Special programs

Upcoming special programs

A number of single-day special programs are in development. “Advanced Issues in Mediation-Arbitration” follows up on our 2022 program, “Issues in Mediation-Arbitration,” and will likely run in the fall of 2023. “Advanced Issues in Arbitration” will be offered in the fall of 2024.

We are presently considering faculty, content and timing for a third special program, “Practical Issues in Parenting Coordination.” If there are any topics you would particularly like to see addressed, please email our administrator, Marcy McCabe, at NFLACoffice@gmail.com.

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For information about the National Family Law Arbitration Course and registration, please contact our administrator, Marcy McCabe, at NFLACoffice@gmail.com.

Issues in Mediation-Arbitration

Our last special program was “Issues in Mediation-Arbitration,” which ran on Friday 13 May 2022. The program focussed on the unique practical and ethical issues involved in managing med-arb processes, and covered topics including:

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

This program was designed for family law lawyers, mediators, arbitrators and parenting coordinators providing or interested in providing mediation-arbitration services.

Issues in Mediation-Arbitration was 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.

The cost of the program was $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).

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