Long-term care has been under the microscope since before the Covid-19 pandemic. The current avenues for advocacy and redressing problems are limited. All over Canada, creative solutions are being suggested to increase quality of life and give remedies to residents and their families. These solutions include national standards on care and facilities, criminal offences, and using personal injury torts.

Laura Tamblyn WattsRobyn Wishart, and Sara Pon discuss the current state of the law for long-term facilities, current remedies and avenues for advocacy, and inventive legal remedies that are gaining ground or losing steam.

About the Speakers

Laura Tamblyn Watts (@ltamblynwatts) is the CEO of CanAge (@CanAgeseniors), Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization, who was also part of the Canadian Standards Association’s team developing long-term care national standards.  

Robyn Wishart, personal injury lawyer and founder of Wishart Brain and Spine Law LLP in Vancouver BC, has represented clients in the BC Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal since March 2001. Robyn’s practice focuses on catastrophic and complex personal injury cases, as well as insurance litigation.  For the first 7 years of her practice Robyn represented some of the largest insurance companies including Lloyds of London. Robyn is a highly respected trial consult lawyer in both Canada and the United States.

Sara Pon is a lawyer whose education and work have focused on older adults. Sara obtained a degree in gerontology before attending law school. Her LLM thesis examined supports for family caregivers of older adults. Prior to joining SFBC, Sara worked at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. There, she wrote on elder abuse, decision-making laws for people with dementia, long-term care laws, and health care professional regulation. Sara is co-chair of the BC Adult Abuse and Neglect Prevention Collaborative.

New Speaking Engagement

AAJ 2024 Winter Convention

Saturday February 10th 2024

Austin Texas

February 10 – 13 2024

Topic: Using Neuroscience, Rhetorical Questions, and Clean Language

Registration Link


Watch for webinars and other online opportunities to hear Vancouver Personal Injury Lawyer Robyn Wishart speak.


December 10- 11 2020

Louisiana Association for Justice

Last Chance CLE Conference 

Topic: Neuropersuasion  in Times of Political Divide.

Virtual Conference and Registration Information

December 4 2020 

South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association – Auto Torts – Virtual Conference

From the practical to the persuasive 

The objective brain injury. Cochlear Concussions proven through Otolaryngology. Rhetorical Questions: Creating a simple path to victory in divided times.

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August 24, 2020

Improving Communication Skills Through Neuroscience, Clean Language, and Metaphors – Webinar

Robyn Wishart, invited faculty member, will be speaking at this online webinar hosted by the AAJ,

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July 13 -15  2020

AAJ 2020 Annual Convention – Virtual Conference

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June 18 and 19th 2020

ALAJ Annual Convention – Virtual Conference

Registration is now open

Feb 8 – 11, 2020

American Association for Justice – New Orleans, LA

Advanced Depositions College

Conference agenda and how to register.

Previous Speaking Engagements

January 18 – 21, 2019

American Association for Justice – New Orleans, LA

Advanced Depositions College


February 3, 2019

American Association of Justice

Winter Convention Colorado

Get to Your Goal: Boxing-In, Bracketing and Exhaustion


March 7 – 9, 2019

Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation

University of Utah College of Law


March 16, 2019 to March 20, 2019

ALTA’s Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course®: The Art of Persuasion

Harvard Law School Cambridge Ma

Course Advisor


March 31, 2019

2019 OTLA Spring Conference – Toronto, ON

Keynote Speaker: The Neuroscience Behind Jury Decision


May 31, 2019

Ontario Trial Lawyers 2019 Spring Conference


July 27 – 30, 2019

American Association for Justice Annual Convention – San Diego, CA

2019 Annual Convention – Two Speaking Events

Neuropersuasion from Words to Brain: Practice Tips for Using Mind Science in the Courtroom

Mining for Gold: Finding the Metaphors That Win Your Case


September 19 – 21, 2019

Trial Advocacy College: Deposition – Chicago, IL


November 4 – 6, 2019

American Association for Justice – Scottsdale, AZ

Be a Trailblazer! Education Program and Retreat for Women Lawyers

Conference agenda and how to register.


Dec 13, 2019

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association – Denver, CO

Depositions: The ABC’s from VIP’s

Conference agenda and registration.

January 12 – 15 2018

American Association for Justice – New Orleans, LA

Advanced Depositions College


February 22 – 24, 2018

Trial Advocacy College: Depositions – Fort Lauderdale, FL


March 10 – 14, 2018

American Association for Justice – Harvard Law School Cambridge, MA

ATLA’s Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course: The Art of Persuasion


April 6 2018

Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC

Focus Groups: Inside the Mind of the Common Juror

Robyn Wishart, Brain and Spine Law, Vancouver

Paul J. Scoptur, Aiken & Scoptur, Milwaukee WI


July 7 – 10, 2018

American Association for Justice – Colorado

Deposition Techniques: Exhaustion, Boxing-In, Restating, and Summarizing


September 6 – 8, 2018

American Association of Justice – Detroit, MI

Trial Advocacy College: Depositions


September 12, 2018

Kentucky Justice Association Annual Convention

Forget What You Know About Focus Groups – Changes That Make Your Cases More Profitable

Phillip Miller and Robyn Wishart


October 16, 2018

American Association of Justice – Webinar

Think Tank Webinar Series: The Neuroscience of Social Decision-Making featuring Robyn Wishart


October 24 – 26, 2018

American Association of Justice – New Orleans, LA

Specialized Depositions College: Mass Torts (Rescheduled)

February 13, 2017

American Institute for Justice – Austin TX

2017 Winter Convention

Relating to the Jury Using the Neuroscience of Decision Making


August 1, 2017

American Association for Justice – Webinar

Neuropersuasion: Using the Art of Science in the Courtroom Webinar

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September 13 – 15 2017

American Association for Justice – Portland OR

Trial Adv – Advocacy College: Depositions


October 19 – 22, 2017

American Association for Justice – Indianapolis, IN

Case Plus: Focus Groups for Plaintiff Cases

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July 23, 2016

AAJ 2016 Annual Convention

Shared Common Experiences and Decision Making




February 21, 2015

AAJ 2015 Winter Convention

Psychological Aspects of Them Aing


July 13, 2015

AAJ 2015 Annual Convention

The Role of Neuroscience in Jury Decision Making


October 2, 2015

Rules of the Road Advanced Trial Lawyers Guide Featuring Patrick Malone

Rules of the Road


Dec 11 – 12, 2015

Weekend with the Stars – New York, NY

Decision Making: Looking at Recent Breakthroughs in Neuroscience



February 12, 2013

AAJ 2013 Winter Convention

Neuroscience of Decision Making