MediateBC announced that it has added four new Lead Mediators to its Family Mediation Program. All are now available to mentor within the FMP co-mediation teams. The new Lead Mediators are:
- Nancy Cameron QC (Vancouver)
- Carol Hickman QC (New Westminster)
- Patricia Lane (Vancouver/Victoria)
- Ron Smith QC (Kelowna)
There are now seven Lead Mediators in total, as the new group joins with current Leads: Michael Lomax (Victoria), Kathleen Bellamano (Victoria), and Vivian Kerenyi (Vancouver). Mediators have been mentoring in the program since last year.
This addition has significantly increased MediateBC’s capacity to offer a quality mentoring experience for those seeking practical experience for either membership/accreditation or professional development. It has also increased the geographical range in which mentoring can be offered in BC. MediateBC notes that the new additions are well-respected and experienced family mediators who are eager to offer their skills, knowledge and insights as part of their co-mediation teams.
The TLABC Public Affairs Committee (PAC) Fund is presenting Socks for Santa this holiday season. The TLABC will be collecting new or gently used, clean socks for Santa to give to the Downtown Eastside shelter.
The shelter, one of the largest and busiest in Vancouver, provides 60 beds per night – 40 for men and 20 for women. Each day the shelter provides its clients with foot baths and foot care and gives them a clean pair of dry socks. In this rainy climate, keeping your feet warm and your socks dry is quite a challenge, and the shelter frequently runs out of socks.
You can help out by participating in one of the following ways:
- Send or drop off your new or gently used socks to: 1111-1100 Melville St., Vancouver, BC V6E 4A6
- Pledge to donate $5.00 to $20.00 or even more towards the purchase of socks for the shelter
For more information or to make a pledge, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the TLABC office at (604) 682-5343 or toll–free 1-888-558-5222.
At this year’s meeting, members will receive reports from the President and other executive members, along with financial statements for the fiscal year that ended August 31, 2013. Auditors will also be appointed for the upcoming 2013-2014 fiscal year.
In-person registration is scheduled to start at 12:45 and the meeting begins at 1:00 pm (sharp). Organizers expect to finish around 2:00 pm.
In addition to the AGM, CBABC will also be holding its 2013 Provincial Council Meeting. This meeting will precede the AGM, running from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm, also at the River Rock Casino.
To find out more, please visit the events page on the CBABC’s website.
Dye & Durham has released our December Litigation Calendar:
Each month, Dye & Durham releases our free, one-page monthly litigation calendar. It is published just before the beginning of the month and contains important information such as:
- Trial submissions dates;
- Dates when Judges/Masters are NOT available;
- Web links to other relevant legal sites and new directives;
- Trial scheduling telephone information.
The calendar covers the Supreme Courts within the Lower Mainland and Victoria, and is colour-coded to distinguish between registries. We also alert you to updates, outages, and service disruptions on CSO, LTSA, BC ONline, Names Request Online, and other online systems; weather advisories and route cancellations to Harbour Air and Helijet that affect our courier services; upcoming Dye & Durham webinars and new services; and new practice directives issued by the courts.
The Vancouver Association of Law Librarians (VALL) is having its first ever library crawl on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Attendees will tour three downtown law libraries and will get a peek at how these libraries utilize their space, organize resources and serve their users.
After the last stop at Davis LLP, it is a short walk to the Railway Club, where VALL will be hosting an after work drinks event. Registration for the Library Crawl is capped at 15 and will be taken on a first come first served basis; however, all VALL members are invited to the event at the Railway Club immediately after.
The Pacific Business and Law Institute has announced a new conference Harassment in the Workplace and the Duty to Accommodate Conference to be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at UBC Robson Square.
This conference brings together an esteemed panel from the fields of employment law, mental health, the Employers’ Advisers Office and WorkSafeBC to equip you with the practical knowledge to stay ahead of the curve. Some of the key topics from the agenda include:
- Mental health issues and the effects on the Canadian workplace;
- Psychologically unhealthy work environments, including those where bullying and harassment occur;
- The recent extension of compensation for mental disorder claims under BC’s workers compensation legislation; and
- Recent WorkSafeBC bullying and harassment policies took effect in November 2013.
