Part 1: An Introduction to Trans-Competent Lawyering 

Oct. 13, 2020
ZOOM Webinar Online

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Adrienne Smith, Adrienne Smith Law

Moderated by Catherine Wong, Saltwater Law

Time: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Complimentary for all members of the Bar.

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CPD Hours: 1 Hour of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC.


How can lawyers and advocates work to end discrimination and support our trans clients?

This awareness-raising online workshop is lead by Adrienne Smith and focuses on the challenges facing transgender and gender non-conforming people. This introductory talk includes an overview of appropriate words to use, existing legal protections, and what we as activists can do to make sure our services are as inclusive as possible to transgender, non binary and gender non-conforming folx.

The webinar will address:

  1. Vocabulary - who are trans people and how do we talk about them respectfully? What words to use, words not to use, and invasive questions.
  2. Barriers trans people face in the workplace and in the world
  3. Existing legal protection for trans people
  4. Human Rights obligations of the advocates
  5. Practice Tips


About Adrienne Smith

Adrienne Smith is a transgender human rights activist and drug policy lawyer. They settled a BC Supreme Court case which guaranteed access to opiate replacement therapy for prisoners in BC jails. Adrienne appeared at the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, where they argued about the deleterious effects of mandatory minimum sentences for women, Indigenous people, and drug users. As a trade union activist, they advocate for transgender inclusion in our unions and workplaces. Adrienne volunteers at the Catherine White Holman Wellness Clinic, where they give free legal advice and notarize name change documents for trans people.


Acknowledging First Nations Territories
This webinar 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.

Technical Instructions
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• You will be sent the webinar link and log-in instructions 1 day prior to the course date.
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• Please ensure your computer speakers are working properly as audio will be delivered entirely over the computer.
• Earphones are recommended for the best sound quality.

Instructions/Course Materials/Handouts
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Cancellation Policy
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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