Considering a Career in Criminal Law 

Feb. 14, 2023
Kamloops BC

Veuillez notez, cet événement sera disponible en anglais seulement.


Speakers: Bradford F. Smith, K.C., Barrister and Solicitor, Smith Law Group
Monica Fras, Crown Counsel - Kamloops
Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Pacific Time)
Pizza lunch included. 
Location: TRU Faculty of Law
835 University Dr, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8
This session is for TRU Law Students only.

Have you ever considered becoming a criminal lawyer, or simply wondered how closely “Better Call Saul” and “The Lincoln Lawyer” resemble real life? TRU Faculty of Law students are invited to join criminal defence lawyer Brad Smith, K.C. and Crown Counsel, Monica Fras, for this in-person lunch-and-learn to explore what it is like to practice criminal law in British Columbia—particularly in and around Kamloops. Our speakers will share their career paths to criminal law, how to secure an articling position in this practice area, and tips on building your network. 

The CBABC will be sponsoring a pizza lunch for attendees. Join us for a chance to win door prizes. Space is limited so register early!


Bradford F. Smith, K.C. 
Brad Smith, KC advises and defends people throughout British Columbia who are under investigation by the police, charged with a criminal offence, or otherwise in trouble with the law. An accomplished criminal defence lawyer with a reputation for excellence, Brad has more than 22 years of experience in criminal law, including as a prosecutor. Brad is well-known and highly respected by fellow lawyers and judges throughout BC.

Although the majority of Brad’s work in private practice has been as a defence counsel, he has also acted as an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court”, and has occasionally also acted for both the federal and provincial Crown as an ad hoc prosecutor. Brad also represents police officers who are subject to administrative conduct of conduct proceedings.

Monica Fras
Monica Fras is a Provincial Crown Prosecutor in Kamloops, BC. She completed her law degree at the University of Calgary and started her articles with a full-service firm in Kamloops in 2012, where she remained after her call to the bar. During law school she was intrigued by criminal law but was not sure exactly where her legal career would take her. While working in private practice, Monica dabbled in many areas of law, including family, real estate, civil litigation and wills and estates. It was on a two-week rotation during her articles to the Crown office where she confirmed her suspicions that she enjoyed criminal law above the rest and started to dabble in criminal defence. This eventually led to her to joining the Kamloops Crown office in 2014. 

Her criminal practice has included many different areas of criminal law, including high risk domestic violence, prolific property crime, bail, and murder files. She also works on a resource group for environmental and animal cruelty prosecutions. Monica believes one of the best kept secrets of criminal law is that there are so many different types of criminal law that you can focus on areas that interest you or expand into areas you never knew existed. Also, that there is room for all sorts of personalities and approaches and there is no such thing as a typical criminal lawyer. 



This seminar is hosted at Thompson River University, which is located in the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc territory that is situated in the southern interior of British Columbia within the unceded traditional lands of the Secwepemc Nation. 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.


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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.


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