The deadline for completing the 2012 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits required by the Law Society of Upper Canada is fast approaching. To assist you in meeting these requirements, Fasken Martineau is holding a mini-symposium at which you can receive up to 3 hours of education that can be applied towards your CPD requirement. We are offering a variety of topics so that you can select the seminar most relevant to your practice.
Our complimentary event has plenty to offer! Preview the topics below and follow the link to register. There is one seminar at 8:30 am; you may choose one of three options for the second session beginning at 10:30 am.
8:00 am - 8:30 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 10:00 am - Plenary Session
Ethical Hot Spots for In-House Counsel
Our panel of experienced lawyers will explore a number of ethical issues that arise in the corporate and litigation contexts and are of particular interest to in-house counsel. Discussion will focus, in part, on a realistic fact pattern in which in-house counsel is faced with a number of ethical conundrums. Panelists will also explore ethical issues faced during the litigation process in dealing with discovery and preservation of documents and privilege issues. The panel will also examine the ethics of backdating and rectification of mistakes in the taxation context.
Note: This session has been accredited by the Law Society for 1.5 Professionalism Hour(s)
10:00 am - 10:30 am - Coffee Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Your choice of one of the following
a) The Tendering Process: Strategic and Practical Considerations for In-House Counsel
With more emphasis on reducing cost and increasing transparency, customers are increasingly relying on formal bidding and procurement processes. RFQ's, RFP's and other procurement documents and procedures operate within an implicit legal framework established by Canadian courts which will affect your rights and remedies during and after the process if your team is not selected. This session will review the law and common practices that you need to know when your company is bidding on contracts with government and private sector customers, when the process works and also when it doesn't and you are called upon to evaluate the strength of a legal challenge to an unsuccessful bid.
b) Defamation Law in the Internet Age: Essentials for In-House Counsel
A newspaper report quotes a source who suggests improper, and perhaps illegal, activity by your company. An anonymous author has posted negative comments about your company on a blog, and they are spreading quickly all over the internet. Your customers have read the statements and are asking questions. How should you respond?
In this session, you will learn the fundamentals of defamation law, including the essential elements of libel and the key defences. You will also be exposed to the numerous practical and strategic considerations that make up the initial file assessment, like identifying defendants, giving notice and assessing potential remedies. This session will also explore the unique aspects of defamation on the internet, including blogs and social networks, and will address the roles and liabilities of third parties (like ISPs and search engines) and the recent Supreme Court caselaw on hyperlinks. Reputations are hard-earned and easily damaged - learn how to respond to threats to your company's reputation at this instructive and practical session.
c) Private M&A Transactions: A Case Study Discussing Issues of Particular Interest to In-House Counsel
This interactive session will break down the steps and issues faced by in-house counsel when dealing with a private company M&A transaction. This case study will focus on asset purchase and share purchase transactions. The session will cover substantive and practical issues from the initial stages of the transaction to post-closing.
Note: The hours from any of the above three non-accredited seminars may be applied towards the 9 Substantive Hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Upper Canada for Ongoing Members. Please note that these seminars are not accredited for Professionalism Hours and cannot be counted for New Members or for Professionalism Hours for Ongoing Members.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Boxed Lunch
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