List of Sections and Mandates

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Branch Sections with an asterisk(*) provide automatic enrollment into corresponding National Section.

(R: #) denotes the number of remote meetings (webinar or teleconference) of the total meetings and events held for the 2018/2019 term.

Section County Summary
Aboriginal Law - Vancouver* Vancouver Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 9 (R: 8)
Provides a forum for the exchange of views and experiences for lawyers who deal with aboriginal issues for First Nations, industry and all levels of government, including self-governments.
Aboriginal Law - Vancouver Island* Victoria Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4 (R: 2)
Provides a forum for the exchange of views and experiences for lawyers who deal with aboriginal issues for First Nations, industry and all levels of government, including self-governments.
Aboriginal Lawyers Forum All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 2
The CBABC Aboriginal Lawyers Forum (ALF) is a social networking and mentoring forum for law students, law graduates and lawyers. Due to the nature and mandate of the ALF, members will be primarily but not exclusively Aboriginal lawyers, law graduates and students.
Administrative Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3 (R: 3)
Deals with that area of law which governs the delegation by government of quasi-judicial powers to administrative boards and agencies, eg, the Workers' Compensation Board, the Municipal Board, and the manner in which such powers are exercised by boards and agencies.
ADR - Nanaimo* Nanaimo Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 5 (R: 1)
Provides a forum for professional development, education, networking and discussion regarding various forms of dispute resolution used within and outside of the litigation system, including arbitration, mediation, collaborative law, and court-annexed settlement procedures.
ADR - Vancouver* Vancouver Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 2 (R: 2)
Provides a forum for professional development, education, networking and discussion regarding various forms of dispute resolution used within and outside of the litigation system, including arbitration, mediation, collaborative law, and court-annexed settlement procedures.
ADR - Victoria* Victoria Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 5 (R: 1)
Provides a forum for professional development, education, networking and discussion regarding various forms of dispute resolution used within and outside of the litigation system, including arbitration, mediation, collaborative law, and court-annexed settlement procedures.
Air Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 1 (R: 1)
Deals with domestic and international law as it applies to the exploration and utilization of outer space and to the aviation industry including accident liabilities and licensing and regulation of aircraft, crew and services.
Animal Law All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 2 (R: 1)
To study various issues involving wild and domestic animals and to educate the legal community about the same. Animal Law is an evolving area of practice and this CBABC Section welcomes new ideas, insights and assistance.
Appellate Advocacy All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3 (R: 3)
The mandate of the Appellate Advocacy Section is to provide a forum for discussion of topics of interest related to civil and criminal appellate practice, primarily in the BC Court of Appeal, but also in the Supreme Court of Canada and BC Supreme Court. The Section will consider procedural and substantive law, and oral and written advocacy, relevant to appellate practice in those courts.
Banking Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 7 (R: 6)
Law and practice in the operation of financial institutions and the taking of security in lending transactions.
Business Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 8 (R: 8)
Covers law which governs the rights and responsibilities of parties to commercial transactions and of directors, officers and shareholders of business corporations.
Charities and Not-for-Profit Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 9 (R: 6)
To deal with law and practice relating to the regulation and administration of charities, non-profit organizations and social enterprises.
Children's Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4 (R: 3)
The mandate of the Section will be to highlight the significance, complexity and impact of legal situations facing children and youth, to improve the law affecting children and youth and to provide practitioners interested and involved in children and youth issues a forum for discussion, support and action.
Civil Litigation - Okanagan* Yale Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 2
Deals with the practice of civil litigation, including rules and procedures for the conduct of civil cases, the jurisdiction of civil courts, the enforcement of judicial decisions of a civil nature and the role of counsel in the civil litigation system.
Civil Litigation - Tri-Cities/New Westminster * Westminster Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 2 (R: 2)
Deals with the practice of civil litigation, including rules and procedures for the conduct of civil cases, the jurisdiction of civil courts, the enforcement of judicial decisions of a civil nature and the role of counsel in the civil litigation system.
Civil Litigation - Vancouver* Vancouver Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 1 (R: 1)
Deals with the practice of civil litigation, including rules and procedures for the conduct of civil cases, the jurisdiction of civil courts, the enforcement of judicial decisions of a civil nature and the role of counsel in the civil litigation system.
