Ethics in Practice & Community - Victoria 

Nov. 26, 2019
Victoria BC

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Presented by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch
in partnership with the Victoria Bar Association.


Speaker(s): Dean Lawton, QC, 2019 LSBC Victoria County Bencher, Carfra Lawton LLP Lawyers
Clare Jennings, 2019-2020 CBABC Secretary/Treasurer, Crown Counsel - Victoria

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)
Registration and lunch: 12:00pm-12:30pm
Seminar: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Location: Union Club of British Columbia
805 Gordon Street, Victoria BC

Articling Student/ Young Lawyer: $50.00 (+GST)
CBA / ViBA Member: $75.00 (+GST)
CBA Member: $100.00 (+GST)
ViBA Member: $150.00 (+GST)
Non-CBA/ViBA Member: $200.00 (+GST)

PDF Registration Form
*Register online or by using our PDF Registration Form.

CPD Hours: 2.00 Hours
Attendance at this seminar will provide you with 2.00 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.


Have you ever encountered a “gray area” in your practice? Or an ethical dilemma that challenges your professional responsibility?

Join the CBABC and Victoria Bar Association as we discuss the important subject of ethics in an engaging way, Dean Lawton QC and Clare Jennings will involve audience members in the discussion of ethical scenarios involving real-life examples, case studies and relevant ethical codes of conduct. 

You will work with your peers in an open environment to examine emerging ethical problems that could impact your practice and beyond. This course will encourage you to think critically about ethical issues where the right path to take is not always clear. It will help you consider which decision-making criteria will fulfill the obligations you have to your clients, the courts, our profession and the public.


About Dean Lawton, QC

Dean Lawton, QC is a partner with Carfra Lawton LLP in Victoria.

Elected a Bencher for 2014, Dean is currently Co-chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee, Ethics Committee, Finance and Audit Committee and Litigation Subcommittee. 

In 2014, he was appointed as a Bencher representative to the Continuing Legal Education Society's Board of Directors. He has also served as a guest judge at practice advocacy sessions for the Professional Legal Training Course. In 2018, he was appointed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada as the western Canada (BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan) Bencher representative on the Federation’s Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action Advisory Committee.

Dean has been a sessional lecturer in civil procedure and insurance law at the University of Victoria; co-author of CLEBC publication Advising BC Business, Chapter 13, Insurance Basics 2006, revised 2008; past member of editorial advisory panel for CLEBC publication, CIVJI, 2008 revised; a past contributor to CLEBC programs; executive member (2001-2002), President (2003) and Treasurer (2004) of the Victoria Bar Association; and a member of Mediate BC since 2007.

In the community, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Victoria from 2008 – 2014 and a member of its Finance Committee from 2012 – 2014.

About Clare Jennings

Clare Jennings has been a provincial Crown Counsel in Victoria and Colwood since her call to the Bar in 2008. As a Victoria based practitioner, she has been involved with the Victoria Law Day committee for 10 years; was the chair for 4 years, and now primarily focuses her energies on writing the annual Fairy Tale Trial script. She has been on the executive of the CBABC Criminal Justice - Victoria Section for 6 years, and has also been involved with various CBABC Council Committees, including Access to Justice, Sections Standing Committee, REAL Advisory Board, and the regional Law Week Committee.  She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the CBABC since September 2018, first as an Officer and currently as Secretary-Treasurer.

Outside of her dedicated commitment to the CBA, Clare has taught at PLTC and guest-lectured and guest-judged at the University of Victoria. She has been a member of the Human Research Ethics Board at the University of Victoria for the past 6 years; has been the Co-Coach of the McIntyre Moot team at the University of Victoria for the past 5 years; is member of the Atomic Vaudeville Theatre Society Board; and is a member of the Victoria Bar Association.


Cancellation Policy
Once payment has been processed there will be no refund issued. To cancel your attendance, please contact the PD Department at No refunds will be issued to non-attendees.

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 PD at

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

Course Materials/Handouts
All materials will be delivered electronically one day prior to the course date.

Participant Disclaimer - This is to confirm that you have agreed with the following terms and conditions:
All materials related to this course are for the sole use of the above said registrant, which may not be copied, reproduced, uploaded, posted, publicly displayed, translated, distributed, shared, modified, made available on a network or other website, used to create derivative works, or transmitted in any form or by any means whatsoever without the prior express written permission of the Canadian Bar Association.


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