Best Practices for Managing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Claims: A Renewed Focus on Sexual Violence

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Event date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 18:30
Name of Organization: 
Ontario Bar Association
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Live webcast

From sexual assault charges against Jian Ghomeshi, to the suspension of Liberal MPs arising from sexual misconduct complaints, to numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment in post-secondary institutions, the discussion of how to deal with sexual harassment and sexual assault has been revitalized in recent months.Whether you are in-house, corporate, human resources or litigation counsel, what is the best approach for dealing with these types of cases? Gain unparalleled insight from our exceptional panel on this sensitive topic, including:

  • The role lawyers play in advising individual and institutional clients on how to deal with sexual harassment and assault complaints
  • Critical considerations in selecting the best forum for resolution
  • Best practices  and important practical tools for interacting with the applicant
  • Essential resources for you and your client on dealing with the realities of sexual assault and sexual harassment cases and their aftermath
  • The latest in academic research on how to combat sexual harassment and how to apply it in your practice.
  • How you can make a difference in sexual violence education and policy development


  • Karen Ensslen, Ursel Philips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
  • Shelley Quinn, Quinn Family Law


  • Professor Patrick Case,University of Guelph
  • Geri Sanson, SANSON LAW OFFICE, Professional Corporation
  • Susan Vella, Partner, Rochon Genova LLP
  • Professor Sandy Walsh, Vice Dean, University of Toronto, Sexual Harassment Expert and Researcher