Civil Litigation - Vancouver Island* Victoria Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 7 (R: 6)
Deals with the practice of civil litigation, including rules and procedures for the conduct of civil cases, the jurisdiction of civil courts, the enforcement of judicial decisions of a civil nature and the role of counsel in the civil litigation system.
Class Action* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3 (R: 3)
Addresses developments and trends in the legislation and case law governing the approval or certification of class proceedings under the Rules of Court and the Class Proceedings Act as well as general topics of procedural and substantive law as they apply in the context of class proceedings.
Commercial and Real Estate - Okanagan* Yale Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 5
Concerned with law which establishes and regulates the rights and obligations of the owner, mortgagee, landlord and tenant in the use and disposition of land and interests in land and which provides the facilities for the public recording of ownership of interests in land.
Commercial and Real Estate - Vancouver Island* Victoria Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 0
Concerned with laws which establish and regulate the rights and obligations of owner, mortgagee, landlord and tenant in the use and disposition of land and interests in land and which provide the facilities for the public recording of ownership of such interests in land and with laws which govern the rights and responsibilities of parties to commercial transactions and of directors, officers and shareholders of business corporations.
Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade* National There is no BC chapter of this Section
This Section deals with law and practice related to commodity tax, customs and trade remedy matters including, but not limited to, the goods and services or harmonized sales tax, provincial sales taxes, excise taxes, North American Free Trade Agreement, customs duties, valuation, tariff classification, rules of origin, procurement, trade remedies, import/export controls and related matters. Activities include consultation with the Department of Finance (Canada), the Canada Revenue Agency, the Canada Border Services Agency, involvement in the Federal Court/Tax Court review process and Bench and Bar Committees with the Tax Court and Canadian International Trade Tribunal.
Competition Law* National There is no BC chapter of this Section
The Section deals with legal policy, issues, and developments in the competition field domestically and internationally and promotes a greater awareness of competition law and foreign investment review. The Section consults on an ongoing basis with the Competition Bureau, the Department of Justice (Canada), the Competition Tribunal, Investment Review Division of Industry Canada, and Heritage Canada on issues relating to the administration of the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act and on current and proposed enforcement policies and practices in relation to such legislation. It also contributes to the review of competition legislation and foreign investment review legislation and fosters relations in foreign jurisdictions with the legal profession and others interested in international competition law and policy issues or foreign investment review, and promotes cooperative educational efforts.
Constitutional/Civil Liberties Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3 (R: 3)
Concerned with constitutional law, including issues of federalism, the role of the executive, the Charter and related areas of law which define and protect individual and collective rights. Civil Liberties deals with the law where the rights of the individual are subject to infringement; prevention of injustice to individuals.
Construction Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 5 (R: 3)
Deals with commercial litigation relating to residential, commercial and industrial construction; issues related to financing and structuring of construction projects; advising contractors, engineers, architects, and planners; builders’ liens; and general contract preparation.
CCCA BC* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 7 (R: 5)
Provides a collegial forum for discussion among corporate counsel and the exchange of experiences, and for the development of programmes and education in response to the specific needs of corporate in-house counsel. The Section will also be operating in the capacity of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.
In-house counsel will automatically be enrolled in CCCA BC.
Criminal Justice - Kamloops* Yale Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4
Involves collegial discussion of issues and developments related to criminal law (and provincial offences), procedure and practice ethics, evidence and the Charter.
Criminal Justice - Nanaimo* Nanaimo Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 5
Involves collegial discussion of issues and developments related to criminal law (and provincial offences), procedure and practice ethics, evidence and the Charter.
Criminal Justice - Prince Rupert* Prince Rupert Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 0
Involves collegial discussion of issues and developments related to criminal law (and provincial offences), procedure and practice ethics, evidence and the Charter.
Criminal Justice - Vancouver* Vancouver Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 8 (R: 2)
Involves collegial discussion of issues and developments related to criminal law (and provincial offences), procedure and practice ethics, evidence and the Charter.
