October 2014 Sections Updates

  • September 24, 2014

Keep Current A review of provincial Section meetings

Young Lawyers – Lower Mainland

Meeting in Review: July 24, 2014
Topic: Monte Carlo Experience

Young Lawyers are aware of the benefits of building collaborative inter-professional relationships. One of the goals of the Young Lawyers – Lower Mainland Section’s Executive Team has been to provide young lawyers’ opportunities to build inter-professional relationships that will help them grow their legal practice and better respond to clients’ needs. In early 2013, Melanie Magnusson, Chair of the Young Lawyers – Lower Mainland Section, Mirza Rahimani, of the Young Chartered Accountants (now Chartered Professional Accountants) and Troy Peart of the Certified Financial Analysts came together to create a fun event that would encourage interaction between the organizations’ members.

On July 24, 2014, more than 200 young professionals arrived at the Vancouver Club for the 2nd Annual “A Monte Carlo Experience.” This sold-out event was a grand success. The room was alive with excitement as attendees enjoyed a stylish evening of networking, fundraising, and fun. The Section thanks the event sponsors who were integral to the success of the event. If you or your firm wishes to sponsor the event next year, contact the Sections Department.

CBABC Sexual Orientation and Gender Conferences (SOGIC)

Meeting in Review: August 3, 2014
Topic: Lawyers with Pride 2014

On August 3rd, the streets of downtown Vancouver were filled with colourful floats making their way to Stanley Park’s Sunset Beach in celebration of the 36th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade. Among the hundreds of vibrant floats was “Lawyers with Pride” organized by SOGIC volunteer Jonathon Braun. CBABC SOGIC Section members, including law students and lawyers, joined other members of the justice community in the parade on this beautiful sunny day, and the crowd’s energy was infectious! Vancouver Pride Parade is one of the most colourful, diverse parades and attract hundreds of thousands of people celebrating the LGBTTQ communities and other affiliated groups. For those interested in sponsoring next year’s float or volunteering, contact the Sections Department.

Young Lawyers – Kootenays

Topic: Introducing a New Section in the Kootenays

Since the inception of the Young Lawyers – BC North, which is currently chaired by Erin Crocker and Nina Purewal, there has been an increased interest in creating Sections focused on the development of Young Lawyers throughout BC. The new Young Lawyers Section in the Kootenays chaired by Katie Diehl aims to encourage lawyers with less than 10 years of practice to participate in opportunities for networking and continuing legal education focused on issues which arise early on in practice. The Section Executive aims to create events in conjunction with the local Bar to benefit young lawyers. Proposed events include meeting with local judges and senior practitioners, social gatherings, and practice-focused meetings. The Section Executive encourages members in the Kootenay area to attend and participate in upcoming events. If you are interested in creating a new Section in your area contact the CBABC Sections Department.

Aboriginal Lawyers Forum

Upcoming Event: November 28, 2014
Speaker: Former British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Lynn Smith
Topic: Aboriginal Lawyers Forum 5th Annual Holiday Banquet

The CBABC Aboriginal Lawyers Forum (ALF) is hosting their Annual ALF Holiday Banquet on Friday, November 28 at The Fairmount Hotel, Vancouver. This year’s banquet guest speaker is The Honourable Justice Lynn Smith (BCSC, retired). In 2005 – 2006, Justice Smith was the Executive Director of the National Judicial Institute on secondment from the court. She is a Judicial Associate of the National Judicial Institute and serves on the faculty of the Charter and Evidence Workshops as well as the New Federally-Appointed Judges Program. The ALF Special Contribution award will be presented at the event. This award is given to a law firm or an individual that has shown a special and consistent dedication to Aboriginal people in the field of law. This award recognizes a firm or individual’s contribution to ALF addressing the various issues facing Aboriginal law students and lawyers. The inaugural winning law firm was Callison & Hanna. This annual banquet is well-attended by members of the legal community; last year’s event sold out and it is anticipated this year’s will be just as popular. Purchase your tickets early online.