Data, Drugs & Disorientation: Access to Justice Research from the Edge (Webinar Repeat) 

Oct. 26, 2022
Webinar Repeat Online

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Air Date: This is the archived version of a program presented on October 26, 2022.

Kate Gower, Gower Modern Law
Michael Litchfield, Director of the Business Law Clinic, University of Victoria Faculty of Law
Yvon Dandurand, Professor Emeritus, Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Fraser Valley

Format: Webinar Recording
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Recognizing Access to Justice Week across Canada, join the Access to Justice Centre for Excellence for a panel showcasing the research of British Columbia scholars Kate Gower, Michael Litchfield and Yvon Dandurand. Topics will include the use of data science to diagnose unmet legal need, law reform lessons from Canada’s shifting drug policy landscape, and the struggles of individuals navigating the justice sector’s online information labyrinth.



Yvon Dandurand
Yvon Dandurand is a criminologist, Professor Emeritus, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of the Fraser Valley, as well as a Fellow and Senior Associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, a United Nations affiliated research institute. He specializes in comparative criminal justice research and has been extensively involved in justice reforms, research, and policy development projects in Canada, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He is a frequent contributor to the work of the Access to Justice Centre for Excellence (ACE) at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. He has conducted research on access to justice and on legal aid and helped develop the BC Access to Justice Measurement Framework. He recently co-directed a study on “Problem Resolution Routes for People Experiencing Civil and Family Law Problems in British Columbia” (Access to Justice Pathways).

Michael Litchfield
Michael Litchfield is the Associate Director of the British Columbia Access to Justice Centre for Excellence and is the Director of the Business Law Clinic with the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law. He has a depth of experience project managing a number of important access to justice initiatives in the province of British Columbia including the Canadian Bar Association Rural Education and Access to Lawyers Initiative and the Public Commission on Legal Aid.

Outside of his academic pursuits Michael is the Managing Director of the Thinklab Group and is regularly called upon to speak on matters ranging from drug policy to corporate governance. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Laws from the University of Victoria. Michael is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria where his research focuses on law reform, drug and alcohol policy and the cannabis industry.

Kate Gower
Kate is an active litigator who champions access to justice issues. She splits her time between advocating for and bringing electronic trials before the British Columbia Supreme Court (BCSC) and working as a Research Fellow for the University of Victoria’s Access to Justice Centre for Excellence (ACE). This Spring, Kate was before the BCSC litigating the Nuchatlaht Aboriginal title claim on behalf of the Plaintiff Nuchatlaht: she was instrumental in ensuing the action ran as an electronic trial with remote witnesses. This Fall, Kate will continue to experiment and innovate with data scientists at the University of Victoria: to gather evidence on the unmet legal needs which Canadians face every day, and on how we can provide them with the legal support they need. Learn more about Kate Gower’s work on her blog:


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