Conference / Seminar

Emerging Challenges in the University Sector: Staying a step ahead

Event Details

March 28, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Hicks Morley Toronto Office
77 King Street West, 39th Floor
Toronto, ON


The university sector faces enormous economic and legal pressures that are driving rapid changes on campuses across Canada.

In this wide-ranging session, we will discuss:

  • Social media: Legal Issues for Universities
  • Pension issues relating to deficiencies and governance
  • The adequacy of University human rights policies and procedures in light of current HRTO standards
  • The ability of University administrations to communicate with employees and the university community during collective bargaining
  • AODA: the Road to Compliance
  • Reconciling Academic Freedom and a University’s Freedom of Information Obligations.


Review and discuss ethical and solicitor/client privilege issues unique to Universities:

  • Ethical issues involving students with competence issues;
  • How to deal with knowledge of human rights issues;
  • The need for in-house counsel to determine “who is the client” (i.e. the Administration, Senate, the Board, and/or Faculty);
  • The importance of Rule 2.03 of the Rules of Professional Conduct;
  • The need for in-house counsel to manage communication; and
  • Steps that can be taken to ensure that advice remains privileged

The lecture will be followed by a case study during which attendee participation will be encouraged.

CPD Logo This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 0.5 Professionalism Hour
This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 2 New Member CPD Hours