Special Lectures 2017
Canada at 150: The Charter and the Constitution (Day One)
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.)

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CPD Hour(s)*
9 h Substantive
3 h Professionalism
  • The Honourable Harry LaForme
    Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • The Honourable John B. Laskin
    Federal Court of Appeal
  • Janet Leiper, C.S.
    Barrister and Solicitor

The tradition continues. Special Lectures returns in 2017 with Canada at 150: The Charter and the Constitution, which features leading practitioners, professors, and judges examining a wide range of constitutional and Charter issues for the civil and criminal bars. Join us for two days of stimulating discussions and presentations on topics like reconciling competing rights under the Charter and addressing significant gaps in the justice system to meet the needs of Indigenous Peoples, as well as criminal law issues surrounding carding, the possible erosion of the presumption of innocence, and more. Plus, gather practical information on how you can develop a law or legal services practice involving Charter matters. Finally—and in keeping with tradition—each registrant receives a copy of the conference papers in a handsome, hard-bound volume. This is one event you won’t want to miss.

  • How do you reconcile competing rights under the Charter?
  • How can the justice system better address the needs of Indigenous Peoples?
  • What is the impact of the Charter on privacy rights?
  • Can the Charter be used to protect the environment?
  • How can the Charter be used to address issues of police carding?

Free hardbound book
A free hardbound book of the conference papers will be mailed to registrants when published in 2018.

Special Hotel Rate

Plan Your Stay

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

We have reserved a limited number of rooms for a special rate at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, where the event will be held.

Sheraton Centre Toronto
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2M9

  • Rooms are held until October 29, 2017
  • Call the Sheraton's Reservation Centre at 1-888-627-7175 and ask for The Law Society of Upper Canada preferred rate or reference group code LK24AC or click on the following link:


  • The Honourable Harry LaFormeCourt of Appeal for Ontario
  • The Honourable John B. LaskinFederal Court of Appeal
  • Janet Leiper, C.S.Barrister and Solicitor
  • Steven BarrettGoldblatt Partners LLP
  • John CraigFasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Marlys EdwardhGoldblatt Partners LLP
  • Julianna GreenspanGreenspan Partners LLP
  • Mahmud JamalOsler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Avner LevinProfessor, Law & Business DepartmentTed Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Renu MandhaneChief CommissionerOntario Human Rights Commission
  • Errol Mendes, LSMProfessor, Faculty of Law – Common Law SectionUniversity of Ottawa, President, International Commission of Jurists, Canada
  • Paul SchabasTreasurerThe Law Society of Upper Canada / Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Dayna ScottAssociate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental StudiesYork University
  • Adriel WeaverGoldblatt Partners LLP
  • Alan YoungProfessor and Director of Osgoode's Innocence ProjectOsgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Tyson DyckTorys LLP
  • Theresa McClenaghanExecutive Director and CounselCanadian Environmental Law Association
  • Roger ShallowCrown Counsel, Crown Law Office - Criminal, Criminal Law DivisionMinistry of the Attorney General
  • Jeffery HewittAssistant Professor, Faculty of LawThe University of Windsor
  • Mark Sandler, C.S.Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP

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