The Ontario Comprehensive Arbitration Training Course was just held the week of June 17 to June 21, 2013. We reached the cut-off number of 30 students and closed enrolment a few weeks before the course began. This was the largest class in a number of years. The course had a coach to assist with small group exercises and two simultaneously held mock arbitrations. Due to continuing high demand we will run a second course this year the week of October 28th which will include the all day Mock Arbitration to be held on Halloween. Arrangements are in place with the Ontario Bar Association to again host the class at its Toronto facility at 20 Toronto Street in the Yonge and King area. In Ontario the Law Society has reviewed the course again for June 2013 and renewed its approval for October 2013 of the course for the 3 hours of required “professionalism” (ethics) credits needed by lawyers along with all “substantive” credits. We usually have a good number of Ontario lawyers in the class which balances with the non lawyer participants (eg. accountants, appraisers, engineers, architects and other professionals) plus Ontario paralegals, law students and others coming in from other jurisdictions. This balance makes for excellent discussions in class of arbitration topics. The most recent course had several family lawyers in attendance and we expect this trend to expand as arbitration, and mediation combined with arbitration is a growing trend in Ontario family law. The course deals in depth with the challenges created by combining mediation with arbitration in the Med/Arb process and how to handle them in both family law cases and other types of disputes.
The ADR Institute of Ontario has continued its approval of this course for certification. Graduates may join the institute as Arbitrator Members. They are also immediately qualified to apply for the new designation of Qualified Arbitrator Q. Arb. Membership criteria for the institute is as follows: “Full Membership is open to any person engaged in practicing in the area of arbitration, mediation or alternate dispute resolution who is of good character and reputation, and can satisfy the Membership Committee that he or she has obtained and maintained standards of academic achievement (have successfully completed an Institute-approved 40-hour course in arbitration or mediation or have equivalent expertise arising from experience in the area of arbitration, mediation or alternate dispute resolution in Canada) and professional experience consistent with the aims and objectives of the ADR Institute of Ontario, Inc.” The requirements for Q. Arb which we meet are described in another post at this site .
The cost of the Arbitration course is $2,000 plus HST with a $300 deposit and the balance payable ahead of the course start date. If you are thinking of taking this course this year register now for the October 28-November 1 class. Registration is through Paypal which accepts credit cards even if you do not have a Paypal account. The course is taught and administered by Murray Miskin. You may REGISTER ONLINE NOW for the October course. You may also register offline through the Miskin Law Office. Call Angela or Murray at 416-492-0989 to discuss the class and your arrangements.