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MLA-CPD Program Details
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June 4, 2020 News

Lexis Advance Quicklaw -trial extended to June 30th plus new link

Summer Civil Bench & Bar meeting - June 9th - details and link

June 3, 2020 News

Unified Family Court London Conference Protocol (May 29, 2020)

Small Claims Court Settlement Conference Expansion (June 2, 2020)

FOLA Weekly Justice Partner Conference Call Summary

May 27, 2020 News

Ontario Court of Justice COVID-19: Notice to Counsel and the Public re: Criminal Matters (updated)

FOLA Weekly Justice Partner Conference Call Summary

May 22, 2020 News

Woodstock-Notice to the Profession re COVID-19 and Civil and Family Matters
Woodstock-Endorsement re COVID-19

LCO Report - Defamation Law in the Internet Age
- local feedback being collected until July 15th to

FOLA Post-Plenary Report - with links to meeting video

May 21, 2020 News

Goderich SCJ Civil Family Scheduling Memorandum

Stratford SCJ Civil Family Scheduling Memorandum

Report of the Discount rate Sub-committee of the Civil Rules Committee
- local feedback being collected until July 15th to

Notaries Public and Commissioners for Taking Affidavits - Request for Comment
- local feedback being collected until May 26th to

May 20, 2020 News

Notice Regarding Media and Public Access to Ontario Court of Justice Proceedings during the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19: Notice to Counsel/Paralegals and the Public re: Provincial Offences Act Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice

FOLA Weekly Justice Partner Conference Call Summary

May 14, 2020 News

Southwest Region - Endorsement from Justice Grace Adjourning Civil Matters

May 13, 2020 News

Superior Court of Justice - Consolidated Notice to the Profession, Litigants, Accused Persons, Public and the Media -effective May 19, 2020

Second Expansion of Superior Court Southwest Region Operations

Summary of Provincial Notice and Chart of Regional Matters

Best Practices for Remote Hearings - e-Hearings Task Force

Lexis Advance Quicklaw Free Training Session for MLA Members - Friday, May 22nd at 11am. Register here

FOLA Weekly Justice Partner Conference Call Summary

May 11, 2020 News

Ontario Court of Justice Updates re: criminal matters effective May 11, 2020

May 7, 2020 News

Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice - updated May 7th

May 6, 2020 News

Superior Court of Justice Notice re: Suspension until July 6, 2020

Small Claims Court Urgent Motions/Garnishments Update

FOLA Weekly Justice Partner Conference Call Summary

May 5, 2020 News

Lexis Advance Quicklaw Comprehensive Package Free Trial
-original trial extended to Comprehensive package and automatic activation

WestlawNext and ProView Free Trial

May 4, 2020 News

Ontario Court of Justice Notice re: Suspension until July 6, 2020

Ontario Small Claims Court Counter Service Suspension

April 30, 2020 News

Notice to the Insolvency Profession re: Bankruptcy Matters

Omnibus Order - Bankruptcy Matters

FOLA May Newsletter

April 29, 2020 News

FOLA Weekly Justice Partner Conference Call Summary

Outreach for Real Time Solutions - Questions & Answers

April 27, 2020 News

Civil Bench & Bar April 24, 2020 Conference Call Notes

Summary of What Email to Use for Your Matter

April 23, 2020 News

O Reg 164/20 Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act - Order under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act - Signatures in Wills and Powers of Attorney

**To any lawyers who draft wills – In trying to do our part during this situation, the MLA is assembling a pool of lawyers to draft Wills for people who are in the hospital as a result of COVID and do not have wills, on a pro bono basis. If you are interested please contact Erin Rankin Nash at

April 22, 2020 News

Superior Court of Justice Jury Trial Suspension
- Justice Grace Endorsement re Middlesex jury trial scheduling

LAO Bail Review and Temporary Absence Pass Information

FOLA Weekly Justice Partner Conference Call Summary

Outreach for Real Time Solutions - Questions & Answers

April 17, 2020 News

WestlawNext and ProView - free 30 day desktop access
 - Training Sessions

LSO's Virtual Commissioning Checklist

April 15, 2020 News

FOLA Weekly Justice Partner Conference Call Summary

Outreach for Real Time Solutions - Questions & Answers

Legal Counsel 3-Way Call Detect Acceptance

April 8, 2020 News

Virtual Witnessing of Wills Order in Council (PDF) - O. Reg. 129/20 (e-Laws)

Court of Appeal Practice Direction re: Electronic Conduct

Legal Counsel Call Acceptance Form and Explanation

FOLA Weekly Justice Partner Conference Call Summary

April 2, 2020 Information re: April 6th Expansion of SCJ Court Operations

Office of the Chief Justice Memo April 2, 2020 -for information purposes only

Southwest Region Notice - SCJ Expansion April 2, 2020 - region-specific details
- Civil Pre-Trial Conference Request Form

Message from RSJ Thomas - April 3, 2020

Provincial Notice - Criminal - SCJ Expansion April 2, 2020 - including links to other regions

Provincial Notice - Civil Family - SCJ Expansion April 2, 2020 -including links to other regions

Court Adjournments Guide - Middlesex Courts details

Divisional Court Notice April 2, 2020

Please note that during this period, the following change has been made to Superior Court of Justice gowning requirements:

Gowning: The requirement to gown for an appearance in the Superior Court of Justice is suspended. Counsel and parties are expected to dress in appropriate business attire. Judges and masters will similarly dress in business attire.

