February 2017 Section Update

  • February 01, 2017

Family Law - Vancouver 

Meeting in Review: October 27, 2016
Speakers: Kimberley Robertson, Lawson Lundell LLP and David Georgetti, Zargar Lawyers & Business Strategists
Topic: Bankruptcy, Creditors Remedies and Getting Paid

On October 27, 2016, guest speakers presented on creditors’ remedies issues arising in family law. Ms. Robertson spoke on bankruptcy principles relevant to family law. She outlined the substantive framework of insolvency regimes and an active discussion ensued on issues particular to the field of family law, including similarities and differences in the various insolvency proceedings; an overview of priority rules and their impact on a claim and the importance of timing of the bankruptcy vis-à-vis the various stages of a spousal relationship breakdown. 

Mr. Georgetti provided a presentation on “getting paid” as legal counsel. He covered both avoiding problems with initial payment and pursuing outstanding accounts. Mr. Georgetti emphasized the importance of establishing a clear and detailed retainer agreement at the outset and focusing on consistent, frequent and predictable billing practices. This sparked an engaging discussion about the pursuit of unpaid accounts, which canvassed the various options available to counsel, including charging liens, taxations before the registrar, regular court processes, and the lesser-known option of the Law Society’s free mediation service, specifically for fee disputes.


Insolvency Law 

Meeting in Review: December 6, 2016
Speakers: Benjamin La Borie, Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP (pictured) and
Frances Gropper, Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP
Topic: Bankruptcy and Family Law 

 On December 6, 2016, guest speakers Benjamin La Borie and Frances Gropper, spoke on issues concerning bankruptcy and family law. The speakers highlighted relevant aspects of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law Act and the Family Law Act before jumping into conversations about bankruptcy before and after separation. The speakers also touched upon the implications of restraining orders against spouses after separation in bankruptcy matters and the division of property/debt, before discussing support obligations and consumer proposals. 

Children's Law 

Meeting in Review: December 13, 2016
Speakers: The Honourable Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree and Members of the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Youth Advisory Committee
Topic: Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The 25th Anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was, for the CBABC Children’s Law Section, both a cause for celebration and a moment for reflection. On December 13, 2016, the Section marked the occasion by hearing from dynamic young speakers, The Honourable Chief Judge Crabtree, and others who provided inspiration for our ongoing commitment to children’s rights.

Civil Litigation - Vancouver Island 

Upcoming Meeting: February 8, 2017
Speakers: Rosemari Barnes, Confident Stages 
Topic: How to Speak with Excellence

A major component of a lawyer’s responsibility lies in their ability to convincingly persuade a judge or jury. To speak with excellence requires thorough understanding of various skills, and to learn and own these skills is not a simple process. Since it is vital that the message of lawyers be impactful and influential, these skills are essential.

On February 8, 2017, in a 1-hour presentation, Ms. Barnes will introduce the persuasive power of excellent public speaking and open the door to understanding how to reinforce your message using body language, delivery skills, the power of the voice, movement, and how all of the above can either strengthen or dilute your message.

Criminal Justice - Vancouver 

Upcoming Meeting: February 15, 2017 
Speakers: Michael Klein, QC and David Layton, QC
Topic: Mentally Ill Offenders 

The Criminal Justice – Vancouver Section involves collegial discussion of issues and developments related to criminal law (and provincial offences), procedures and practice ethics, evidence and the Charter of Rights. In fulfilling its obligations to CBA members, the Section has been working diligently to bring relevant programming to the forefront to usher in 2017!

The Section has a meeting scheduled for February 15, 2017, covering the topic of mentally ill offenders. On March 15, 2017, the Section will be hosting a much anticipated panel discussion which will provide you with two hours of your ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component of your 2017 LSBC reporting. Guest speakers will be Michael Klein, QC and David Layton, QC who is notarized as having written the book on ethics and criminal law. On April 19, 2017 the Section will be hosting a social networking event for junior counsel, students, and members of the Bench for an informal meet and greet. On May 17, 2017, the Section will discuss and analyze the Vukelich hearing. The Section will end its 2016/2017 Section term on June 21, 2017 with its annual year end dinner with featured guest speaker Marie Henein, partner at Henein Hutchison LLP.