Criminal Justice - Victoria* Victoria Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 6 (R: 2)
Involves collegial discussion of issues and developments related to criminal law (and provincial offences), procedure and practice ethics, evidence and the Charter.
Elder Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 6 (R: 6)
Addresses legal issues and problems of the elderly including age discrimination, elder abuse and exploitation, mental capacity and consent, medical and housing issues, guardianship, ethical and practical aspects of advising the older client.
Employment Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 6 (R: 6)
The Employment Law Section deals with employment law issues in non-unionized workplaces.
Entertainment, Media and Communications Law* National There is no BC chapter of this Section
Concentration of the National Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section is directed to the complex areas of the law which relate to the specialized interests and problems of the media, in areas such as advertising, film production and distribution, exploitation of radio and television programs, without however encroaching upon the main stream of concern of the other Sections.
Environmental Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 1 (R: 1)
Covers law which imposes, regulates or prevents conduct which damages or destroys the environment
Family Law - Fraser Valley* Westminster Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4
To promote education and networking in the field of family law in the Fraser Valley and to create a stronger community of family law lawyers in the Fraser Valley. Our Section will promote better knowledge of family law and more collaboration among family law counsel for the purposes of better servicing our clients in the Fraser Valley.
Family Law - Kamloops* Yale Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3
Family Law covers divorce, adoption, child protection, common law and same–sex marriages, and generally all areas of family rights and responsibilities: property division; child custody, guardianship and access; mobility (moving away); child, spousal, and parental support. It also encompasses new methods of resolving such issues: family law mediation and collaborative law.
Family Law - Nanaimo* Nanaimo Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4
Family Law covers divorce, adoption, child protection, common law and same–sex marriages, and generally all areas of family rights and responsibilities: property division; child custody, guardianship and access; mobility (moving away); child, spousal, and parental support. It also encompasses new methods of resolving such issues: family law mediation and collaborative law.
Family Law - Okanagan* Yale Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4
Family Law covers divorce, adoption, child protection, common law and same–sex marriages, and generally all areas of family rights and responsibilities: property division; child custody, guardianship and access; mobility (moving away); child, spousal, and parental support. It also encompasses new methods of resolving such issues: family law mediation and collaborative law.
Family Law - Vancouver* Vancouver Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 10 (R: 10)
Family Law covers divorce, adoption, child protection, common law and same–sex marriages, and generally all areas of family rights and responsibilities: property division; child custody, guardianship and access; mobility (moving away); child, spousal, and parental support. It also encompasses new methods of resolving such issues: family law mediation and collaborative law.
Family Law - Victoria* Victoria Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 7 (R: 2)
Family Law covers divorce, adoption, child protection, common law and same–sex marriages, and generally all areas of family rights and responsibilities: property division; child custody, guardianship and access; mobility (moving away); child, spousal, and parental support. It also encompasses new methods of resolving such issues: family law mediation and collaborative law.
Family Law - Westminster* Westminster Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 5
Family Law covers divorce, adoption, child protection, common law and same–sex marriages, and generally all areas of family rights and responsibilities: property division; child custody, guardianship and access; mobility (moving away); child, spousal, and parental support. It also encompasses new methods of resolving such issues: family law mediation and collaborative law.
Freedom of Information and Privacy Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4 (R: 3)
Provides a forum for the exchange of information, networking and education of lawyers practising or interested in the area of freedom of information and privacy law.
French Speaking Common Law Members* National There is no BC chapter of this Section
To make the Association, its Branches and its members aware of the practice of common law in French, identifying and making members aware of relevant tools and resources; to work with National and Branch Sections, Conferences and Standing Committees to promote the organization of meetings, continuing legal education and other programs in French; and to organize common law programs and programming in French at meetings of the Association.
General Practice, Solo & Small Firm - Lower Mainland* Vancouver Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3 (R: 3)
Addresses the needs of general practitioners by organizing specialized programmes and by providing a forum for the exchange of information and opinion.
General Practice, Solo & Small Firm - Prince Rupert* Prince Rupert Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 2
Addresses the needs of general practitioners by organizing specialized programmes and by providing a forum for the exchange of information and opinion.
