Past Programs

Missed one of our live presentations? Many of our previous year’s courses are available for purchase, as archives. Groups save up to 25%. Contact jennifer@seminarpartners.ca for more information.



Winning Communication and Presentation Skills for Lawyers: Learn by doing workshop – Live in-person only

January 14 & 15, 2016
8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenters: Toni Halleen & Katrina Dunn
CPD credits by province
Do you want to a more confident, collected and successful communicator and presenter? This limited enrolment, practice-intensive workshop is designed for lawyers who want to enhance their impromptu and formal speaking skills, among national colleagues. For two days you’ll be “on your feet”, participating in role-plays, breakout sessions, and individual presentations constantly receiving peer and instructor feedback. The course is taught in a transitional, live classroom format by an experienced lawyer and improv performer, and an award-winning theatre director. Interest is high, so early registration is recommended. No advance preparation is required…More

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Financial Concepts for Lawyers – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, February 25, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Ed Adams
CPD credits by province
Learn how to understand and communicate financial concepts with ease! Cash and accrual accounting. Financial ratio analysis. Net present value. Do you understand these concepts? Can you communicate them effectively to others? As a litigator, successfully representing your clients, no matter what area of law, requires a foundational understanding of financial concepts. Lawyer and finance professor Ed Adams will give you the confidence that comes with increased financial…More

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Effective Negotiation and Settlement – Live in-person and live webcast

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Charles Craver
CPD credits by province
North America’s leading expert in negotiations and settlement will teach you how to reduce stress and conflict, obtain better settlement results, and have more satisfied clients. The ability to negotiate effectively is one of the most important skills a lawyer can develop. Every day you negotiate on behalf of your clients, your firm or yourself. Every file you open, regardless of your practice area, will require you to negotiate key issues before you can conclude the matter successfull…More

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Creating Easy-to-Read Documents – Live in-person and live webcast

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Stuart Teicher
CPD credits by province
Distilling legal documents to their most basic elements is the key to creating effective persuasive legal writing. It’s also the best way to draft readable documents for transactions. This program will show you how to make your legal writing more clear, concise, and direct. Professional educator and lawyer Stuart Teicher will help you develop a readable mindset, and give you a step-by-step approach for drafting easy-to-read documents…More

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Advanced Storytelling and Persuasion for Lawyers – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, April 14, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: David Mann
CPD credits by province
Storytelling – the art of connecting with, captivating and persuading an audience – is the key to success as an advocate. A credible lawyer capable of telling a compelling story that engages the mind and emotion at the same time will almost always beat the lawyer who cannot. But what exactly are the elements of a good story? Why do stories affect us in a profound way? And how can you incorporate storytelling into your legal presentations, in and out of the courtroom?…More

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The Truth about Deception Recognition: Can Lawyers Rely on It? – Live in-person and live webcast

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Michael Woodworth
CPD credits by province
Every day lawyers make decisions about whether someone is telling the truth. We do it at home, at work, and in social situations. Most of us rely on stereotypical “signs” that a person is lying and we are no better at it than chance. But with evidence that half of all assessments are flawed, what we think we see and hear in boardrooms and court rooms and other legal settings can have very serious consequences for us and the people we interact with. This exciting new course, featuring Dr. Michael Woodworth, takes a critical look at the evolution of deception recognition, with a specific focus on the legal system…More

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Cross-examining Expert Witnesses: 10 Steps to Success – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, May 5, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Todd Winegar
CPD credits by province
Expert witnesses offer unique opportunities but also specific challenges, and your ability to control your opponent’s expert on the stand can make or break your case. In this focused, practice-oriented seminar, internationally-recognized litigation skills instructor Todd Winegar shares his Ten Steps to Success for cross-examining all types of expert witnesses. Combining discussions of strategy and technique with video clips of actual examinations, Mr. Winegar outlines proven methods for handling opposing experts at trial. The result? You’ll be…More

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Evidence for Trial Lawyers – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, May 19, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Stephen Easton
CPD credits by province
No matter how comfortable you are with the rules of evidence, every trial – for better or for worse – is an opportunity to learn more. This media-rich seminar will strengthen your skills in applying the laws of evidence in a trial setting. Irving Younger’s classic presentation on evidence law is reborn in video form with real-world, practical commentary by Professor Steve Easton. Adapted for the Canadian context, Easton emphasizes the rules that actually affect real trial lawyers on a day to day basis…More

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Secrets of Bulletproof Contract Drafting – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, June 16, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Lenné Espenschiedn
CPD credits by province
This practical, half day course focuses on identifying and eliminating the common sources of ambiguity in legal documents that can lead to disputes and even litigation. ABA author and former law professor Lenné Espenschied will condense hazy theories of drafting into concise, clear, practical techniques that can be applied immediately to improve the clarity and overall quality of all your legal documents. Recent Canadian cases and dozens of examples from real contracts will shed light on what to do and what to avoid when drafting…More

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Time Management for Lawyers: How to Keep Up with Email, Master Your To-Do List, and Work Productively – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, September 29, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Meg Spencer-Dixon
CPD credits by province
Of all the elements you have to work with, none is more precious than time. Designed to address lawyers’ unique organizational and time challenges, and ethical obligations to be competent, prompt and diligent in all professional functions, this solution-oriented program offers practical strategies for better managing time, projects, paper, and people (including yourself). Topics include best practices for keeping up with email, creating and using a simple task management system, how to concentrate on “deep work” while still responding promptly to colleagues and clients…More

