The Inns of Court Victoria is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a 2-hour in person seminar on Successful Mediations.
A successful mediation is often the best way to save your client stress and money, preserve court resources, and reduce your overall workload as a lawyer. What makes for a successful mediation? This panel, composed of an experienced mediator, defense, and plaintiffs’ counsel will discuss techniques to making the most of an opportunity to mediate a dispute, including: selecting the appropriate mediator for the issues, the best timing for a mediation, content of mediation briefs, preparing and managing the client, understanding the opposing party and their authority to settle, pre- and inter-mediation negotiating strategies, modes of mediation (ex. plenary or not, virtual, multi-day), optimizing the role of the mediator, mediation agreements and minutes of settlement, disbursements and bills of costs, and avoiding post-mediation loose-ends.
- Leslie Slater (mediator) – completed degrees in English, psychology and law at UVic before joining Carfra Lawton LLP in 1987. Leslie worked as a partner at Carfra Lawton for 30 years, primarily in injury and insurance disputes, before starting Slater Mediation Services in 2016. Leslie now devotes her practice exclusively to conducting mediations, when she is not golfing.
- Dan McDonagh (defence counsel) – completed degrees in history and law UVic and was called to the Bar in 1991. The first 10 years of Dan’s practice was primarily in criminal defence and plaintiffs’ personal injury, and in the last 21 years he has focused on personal injury defence as a partner with Hatter, Thompson, Shumka & McDonagh. Aside from his well-honed mediation skills, Dan is known for his relentless sense of humor.
- Darren Williams (plaintiff counsel) – completed degrees in psychology and law at UVic before being called to the Bar in 2001. Darren has focused his practice for the last 20 years on estate, injury and maritime disputes, primarily representing plaintiffs. Darren is the founder and principal of League and Williams Lawyers in Victoria and is solely to blame for organizing this panel.
Professional Development Credits: This course offers up to 2 hours of Professional Development Credits (See “How to get PD Credit” below).
When: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Time: Doors open at 4:30 in the afternoon. Check–in is between 4:30 and 5:00 sharp. DO NOT BE LATE. Buffet supper at 5:10pm. Program from 5:30 to 7:30.
Location: Sticky Wicket Pub, Upstairs called the “Maple Room”
Cost: The cost of the event is $50.00 per person (includes buffet meal) paid to the “Victoria Bar Association”
There are two options to make payment:
- Pay online through the Inns of Court event page at Vicbar.ca(click link)
- Pay manually by sending a cheque to Anwar Mujtabah at:
Crease Harman LLP
800 – 1070 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2C4
Phone: 250-388-5421, Ext. 114
How to get PD Credit
To get the 2 PD Credits, this is the process after the event has completed:
- Find Law Society “Member Services”
- Select “Member Portal” and enter your information
- Under “Education” select “Continuing Professional Development (CPD)”
- Type the group study name of “Inns of Court” into the “Course/Group Study” name box (leave dates out as this is set up with a date range)
- In the Course/Group Study box type in “Inns of Court”
- From the Drop down menu select “Inns of Court – Victoria”
- Select “Inns of Court Victoria Court (36 Credits) Jan.1 – December 31, 2022” or something similar as the name is undergoing a slight change.
- DO NOT TYPE IN THE NAME OF THIS COURSE WHEN APPLYING FOR CREDITS. YOU WILL NOT FIND IT. YOU DO NOT NEED THE NAME IN ORDER TO CLAIM YOUR 2 HOURS OF CREDIT.
- Under “Record your CPD hours” type ‘2’
- Under “Completion Date” type in the date you took the course
- Select the “Get Credit” Button