This hour-long, free MicroCPD focuses on mediation advocacy and is being presented through the frame of hip hop from noon to 1pm on Tuesday, February 20th. The webinar is being presented on Zoom and consists of 3 key areas for one full hour of Law Society of Ontario approved professionalism CPD. Attendees must register in advance and will receive a certificate of completion after the program.

Do I need to like hip hop to attend?

You do not have to like it but are less likely to enjoy the program if you don't. It has been designed with a hip hop theme. Analogies in support of learning objectives are drawn from the world of hip hop. You need not be an expert in hip hop culture but a Rob Base of familiarity is recommended.

What qualifications does the presenter have?

Marc Bhalla is a faculty member here at CCECM. He has a Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution and holds the senior "chartered" mediator designation of the ADR Institute of Canada. Marc draws upon decades of mediation experience in the training he does for us, and the ADR courses he teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School and the York University School of Continuing Studies.

Just as important for this program, Marc is a big fan of hip hop. He has been since back in the day when he listened to cassettes of Run-D.M.C. and Public Enemy on his yellow Sony Sports Walkman. Marc also worked at HMV during his undergraduate studies and was naturally responsible for the hip hop section of the store. Marc's love of hip hop has led him to arrange guest lectures by Snotty Nose Rez Kids at the law courses he teaches and make multiple Drake references in his contributions to peer-reviewed academic journals. Marc was acknowledged as a top 0.005% fan of Busta Rhymes by Spotify in 2023.

Three times Marc referenced hip hop tracks in publications...

C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan

Lemon Pepper Freestyle by Drake feat. Rick Ross

Emotionless by Drake

As a prof and author, Marc is known for making pop culture references. This workshop is part of a collection that represents taking these references to the next level through a deeper embrace - to present more enjoyable learning.

Must I be licenced by the Law Society to register?

This program has been approved by the Law Society of Ontario to count toward one hour of continuing professional development (CPD) that licensed lawyers and paralegals in Ontario are required to take in annually. (By design, this is not an EDI CPD. It is a substantive hour CPD.)

This presentation is not exclusive to the province or to legal professionals.

The focus of the program is on representing a party at mediation, however; so, this program is recommended for individuals who represent others at mediation.

Registration is open to everyone!

When and how will I get my certificate?

Your certificate will be provided to you electronically within a month of the program running. You are required to attend the full hour of the program in order to receive your certificate.

Click here for program flyer.