Practice in Rural BC 

Jan. 30, 2023
Zoom Online

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Speakers: Patricia Blair, CBABC Board Director at Large (Nanaimo County Rep), River Valley Law
Nicholas Maviglia, Parents Legal Center Staff Lawyer at Legal Services Society (Legal Aid BC)
Emily Beggs, Crown Counsel, Smithers BC
Time: Monday, January 30, 2023 | 12:30pm - 1:20pm (Pacific Time)
Format: Zoom Webinar

This session addresses the benefits and challenges of a legal career outside a large urban centre. Students gain an understanding of what is involved in setting up their own practice and the experience of working in firms based in rural locations from Ucluelet to Kelowna to Prince George.


Patricia Blair
When Patricia decided to go to law school in 2007 she knew that she wanted to bring that training and expertise back to her home community in the Cowichan Valley. Finding an articling position in a small town proved challenging but she was fortunate to obtain a position with a firm with a main office in Victoria and a branch office in Duncan. Patricia continued on with this firm as an associate and became a partner in 2018. She then decided to open her own firm, River Valley Law, in the Cowichan Valley in 2021 with the hope and intention of providing opportunities for new lawyers to come and build their own law practices in the Valley.

Patricia is a family law lawyer and certified family law mediator.

Patricia currently serves as Director-at-Large on the CBABC Board and as a County Representative on the Provincial Council of the CBABC. She is the supervising lawyer for the Poverty Law Advocate program through the Law Foundation, is a past Chair of the Board for the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Nicholas Maviglia
Nicholas Maviglia graduated from the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in 2015. He articled at Heartland Law in 100 Mile House and was admitted as a member of the Law Society of British Columbia in 2016. Nicholas continued to practice at Heartland Law, primarily in family law and personal injury law and became a partner in 2017.  Since the end of 2020 Nicholas has been working as a lawyer with Legal Aid British Columbia out of the Williams Lake Parents Legal Center and practices exclusively in family law and child protection law.

Emily Beggs
Emily Beggs originally came to Northern British Columbia thanks to CBA’s Rural Education and Access to Lawyers (REAL) initiative in 2019. Emily was placed with Linda Locke, Q.C., at Upper Skeena Counselling and Legal Assistance Society in Hazelton. It was during this summer that Emily learned about the benefits of working in the North – enjoying the small supportive community and the beautiful backdrop. After this summer, Emily did everything in her power to come back, this time permanently. She also began volunteering on CBA REAL’s board to encourage other young lawyers to practice in remote and rural areas. She is currently in her third term on this board. Emily is currently working as a Crown Prosecutor in Smithers British Columbia.

Since moving to the North Emily has transitioned from an indoor kid to an outdoor one. The inclusive environment of outdoor activities in the north has got her into mountain biking, ski touring, cross country skiing and gravel biking. One of the perks of living in a more remote area has been the work life balance and the community.



This seminar 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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