October 2015 Section Update

  • October 02, 2015

Keep Current A review of provincial Section meetings

Intellectual Property & Technology Law

Meeting in Review: June 24, 2015
Speakers: Christopher Wilson, Partner, Bull, Housser & Tupper; Scott Foster, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP; and Vincent Yip, Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Topic: An Open Table Discussion on Agent Privilege

On June 24, 2015, the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section met for an open table discussion on privilege for trademark and patent agents. Christopher Wilson presented a history of the policy debate surrounding the extension of privileged agents, including summaries of submissions prepared by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and the Federation of Law Societies. Scott Foster surveyed various issues with the current law regarding agent privilege. Vincent Yip reviewed potential solutions to the issue, including those adopted in the United States and Australia. Vincent also reviewed Bill C-59, which includes a new, statutory privilege similar to solicitor-client privilege. Following the presentation, attendees discussed potential issues with and benefits of the statutory expansion of privilege proposed in Bill C-59. Attendees also discussed the CBA’s role in guiding future policy on this issue. The Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section will host its annual social event in Vancouver this upcoming fall. Details to be announced.

Immigration Law

Meeting in Review: June 24, 2015
Speakers: Meika Lalonde, McCrea &Associates (pictured left); Marina Sedai, Sedai Law Office (pictured middle); Steven Meurrens (pictured right); and Larlee Rosenberg, Barristers & Solicitors
Topic: Lessons from the National Immigration Conference

On June 24, 2015, the CBABC Immigration Law Section held its final meeting of the year. Three presenters spoke about the CBA’s 2015 National Immigration Law Conference, which took place in Ottawa from May 7-9, 2015. Steven Meurrens spoke about Bill C-24 and changes to Canada’s citizenship legislation, including to the residency requirement, the language test, the intention to reside in Canada requirement and revocation. Marina Sedai covered ethics. She reminded attendees of the importance of regularly revising retainer agreements and ensuring that they are complete, and recommended that counsel wipe their electronic devices before crossing borders. Meika Lalonde presented on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s new Express Entry system for certain permanent residence applications. She noted that there had been monthly fluctuations in the average points required to receive an Invitation to Apply, and discussed issues that users had encountered using the system. 

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Forum

Meeting in Review: August 2, 2015
Topic: Lawyers with Pride 2015

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Forum (“SOGIC”) in BC organized the fourth “Lawyers with Pride” float in as many years as part of the Vancouver Pride Parade. Approximately 70 lawyers, law students, and law firm staff attended to dance, march and generally show support for the event. An estimated 650,000 people attended the Pride Parade this year, making it the world’s fifth largest Pride Parade. We are grateful for the support of our donors and the time of our volunteers, who ensured that the Canadian Bar Association in BC and the legal profession more generally were represented in one of Vancouver’s biggest cultural events.

 

CBABC Women Lawyers Forum

Meeting in Review: August 20, 2015 
Topic: Snooker Night at the Vancouver Club

In partnership with the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers BC, the CBABC Women Lawyers Forum hosted its first ever Snooker Night at the Vancouver Club on August 20, 2015. Also invited to celebrate diversity and inclusivity at this summer social event were all members of the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers — BC Chapter, the South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Forum BC (SOGIC). More than 60 attendees mingled over food and drink, and participated in group Snooker lessons in the Vancouver Club’s historic billiards room. Snooker players of all levels (including many absolute beginners) approached the tables with enthusiasm while meeting new colleagues, reconnecting with old friends and inspiring each other to promote equality and diversity in the legal profession.

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