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Continuing Professional Development & MLA Events

MLA-CPD Calendar of Upcoming Programs

Topic & Speaker Suggestions - let us know!

Cancellation Policy for CPD Events

Women's Innovation & Networking Event (WINE) - Friday, February 21, 2020

Mentoring Dinner 2020 - Monday, February 24, 2020

MLA Annual General Meeting & Election - Thursday, February 27, 2020

MLA Roller Skate Day - Sunday, March 29, 2020

Real Estate Luncheon - Thursday, April 2, 2020

Court of Appeal Advocacy - Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Courthouse Rocks 2020: Lawyers in Love - Friday, April 17, 2020

15th Annual Straight from the Bench Conference - Monday, May 4, 2020

Earning and Reporting Your CPD Credits - 2019 MLA-CPD Hours now available

CPD-Save the Dates

CPD Online - Earn your hours, get a discount, and support the MLA!

 MLA-CPD Calendar of Upcoming Programs

Mark your calendars now for these upcoming CPD seminars and other MLA events.  Further details will be forwarded to MLA members via email closer to the event.  If you have any questions, please contact MLA Director of CPD Paula Puddy at The link to the calendar is below:

2020 Spring Calendar of CPD Programs

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.

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

Women's Innovation & Networking Event (WINE)
Friday, February 21, 2020
4:30pm - 6:30pm
The London Club

This program is eligible for 45 minutes of EDI Professionalism.

Attend our semi-annual women’s innovation & networking event for a fun, informal get together! This program contains 45 minutes of  EDI Professionalism.   The topic of this winter’s WINE is Culture & Diversity.

WINE Flyer and Registration Form

Mentoring Dinner 2020
"What you didn’t learn in law school about Managing Difficult Clients!"
Monday, February 24, 2020
5:30pm to 8:30pm
The London Club

This program contains 0.25 Professionalism Hours and is eligible for up to 2.5 Substantive hours.

If you have been practising law for 10 years or less, please plan to attend the 2020 Mentoring Dinner. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to share dinner with your colleagues, senior lawyers and hear tips on “What I didn’t Learn in Law School about Managing Difficult Clients!”

Mentoring Dinner Poster    •    Registration Form

MLA Annual General Meeting & Election
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Voting from 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting begins at 4:30pm

The MLA AGM will be on Thursday, February 27th and will feature the unveiling of the medicine wheel that members helped to construct under the guidance of Indigenous artist Brenda Collins in 2019. The Board will present the 2020 MLA Western Scholarship to the recipient and will also announce the new trustees who were elected to the board this year. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

You can access the AGM Notice and proxy forms for the board of trustees election and the appointment of the 2020 auditor below.

 AGM Notice and Proxy Forms 2020  •   Candidate Bios

MLA Roller Skate Day
Sunday, March 29, 2020
9:00am to 11:00am
North London Optimist Community Centre
1345 Cheapside St.

Come skate to the hottest new music with a live DJ! Roller skate rentals available or bring your own. Lockers are also available - either rent a lock or bring your own. Family friendly event - anyone under 18 must have a helmet.

Donations will be collected for London Lawyers Feed the Hungry


Real Estate Luncheon - Spring 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020
12:00pm to 2:00pm
 The London Club

This program contains 25 minutes Professionalism Hours and is eligible for up to 1 hour and 25 minutes of Substantive hours.

Attend our popular “Lunch with the Director of Titles” to learn more about ethics and practice management tips under the Land Titles Act as well as up-to-date information for real estate practitioners, clerks and assistants.

Real Estate Luncheon Event Flyer and Registration Form

Court of Appeal Advocacy
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
9:00am to 12:00pm
Lunch 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The London Club

This program contains 0.5 Professionalism hours & 2.5 Substantive hours.

Attention Lawyers Called to the Bar After 2009! Consider attending this unique learning opportunity on Court of Appeal advocacy hosted by two Court of Appeal judges.

The Honourable Mr. Justice David Brown and the Honourable Mr. Justice Grant Huscroft will be sharing their thoughts, advice and tips on how to be successful in the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  There will be both a large discussion and break-out rooms during the morning session

Court of Appeal Advocacy Flyer & Registration Form

Courthouse Rocks 2020: Lawyers in Love
Friday, April 17, 2020
Rum Runners
167 Dundas St.
Doors open at 5:00pm

Save-the-Date for the 17th annual Courthouse Rocks event raising money for London Lawyers Feed the Hungry. The tickets are still only $25, same as they were in the beginning, and the outstanding musical talents of the London legal community will be well worth the money. Full details will be released soon. For more information, please contact Jim Zegers at  

15th Annual Straight from the Bench Conference
Monday, May 4, 2020
9:00am to 5:00pm
Doubletree Hilton

This program is eligible for 45 minutes of EDI Professionalism, 1 hour of Professionalism, and up to 4.5 Substantive hours.

Our main civil litigation conference is in its 15th year and features information on misfeasance in public office, running an efficient trial, 2SLGBTQ+ positive space, defamation, humanitarian tort claims, and more.

Early bird rates are in effect until March 31, 2020!

SFTB Poster    •    SFTB Registration Form

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.

  • OBA Annual Institute 2020 ( - February 4-8, 2020 15% Discount for MLA Members - use code MLASAVE15

  • Advocates Society 2020 Courthouse Series - London, February 27, 2020 Program Flyer - MLA Members get TAS Member rate!

  • 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

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

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