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Writing and Editing for Clarity and Impact: How to Make Complex Topics Seem Simple – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, October 13, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Stephen Armstrong
CPD credits by province
This program is designed for lawyers at all experience levels who write longer documents about complicated topics. You will learn simple, straightforward principles for drafting and editing all types of documents (except contracts and other formal agreements) to make them as clear as possible, despite the complexity of your subject-matter…More

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Persuading the Trier of Fact in Opening and Closing – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, October 27, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Leonard Matheo and Lisa DeCaro
CPD credits by province
Start strong, end strong. Tell a story. Use a theme. We all know the secrets of effective openings and closings but how do you actually implement those techniques so the trier-of-fact arrives at your single, inescapable conclusion? This seminar will give you new tools to control the picture being formed by the decision-maker during these critically important phases of any trial, hearing, or other proceeding. Through videos, demonstrations and practical experience gained in hundreds of trials, noted trial and presentation consultants Len Matheo and Lisa DeCaro will show you simple, easy to implement methods for delivering winning opening statements and closing arguments every time…More

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Advanced Cross-examination Techniques – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, November 10, 2016
9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Roger Dodd
CPD credits by province
Learn how to dominate the courtroom on cross-examination in this dynamic tour de force by internationally acclaimed presenter Roger Dodd. With practical tips and instructive truelife life examples, Roger will share simple, straightforward, effective techniques from the Chapter Method of Cross-examination that will surprise and reinvigorate even the most experienced litigator. This unique program will teach you a whole new way to try a case – one that integrates cross-examination with every step of the trial process. Don’t miss all new content in 2016…More

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Flying Safe in the Clouds! Ethical Pitfalls of Mobile, Cloud & Everyday Law Office Computing – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, November 17, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Paul Unger
CPD credits by province
Lawyers are flying high these days. We can (and do) work anywhere – the train, the airport, the cottage, hotels, taxis – wherever our practices and lives take us. However, without a proper understanding of technology, you can quickly find yourself in ethical trouble. Cloud computing, laptops, smartphones, tablets, email, networks, metadata, electronic court filings, if not used properly, can easily lead to embarrassing and sometimes serious breaches of client information and confidences. This seminar will address the benefits, options, and ethical pitfalls of mobile, cloud and everyday law office computing. With humour and simple “tech-free” explanations any professional can understand…More

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Ethical Lessons from the Trenches: Candour, Conflicts, Confidentiality and Civility – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, December 1, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Stuart Teicher
CPD credits by province
Since time immemorial, lawyers have tried to balance the needs to be truthful, keep client information confidential, manage conflicts and uphold a sense of civility. It’s a delicate highwire act and attempting to serve all four masters at once can lead to serious falls from grace. So how should you navigate these four important and frequently competing ethical commitments? Join Stuart Teicher as he explains how each concept rears its head in practice, and shares a few basic principles that, if followed properly…More

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Financial Statements for Lawyers – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, December 8, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Joseph Novello
CPD credits by province
Having a basic knowledge of financial statements is crucial for every well-rounded lawyer. The more you understand about financial statements, the better you’ll be able to counsel clients with confidence, and use your financial understanding to your client’s advantage during negotiations or litigation. Attend this course and learn the fundamentals needed to understand and interpret financial statements encountered in day-to-day business, family or estates law, or general civil litigation practice…More

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The Ethy Awards: This Year’s Best of the Worst Legal Ethical Violations – Live in-person and live webcast

Thursday, December 15, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern) • Global Knowledge Training Centre, Toronto, ON
Presenter: Sean Carter
CPD credits by province
Each year, Hollywood celebrates the best performances in motion pictures at the Oscars. Well, this year, we celebrate the Ethy Awards. North America’s foremost legal humourist Sean Carter recaps the best of the worst ethics violations of 2016, with examples from Canada, the US and internationally. Sean shares the facts, explains the specific ethics violation (under the Federation of Law Societies’ of Canada Model Code of Professional Conduct), discusses how you can avoid similar outcomes in your own practice, and awards the Ethy to the “winner”…More

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Project Management for Lawyers – Live video webcast

Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Eastern)
Presenter: Meg Spencer-Dixon
CPD credits by province
Bring your next litigation or transaction in on time and budget! This program explains how lawyers who manage multi-person teams can use the basic principles of project management to organize, plan, and monitor a variety of legal projects. Whether you’re managing your first major project or just tired of improvising, leading legal project management expert Meg Spencer-Dixon will give you the tools and confidence you need to define goals, break the project down into manageable phases, schedule tasks in logical sequences, and capture lessons learned for future projects. Meg’s methods will also help you…More

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Achieving Precision in Contract Drafting – Live video webcast

Thursday, February 16, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Eastern)
Presenter: Charles Fox
CPD credits by province
This information-packed, how-to webcast focuses on the drafting challenges experienced transactional lawyers face in balancing precision and flexibility when drafting corporate documents. Noted transactional skills instructor Charles Fox will address finding the practical balance between perfect precision and clarity, on the one hand, and time pressure, cost considerations and practical necessity on the other. Using over a dozen, real-world, instructive, before and after examples, Mr. Fox will show you why precision is important, why precision is sometimes an elusive goal, how and why we sometimes use imprecise terms to achieve agreement, and when precision is absolutely…More

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