THE COURSE IS ALMOST FULL. REGISTRATION WILL SOON CLOSE FOR THE OCTOBER 2017 ARBITRATION COURSE IN TORONTO. THE DATES ARE OCTOBER 16 TO 20 AND THIS WILL BE THE ONLY COURSE IN 2017. YOU CAN QUALIFY AS AN ARBITRATOR BY TAKING THIS COURSE.
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 and helps lawyers and others understand and be comfortable working in an arbitration process. Arbitration is a method of deciding disputes in a private forum which works very differently from court.
It is not Labour Arbitration, but Labour Arbitrators have found the course very helpful for learning arbitration skills and better understanding their role as arbitrators. The next Ontario Arbitrator Training course will be held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto in the Yonge and King Street area. The hotel is at 8 Colborne Street and rooms/suites are available for students at a reduced rate. Classes include a working gourmet lunch each day with the cost of meals, refreshments and course certificates from the ADR Institute of Ontario included in the course registration fee.
The classes in 2017 will include a full day Mock Arbitration hearing and this time it will be on the last day of the course. A Mock Arbitration is where the students take over the class for the day to participate in a simulated 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 including opening and closing statements to the Arbitration Tribunal who attempt to control the proceedings with a gavel as their only weapon. Gavels are not used in Ontario Courts but they are used in Arbitration. The arbitrators give their decision with reasons the next morning at the final class. The course instructor Murray Miskin provides critical feedback after the Mock Arbitration is over. Role assignments will be based on student requests and the instructors efforts at balancing the proceedings so either side has a good chance of winning the case.
The course will include all required content as approved by the ADR Institute of Ontario for Arbitrator membership and Certification and by the Law Society of Upper Canada for CPD credits for lawyers and paralegals. The course has been approved again by the Law Society for CPD credits being 3 hours of Professionalism and 35 hours 45 minutes substantive. We are also including material related to Family Law as arbitration is now playing a greater role in Ontario Family Law. Graduates will be qualified (subject to an online ethics test) to apply for the Q. Arb designation of the ADR Institute of Canada which is recognized nationally.