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Associate Judges' Motions for Licensing Candidates and Recent Calls: The Steps of a Civil Motion

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15 minutes
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70 minutes
Linda Abrams
Mark Gannage
Joan Haberman
Jay Josefo
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
85 minutes
$129.00 plus tax
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This popular old chestnut is back again this year. Get the inside scoop from Masters before whom you might appear. This webinar is essential for Licensing Candidates, recent calls, and others who are new to arguing Masters' Motions. It contains valuable lessons on procedure, presentation, practice management, professionalism and ethics.

The topics below will be addressed.

  1. Avoiding motions
    1. Why you want to avoid motions and how to go about it.
  2. Preparing written materials
    1. Tips for effective written advocacy.
    2. Start by considering what you want, then draft your notice of motion to reflect that.
    3. Ensure you understand the legal tests that apply so your evidentiary record covers each point.
    4. Present the current state of the law fairly.
  3. Service before filing
    1. How to avoid pitfalls so your motion is not adjourned because it was not served on time.
  4. The oral presentation
    1. Tips for effective oral advocacy, whether in person or remotely.
    2. How to make a compelling argument, without deviating from the evidence or the applicable law, to ensure you are heard and understood.
  5. Adapting to the recently expanded use of video conferencing.
  6. Civility, in person and remotely.




Master Linda Abrams


Mark Gannage

Mark Gannage, previously of Goodmans, McCarthy Tétrault, Stikeman Elliott, and Torys, is a deputy judge, certified adjudicator and mediator. He is the author of Gannage’s Ontario Civil Litigation Commentary and Checklist (Thomson Reuters), three chapters in Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings (Thomson Reuters), published articles in the Annual Review of Civil Litigation, The Advocates’ Quarterly and elsewhere, and two federal law reform works. He is a Contributing Editor of the Toronto Law Journal. A former full time and adjunct law professor, Mr. Gannage conceived, designed and taught U of T Law School’s first course in Advance Legal Research, Analysis and Writing. Mr. Gannage was the first (and last!) Head of Legal Research and Analysis of the now deceased Bar Admission Course.

Master Joan Haberman

Master Haberman was appointed as a Case Management Master in November 1998.

Before her appointment, she was senior counsel with the Crown Law Office, where her practice focused on malicious prosecution, institutional and sexual abuse claims, and insurance law. Prior to her work with the Crown, Master Haberman worked in private practice as personal injury counsel. She is a former member of the Civil Rules Committee and taught at the Bar Admissions Course for many years.

After her appointment, Master Haberman served as a member of the Simplified Rules Committee for 10 years. She retired from the Bench at the end of November 2016, and now happily reads the morning paper, practices yoga as often as she likes, and works on her landscape paintings. From time to time, she still speaks and writes on oral and written advocacy and related topics.

Master Jay Josefo

Master Josefo has been a Master of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario for two years. Prior to his appointment, for 28 years, Master Josefo was a civil litigator, practicing primarily but not exclusively in Labour and Employment Law, and Human Rights law as it pertained to employment. From 1999 through to 2018, he was a Vice Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). For nine years ending in 2018, Master Josefo also served as a member of Council, thus a member of the corporate board, of the National Research Council (NRC), Canada’s leading science and technology agency operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Industry. He was an elected public school board trustee in the 1990s. Master Josefo readily acknowledges that his most arduous challenge in the past decade was serving as the founding co-Chair of an owners’ group, and then President, of his condominium corporation for five years, followed by remaining on that Board for two more interminable years!

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