On October 5th the Law Foundation of BC held the third Supervising Lawyers’ Conference. Thirty-five lawyers responsible for supervising legal advocates funded by the Foundation to provide assistance with poverty and family law issues attended the Conference.
The day-long conference was designed to:
- ensure that all supervising lawyers are familiar with Law Foundation protocols and the resources available for advocates;
- provide updates on legal issues relevant to their supervision work;
- encourage discussion among supervising lawyers about their
- elicit input from supervising lawyers about what they would like to see as priorities for Law Foundation work over the next five years.
The agenda for the Conference included: an update on the Law Foundation; discussions about client issues, professional responsibility and various insurance issues of interest to lawyers contracted by groups to supervise legal advocates; legal updates on issues relevant to advocacy work; a discussion about strategies for supervising advocates, and information about resources and services available to both advocates and their supervising lawyers.
Feedback from Conference participants was very positive. All participants appreciated the opportunity to network with other lawyers dealing with similar issues. Many noted that the discussions about professional responsibility and the update about resources were particularly useful.