Don’t Guess, Just Ask – Pronouns in Practice 

Feb. 23, 2021
ZOOM Webinar Online

Veuillez notez, cet événement sera disponible en anglais seulement.



Clare Jennings, CBABC First Vice President, Crown Counsel-Victoria
Lisa Nevens, Director at Large - CBABC Board of Directors, CBABC SOGIC Co-Chair, Department of Justice Canada
Graeme V.R. Keirstead,  CBABC SOGIC Membe-at-Large, College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC 

Moderated by: Jennifer Brun, CBABC 2020-2021 President, Harris & Brun Law Corporation


Time: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Complimentary for all members of the Bar.

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


The Provincial and Supreme Courts have established a new protocol for the introduction of counsel, clients, parties and witnesses. These are contained in Notice to the Profession 24 in Provincial Court and Practice Direction 59 in Supreme Court.

Errors in forms of address and pronouns happen more frequently than we realize.  It happens in letters and emails, when we meet clients, and also in court. It happens with colleagues or clients with names such as Alex, Mackenzie, Kelly, or whose culture or language or gender expression and identity might be unfamiliar in our own experience.

Respectfully inquiring and then using the correct forms of address and pronouns is the easiest way to get it right.  This is how the new court practices work. In this session we’ll talk about how to do this, how to develop your client and practice management systems to consider this, and answer any questions you might have.


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.

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