Family law cases involving violence against women are complicated, time consuming, stressful, challenging and can be dangerous for both the client and her lawyer. Yet effective lawyering is essential to ensure a positive outcome that allows the client and her children to move on to lives free from violence.
To support lawyers’ work in this area, Luke’s Place offers a new online training, “Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships”. Designed for family law lawyers in Ontario, this 3-hour course is CPD accredited for 1 hour 20 minutes Professionalism Hours and up to 1 hour 10 minutes Substantive Hours.
The course fee is $125. To register and pay online, visit the Luke’s Place page on Canada Helps.
“Effective Lawyering” grapples with issues commonly encountered in family law cases involving woman abuse, including:
- A client who may present as confused, disorganized, disengaged and even hostile
- Challenges in gathering information from a client who is unaware of her financial situation, reluctant to disclose abuse and fearful of the opposing party
- Delays by the opposing party, including failing to file court documents, seeking repeated adjournments, lodging complaints against court personnel, bringing repeated frivolous and vexatious motions
- Abuse that doesn’t stop with separation including legal bullying and stalking of your client by the opposing party
- Harassment of you and your staff by the opposing party
Learn strategies for:
- Identifying signs of abuse in clients
- Assessing risk to the client, yourself and your staff
- Interviewing an abuse survivor
- Managing legal bullying
- Gathering and presenting evidence of abuse
- Recognizing and managing vicarious trauma
This is a self-directed online course, which you may do on your own schedule, in one or multiple sittings. It consists of narrated slide presentations and short quizzes. A high speed internet connection is recommended for optimal viewing. The Luke’s Place publication, “Best Practices Manual for Lawyers with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships”, is included in the cost of the course.
Note: This course is designed for lawyers. Registrants must provide their LSUC number and year of call to the bar.