We work hard to make learning Arbitration fun. It is easier to learn when you are not suffering from boredom or brain overload with dry detailed material. Somehow we have managed over the years to make our arbitration training classes interesting and a few students have even called it “exciting”. Our course is a generic arbitration course which qualifies students for being arbitrators in a wide range of disputes. We are also offering an additional family law module to the course to meet the Ontario requirements for being a family law arbitrator. It is not a Labour Arbitration course but Labour Arbitrators have found it very helpful for learning arbitration skills and better understanding their role as arbitrators. There was a course from June 17 to 21, 2013 and the class was full. The next Ontario Arbitrator Training course is scheduled to run from Monday June 16 to Friday June 20, 2014 on a 9 to 5 basis at the Ontario Bar Association education facility at 20 Toronto Street in downtown Toronto. Classes include a working gourmet lunch each day with the cost of meals, refreshments and course certificates included in the course registration fee.
The June class will include a Thursday Mock Arbitration hearing. A Mock Arbitration is where the students take over the class for most of the day. A Mock Arbitration is a simulated full arbitration hearing. Some students play parties and witnesses including expert witnesses. Some are arbitrators on a panel of three and the rest play lawyers who question witnesses and make legal argument to the Arbitration Tribunal who attempt to control the proceedings with a gavel as their only weapon. The arbitrators give their decision with reasons the next morning at the final class. If there is a large class as there was in June 2013 the class will be divided in two to run two simultaneous Mock Arbitration hearings with a qualified arbitration coach to assist. The course instructor Murray Miskin provides critical feedback on Friday at the last class after the Mock Arbitration is over. We are developing a new adapted case for this course to fully take advantage of people’s creativity and imagination. Some role assignments will be based on student requests.
The course will include all of the same material and content which is approved by the ADR Institute of Ontario for Arbitrator membership and Certification and by the Law Society of Upper Canada for CPD credits. We are also including additional material related to Family Law as arbitration and Med/Arb are now playing a greater role in Ontario Family Law. We have a guest instructor (Colm Brannigan) who will co-present material on condominium arbitration including proposed amendments to the Condominium Act which we expect to be announced shortly before the course begins. Graduates will be qualified to apply for the Q. Arb designation of the ADR Institute of Canada which is recognized nationally. For the first time there will be optional reasonable cost additional module specific to family law for the course. The family law module is tentatively scheduled to first be offered on Thursday July 3 after the end of the course. If you are not interested in studying Family Law arbitration we assure you that the Family Law content of the main course will not be dominant and the course will deal with a variety of areas of arbitration practice.
Additional to family law module on Thursday July 3 we will be offering a one day condominium arbitration course module on Tuesday June 24. This additional course will be the first course ever offered in Ontario specific to condominium arbitration. Colm Brannigan will be co-instructor for the Condominium Arbitration Course.
We are applying for course approval for both new modules from the ADR Institute and also applying to Law Society of Upper Canada for Professional Development credits for both Professionalism and Substantive hours. Course Registration is open now at this website for all of the courses. You can REGISTER NOW for the main course using Paypal with our usual $300 deposit requirement. This link will also give you a link to register for the course modules which have a lower deposit requirement. The full cost of the course remains $2,000 plus HST of $260 with the balance due in May 2014. Enrolment will be cut off when we have reached 30 students and this will be our only offering of the Comprehensive course in 2014. Registration is also open for the course modules. Early registration cost is $500 plus HST until after January 15 when the cost will increase by $100.