An Evening with Dr. Julie Macfarlane: Understanding the Self-Represented Litigant 

Sep. 30, 2019
Vancouver BC

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If you have self-represented litigants involved in your files, this is a must-attend for you!  Join us to hear from hear from Dr. Julie Macfarlane, Professor of Law and Distinguished University Professor, University of Windsor, about the latest work of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project and learn how lawyers can more effectively communicate with Self-Represented Litigants. Learn about SRL's experiences and how lawyers on the other side can contribute to a fair and respectful experience.

*Read more about Dr. Julie Macfarlane and the National Self-Represented Litigants Project below.

Dr. Julie Macfarlane, B.A., LL.M. (London), Ph.D. (C.N.N.A.)
Professor of Law and Distinguished University Professor, University of Windsor
Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
5:00pm-5:30pm | Registration Check-In/ Cocktail Reception
5:30pm-6:30pm | Keynote Address
Location: Law Courts Inn Restaurant
800 Smithe Street
(4th floor - Main Entrance)
Vancouver, BC


$30.00 (GST Incl.) | In-Person
*Cheese display will be served and a Cash Bar will be available.

*This session is open to CBA members only.

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*Register online or by using our PDF Registration Form.



Dr. Julie Macfarlane is a Professor of Law and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Windsor. Dr. Macfarlane is an experienced mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution educator who is committed to access to justice, the modernization of the justice system and public engagement in legal system reform.

Dr. Macfarlane has researched and written extensively on dispute resolution, in particular the role of lawyers. She is the author of the bestselling "The New Lawyer: How Settlement is Transforming the Practice of Law" (University of British Colombia Press 2008) and "Dispute Resolution: Readings and Case Studies" (Emond Montgomery 2015). These texts are used widely in law schools in North America.

Dr. Macfarlane became interested in learning more about the personal experiences of self-represented litigants as they become a increasingly significant interest group in the justice system, leading to the National Self-Represented Litigants Research Study (2013). As a result of the momentum created by her national study, the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) was established at Windsor Law, for which Dr. Macfarlane is the Project Director.

The NSRLP is committed to advancing understanding of the challenges and hard choices facing the very large numbers of Canadians who now come to court without counsel. The NSRLP works to promote dialogue and collaboration among all those affected by the self-represented litigant phenomenon, both justice system professionals and litigants themselves. They regularly publish resources designed specifically for SRLs, as well as research reports that examine the implications for the justice system. Read more...

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