Program Agenda

8:30 – 9:00Registration

9:00 – 9:10Welcoming remarks

9:10 – 10:00Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell, SCCA Necessary Culture ShiftCanada’s civil justice system is premised upon the value that the process of adjudication must be fair and just. This value includes the ability of ordinary Canadians to access the justice system to adjudicate their disputes. This presentation will provide a perspective on this value based on the work of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters.


10:05 – 10:55Professor Trevor FarrowAbandon the Myth of Trial and Retain Due ProcessUse the SCC decision in Hryniakto discuss the notion that a culture shift and proportionality are needed. And discuss how dow we incorporate the need for a culture shift and proportionality without jettisoning due process?

10:55 – 11:15Refreshment Break

11:20 – 12:00Professor Trevor FarrowActing Associate Chief Justice RivoalenDr. Melina BuckleyModerator: Chief Justice JoyalPanel DiscussionHryniak: A Brave New World for Lawyers or Business as UsualPanel to be announced

12:00 – 1:00LunchRichard J. Scott Award Presentation

1:00 – 1:05Welcome Back

1:05 – 2:05Irene HamiltonAimee CraftChief Judge ChampagneModerator: Annette HorstPanel DiscussionClearing Pathways to Justice: Issues, Initiatives and Innovation in ManitobaJustice InnovationsAddressing Access to Justice in Northern and Aboriginal CommunitiesResidential school issuesChild welfare systemCriminal justice systemGladue reportsInquiries and inquestsAccess issues (standing, funding)Impact on resources of justice system (competition for judge, courtrooms)Issues for group such as Francophones

2:10 – 2:30Karen DyckBridging the Gap: #A2J Using New MediaWhat’s happening elsewhere?

2:30 – 2:50Refreshment Break

2:50 – 3:55Sarah Lugtig Natasha BrownLeah KlassenModerator: Isha KhanPanel DiscussionEducating through AccessClinical education at the FacultyLearning Opportunities at the Legal Help CentrePro Bono Students ManitobaOther opportunitiesWhat is happening now and what more is planned or needed?


4:00 – 4:30Linda Brazier LamoureauxMarston GrindeyModerator: David MilwardPanel DiscussionReality Check #1; The Public PerspectiveReactions to the ideas advanced by the previous speakers

4:30Wrap up

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29

9:00 – 9:05Welcoming Remarks

9:05 – 10:05Professor Richard DevlinPuttin’ Up or Shuttin’ Up


10:00 – 10:45Allison FenskeGarth Smorang, Q.C.Donald MacDonaldModerator: Pat LanePanel DiscussionMaking the Business Case for AccessIn part a reaction to the above provocative presentation, this panel will provide their different perspectives on why it makes business sense for law firms or legal departments to promote and participate in access initiatives

10:45 – 11:05Refreshment Break

11:05 – 11:35Neil CohenDrew PerryModerator: Scott Abel Reality Check #2: The Public Perspective PanelReactions to the ideas advanced by the previous speakers
11:35 – 11:40Dr. Melina BuckleyThe Challenge to ActWrap up tying together all of the topics/themes and discuss “this is where we are”, “this is what we need”, and “these are what the deficits are”.

12:30Concluding Remarks