Dye & Durham‘s own in-house counsel and Manager of Litigation Support Services, Laurelly Dale, is on the faculty of the conference. Ms. Dale is speaking on “New OHS Bullying and Harassment Policies Part II: Minimizing and Mitigating Risk.”
Ms. Dale has over eleven years experience in the legal industry, five as a legal administrative assistant and over six as a practicing lawyer. She was a trial lawyer for over three years in Ontario and BC before moving in-house at Dye & Durham. Currently, Ms. Dale handles all of the company’s litigation, employment matters, contract drafting and management, and negotiations, as well as overseeing the entire litigation department. Ms. Dale is a member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. Ms. Dale is co-chair of the CBABC’s Law Week Committee, a member of the CBABC’s Court Service Committee, and a member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s (CCCA) Professional Development Committee.
This conference qualifies for six (6) hours of professional development credits, as approved by the Law Society of BC. Visit the PBLI website to register online, download a printable brochure, or review the complete conference agenda.
Bonus! Make sure to get our 15% faculty discount by quoting “F15-1056″ when you register!
BC’s second Justice Summit recently took place on November 8th and 9th at UBC Allard Hall. This year’s Summit was attended by a wide cross-section of justice leaders from across the province, including the Chief Justice, members of the judiciary, the Attorney General, the Minister of Justice, the defence bar, Crown and police.
The 2013 Summit continued to focus on goals and objectives for the criminal justice system, its performance and strategic direction. Participants discussed how to create a justice system that better reflects and serves the values identified by the inaugural Justice Summit held last March. A detailed report from the second Justice Summit is due next month.
A regular Justice Summit was one of the recommendations made in Geoffry Cowper, QC’s 2012 Final Report, A Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century: Final Report to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General. The BC Government committed to this process in October 2012, and looks to be moving towards establishing the Summit as a regular event.
CLEBC, in collaboration with CBABC, is presenting its sixth annual Residential Real Estate Conference on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. Every year lawyers practicing in this area meet to discuss the latest cases, trends, and challenges faced by residential real estate practitioners.
Some of the topics include:
- how to avoid complaints to the Law Society in real estate transactions;
- duties and liabilities of other professionals in real estate transactions;
- second and private mortgage issues;
- partition of property; and
- strata law.
Province-wide online participation is available via live webinar. There will be a rebroadcast of the Conference on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Bencher election results were posted at the Law Society of BC website on Saturday, November 16. Ten Benchers were elected for the first time and 12 were re-elected, 4 by acclamation. Members had previously elected Jan Lindsay, QC as President and Bencher for Westminster, Kenneth Walker, QC as First Vice-President and Bencher for Kamloops, and David Crossin, QC as Second Vice-President and Bencher for Vancouver.
For Vancouver, the following lawyers were elected or re-elected as Benchers:
- Joseph J.M. Arvay, QC
- Jeevyn Dhaliwal
- Craig A.B. Ferris
- Miriam Kresivo, QC
- Jamie Maclaren
- Sharon Matthews, QC
- Maria Morellato, QC
- David Mossop, QC
- Herman Van Ommen, QC
- Elizabeth Rowbotham
- A. Cameron Ward
- Tony Wilson
For Victoria, there are two new Benchers:
- Pinder K. Cheema, QC
- Dean P.J. Lawton
In Nanaimo, Nancy Merrill was re-elected Bencher by acclamation
For the District of Westminster, there are two Benchers elected or re-elected:
- W. Martin Finch, QC
- Philip A. Riddell
For Kootenay District, Lynal E. Doerksen was re-elected by acclamation.
In the Okanagan, Thomas P. Fellhauer was also re-elected by acclamation.
For the Cariboo District, two were re-elected:
- Lee Ongman
- Gregory Petrisor
And finally, for Prince Rupert, Barry N. Zacharias was re-elected by acclamation.
Congratulations to all newly elected and re-elected Benchers. Best wishes for a productive year!
