SOGIC Section Meeting (Online Only) 

May 1, 2020
Vancouver Online

Veuillez notez, cet événement ne sera disponible qu'en anglais.

Trans Competent Lawyering
This meeting is being hosted by the SOGIC Section.

Speaker(s): Samuel Singer, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University; and, 
Adrienne S. Smith, Adrienne Smith Law
Time: Friday, May 1, 2020 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Pacific Time)
Location: Webinar Only
CPD Hours: 2.00 (including 1 hour of ethics and practice management)

This is a webinar-only workshop.

View the poster here and share this online webinar with your networks!


Want to learn about the key legal issues trans people in BC are currently facing? The topics that will be covered in this live webinar by Adrienne Smith of Adrienne Smith Law and Samuel Singer, Assistant Professor at TRU Faculty of Law are based on a review of case law, public settlements, research, and policy reports. The scope of legal areas covered will include human rights law, criminal law, employment law, family law, access to benefits, and health law.

The workshop will also address the ethical and legal obligations of legal professionals working with trans people. It will discuss how to respect practice management requirements while meeting the needs of trans clients, and provide practical tips for lawyers on working with trans people in British Columbia.

Speaker Bio

  • Adrienne Smith is a transgender human rights activist and social justice lawyer. They recently 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, take on human rights cases, and notarize name change documents for trans people. Read more here.
  • Samuel Singer has a passion for all aspects of tax law and policy. His research interests in tax focus on tax dispute resolution, the policy rationales underlying tax measures, and the regulation of non-profits and charities. Samuel greatly enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for law and policy through teaching. He teaches Basic Tax Law, Business Associations, and Tax Policy at Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law.

    Samuel is a long-time advocate for trans people and frequently lectures on trans legal issues. He is currently conducting research on the ethics of trans competent lawyering and judging, funded by the OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowship in Legal Ethics and Professionalism Research (2019-2020). He is also undertaking a study mapping trans legal needs in British Columbia, funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia. Read more here.

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
The CBABC provides access to Section activities for all members. The facilities for this meeting may be wheelchair accessible. For information about accessible parking or to communicate your request for other accommodation you require, please contact CBABC Sections at

We also welcome your suggestions for enhancing the inclusiveness of our activities.

Sections host webinars from Internet-capable venues where significant interest has been expressed by Section members in attending remotely. This Section meeting will be offered as a teleconference or webinar depending on the resources and technology available at the venue. 

Webinar or teleconference instructions will be sent to your email that we have on file one day prior to this meeting date. These instructions will indicate when you should log in, as the meeting may start a little later than expected, as members and speaker(s) may be setling in, or if there is a lunch/dinner component.

If you have not received instructions by days end one day prior, please email

Please ensure to sign-in at the meeting; failure to sign-in will result in de-registration. CBABC requires this as a record to confirm your attendance for this meeting for your CPD reporting (if applicable).


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