April 2015 Section Updates

  • April 01, 2015

Keep Current A review of provincial Section meetings

Wills and Trusts Vancouver

Meeting in Review: February 10, 2015
Speakers: Nicole Garton, Heritage Law, Amy Francis (pictured left), Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers and Roselle Wu (pictured right), Harper Grey LLP
Topic: Ethics for Trust and Estate Practitioners: Managing Conflicts of Interest

Wills and TrustNicole Garton began the Wills Trust – Vancouver Section meeting with a case comment and a general discussion on recent cases involving s. 58 of the Wills, Estate and Succession Act. The main presentation by Amy Francis and Roselle Wu was on the topic “Ethics for Trust and Estate Practitioners: Managing Conflicts of Interest.” Roselle provided a summary of recent jurisprudence on conflicts of interest, both generally and in the context of estates, and presented a coloured diagram illustrating the three dimensions of the duty of loyalty to the client. Amy Francis discussed some conflict of interest issues that are unique to the Estate Bar, including acting for spouses on a joint retainer to prepare wills, and the conflicts that arise when a lawyer acts as legal advisor and executor. Because of the different roles that lawyers often play in the context of the administration of an estate, conflicts of interest are a common issue, and managing them appropriately and ethically is an important part of any estates practice.

Animal Law

Meeting in Review: February 12, 2015
Speaker: Anna Pippus, Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy, Animal Justice Canada
Topic: Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Anna PipusOn February 12, 2015, the Animal Law Section meeting focused on the development and creation of an Animal Charter of Rights in Canada. The talk was given by Anna Pippus, the Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy at Animal Justice Canada and Special Projects Manager at the Vancouver Humane Society. Anna specifically spoke about animal standing in the courtroom, international efforts to have animals’ interests represented in court and the role Animal Justice Canada plays in its Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms initiative. There were about 50 lawyers in attendance, both in person and online. Those who attended in person were treated to a tasty lunch sponsored by Boughton Law Corporation.

Civil Litigation

Meeting in Review: March 4, 2015
Speakers: The Right Honourable Madam Beverley McLachlin, PC, Chief Justice of Canada
Topic: Civility: Why it Matters to the Modern Lawyer

Beverly McLachlinOn Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Civil Litigation – Vancouver Section was privileged to host guest speaker The Right Honourable Madam Beverley McLachlin, PC, Chief Justice of Canada. This meeting was well-attended with more than 200 attendees. The Chief Justice discussed the topic of civility, including the reasons that we should be civil as lawyers and how we can practice civility. Within our modern society, we are bombarded with examples of uncivil behaviour. Unfortunately, the common conception of how lawyers behave fits with this trend. Yet, as the Chief Justice emphasized, the fact is that great lawyers – truly successful lawyers – are civil. In the course of her remarks, the Chief Justice gave some specific examples of those who, despite enormous difficulties, achieved civility.

CBABC Aboriginal Lawyers Forum

Upcoming Retreat: May 1 – 3, 2015
Topic: Fourth Annual ALF Retreat – Cross Border: Lands and Resources
Location: Tulalip Casino Resort, Washington, USA

ALFThis ALF retreat will be held on May 1 – 3, 2015 at Tulalip Casino Resort, USA. The ALF Executive has been working hard to build on the success of past retreats to make the 4th annual retreat one to remember! This year’s theme, “Cross Border: Lands and Resources,” features an impressive line-up of speakers consisting of leading law professors from Canada and the USA, as well as Aboriginal legal practitioners and judges. The agenda features a wide array of topics, including the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Tsilhqot’in presented by Chief Roger William, of the Xeni Gwet’in, Tsilhqot’in People of Nemiah, along with legal counsel David Rosenberg. The ALF warmly invites and welcomes you to join them! Furthermore, the ALF is hosting the 8th National Aboriginal Day Online Auction & Reception to raise funds for the CBABC’s Aboriginal Law Student Scholarship Trust to assist Aboriginal law students. To find out more on sponsorship and donation opportunities please contact the ALF Executive.

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