Civility & the Legal Profession in the time of COVID-19 (Webinar Repeat) 

Oct. 1, 2020
Webinar Repeat Online

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Air Date: This is the archived version of a program presented on October 1, 2020.

Jennifer Brun, CBABC 2020-2021 President, Harris & Brun Law Corporation
Andrea Fraser, Vancouver Bar Association 2020-2021 President, Guild Yule

Format: Webinar Recording
CPD Hours: 1.5 Hours of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC
Watching this on-demand recording provides you with 1.5 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.

Counsel have both a moral and ethical duty to display good manners and professional decorum towards fellow lawyers, litigants and the court. Now more than ever, with the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important lawyers do not lose sight of treating adversaries with respect and compassion. As an unprecedented shift in our legal system has pushed more of our work online, there is an increasing need, expectation, and emphasis on civility in our legal practice during these stressful and unfamiliar times.

The tension between being civil and being a forceful advocate is one more stress added to our already stressful profession . The pandemic has impacted all aspects of the legal profession and, in some instances, has forced courts, lawyers, and clients to adjust expectations. Through it all, the duty to maintain our civility and professionalism remains paramount. 

In this recording, speakers discuss:

  • Civility in the Legal Profession – how has the meaning of this evolved and transformed during COVID
  • Dealing with the fatigue of working remotely while maintaining composure
  • Communicating with opposing counsel remotely
  • Dealing with the altered way the justice system operates




About Jennifer Brun

Jennifer Brun is the President of the CBA BC Branch for the 2020-21 term. 

As a Director with Harris & Brun since 2016, Jennifer’s focus is on civil litigation and professional regulation, with an emphasis on claims arising from professional liability, occupiers’ liability, recreational accidents, and motor vehicle accidents. She represents her clients in both litigation and regulatory contexts, before all levels of court in British Columbia and before their respective governing bodies and administrative tribunals.?Her experience includes litigating personal injury matters involving mild and complicated traumatic brain injuries, neurological injuries, and chronic pain. 

Jennifer has been a CBA member since 2005, serving both provincially and nationally at many levels of governance. From 2010 to 2014, she served on the executive of the National CBA Young Lawyers and served on the CBA Board as the YL-CBA President from 2012-13. She has been part of the CBABC Provincial Council and Executive Committee since 2017. On her path to the CBABC presidency, she was Secretary-Treasurer in 2018-19 and Vice President in 2019-2020. 

Jennifer is a persuasive advocate for her clients, having earned a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Master of Laws specializing in civil litigation and dispute resolution. She also completed a judicial law clerkship at the Supreme Court of British Columbia.  

In addition to her involvement with the CBA, Jennifer is a regular contributor and presenter for continuing professional development seminars both provincially and nationally, focusing on civil litigation, personal injury, and health law content. 

About Andrea Fraser

Andrea practices general insurance defense litigation, including the defense of health authorities, municipalities, professionals, educational institutions and businesses. Her practice includes personal injury, professional liability, medical malpractice and occupier’s liability matters. Andrea has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, including as trial counsel in the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Andrea completed her Articles with an international firm in Vancouver prior to joining Guild Yule LLP in 2016.

While attending law school at the University of British Columbia, Andrea was awarded the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia Kenneth S. Fawcus Memorial Prize in Civil Procedure, the Richard R. Sugden, QC Prize in Trial Advocacy, the Arthur Close, QC Prize in Advanced Legal Research and the Lawson Lundell Prize in Administrative Law. Andrea is also the past President of the Allard Law Students’ Society.


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