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.

Register red button2016 National Family Law Program Details
Registration fees include entrance to the conference, all program materials and light refreshments. The Conference office opens Sunday July 10th at 1:00 p.m. The opening reception will be held on Sunday July 10th in the new St. John’s Conference Centre.

You can refer to our updated Schedule of Events for our 2016 program; a summary of the topics to be part of our 2016 program is here.   

The dinner and show sponsored by the National Family Law Program, called “The Spirit of Newfoundland” is now sold out.

Program Materials
Please note that all registrants will receive an email with information regarding access to the password-protected intranet for this event. All program material will be provided to registrants in digital format, and online. The material can be accessed on your computer and/or 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.

Delta St. Johns 2015The 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.

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.

Things to do in St. John’s
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 following CLE/CPD credits were 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 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.

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