Advocacy: How to Make your Case Effectively

December 3, 2020 at 9:30 AM - December 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St
Vancouver, BC V5L1K3
Contact VDLC Office 604-254-0703

About this Event

2 days - December 3 and 4, Thursday and Friday / 9:30am to 4:00pm

This course will take place via Zoom Video Conference. If class is full, please contact the VDLC to be waitlisted.

Many shop stewards become skilled advocates in winning the union’s case at arbitration and other third-party hearings. This course will assist you to better prepare and present cases by learning some basic legal protocols, techniques and procedures. The curriculum covers pre-hearing matters, opening statements, direct and cross examination, making objections, and closing arguments.

Instructor: Leo McGrady

Leo McGrady, QC, specializes in labour law, human rights, class actions, intellectual property, and libel law, all on behalf of unions and employees. He has argued cases at all levels of court in British Columbia and the Territories', and served as counsel on a number of leading labour and charter cases in the Supreme Court of Canada.


Pre-registration is required as course space is limited - registration is open to all, union membership is not necessary. If class space is full please contact Elizabeth via email at [email protected] or phone 604-254-0703 to put your name on the waitlist.


Fees include materials. Cancellations must be received 5 working days prior to course start for a refund. No-shows will be charged the full course fee. Exceptions on a case-by-case basis.


The Vancouver and District Labour Council acknowledges that its offices reside on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

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Advocacy: How to Make your Case Effectively