The Art of Legal Coaching: A New Way to Provide Legal Services (Webinar Repeat) 

Apr. 19, 2021
Webinar Repeat Online

Veuillez notez, cet événement sera disponible en anglais seulement.

Air Date: This is the archived version of a program presented on April 19, 2021.

Marcus M. Sixta, BSW, JD, Family Lawyer, Accredited Family Law Mediator, Registered Collaborative Divorce Lawyer, Founder, Crossroads Law
Kari D. Boyle, BC Family Justice Innovation Lab and a member of the Access to Justice BC Leadership Group
Jo-Anne Stark, Stark Solutions

Moderated by Sonali Sharma, Athena Law, CBABC Co-Chair, Unbundled Legal Services

Format: Webinar Recording
CPD Hours: 1.5 Hours of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC.


Legal coaching is a type of limited scope legal service rooted in an ongoing collaborative relationship between a legal coach and a client.

In this on-demand program, learn about:

  1. How did legal coaching come to be?
    1. The BC Story of Unbundling
    2. Innovation and new types/models of legal service delivery
    3. How A2J requires increased access to effective legal services
  2. What is legal coaching?
    1. Who is the target market?
    2. What is legal coaching?
    3. How to become a certified legal coach
  3. How clients, lawyers, and the system benefit


About Marcus M. Sixta, BSW, JD

Marcus M. Sixta is the founder of Crossroads Law as well as Coach My Case, an alternative legal service that provides legal coaching and legal navigation for people representing themselves in court. He established Coach My Case to help address the access to justice crisis in Canada. He is a former social worker, certified collaborative divorce lawyer and an accredited family law mediator practicing in Alberta and British Columbia. He is also a family lawyer and fertility lawyer.

Marcus relies on his social work background when mediating difficult family law cases. He is committed to alternative dispute resolution like collaborative family law and he believes that the court system should be avoided in most family law cases. He uses technology to mediate and settle disputes remotely anywhere in British Columbia or Alberta.

Marcus sits on the Canadian Bar Association B.C. Section Executive for unbundled legal services.

About Kari D. Boyle
Kari D. Boyle is a conflict engagement practitioner, consultant, trainer and retired lawyer. She served as Executive Director of Mediate BC Society for ten years followed by one year as its Director of Strategic Initiatives. She enjoys using her legal, mediation and management experience to improve citizens’ access to viable and affordable conflict management options in the workplace and beyond. Previously, she practiced corporate commercial litigation in Vancouver for 14 years, worked in-house for 6 years specializing in legal services management, led mediation research initiatives at UBC, taught conflict resolution as an adjunct professor at UBC Law School and provided support to various justice-related system reform initiatives.

She completed her roles as Project Manager of Mediate BC’s Family Unbundled Legal Services Project and as a Board member and then Interim CEO of the BC Courthouse Library Society. She is currently the Coordinator of the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab and a member of the Access to Justice BC Leadership Group. She co-facilitates the Queen’s IRC Strategies for Workplace Conflict program.

Kari sits on the Canadian Bar Association B.C. Section Executive for unbundled legal services.

About Jo-Anne Stark
Jo-Anne describes herself as a “legal disrupter”, having launched the first virtual legal practice that offers only legal coaching and consulting for self-represented litigants, called Stark Solutions.  She regularly presents to lawyers, law students and the public on legal coaching and innovations in legal service delivery.   

Her role as Director of Advocacy at the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, has enabled her to work directly with lawyers  and the BC government on issues related to access to justice.   Most recently, Jo-Anne established the Legal Coaches Association, a national non-profit association that includes paralegals, lawyers and advocates that are certified as legal coaches, providing an affordable alternative for self-represented litigants in Canada.  She also published a book called Mastering the Art of Legal Coaching, the first guidebook of its kind for legal professionals. 

About Sonali Sharma
Originally a small town girl and a coal miner’s daughter, Sonali is not your typical lawyer. Passionate about social justice issues but pragmatic in nature. Sonali completed her articles in Northern B.C., with a full-service firm and the Ministry of Justice. She has a unique mix of professional work experience ranging from positions at RBC Global Asset Management, Vancouver Coastal Health’s EFAP (Employee and Family Assistance Program) to working as a Family Lawyer with a mid-sized firm in Richmond, B.C.

She started Athena Law because she saw a need for affordable “unbundled” legal services, particularly in the areas of Family (out-of-court) and Wills and Estates practice. Sonali’s core strengths lie in her ability to connect with others. She works with her clients and referral networks to help provide tailored services that meet each client’s individual needs. Above all, Sonali believes in collaboration. She understands that family and estate issues require a lot more than just legal support.

Her partnerships with Vancouver Coastal Health’s EFAP program and Financial Literacy Counsel have provided many individuals with free financial and legal literacy. Sonali understands that most legal issues have an emotional and financial component. Her mission is to empower her clients with knowledge which she hopes will ultimately transform their relationships with finances, family and death.


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