Half-Day, Friday, June 17th & Full-Day, Saturday, June 18th, 2016 • Delta, St. John's

** This conference has been accredited by the Law Society of New Brunswick under their Mandatory Continuing Professional Development program for 10 Hours of MCPD Credits. It represents 10 Hours of MCPD Credits in all four Atlantic Provinces. **

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As you may know, APTLA's first ever conference was held at the Delta St. John's, fifteen years ago this June. We are back at the place of beginning to celebrate fifteen years of networking, collegiality and work amongst plaintiff trial lawyers in Atlantic Canada. We have had many successes, but one of the most useful to the majority of Members is the quality of our education programming.

APTLA's Education Committee is putting the finishing touches on our upcoming conference at the Delta St. John's. Set for Friday afternoon, June 17th and all-day on Saturday, June 18th, we are covering the various medical aspects of personal injury cases. We will look at matters of human anatomy; medical research and consensus; disability and Chronic Pain; Medical and Legal Causation; the neuroscience of decision making; Cross-examination of Defence Experts; and preparing your own client for Discovery on their medical evidence. Further, we will canvas the inner-workings of hospitals, and the division of responsibility of nurses, doctors and staff. Finally, we will review recent cases of interest in this area. It will be a medical update for all lawyers preparing their accident/injury cases.

THE DOCTOR IS IN conference will feature:
• Updates from the APTLA Young Lawyers Section on SCC and CoA cases of interest

• Body Works for Personal Injury Lawyers
• Best Practices in Medical Research & Medical Consensus
• Functional Implications of Hand Trauma and Periheral Nerve Injuries – What a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Can Add to Complex Cases 
• Chronic Pain and Emotions - Is it all in your Head? New Perspectives in Litigation
• Causation Part 1: A Pathologist’s View of Medical Causation in Bodily Injury
• Causation Part 2: Legal Causation, The Law and Variances from Medical Causation
The Neuroscience of Decision Making
Update on NL Rules Changes
Inter-workings in the Hospital
• Making the Most of Cross-Examining Medical Witnesses
• Reflections from the Bench: Advocacy skills in Personal Injury Litigation

We are putting together an excellent faculty to make this conference educational, entertaining and useful to your practice. Presenters include: Dr. Shakti Chandra, Professor of Anatomy (Retired); Dr. Zel Krajden, Plastic Surgeon; Dr. Zohar Waisman, Forensic Psychiatrist; Dan Boone, Q.C., Stewart McKelvey; and the Hon. Justice William Goodridge, NL Supreme Court.

Also APTLA Members: David Parker, Boyne Clarke; Ches Crosbie, Q.C., Ches Crosbie Barristers and APTLA Young Lawyer Section Members .

APTLA is delighted to announce that we will be joined by Paul J. Scoptur, of Aiken & Scoptur (WI). Paul is a well-known lawyer, Adjunct Law Professor, and a continuous member of the Best Lawyers in America since 2002. He is a co-author of the book “Advanced Depositions Skills”, “Deposing the Defense Medical Examiner”, and “Anatomy of a Personal Injury Case”. Paul will be explaining the Neuroscience of Decision Making and bringing his considerable skills to the topic: Making the Most of Cross-Examining Medical Witnesses.


Seahold Investments   •   McKellar Structured Settlements    •    AssessMed

Bridgepoint Financial    •    Collins Barrow    •    Allevio Clinic

    McKeating Actuarial Services     •     Rehabilitation Management    •     Proven Marketing For Lawyers

Henderson Structured Settlements    •    Vocational Rehabilitation Assessments    •    Matson Driscoll & Damico



WHO CAN REGISTER?  APTLA'S CONFERENCE is open to APTLA Members and Non-Members, lawyers and non-lawyers.

$399.00 + HST = $458.85 for APTLA Lawyer Members
$399.00 + HST = $458.85 for APTLA Associate Members
$299.00 + HST = $343.85 for APTLA Young Lawyer Section Members
$199.00 + HST = $228.85 for APTLA Clerks & Students
$565.22 + HST = $650.00 for Non-Members
$399.00 + HST = $458.85 for Non-Member Clerks & Students

Conference Registration includes conference attendance, refreshment breaks, the conference luncheon, a ticket for the Presidents' Reception, a CD of conference materials and HST. A discount, as above, in registration fee is given to APTLA Members.


APTLA EVENT:  SPECIAL MEMORIAL COMEDY SHOW: APTLA is planning a special night of comedy, laughter and fun on the Friday evening of our conference as a memorial in honour of Past President Kevin Preston and as a fundraiser for our Access to Justice Fund. Please plan to join us at Sundance Karaoke for a hilarious multi-talented Comedy Show. We have amateur talent to be followed by Bridgepoint's Funny Man, Bob LaBrecque. We round out the night with a set by well-known Canadian Comedian, Glen Foster - better known as "That Canadian Guy". It will be an evening to remember, before you head out to George Street for the night!

Tickets are $40/per individual. Sponsorship is available to any firm, group or individual who is part of the APTLA Conference. $250.00 in sponsorship gives you five minutes of stand-up at the Open Mic portion of the event and/or a huge thank you from the Association. Sponsorships are also available to those firms or individuals who are not participating in the APTLA Conference. These are $500.00. Sponsorships come with two tickets to the event. All monies raised benefits APTLA's Access to Justice Fund.

APTLA is definitely putting the "fun" in Fundraiser, and we know it is an event that is not to be missed. So plan to join us!


To register for the THE DOCTOR IS IN - please CLICK HERE. The office will send you an online invoice in the applicable registration category with the applicable registration fee and any other costs you have indicated.

If you wish to pay by cheque, payment should accompany registration and be sent ASAP to:
P.O. Box 2618, Central RPO
Halifax, NS  B3J 3N5

WHO CAN JOIN THE ASSOCIATION?  APTLA welcomes both plaintiff lawyers and non-lawyers to Membership. We would love to welcome you to Membership in the Association. Non-Members may wish to consider joining APTLA if they qualify for Membership. New Members immediately qualify for reduced pricing for this conference. If you wish to join us and avail yourself of Member pricing, please contact the office.

WHAT ARE THE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS?  APTLA Members receive education discounts; exclusive use of our Members' ListServ; a subscription to APT Law Magazine; use of our state of the art website; and other annual benefits!


HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS:  APTLA has established a preferred room rate at the Delta St. John's for those attending the conference. They have a range of rooms availabe, from Delta Rooms ($199+/night) to Signature Club Rooms ($274+/night). There are also Suites available ($479.00+/night). These preferred rates are subject to availability. Hotel reservations should be made immediately. To book your room, please follow this reservation link or call the Delta St. John's directly at (709) 739-6404 and ask for "In-house Reservations". Please make your booking as soon as possible and before Friday, May 30th, 2016. After that date, the Delta will release our Room Block and rooms will be subject to availability and regular pricing.

CANCELLATIONS & CUT OFFS : Conference registration cancellations must be received in the APTLA office no later than Friday, May 27th, 2016. We will issue a refund for the registration fee paid less a $50.00 processing fee. APTLA cannot accept cancellations after May 27th, 2016 and refunds will not be issued after that date. Substitution of another attendee from the same category of registration is always permitted, although we would appreciate notice of such substitutions. Hotel reservations must be made on or before end of day on Friday, May 30th, 2016. After that date, the
Delta St. John's will release our Room Block and rooms will be subject to availability and regular pricing.


Contact the Office if you would like tickets to the Comedy Show.

PLEASE follow this link to our Education Planning Survey and give us your input on our education programming.

Please contact the office to RSVP for the Whale & Iceberg Tour.