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The 5th edition of the Une pensée d’avance – Think Ahead series will begin in October 2013. This year's theme is Civil Justice Reform : An End to the Crisis?. Cost is $20 per conference.

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Une pensée d’avance – Think Ahead 2013-2014

Civil Justice Reform : An End to the Crisis?

Will the coming into force of the new Code of Civil Procedure put an end to the crisis currently faced by Quebec’s civil justice system? That question will be the theme of this year’s Think Ahead / Une pensée d’avance series of continuing legal education lectures, which will explore all facets of a reform that is of crucial importance not only for legal professionals, but also for society at large.

Each year, the Faculty of Law offers a series of five three-hour continuing legal education lectures on themes rooted at the very heart of contemporary legal issues. The lectures, accredited by the Barreau and the Chambre des notaires du Québec, are offered in the evenings, 6 – 9 p.m., by professors and prominent graduates of the Faculty. Most of the lectures are bilingual, with parts in French and others in English.

Come broaden your legal knowledge, network with colleagues and meet your continuing legal education obligations by registering for one or several of the lectures in the "Une pensée d’avance – Think Ahead" series.

For other CLE activities at the Faculty, see our calendar of continuing legal education events.

2013-2014 calendar

Each three-hour conference is $20.

22 October 2013  — The New Code of Civil Procedure: Overview and Key Features - SOLD OUT

Speakers: Prof. Frédéric Bachand, Mes François Fontaine & Doug Mitchell. Quebec Bar Activity no. 10075968.

19 November 2013 — The Privatization of Civil Justice - SOLD OUT

Speakers: Profs Fabien Gélinas & Geneviève Saumier, the Honourable Louise Otis. Quebec Bar Activity no. 10075950.
Downloads: Prof. Gélinas' presentation [.pptx]; Prof. Saumier's presentation [.pptx]  

28 January 2014 — The Evolving Role of the Lawyer in the Civil Justice System - SOLD OUT

Speakers: The Honourable Marie Deschamps, Me Guy Pratte & Me Fred Headon. Quebec Bar Activity no. 10080597.

25 February 2014 — Access to Justice in Family Matters - SOLD OUT

Speakers: Prof. Angela Campbell, Mes Lynn Kassie & Marie Christine Kirouack. Quebec Bar Activity no. 10081127.

25 March 2014 — Civil Justice and the Civil Law Tradition - SOLD OUT

Speakers: Profs Patrick Glenn, Rosalie Jukier & Daniel Jutras. Quebec Bar Activity no. 10081135.

Download: Prof. Jukier's presentation [.ppt]; Prof. Jutras' presentation [.pptx]


Registration is closed.

Please note that a registrant can sign up one or more more different lectures, but one cannot register more than one person per lecture a single purchase. If you need to register more than one person, you will need to make a separate purchase for each.

Please have your credit card on hand once you decide to register. We accept Master Card, Visa and American Express.


Participants must pay a $20 non-refundable registration fee per conference.

Registration and payment are done online, via our secured transactional site. We are unable to accept registrations by email, fax or voicemail.


The conferences are given in the Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (room 100), with live-streaming available in room 101.

New Chancellor Day Hall
Faculty of Law, McGill University
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Québec  H3A 1W9

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Sign-in starts around 5 pm. Doors to the classroom will open at 5:30 pm. There is no assigned seating.

Parking around Chancellor Day Hall

We are located on Peel Street, between Doctor Penfield and Pine Avenues. There is some metered parking available on Peel street, and you might be able to find free parking spots on the upper part of McTavish and on Penfield, west of Peel.

Parking space is always available in the underground McIntyre parking garage nearby (entrance is higher up on Peel). Cost is $10 after 5 pm. Access to Chancellor Day Hall is via the 5th basement level.

If you have other questions, please fc [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email us). Please do not email us to register. Thank you.

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