Health Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 1 (R: 1)
Addresses different issues of health law, such as health disciplines, mental health, public health facilities and patients' rights and provides a forum for rational and articulate discussion of issues in the health law field.
Human Rights Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 2 (R: 2)
Addresses various issues in the area of human rights law such as practice before the tribunal, alternate dispute resolution and pre-hearing procedures. It also provides a forum for general discussion of issues in the area, such as the intersection of human rights with legal rights extended under the Charter, labour and employment law.
Immigration Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 17 (R: 10)
Share information and expertise among lawyers practising in immigration, citizenship and refugee law; identify common problems experienced by practitioners in their daily work; develop positions and constructive suggestions; and foster a continuing dialogue with interested government departments such as Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Provincial Nominee Program and the Department of Justice as to how issues can be resolved in a manner that is just and equitable for Canadian citizens, permanent residents and potential immigrants to Canada.
Insolvency Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 7 (R: 7)
Forum for exchange of ideas and experience for lawyers who deal with insolvency related matters in the course of a general commercial or litigation practice.
Insurance Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3 (R: 3)
Concerned with law which applies to the insurance contract and regulates the rights and responsibilities of the parties to a contract of insurance.
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3 (R: 1)
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section deals with legal issues effecting intellectual property and the technology industry.
International Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 2 (R: 2)
Deals with all areas of private and public international law and examines trans-national legal issues arising in such areas as commercial law, trade law and civil litigation.
Labour Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4 (R: 3)
Covers law governing the employer/employee relationship including the establishment of employment standards, trade union organization and the principles and practice relating to the negotiation and enforcement of collective agreements and the arbitration and settlement of labour disputes.
Legal Research All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4 (R: 2)
Improve research skills, discuss interesting law developments and exchange ideas and information regarding the concept of research as a specialty area of practice.
Maritime Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 8 (R: 4)
Covers domestic and international law which regulate the use of domestic and international waterways and the operation of commercial and pleasure vessels and provide the procedures for the enforcement of the rights and obligations of the owners of vessels, passengers and cargo owners.
Municipal Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4 (R: 2)
Covers law which establishes the form and powers of municipal government and regulates the manner in which such powers are exercised.
Natural Resources Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 2 (R: 2)
Deals with law which pertains to the use and management of forest services in British Columbia.
Pensions & Benefits Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3 (R: 3)
Promotes information exchange and development of pension and employee benefits law.
Products Liability Law
(Merged with Insurance Law)
All This Section has been merged with the Insurance Law Section. All minutes and resources have been transferred to the Insurance Law Section page. All previous members of this Section have been auto-enrolled into the Insurance Law Section.
Public Sector Lawyers* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3 (R: 2)
Promotes the interests of lawyers employed in the government and public sectors. It provides programs to lawyers not in private practice, such as unionization, self insurance, freedom of information requests and other issues of common concern to those employed by crown corporations, societies, government and funded agencies.
Real Property - Vancouver* Vancouver Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3 (R: 2)
Concerned with law which establishes and regulates the rights and obligations of the owner, mortgagee, landlord and tenant in the use and disposition of land and interests in land and which provides the facilities for the public recording of ownership of interests in land.
Securities Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 6 (R: 5)
Focuses on capital markets and security related issues; deals with the role of securities regulation in BC and in general, and the growth of participants in the financial marketplace
Senior Lawyers All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4
Promotes the interest of lawyers aged 55 or older and provides programs on subjects of general interest.
Social Justice All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 5 (R: 2)
Welcomes those interested in helping marginalized clients to participate in the justice system and in society generally. Our focus is on practice skills, law reform, substantive legal training, and networking.
SOGIC (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Forum)* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4 (R: 3)
Provides a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and action on legal issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Solicitors’ General Practice - Central Vancouver Island Nanaimo Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 2
The mandate of the Section shall be to provide a forum for discussion to identify, monitor and analyze issues of significance to solicitors’ practice in the Central Vancouver Island Region and to promote opportunities for networking, mentorship and practice support amongst solicitors in the Central Vancouver Island Region.
Taxation Law* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 6 (R: 6)
Covers law which imposes tax and which establishes and enforces the manner in which taxation statutes are administered and enforced.
