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TLA’s 16th Annual Masters' Motions for Licensing Candidates and Recent Calls

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.25
15 minutes
Substantive: 1.25
75 minutes
Linda Abrams
Mark Gannage
Jay Josefo
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
90 minutes
$129.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

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

  • Why you want to avoid motions and how to go about it.

2. Preparing written materials

  • Tips for effective written advocacy.
  • Start by considering what you want, then draft your notice of motion to reflect that.
  • Ensure you understand the legal tests that apply so your evidentiary record covers each point.
  • Present the current state of the law fairly.

3. Service before filing

  • How to avoid pitfalls so your motion is not adjourned because it was not served on time.

4. The oral presentation

  • Tips for effective oral advocacy, whether in person or remotely.
  • 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 videoconferencing.

6. Civility, in person and remotely.


Master Linda Abrams

Until her appointment as a Master of the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario), Master Abrams was a civil litigator– first with the law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and later with Torys LLP. Concurrent with her law practice, she served as an adjudicator (and Vice Chair) at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and at the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. She now serves on the Board of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. Master Abrams has presented at a number of CLE programs; she has acted as a coach for the National Judicial Institute (NJI) judicial dispute resolution/settlement conference programs; and, for more than 10 years, she co-taught the Osgoode Hall Law School “Lawyer as Negotiator” course. She is also the co-author of Canadian Civil Procedure Law, 1st and 2nd editions (LexisNexis), The Practitioner’s Evidence Law Sourcebook (LexisNexis), Halsbury’s Laws of Canada - Civil Procedure and Interim Preservation of Property Rights (LexisNexis) and Canadian Credit Union Law - A Detailed Survey (CCH Canadian).

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 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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