A Joint Program of The Advocates’ Society and Osgoode Professional Development

Canada’s premier written advocacy program is now offered in a blended online format combining the benefits of live, online learning with the flexibility of asynchronous learning – you will view pre-recorded, annotated modules on your own time, from any space. Live, online sessions will focus on interactive, small group exercises where you will get feedback on your written work and discuss core concepts with experienced judges, practitioners and writing instructors.

What You’ll Learn

Take your written advocacy skills to a new level with:

Expert instruction on how to improve written argument from a team of trial and appellate judges, writing professionals and top legal practitioners

Small, interactive breakout groups with a maximum of eight participants

Individual feedback and critique of your writing sample

Valuable tips you can use to immediately improve the precision, strength and persuasiveness of all your legal writing

Advice on how best to engage the reader who counts ‒ the judge

Insight from a panel of judges on what works and what to avoid

Program Details

Program Modules

Who Should Attend

Litigation lawyers at all levels of experience and practice areas

In-house counsel

Sole practitioners

Crown attorneys

Criminal defence lawyers

Government counsel

Articling students who have drafted submissions


Special Address

The Hon. Justice David W. Stratas

Federal Court of Appeal

Featured Speakers

Pamela Chapman

Legal Educator & Consultant

Megan Shortreed

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

Dr. Barbara Morris

Humber College


The Hon. Justice Robyn M. Ryan Bell

Superior Court of Justice

The Hon. Justice Peter M. S. Bryson

Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

The Hon. Justice Barbara A. Conway

Superior Court of Justice

The Hon. Justice Lise Favreau

Superior Court of Justice

The Hon. Justice Sally Gomery

Superior Court of Justice

The Hon. Justice Freya Kristjanson

Superior Court of Justice

The Hon. Justice Peter D. Lauwers

Ontario Court of Appeal

The Hon. Justice Michael A. Penny

Superior Court of Justice

The Hon. Justice Katherine van Rensburg

Court of Appeal for Ontario


Peter Amies

Seneca College

Shelley Appleby-Ostroff

SAO Legal Writing

Antonella Ceddia

City of Toronto, Legal Services

Professor Greig Henderson

University of Toronto Department of English

Virginia McRae

Sessional Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law’s Legal Writing Academy

Barbara Morris

Humber College

Dr. Craig Patterson

Humber College

Dr. Melanie Stevenson

Professional Writing Consultant

Prof. Katherine Vitale Lopez

Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Planning Committee

The Hon. Justice Robyn M. Ryan Bell

Superior Court of Justice

Greig Henderson

University of Toronto, Department of English

Andrea Laing

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Barbara Morris

Humber College



Nov 9, 11, 15 & 17, 2021

This program is now Sold Out! Join the Waitlist!

$1,795 + HST


November 9, 2021

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

November 11, 2021

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

November 15, 2021

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

November 17, 2021

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Printable registration form

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“Do you offer financial assistance?”

Yes, we do! 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.

CPD and 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.
Substantive 6h 5m
Professional5h 30m
Total11h 35m

Are you reporting hours from a previous date?

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Client and Technical Support

Have questions? Get advice in person, by email or over the phone.

Program content questions

Gail Geronimo, Program Lawyer

Online Technical Requirements

To ensure you do not encounter any issues that will impact or limit your learning experience, please review the following information.