Essential Training for Administrative Decision-makers

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Join RMRF for our 2021/2022 Essential Training series tailored for Administrative Decision-makers. In four interactive one-hour modules you will receive best practices, key tips, and insight to give you confidence in your role on a board or tribunal.

Our seasoned lawyers will cover a range of topics from basics, to deep dives while giving you practical tools and answering your questions.

Select topics that interest you most or complete the entire training for a broad depth of knowledge!

Part 1: What Questions Not to Ask: The Purpose and Practice of Questioning Witnesses
Original broadcast date: Thursday, September 16, 2021

Hosted by Carol Zukiwski & Jenna Chamberlain

Asking questions of a witness is an important aspect of the hearing process. Learn the purpose of questioning, the goals of cross-examination, and how questioning by the decision maker differs, including the best practices for asking questions of your own witness.

Part 2: Check Yourself: Addressing Unconscious Bias
Original broadcast date: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Hosted by Heidi Besuijen & Emma Banfield

As an independent decision-maker, you might think you’re able to remain neutral at all times. You would be wrong. Each of us carries unconscious bias that might compromise our ability to discharge our duties. In this session, learn what unconscious bias is, how it can arise in the context of a hearing, and what you can do to mitigate it.

Part 3: Weighing and Assessing the Relevance of Evidence
Original broadcast date: Thursday, March 10, 2022

Hosted by Julie Gagnon & Michael Swanberg

In the context of a hearing, sifting through evidence can be overwhelming. Not everything put before you matters, and some evidence matters more than other evidence. In this session, learn practical, actionable skills to confidently assess the relevance of evidence and assign appropriate weight to that evidence so that your decision is grounded and sound.

Part 4: Administrative Proceedings and Self-Represented Parties
Thursday, June 9, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Hosted by Shauna FinlayMaya Gordon & Jenna Chamberlain

While many parties to administrative proceedings choose to hire legal counsel, some opt to represent themselves. These circumstances often require administrative decision-makers to approach the proceeding differently in order to appropriately discharge their duties. In this session, learn strategies for hearings involving self-represented parties that you can implement.

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