICE:
$2,500 plus 13% HST for a total of $2,825.

Visit Osgoode Professional Development (OPD) site for additional information and registration 

 

Administrative Law Primer

Ontario's administrative agencies and regulators must act fairly in accordance with administrative law principles. But what does that mean?

This half-day workshop will provide a "plain language" overview of the key administrative law concepts.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed for staff looking for an introduction to key administrative law concepts or a refresher. The workshop would also interest managers and legal staff looking for tips on how to communicate administrative law concepts more effectively to non-legal staff.

Time and Location

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:30 am - 12:00 noon

Huron Room
McDonald Block, Queens Park
900 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A0

Fees
$100 + HST – Early Bird (By August 16, 2013)
$130 + HST – (After August 16, 2013)

Speakers

  • Sarah Atkinson (Associate Counsel, WSIAT)
  • Laura Pettigrew (Senior Counsel, Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario)
  • Jill Cross (Investigation Counsel, Law Society of Upper Canada)

REGISTER EARLY - REGISTRATION IS LIMITED

REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY JULY 19, 2013

Questions? Contact SOAR

Why SOAR

SOAR is a volunteer organization comprised entirely of members of the administrative justice community, whose mission is to promote administrative justice through education, advocacy and innovation.

The Administrative Law Primer is brought to you by SOAR's Administrative and Management Network (S.A.M.N.). S.A.M.N is a standing committee of SOAR whose purpose is to create a communication network of administrative/operational and management staff of agencies, boards and commissions, deal with operational program and policy issues at the administrative level and share knowledge, tools, program templates, best practices, strategies, and other resources through meetings, events, "tool kits", websites, documents and various educational opportunities.

SOAR's Administrative and Management Network (S.A.M.N.)

The SOAR Administrative and Management Network (S.A.M.N.) is a standing committee of SOAR. It's overall purpose is:

To create a communication network of administrative/operational and management staff of agencies, boards and commissions.businessgroupTo deal with operational program and policy issues at the administrative level.To share knowledge, tools, program templates, best practices, strategies, and other resources through meetings, events, "tool kits", websites, documents and various educational opportunities.

S.A.M.N. organizes ad-hoc workshops regarding timely topics in order to accomplish the above-noted purpose:

Adminstrative Law Primer-  Sept. 12, 2013

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Ontario Ombudsman But were Afraid to Ask – Feb. 13, 2013

S.A.M.N. Conference: Burning Bridges - Building Bridges - Sept. 13, 2012

Issues in Emergency and Security Management - March 5, 2012

Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Prevention (WDHP) and Workplace Violence Prevention (WVP) - Sept. 19, 2011

Self Represented Parties Workshop: Challenges for Agency Staff and How to Meet Them - Jun. 22, 2011

Showcase/Networking Sessions – Case Management Systems - Feb. 23, 2011

Accessibility – Opening Doors for All Ontarians - Oct. 26, 2010

Human Rights 101 Workshop for Staff & Management (Repeat) - Jun. 2, 2010

Effective Problem Solving for Interpersonal Conflict - May 25, 2010

Human Rights 101 Workshop for Staff & Management - Jun. 11, 2009

Paralegal Workshop for the Agency Sector - Jan. 19, 2009

For more information about the current projects of this committee, please see the S.A.M.N. Terms of Reference

Prior to the above-noted "S.A.M.N" events, workshops for staff and management were provided at "SOS" (Strengthening Our Supports Seminar) and at "ASSETS" (Agency Sector Staff Education and Training Seminar).

To find out how SOAR can meet your unique training needs, Contact Us

For more information on SOAR Training & Education Opportunities follow the links below:

Effective Decision Writing for Administrative Adjudicators

A powerful, interactive, skills and knowledge based program delivered by and for members of the administrative justice community.

Who Should Attend?

New and experienced decision writers, reviewers, and counsel with administrative and regulatory agencies, boards and tribunals.

What You Will Receive

An overview of the key components of clear, concise, well-reasoned decisions. An understanding of core writing principles, including context and point-first writing. Keys to effective introductions. Powerful tips on decision structure and issue-driven organization.

Practice in drafting and revising passages using the principles of effective decision-writing. An opportunity to discuss best practices with expert facilitators and other adjudicators in small groups organized by experience. An end-of-day panel discussion on recent developments in the duty to give reasons.

Written materials including writing resources, checklists and tip sheets, legal sources on sufficiency and decision samples.

Check the Calendar for upcoming dates.

This program may be eligible toward the Law Society of Upper Canada's CPD requirement as 5.75 Substantive Hours. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours or the New Member Requirement.

For more information on SOAR Training & Education Opportunities follow the links below:

Certificate in Adjudication

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This five-day intensive training program for adjudicators is the first collaboration between the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode Professional Development of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. The program brings together SOAR’s peer-driven model of adjudicative education and Osgoode’s leadership in legal education to set a new standard for the delivery of education and training for administrative adjudicators in Ontario and beyond.

COURSE DATE: 

There are two delivery options available in the Spring 2016 Non Consecutive Program- Starts in April 2016 (April 4, 11, 25 and May 16 and June 13, 2016) Five Day Program May 30-June 3, 2016

LOCATION:

Osgoode Professional Development Centre

1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor, Toronto, ON

PRICE:

$2750 plus HST

Click here for more information.

The Certificate Program in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals is an introductory program, which will meet the needs of relatively recent appointees to obtain a solid grounding in the goals and principles of the administrative justice system, while learning and practising practical adjudication skills. It will also provide an opportunity for more senior adjudicators to review best practices and explore evolving issues in adjudication. This program builds on the successes of the Adjudicator Training Course (ATC) offered by SOAR for many years, which has prepared hundreds of professionals to provide adjudicative services at a wide range of agencies, boards and tribunals.


The teaching and learning will be interactive and hands-on, with course registrants working with fact scenarios, problems and demonstrations to learn how to meet the legal requirements of administrative adjudication, while also offering efficient and effective public service. Participants will complete a decision-writing exercise, and the program will be capped off with a mock adjudication, enabling registrants to apply what they have learned during the week, while obtaining valuable individual feedback from recognized experts in this field.Completion of this program will prepare participants for the unique challenges of administrative adjudication, will build confidence, and will strengthen participants’ capacity to contribute effectively to their organizations.

Key Benefits

  • Acquire an understanding of the key principles of administrative law
  • Learn how to run a hearing - from start to finish
  • Review the legal and practical requirements for administrative decisions
  • Explore the evolving challenges faced by administrative adjudicators
  • Discuss common challenges, and successful strategies, with 
    other adjudicators
  • Gain insight from experienced adjudicators and leaders in 
    administrative justice

Plus! You will be able to apply and test your skills through a mock adjudication and practice decision-writing in a guided exercise.

Program Director

Pamela Chapman, University of Ottawa; Educator/Mediator/Arbitrator

Co-Chairs

Lorne Sossin, Dean of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School
Voy Stelmaszynski, President, SOAR

OPD Program Lawyer

Heather Gore

hgore@osgoode.yorku.ca

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