Program Chair(s)

Nicola Simmons

Partner, Keel Cottrelle LLP

Alex Battick

Principal Lawyer, Battick Legal Advisory


Failure to understand or keep current have serious and potentially costly ramifications

As an educator, administrator, Supervisory Officer, Board official, Trustee or lawyer, you need a clear understanding of the laws that govern the education system.

The education environment you work within is more demanding than ever. The Ontario school system and its governing legal framework continues to evolve as new challenges arise. Using case studies and real life examples, this OsgoodePD program has been developed by education law experts to provide you with an understanding of the most pertinent legal issues that confront educational leaders and their legal advisors. You will acquire knowledge and strategies which you can apply immediately. The program written materials will act as a valuable resource long after the course is over.

NOTE: Based on feedback we’ve moved this core program to the start of the school year and separated the 2 days making it easier to fit into your schedule.

This is a REQUIRED course for anyone working towards the Certificate in Education Law.

What You’ll Learn

Equity and anti-racism in the education context

How the Charter and the Human Rights Code impact your day-to-day decisions, including disability discrimination, religious accommodation and freedom of expression

Understanding mental health law issues in schools

Family law issues including rights of child/parent, custody & access, child protection, foster care, homelessness

Child protection issues affecting schools

Privacy rights and search and seizure issues in schools

Historical and contemporary challenges in First Nations education

Police protocols & the Youth Criminal Justice Act

Your role and responsibilities in relation to the dangers and impact of cyberspace

Who Should Attend

School Administrators


Supervisory Officers

School trustees

Directors of Education

School board staff

Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of Teachers

Advocates for students and parents

Legal practitioners – education law practitioners


Program Chairs

Nicola Simmons

Partner, Keel Cottrelle LLP

Alex Battick

Principal Lawyer, Battick Legal Advisory


View the 2021 program agenda to see what you’ll learn from leading experts. 


Oct 7 & Nov 4, 2021

$895 + HST

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“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:

CPD & accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
Contact us for inquiries about other provinces.
Day 1 – LSO (ON): 6h 5m CPD (5h 5m Substantive; 1h EDI)
Day 2 – LSO (ON):6h 5m CPD (4h 50m Substantive; 1h 15m EDI)
Program Total: LSO (ON):12h 10m CPD (9h 55m Substantive; 2h 15m EDI)

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View our CPD & Accreditation page to see previously calculated hours for this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

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