National Family Law Program

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The National Family Law Program was first offered in 1978, and takes place in a different location in Canada every second summer.

The 2016 edition of the program will be held in the new Conference Centre in St. John’s. Block room rates have been negotiated at the Delta Hotel, which is connected to the new convention centre where all the program sessions will be held. It’s also located within walking distance of restaurants and shops.

A reminder registrants are responsible for making their own accommodation and travel arrangements. July is the height of the tourist season, so please book early to avoid disappointment. The first 20 registrants to book will also receive an upgrade to a Premier Room!

You can use this link to take advantage of the Delta Conference Room Rates ( which also apply 3 days pre and post conference). You can also contact the Delta St. John’s at 1.709.739.6404. The available room rates are:

 Delta Room $ 209.00
Premier Room $ 229.00
Deluxe Room  $239.00
Signature Club  $284.00
Leisure Suite  $284.00
Jacuzzi Suite  $359.00
Junior Suite  $359.00
Senior Suite (2 bedrooms)  $729.00

Planning for the National Family Law Program in 2016 is underway. We are inviting submissions of proposals for Papers/Presentations under the following guidelines:

1. One page outline of topic(s), format of presentation and estimated time for presentation or workshop.
2. Your agreement to provide an original written paper on the topic(s) by May 30, 2016.
3. Your agreement to participate in other presentations as workshop leader or panelist if required.
4. Please include a copy of your curriculum vitae and co-presenters with your submission.

Your proposal must be received no later than May 30, 2015.  Please submit your Family Law proposal by mail to:
Heather Walker, Program Co-coordinator
National Family Law Program
P.O. Box 244
Woodville, ON  K0M 2T0

or E-mail:
( Please identify the proposal as a submission for the 2016 program on the reference line of the e-mail)

Note: Presenters will receive a contribution toward travel and accommodation expenses.

This information regarding papers for the 2016 National Family Law Program is also available in PDF format.

On line conference registration will be available in early summer. Registration fees include entrance to the conference, all program materials and light refreshments.

All program material will be provided to registrants in digital format, and online. The material can be accessed on your mobile device during and after the program, and is available online for a period of two (2) years after the closing date of the program.

Destination St. John’s has produced this video showing things to do in and around the Newfoundland capital. You can find more information on their web site.

The 2014 National Family Law Program is available here.

The following CLE/CPD credits have been approved for the 2014 National Family Law Program:
British Columbia           17.5 hours
Yukon                              10 hours plus 2 hours for Ethics
Quebec                            25 hrs
New Brunswick             20 hrs
Ontario                           18.45 total hours
Please note the (Ontario) hours above reflect attendance at the plenary and none of the sessions below, which are eligible for professionalism hours. Attendees of any of the sessions below will need to add the additional professionalism hours provided by these concurrent sessions and deduct the same amount of time from the substantive hours so that their total hours for the entire program do not exceed 18 hours and 45 minutes.

The following concurrent sessions in the program have received some professionalism hours:

  • The Access to Justice and Family Law Plenary has been accredited for 30 min. of Professionalism Content.
  • Effective Advocacy in Family Law Mediation session held July 15, 2014 has been accredited for 30 minutes of Professionalism Content. This session is also eligible for up to 45 minutes of Substantive Content.
  • Family Lawyers as Agents of Reason – Reducing Conflict session held on July 16, 2014 has been accredited for 1 hour and 15 minutes of Professionalism Content.
  • Ethical Concerns re Mediation/Arbitration in Family Law held July 16, 2014 has been accredited for 45 minutes of Professionalism Content. This session is also eligible for up to 45 minutes of Substantive Content.

Other jurisdictions are pending.

All conference materials for the 2014 National Family Law Program were provided in electronic form. The materials can be downloaded (to view or print) from a password protected intranet site. You can access the site with the personal access code that was provided to you at registration. The material will be accessible from the Family Law Program intranet for two years.

Inquiries about the National Family Law Program:
Federation of Law Societies of Canada
National Family Law Program
Attention: Heather Walker, Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 244,
Woodville, Ontario
Canada K0M 2T0
Tel: 705.879.3082
Fax: 705.374.4131