March 26, 2020 News

Civil Bench & Bar Conference Call Summary

March 15, 2020

Superior Court of Justice Notice to the Profession, the Public and the Media Regarding Civil and Family Proceedings

MLA-CPD Program Details

All In-Person Spring programming has been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 (but see below for our upcoming Online programs). Details about specific previously scheduled programs and event follows. If you have any questions, please contact MLA Director of CPD Paula Puddy at

Cancellation Policy for CPD Events:  
The Middlesex Law Association will refund the registration fee + HST if cancellation is received FIVE business days before the CPD program.

The Quick & Dirty Personal Injury Update
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Online via Gotomeeting   

This program is eligible for 0.5 Professionalism hours and 1.5 Substantive Hours.

Hear from the Honourable Mr. Justice Grace about the impact of the court closures due to COVID-19 on the personal injury bar.  Senior lawyers will deliver updates in tort, SABS and a case comment too!

Full Details & Registration Form

Upcoming CPD Programs

Real Estate Luncheon - POSTPONED to September 10th

The Real Estate Luncheon, originally scheduled for April 2nd has been postponed until September 10th due to COVID-19.

Court of Appeal Advocacy - POSTPONED to Fall 2020

The Court of Appeal Advocacy program, originally scheduled for April 8th, has been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19.

15th Annual Straight from the Bench Conference - NOW POSTPONED to Monday, November 2, 2020, 9:00am to 4:00pm

The Straight From the Bench Conference, originally scheduled for May 4th, has been just been postponed again until November. Registrants have been emailed directly about their availability for the new date.

Court House Rocks 2020: Lawyers in Love - POSTPONED

Court House Rocks 2020, originally scheduled for April 17th, has been postponed until a later date. For more information, please contact Jim Zegers at  

Other CPD Program Opportunities:

Free Programs:

Law Society of Ontario CPD Programs

The Law Society of Ontario is also offering a selection of free programs in response to COVID-19 covering areas such as real estate, family, wills, home office, technology and wellness.  Click this link to view the options:  

CPD Assists Programs


Fee-Based Local Program:

Munn Conflict Resolution: Being HUMAN in the Practice of Law

Luke's Place: "Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships" 3 hour online course ($125)  Program Flyer

Middlesex Law Association Videos Available on

If you cannot attend our MLA programs, or if you have a conflict, or we don’t offer programming for your specific practice area, or you need a few extra hours, consider purchasing an individual subscription from is an on-demand CPD video website. They have hundreds of hours of LSO accredited programming, substantive and professionalism including EDI, in virtually all practice areas. Revenue Sharing with the MLA

Since 2018, our MLA members received a great discount (50% off the original price) for unlimited access to this extensive, accredited video library (calendar year viewing). To date, over 50 members have taken advantage of our discount code, MiddlesexCPD, when signing-up with  In turn, has shared $100 per discount code user with us, totalling over $5,000!

Our members have used the most discount codes of any county law association in Ontario! Please note that this money is in addition to the revenue sharing (approximately $4,500 in 2018) we receive when records our in-person programs and sells them to users across the country.

This 50% discount code, Middlesex CPD, came to an end on December 31, 2019.

Even though the original prices take effect January 1, 2020, will continue to be an excellent partner. The MLA will receive $100.00 per new subscriber, and $100.00 per renewal. This guarantees a healthy, and ongoing, revenue stream for our association.

So, sign-up now for the “rest of your hours”, or up to 6 hours of solo watching (I hope not!)  You can also purchase individual videos too.

For more information, e-mail Paula Puddy at or call 519-868-6771.

How to Sign Up

1.    Go to

2.    Click on the “Get Started” button at the top of the page

3.    Be sure to select the Middlesex Law Association, as your law association when you sign-up!

To browse CPDonline's complete offerings, go to MLA-CPD programs available through the site are linked below.

