Annual Report 2016/2017

  • August 16, 2017

Submitted by CBABC Sections

Summary of Meetings

Number of Meetings Held: 14

September 15, 2016
Guest Speaker: N/A
Meeting Title/Topic: Speed Networking - Vancouver 
Synopsis: On Thursday, September 15, 2016, members were invited to join the Young Lawyers - Lower Mainland Section for an evening of "Speed Networking." Participants got three minutes with each lawyer -- just long enough to make a good impression without any risk of awkwardness!

September 21, 2016
Guest Speaker: N/A 
Meeting Title/Topic: Monte Carlo Night ( With The Certified Professional Accountants and Certified Financial Analysts) 
Synopsis: The CBABC Young Lawyers - Lower Mainland Section, the Chartered Financial Analysts of Vancouver and the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia invited all young professionals to join them at the exclusive Vancouver Club on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 for a stylish evening of networking, giving and fun.

October 6, 2016
Guest Speaker: N/A 
Meeting Title/Topic: Joint Dinner Between Senior Lawyers & Young Lawyers - Lower Mainland
Synopsis: This was a joint dinner between the Senior Lawyers and the Young Lawyers Sections. It gave participants the opportunity to hear from senior lawyers what it was like to practice law during the 60's and 70's.

October 26, 2016
Guest Speakers: Cassandra Drake and Jessica Lo 
Meeting Title/Topic: Wills and Estates: Practice Tips and Traps 
Synopsis: Ms. Drake and Ms. Lo discussed both the solicitor and litigation perspectives of Wills and Estate Law, and covered topics such as: Important inquiries to make to avoid potential pitfalls; What to look for when considering the strength of a litigaiton case; Issues such as mental incapacity, undue influence, spousal status and blended families; and, Some practical drafting tips for Wills and other planning documents.

December 7, 2016
Guest Speaker: N/A 
Meeting Title/Topic: A Holiday Affair - Ugly Christmas Sweater Party 
Synopsis: The CBA Young Lawyers - Lower Mainland, the CFA Society Vancouver, and the Chartered Professional Accountants united to bring an event that boasts a grand display of ugly sweaters, networking, and fun! We invited section members to join us for this joint holiday mixer at Mahoney & Sons Public House.

January 19, 2017
Guest Speaker: Mr. Lyle Harris, Q.C. 
Meeting Title/Topic: Discovery Practice: Dealing with Witnesses 
Synopsis: Mr. Harris discussed dealing with various types of witnesses at discovery - such as the hostile witness, the rambling witness, and many more. As part of this, Mr. Harris also discussed some discovery tips geared towards young lawyers.

February 21, 2017
Guest Speaker: N/A 
Meeting Title/Topic: Speed Networking 
Synopsis: On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Members were invited to join the Young Lawyers - Lower Mainland Section for an evening of "Speed Networking." Participants got three minutes with each lawyer -- just long enough to make a good impression without any risk of awkwardness!

March 20 - 21, 2017
Guest Speaker: Master Sandra Harper 
Meeting Title/Topic: Young Lawyers Master Shadowing 2017 
Synopsis: At this event, ten participants had the opportunity to shadow a Master of the British Columbia Supreme Court for a day and learn tips and tricks on Chambers advocacy.

March 28, 2017
Guest Speaker: Ms. Kelly Ho, BA, CFP, CCS, ALMI, Certified Financial Planner 
Meeting Title/Topic: Financial Planning for Young Lawyers 
Synopsis: Ms. Ho’s presentation focused on cash flow planning for young lawyers of all practice types, from salaried lawyers to sole practitioners to those who “eat what they kill”. She also discussed the comprehensive financial planning process, with a focus on plan first and product second to build some context and understanding of how investments are integrated into the financial planning process, and most importantly, the value of professional advice.

April 26, 2017
Guest Speakers: The Honourable Chief Justice Robert J. Bauman, The Honourable Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson, and The Honourable Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree 
Meeting Title/Topic: Annual Judges Dinner 
Synopsis: The Chief Justices engaged with each other and discussed with us how young lawyers can put their best foot forward in court, mistakes and pitfalls to avoid, how different advocacy skills and techniques influence them, the importance of building a reputation, and more. As in past years, attendees had an opportunity to ask the Chief Justices questions about their perspective from behind the bench.

May 25, 2017
Guest Speaker: N/A 
Meeting Title/Topic: Young Lawyers & Young Engineers Joint Whiskey Tasting Event 
Synopsis: Our hosts at The Irish Heather offered a variety of spirits with different tasting flights to enjoy. The flights included a variety of whiskies and were served with a food pairing. This was a great chance to brush up on your Scotch/Whiskey expertise, meet new professionals outside of law, catch up with old friends, and expand your network in the Lower Mainland.

June 6, 2017
Guest Speaker: Master Ian Caldwell - Supreme Court of British Columbia
Meeting Title/Topic: New Westminster Master Shadowing 
Synopsis: This was an incredible event where Young Lawyers had a behind the scenes look at a day in the life of a Master.

June 21, 2017
Guest Speaker: N/A 
Meeting Title/Topic: Surrey Speed Networking 
Synopsis: On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Members were invited to join the Young Lawyers - Lower Mainland Section for an evening of "Speed Networking." Participants got three minutes with each lawyer -- just long enough to make a good impression without any risk of awkwardness!

June 28, 2017
Guest Speaker: N/A 
Meeting Title/Topic: Annual General Meeting 
Synopsis: It was a terrific evening, where attendees could mingle with their fellow young lawyers and learn about the exciting events that the Section has planned for the upcoming term.

Comments and Observations of the Chair

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