Ethical Considerations for Every Lawyer (Nanaimo) 

Nov. 22, 2022
Nanaimo BC

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Brian Dybwad, LSBC Nanaimo County Bencher, Parents Legal Centre
Patricia Blair, CBABC Board Director at Large (CBABC Nanaimo County Representative), River Valley Law

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)
Lunch will be served at 12:00pm, with the session starting at 12:30pm. At the time of registration, please advise of any dietary restrictions/allergies you have.
Location: Coast Bastion Hotel
11 Bastion St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6E4

Brian Dybwad, LSBC Bencher (Nanaimo County) and Patricia Blair, CBABC Nanaimo County Representative, engage participants to discuss real-life ethical scenarios, case studies and the Code of Conduct. Participants will work together during this interactive, in-person session to tackle emerging ethical practice issues and gain insights to fulfill their obligations to clients, the courts, the profession and the public.


About Brian Dybwad
Called to the bar in 2010, Brian Dybwad has worked in the areas of criminal defence, family law, child protection and Director’s Counsel for the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program. He has dedicated his career to the protection of vulnerable people, as the managing lawyer for the Parents Legal Centre in Campbell River focusing on Child Protection through Collaborative Practice from Port Alberni to Port Hardy and as a Fellow for CanAge, Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization.

First elected a Bencher for 2022, Brian is a member of the Access to Justice Advisory Committee and Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee.

Brian is a member and Hereditary Chief of the Tsetsaut Gitxsan Nation, and is passionate about issues of diversity, lawyers’ mental health, reconciliation and good governance. He has served as President of the Campbell River Bar Association for three terms. Brian has also presented on various topics to Continuing Legal Education and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, and volunteered on an Indigenous Courts’ committee and working group.

Brian coaches rugby for the Campbell River Athletic Association. He enjoys listening to and playing music (multiple instruments) and spending time with family.

About Patricia Blair
When Patricia decided to go to law school in 2007 she knew that she wanted to bring that training and expertise back to her home community in the Cowichan Valley. Finding an articling position in a small town proved challenging but she was fortunate to obtain a position with a firm with a main office in Victoria and a branch office in Duncan. Patricia continued on with this firm as an associate and became a partner in 2018. She then decided to open her own firm, River Valley Law, in the Cowichan Valley in 2021 with the hope and intention of providing opportunities for new lawyers to come and build their own law practices in the Valley.

Patricia is a family law lawyer and certified family law mediator.

Patricia currently serves as Director-at-Large on the CBABC Board and as a County Representative on the Provincial Council of the CBABC. She is the supervising lawyer for the Poverty Law Advocate program through the Law Foundation, is a past Chair of the Board for the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.



This seminar is hosted by CBABC, which is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations. We encourage our members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous people, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada, past and present.



By registering for this in-person program, you agree to follow and adhere to the health and safety protocols of the venue to reduce the risks of exposure to and transmission of COVID-19, and agree to cancel your attendance if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Participant General Acknowledgement
By registering, you agree that all materials related to this course are for the sole use of the registrant, and 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.

Cancellation Policy
Once payment has been processed there will be no refund issued, unless the registrant has to cancel because they have COVID symptoms. To cancel your attendance for any reason, please contact the PD Department at


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