Title Speakers Credits
The LAT: Best Practices and Other Tips from a Vice-Chair Chloe Lester Sub: 0.5
Plaintiff & Defence Perspectives: Mediation Best Practices Matt Duffy
Steve Atkinson
Sub: 0.75
Plaintiff & Defence Perspectives: Case comments: Surveillance Evidence and Duty to Defend  Maciek Piekosz
Paul Shand
Sub: 0.5
Plaintiff & Defence Perspectives: Message from the Bench The Honourable Mr. Justice A. Duncan Grace Prof: 0.5
Plaintiff & Defence Perspectives: Local case comment: Practical Tips and Interesting Issues Andrea Plumb
Jim Brown
Sub: 0.5
RRIF’s, RSPs and Insurance Investments in Estate Planning Lou-Anne Farrell
Ryan Fraser
Sub: 0.5
Professional Responsibility & Ethical Issues in Wills & Estates Daniel J. McNamara Prof: 0.5
Planning for Digital Assets Justin Newman Sub: 0.5
Case law Update Ian Wright Sub: 0.5
Defamation in the Internet Age Michel Castillo Sub: 0.5
New Developments in Corporate Law: Employment Law Refresher: 3 Common Client Calls; Current Tax Cases of Interest David Spence
Keith Trussler
Sub: 1.0
MLA Real Estate Luncheon: HELP – the DoT Needs a Court Order; Environmental Liability for Non-Polluting Parties – Different Forums Yield Different Outcomes; The Law of Restrictive Covenants Casey Hayward
Anand Srivastava
Matthew Wilson
Michael Connell
Sub: 1.0
Quick and Dirty Personal Injury Update. Interim Costs at the Licence Appeals Tribunal: Unreasonable Conduct or Simply Bad Manners?; Proving the Threshold; LTD Limitations; Advocacy Practice Management Update: Proven tools to shorten trials Alysia Christiaen
Kerry Figliomeni
Barbara Legate
Lucy Lee
Patrick Brennan
William Brennan
Evelyn ten Cate
Donna M. Kraft
S. Michael Robertson
Carolyn Brandow
Sub: 1.75
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: Professional Ethics & Mental Health Randal Graham EDI: 0.75
The View from the Court of Appeal: Red block, green block, yellow block, blue; with so much competition, what do we do? and Southwest Regional Update 2019 The Honourable Mr. Justice David Brown
Regional Senior Justice Bruce G. Thomas
Prof: 0.75
Post-Hyrniak: A Panel Discussion The Honourable Mr. Justice David Brown
Honourable Madam Justice Helen A. Rady
John H. McNair
Sonia Fabiani
Dara Lambe
Sub: 0.75
Cannabis is Legal, now what?; Standard of Review for Arbitrators; Summary Judgment: A case comment; The Power of Equity: A case comment James Zegers
George Hamzo
Benjamin Blay
Leanne Kuchynski
Sub: 1.0
The First Annual Med-Mal Luncheon Part 1: Trials & Tribulations of Experts: Lessons Learned from Recent Cases Shauna Powell
Valerie Wise
Jill McCartney
Prof: 0.25
The First Annual Med-Mal Luncheon Part 2: A Case Comment: Stirrett v Cheema – When does a fiduciary duty exist in the physician-patient relationship?; A Causation Update: One year after Sacks v. Ross Kimberly Knight
Doug Wallace
Sub: 0.75
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: Implications of sexual relationships in the lawyer’s workplace Randal Graham EDI: 0.5
The Shifting Workplace Environment Post #METOO Joyce Thomas EDI: 0.75
Addressing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion The Honourable Justice Donald McLeod EDI: 0.5

Interested in MLA-CPD Programs prior to December 2018 that are available for viewing through CPD Online? Check out the programs in the link below:

MLA-CPD Programs on CPDOnline prior to December 2018

Topic & Speaker Suggestions
If you have an idea for CPD, please share it with us!  Your topic or speaker suggestions will be reviewed and may be used in upcoming programs.  Email Paula Puddy, Director of Continuing Professional Development, at

CPD-Save the Dates

Please check here regularly for dates of upcoming MLA-CPD seminars. As well, we we will provide links to some non-MLA CPD seminars that will be held in the London area or via webcast. For those links, registrations should be placed with the body organizing the event as these are not Middlesex Law Association seminars.

  • Luke's Place: "Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships" 3 hour online course ($125)  Program Flyer

Earning and Reporting Your CPD Credits

Overview of the CPD Requirement
How to Report Your Credits

LSO 2019 EDI Online Programs

CPD Credits for 2019 MLA-CPD Programs
CPD Credits for 2018 MLA-CPD Programs
CPD Credits for 2017 MLA-CPD Programs



London Lawyers Feed the Hungry

London Lawyers recognize our responsibility to our community – including helping London's least fortunate. The London Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program aims to help ensure that all Londoners have adequate food. Donations are tax deductible and may be made by cheque, payable to the Law Society Foundation, or by VISA. Find out more about this worthy venture, and how you can contribute in the following information sheet:

London Lawyers Feed the Hungry Information Sheet

Read about the London Feed the Hungry Milk and Juice initiative in the following news release:

Milk and Juice Program

Application for Funds:

Organizations interested in applying for funds to run programs related to feeding the hungry in the City of London and the County of Middlesex are invited to complete the Application for Funds via the link below.  Further details can be found in the application.

Application for Funds Form