Special programs

Issues in Mediation-Arbitration

Join us on Friday 13 May 2022 for this single-day program covering the unique practical and ethical issues involved in managing med-arb processes. Major topics include

  • Drafting and enforcing dispute resolution clauses in family law agreements
  • Drafting med-arb agreements
  • Addressing family violence and power imbalances in med-arb processes
  • Models for med-arb processes
  • Managing the transition between mediation and arbitration

Two panel discussions will debate ethical considerations in med-arb processes (Gary Joseph and Lorne Wolfson) and discuss the essential dos and don’ts of managing med-arb processes in family law disputes (Wayne Barkauskas KC, Cheryl Goldhart, Doug Moe KC, Lawrence Pinksy and Brahm Siegel). Download the syllabus for this program.

This program is designed for family law lawyers, mediators, arbitrators and parenting coordinators providing or interested in providing mediation-arbitration services. It is provided by videoconference and the instructional day will run from 10:30am to 5:30pm eastern.


Issues in Mediation-Arbitration is approved for continuing professional development credits by the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of New Brunswick, the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Law society pre-approval or accreditation is not required for members of the law societies of AlbertaManitobaNewfoundland and LabradorNova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Law Society of British Columbia

The program is accredited as providing 3 hours of training in family law arbitration, 3 hours of training in family law mediation and 1 hour of training in family violence.

Law Society of New Brunswick

The program is accredited as providing 6 hours of CPD credits.

Law Society of Ontario

The program is accredited as providing 1 hour of professionalism education. The law society does not pre-approve or accredit general CPD hours.

Law Society of Saskatchewan

The program is accredited as providing 6.75 hours of CPD credits and 1 hour of ethics credits.


Our stellar faculty for this program is made up of senior, nationally-recognized family law mediators and arbitrators practicing in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, and includes Wayne Barkauskas KC, Dr. Rachel Birnbaum, John-Paul Boyd KC, Herschel Fogelman, Aaron Franks, Cheryl Goldhart, Arlene Henry KC, Gary Joseph, Daniel Melamed, Doug Moe KC, Krysta Ostwald KC, Lawrence Pinsky, Brahm Siegel and Lorne Wolfson.


The cost of the program is $350, and $300 for members of the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) and its provincial affiliates, the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society (BCPCRS), the Family Arbitration and Mediation Law Institute (FAMLI), the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO), Family Mediation Canada (FMC), MediateBC rosters and the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM).


To register, download and complete the registration form, and mail it with your cheque to Wise Scheible Barkauskas in Calgary, Alberta.

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