Appellate Advocacy Section Meeting 

Nov. 20, 2019
Vancouver BC

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“Who Says?”: The Authorities on Authorities Before Appellate Courts
This meeting is being hosted by the Appellate Advocacy Section.

Speaker(s): Madam Justice Susan Griffin of the Court of Appeal;
Mr. Justice G. Bruce Butler of the Court of Appeal; and,
Professor Stephen Pitel of Western University
Time: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm (Pacific Time)
Location: Law Courts Inn, 4th Floor - 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC
Meal Cost: $ 37.00 (GST Incl.)
CPD Hours: 2.00 of Ethics

The Appellate Advocacy Section is pleased to invite you to what is sure to be a thought-provoking panel discussion featuring Justices Griffin and Butler of the Court of Appeal and Professor Stephen Pitel of Western University, who is making the trip to Vancouver specifically for this event.

The discussion will focus on ethical and practical issues surrounding the use of authorities in the Court of Appeal. Specific topics will include the scope of the ethical obligation to inform the court of adverse authority (including its application to non-binding authority and the extent to which it imposes a positive duty on counsel to find adverse authority) and effective advocacy techniques when dealing with challenging authority.

This event will also serve as an opportunity for the bar to share perspectives with our panelists from the bench on the court using authority not cited by counsel and on the practice of seeking additional submissions on authorities not previously addressed.

Should the esteemed speakers and engaging topic not serve as sufficient inducement to attend, members are reminded of the yearly requirement for ethics CPD.


12:00pm -12:30pm - Presentation by Professor Pitel on his academic work in this area and rule reform proposals.

12:30pm - 2:00pm - Lunch & Panel Discussion

*Those who are only able to arrive for 12:30 are still encouraged to attend. There will be a short break between Professor Pitel's talk and the panel discussion to accommodate late arrivals.

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
The CBABC provides access to Section activities for all members. The facilities for this meeting may be wheelchair accessible. For information about accessible parking or to communicate your request for other accommodation you require, please contact CBABC Sections at

We also welcome your suggestions for enhancing the inclusiveness of our activities.

Sections host webinars from Internet-capable venues where significant interest has been expressed by Section members in attending remotely. This Section meeting will be offered as a teleconference or webinar depending on the resources and technology available at the venue. 

Webinar or teleconference instructions will be sent to your email that we have on file one day prior to this meeting date. These instructions will indicate when you should log in, as the meeting may start a little later than expected, as members and speaker(s) may be setling in, or if there is a lunch/dinner component.

If you have not received instructions by days end one day prior, please email

Please ensure to sign-in at the meeting; failure to sign-in will result in de-registration. CBABC requires this as a record to confirm your attendance for this meeting for your CPD reporting (if applicable).


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