Legal Educator & Consultant
Bringing your adjudication mindset and skills to the next level means understanding and applying evolving best practices to confront the most complex adjudicative challenges.
Jointly offered by the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators and OsgooodePD, our advanced adjudication programs were designed to do just that.
Managing fair proceedings and making good impartial decisions can be harder than we realize, and sometimes it can feel like our brains, our instincts and our emotions may be getting in the way.
A bundle of advanced-level courses – taken all together or individually – draws on learning from other disciplines and gives you the opportunity to hear from experts in other fields about some of the “big ideas” that can help you to do this work better.
Join an expert faculty of experienced adjudicators, award-winning teachers, and experts in diverse fields to explore key elements of cognitive and behavioural science, consider how researchers have investigated its application to judges and adjudicators, and learn best practices.
This unique program will strengthen your credentials as an adjudicator, bring your adjudicative practice to the next level, and give you the opportunity to share new insights with your organization to build better institutional practices.
What You’ll Learn
The role of intuitive and deliberative thinking, cognitive error, and “noise” in decision-making
Risks arising from implicit bias, stereotypes, and subtle acts of inclusion and exclusion s
The importance of non-verbal and para-verbal communication
Empathy and intention as key adjudicator and mediator skills
How memories are generated and recalled
The science of credibility assessment and how to avoid its pitfalls
Who Should Attend
Graduates of the SOAR/OsgoodePD Certificate in Adjudication;
Those with two or more years of full-time experience as an adjudicator, OR an equivalent amount of experience as a part-time adjudicator;
Senior tribunal staff, such as counsel, who work closely with adjudicators and would benefit from advanced training in adjudication.
Legal Educator & Consultant
Shannon Moldaver M.A. LL.B., LL.M. (ADR)
Shannon Moldaver Dispute Resolution Inc.
Director of Pedagogical Development and Director of the Advanced Learning Technologies Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
Juliet Chang Knapton
Advocate in Residence, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law; Chair, Roundtable of Legal Diversity Associations (RODA)
Actress, Communications Expert & Teacher
Aaron Barth, Ph.D.
President, Dialectic Strategies; Instructor, University of Western Ontario
“Is financial assistance or funding available?”
As law evolves, we know how important it is to stay up to date. We also understand the financial implications of continuously upgrading your professional skills and knowledge. For more information on available options, including Job Grants, OSAP, please visit:
To receive the SOAR/OsgoodePD Advanced Certificate in Adjudication, you must attend and successfully participate in all program days.
Deeper Learning Opportunities
LLMsPart-time LLMs Full-time LLMs
Single Course Enrollment
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