Building Bridges & A Way Forward in Litigation with the Crown

Jun. 14, 2017
Vancouver BC

Building Bridges &  A Way Forward in Litigation with the Crown

Presented by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch
in partnership with Department of Justice Canada


Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Registration/Breakfast: 8:30 am; Seminar: 8:50 am - 4:30 pm

Best Western Plus Chateau Granville, 1100 Granville Street, Vancouver



The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch and the Department of Justice Canada, with sponsorship from Woodward & Company and DGW LLP,  are pleased to be jointly hosting a unique event for private practice litigators, public interest advocacy groups, and federal and provincial crown counsel throughout BC.

For the first time ever, we are bringing these groups together for an open and constructive dialogue that examines ways we can work together to achieve fairness, efficiency and effectiveness in public interest and aboriginal litigation. As these are some of the country’s most important cases, they are often litigated by the same counsel or firms, making the personal and professional relationships between opposing counsel even more important to achieving justice. 

Experienced litigators from public interest groups/law firms, aboriginal law firms, and the federal and provincial Crown will act as panelists to identify common problems that arise in such cases, and then seek to find ways to overcome them. This full-day session will offer all participants a unique opportunity to speak directly with those expert panelists as well as other counsel they may normally only see across the litigation table.

Set in an environment free of case-specific or positional restrictions, the Building Bridges forum offers a real chance to speak openly about respective concerns, uncover common ground and create a way forward that could make everyone’s practice much more effective and enjoyable. Join us, and help build a bridge to better litigation.



Register by Friday, June 9, 2017
 

Registration Fee
Please note that your registration to this special seminar includes the morning and afternoon sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be included as a part of your registration.

  Cost
CBA Member Rate                    $750.00 (+GST)
Non-CBA Member Rate $825.00 (+GST)

 

Registration instructions for DOJ Lawyers
Please contact your internal professional development coordinator for further details.



Continuing Professional Development Accreditation
Attendance at this seminar will provide you with 6 CPD hours for the 2017 Law Society of BC reporting, including 2 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component.


AGENDA

Morning Session (8:30 pm – 12:15 pm)

8:30 am-8:50 am 
Registration & Breakfast (Breakfast Included)

8:50 am-9:00 am 
Welcome & Panel Introduction
Jennifer Chow QC, Department of Justice & Past CBABC President
Bill Basran, Regional Director General, Department of Justice Canada

9:00 am-9:05 am
Opening Remarks: Laying the Foundation - "Over Troubled Waters"

9:00 am-9:25 am 
Keynote Address
by Madam Justice Neena Sharma of the Supreme Court of BC

9:25 am-10:35 am
Public Interest Litigation Panel: Why can't we be Friends?
Identifying Barriers to Better Relations in Public Interest Litigation

Moderator: 
Banafsheh Sokhansanj, Department of Justice Canada

Panelists: 
Sean Nixon, Ecojustice
Kevin Love, Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)
Kasari Govender, West Coast LEAF
Heidi Hughes, Ministry of Justice - Legal Services Branch (BC)
Mitch Taylor, Q.C., Department of Justice Canada

Each panelist will identify challenges to working with counsel from either the Crown and/or public interest groups; then each will respond with their individual perspectives.

10:35 am-10:50 am
Morning Break and Open Discussion 

10:50 am-11:55 am
Put it to the Panel: Brainstorming – “From both Sides Now”

Audience opportunity to probe panelists about their presentations/comments, and to pose additional challenges/perspectives, combined with moderated dialogue and solution building opportunities.

11:55 am-12:25 pm
Spanning the Divide: Identifying Best Practices – “We can Work it Out”



12:25 pm-12:55 pm
Lunch Break (Lunch Included)


 

Afternoon Session (1:00 pm – 4:30 pm)

1:00 pm-2:10 pm
Aboriginal Litigation Panel Debate: "Get Together"
Identifying Barriers to Better Relations in Aboriginal Litigation

Moderator:
Lorne Lachance, Department of Justice Canada

Panelists:
Sonya Morgan, Woodward & Company
Christopher Devlin, DGW Law Corporation
Rosanne Kyle, Mandell Pinder LLP
Paul Yearwood, Ministry of Justice - Legal Services Branch (BC)
Judith Hoffman, Department of Justice Canada

Each panelist will identify challenges to working with counsel from either the Crown and/or Aboriginal Litigation firm; then each will respond with their individual perspectives.

2:10 pm-2:40 pm
Put it to the Panel: Brainstorming – “Two Heads are Better than One”

Audience opportunity to probe panelists about their presentations/comments, and to pose additional challenges/perspectives, combined with moderated dialogue and solution building opportunities

2:40 pm-2:55 pm
Afternoon Break and Open Discussion

2:55 pm-3:30 pm
Put it to the Panel: Brainstorming – “Two Heads are Better than One” (Continued)

3:30 pm-4:00 pm
Spanning the Divide:  Identifying Best Practices – “It’s a Long Time Coming”

4:00 pm-4:25 pm
Bills Top Ten
Top 10 new/revitalized issues to watch for in Crown Litigation

4:25 pm-4:30 pm
Closing Remarks

 

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    Registration instructions for DOJ Lawyers

    Please contact Sandra Boire at sandra.boire@justice.gc.ca for further details.



    Two ways to register:
    Online | PDF form



    GREEN & PAPERLESS APPROACH

    Course Materials/Handouts:

    • All materials will be delivered electronically one day prior to the course date.
    • They will also be available for download via the HANDOUTS tab on this page.

 

CONTACT INFO

Professional Development Dept.
Email: pd@cbabc.org
Telephone: 604-687-3404
Toll Free: 1-888-687-3404