Unbundled Legal Services* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 6 (R: 5)
Provides a forum for professional development, education, networking, peer support, information exchange and discussion regarding the effective provision of unbundled legal services; also called "limited scope" legal services in BC.
Wills and Trusts - Okanagan* Yale Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 9
Concerned with all aspects of succession law and practice including wills, probate and administration, testamentary and inter vivos trusts, mental competency as it relates to succession, estate planning and adult guardianship, and necessary ancillary areas such as the Income Tax Act and the Land Title Act. The Section emphasizes practice issues, presents regular guest speakers and case comments, and holds a practitioners' open forum at each meeting.
Wills and Trusts - Vancouver* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 6 (R: 5)
Concerned with all aspects of succession law and practice including wills, probate and administration, testamentary and inter vivos trusts, mental competency as it relates to succession, estate planning and adult guardianship, and necessary ancillary areas such as the Income Tax Act and the Land Title Act. The Section emphasizes practice issues, presents regular guest speakers and case comments, and holds a practitioners' open forum at each meeting.
Wills and Trusts - Victoria* Victoria Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 8
Concerned with all aspects of succession law and practice including wills, probate and administration, testamentary and inter vivos trusts, mental competency as it relates to succession, estate planning and adult guardianship, and necessary ancillary areas such as the Income Tax Act and the Land Title Act. The Section emphasizes practice issues, presents regular guest speakers and case comments, and holds a practitioners' open forum at each meeting.
Workplace Investigations All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3
Focuses on improving the quality of workplace investigations that can involve diverse areas of the law - human rights, privacy, workplace safety, evidence, privilege, administrative principles of fair process, and contractual elements involving employer policies. The Section provides meaningful opportunities for lawyers to learn and discuss changes in relevant legislation, as well as case law updates, and best practices.
Women Lawyers Forum - BC* All Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 11
Addresses the need for long term programs, plans and systems to achieve the broad mandate of promoting and supporting the enhancement of the stature and influence of women in the legal profession.
Women Lawyers Forum - BC North* Cariboo Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 3
The mandate of the BC North Women Lawyers Forum will be to promote and support the retention of women lawyers in the BC north region through mentorship, networking, collegiality, and professional development, as well as provide an opporutnity for initiatives to improve satisfaction and success of women lawyers in their careers.
Women Lawyers Forum - Kamloops* Yale Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 5
The mandate of the Kamloops Women Lawyers Forum will be to promote and support the retention of women lawyers through collegiality, mentoring and professional development; and to promote equality and social justice for all women. Our values are inclusivity, equality, diversity, and respect.
Members enrolled in WLF-Kamloops will automatically be enrolled in the Women Lawyers Forum.
Women Lawyers Forum - Vancouver Island* Victoria Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 1
A women lawyers’ practice group providing opportunities for networking and meeting to discuss and learn about strategies and initiatives to improve satisfaction, survival and success of women lawyers in their careers.
Members enrolled in WLF-Vancouver Island will automatically be enrolled in the Women Lawyers Forum.
Young Lawyers - BC North* Cariboo Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 0
The mandate of the Section be to promote the retention of young lawyers in the BC north region by providing networking opportunities, mentorship and continuing legal education focused on issues which arise early on in practice.
Young Lawyers - Lower Mainland* Vancouver Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 13 (R: 3)
Provides opportunities for networking as well as continuing legal education focussed on issues which arise early on in practice. Some locations also provide opportunities to volunteer in the larger community. All law students, articling students and lawyers who have been in practice for less than 10 years are welcome.
Young Lawyers - Okanagan* Yale Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 4
Provides opportunities for networking as well as continuing legal education focussed on issues which arise early on in practice. Some locations also provide opportunities to volunteer in the larger community. All law students, articling students and lawyers who have been in practice for less than 10 years are welcome.
Young Lawyers - Victoria* Victoria Meetings/Events Held 2018/2019: 11 (R: 2)
Provides opportunities for networking as well as continuing legal education focussed on issues which arise early on in practice. Some locations also provide opportunities to volunteer in the larger community. All law students, articling students and lawyers who have been in practice for less than 10 years are welcome.