UBC Law recently announced its intention to offer graduate-level courses through distance learning in 2014. These online courses present a great opportunity for foreign trained lawyers to work towards the requirements to practice in Canada, or for anyone interested in taking a graduate level course in Law outside a degree program.
UBC Law will be offering courses on Business Organizations, Property Law and Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure to begin with. Further details on admission requirements, the application process, and course information will be made available via the UBC Law website.
The BC Legal Services Society recently began to offer LiveHelp on its Family Law in BC website. LiveHelp is an online chat service where the public can ask law students questions about family law. Visitors to the site can click the LiveHelp button on the bottom right of the homepage which will start a chat session with a volunteer law student. The law student will help them find the information they need to answer their questions.
There can be an overwhelming amount of information available on family law and it can be difficult to know where to start looking, let alone narrowing the information to solve a specific problem. According to Elan, the LSS blog, LiveHelp was started to help people find the right information that applies to their problem.
Last January, this program was launched as a pilot program, with two volunteers and limited availability. Now, LiveHelp has more than 20 law students from around the province participating and can offer its services Monday through Friday for at least two hours a day. On Mondays and Tuesdays, students are available for almost all of the day.
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced on November 8, 2013 that the Honourable Richard B.T. Goepel, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, has been appointed a judge of the BC Court of Appeal to replace Mr. Justice C.E. Hinkson, who was recently appointed Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court.
Mr. Justice Goepel obtained his Bachelor of Laws from UBC in 1973 and was called to the Bar in 1974. He practiced with Watson Goepel Maledy and predecessor firms in Vancouver, focusing on commercial litigation and insurance law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999.
Mr. Justice Goepel was appointed to the BC Supreme Court in 2001. His appointment to the Court of Appeal is effective as of November 8, 2013.
On November 8, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the Honourable Christopher Hinkson, a judge of the BC Court of Appeal, has been appointed the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of BC. He replaces Mr. Justice Robert Bauman, who was appointed the Chief Justice of BC on June 7, 2013
Mr. Justice Hinkson obtained his Bachelor of Laws from UBC in 1975. He was called to the BC Bar in 1976 and subsequently practiced law with Harper Grey LLP from 1976 until 2007. His practice included medical malpractice, personal injury, professional negligence, commercial litigation, human rights litigation and administrative law. Mr. Justice Hinkson was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.
Mr. Justice Hinkson was appointed to the BC Supreme Court in 2007 and to the Court of Appeal in 2010. His appointment is effective as of November 8.
OnPoint Legal Research is offering their fourth annual feature course Legal Research: From Issues to Solutions on November 28, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. Attendees can earn 6 CPD credits, including a 2 hour ethics and practice management component. All while enjoying the Four Seasons’ full afternoon tea.
OnPoint has been researching and preparing memoranda and facta for other lawyers for over 14 years. In this year’s presentation, OnPoint research lawyers and guest research lawyers from Davis LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais and Dentons Canada LLP will draw from their experience to demonstrate how to map out research strategies, examine which resources to use to tackle various problems and navigate through electronic sources. They will provide countless “insider” tips, discuss legislative research techniques and lead an interactive session on how best to approach a sample legal issue.
Who should attend? The course has been crafted to meet the needs of all levels. It is appropriate for senior lawyers wanting a refresher course or needing to be updated on the latest techniques, junior lawyers wishing to become better researchers, and students wanting to start off their careers with valuable tips from local research specialists. Paralegals will also benefit from this course.
McKnight won for his series Neurolaw documenting the growing scientific field of neuroscience and its impact on criminal law.
The Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism recognizes a journalist or a team of journalists for a story or a series of stories about a legal issue, the legal profession or the administration of justice in BC. The winner is chosen by an independent panel of current and former journalists and other members of the community.
In addition to its involvement with the Jack Webster Awards, the Law Society also partners with the Jack Webster Foundation for its annual Law and the Media Workshop. Jack Webster was one of the original members of the public to help regulate the legal profession when, in 1988, he was appointed by the provincial government to serve on the Law Society’s board of governors.