Transforming the Family Justice System (Part 3) 

Nov. 9, 2021
ZOOM Webinar Online

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Nancy Cameron, QC
Jane Morley, QC, Restorative Solutions
Zara Suleman, Suleman Family Law
Kerry Simmons, QC, Executive Director CBABC

Time Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)
CPD Hours: 2.0 Hours of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC.
Attendance at this webinar will provide you with 2.0 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.

This webinar is a part 3 of the CBABC Science-Informed Practice Series.

The first two parts of our CBABC Science-Informed Practice Series examine the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), brain health, and client well-being. This final session puts knowledge into practice by providing tips and strategies to lawyers on how to improve the well-being of the children and families they serve. Learn from experts leading key initiatives in BC that aim to make the family justice system more client-centred and support resilience and resolution in family law disputes.



About Nancy J. Cameron, QC
Nancy works is a family lawyer, writer, and educator. Although spending years doing trial work, she believes that most families and children are best served by being supported to work together in resolving their family matters. For this reason, Nancy specializes in collaborative practice (also know as collaborative law) and mediation. Nancy also trains and teaches interdisciplinary collaborative practice, advanced negotiation, and collaborative practice subjects.

Nancy spent most of her twenties working with teenagers in group homes, and working and teaching in Early Childhood Education. In 2001 she was a member of the team that put together the first collaborative law training in British Columbia sponsored by the British Columbia Continuing Legal Education Society.

About Jane Morley, QC
Jane has practiced as a civil litigator in Victoria for over 20 years in the areas of labour and employment, personal injury, and family law, before becoming a mediator and arbitrator in all kinds of disputes, including family, collective agreement, employment, sexual misconduct, Institutional abuse, personal injury, and public interest matters. She has held a number of public positions including Child & Youth Officer for British Columbia and a Commissioner on Canada’s first Truth and Reconciliation Commission ,when she helped develop a national restorative justice process to address Canada’s legacy of broken relationships resulting from the Indian Residential School experience. For five years, she was the Strategic Coordinator of Access to Justice BC (A2JBC) and is currently managing its Transform the Family Justice System (TFJS) initiative.

About Zara Suleman
Zara is the founder of Suleman Family Law where she practices family law and fertility law in British Columbia, Canada.  Zara is a certified family law mediator and collaborative law practitioner. Zara earned her Master of Laws degree from the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC).  Currently, Zara is a Board of Governor for the Law Foundation of BC. She is also the Chair of the BC Law Institute Research Project on the Review of Legal Parentage under the Family Law Act. Zara is an Advisory member on the:  Department of Justice Family Violence Project (Canada); FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children (Simon Fraser University, BC), and recently completed being on the Advisory  for the BC Society of Transition Houses Technology Safety Project (Vancouver, BC). In 2007, Zara was the Director of the Family Law Project for the West Coast Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF).

Prior to law school Zara was a front-line community advocate for over a decade, working extensively on issues involving violence against women and children, anti- racism, immigrant and refugee issues, legal aid reform, custody and access advocacy, anti-poverty initiatives.  Zara has been working on issues of violence against women and children for over 30 years.

Zara has also been actively involved in presenting, training, writing and editing materials on family law issues. She has done extensive professional development and academic research in the areas of family violence, specifically violence against women and children. In addition, she has received specialized training regarding couples and families in crisis, working with survivors of trauma and child abuse, mediation and conflict resolution. Zara’s LLM thesis from the University of Victoria is titled Race(ing) Family Law: A Feminist Critical Race Analysis of the "Best Interest of the Child" Test and the Impact for Racialized Women in Custody and Access Cases.

About Kerry Simmons QC
Kerry Simmons, QC is CBABC’s Executive Director. As a lawyer in private practice until 2018, Kerry assisted clients with family and civil litigation, witnessing their experiences and those of lawyers in private practice.  A keen volunteer in CBABC from 2000-2018, Kerry contributed to CBA’s advocacy and member services, and served as Branch President in 2012-13, and National President in 2017-18.  Her additional areas of interest include public education, reconciliation with indigenous peoples, inclusion and diversity, and the protection and promotion of children in healthy, positive environments.



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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