Bulletin Board

on behalf of CBABC Awards & Recognition Committee Chair, Kimberly Henders Miller:

Please be advised that the deadline to submit nominations for any of the CBABC Awards detailed below has been extended.  The new deadline is April 27, 2018.

As Chair of the Awards and Recognitions Committee, I am extending an invitation to all Sections and Local Bar Associations to consider nominating your colleagues for one of the following four prestigious CBABC Awards, which will be presented this June:

The Community Service Award recognizes the valuable contributions to BC communities by a CBABC member. The Community Service Award is sponsored biennially in each county by the CBABC.

The Equality and Diversity Award celebrates a CBABC member who advances equality in BC generally, or within the legal profession.

The Harry Rankin, QC Pro Bono Award honours the immense contribution of Harry Rankin, QC in support of access to justice for the poor. The award recognizes outstanding pro bono work.

The Innovative Workplace Award recognizes a law firm or legal organization that demonstrates leadership in promoting workplace innovation within the practice of law.

I would appreciate it if you could help circulate this information to your members. Please visit https://www.cbabc.org/Our-Work/About-Us/Awards for further information and nomination forms. 

Sincerely,

Kimberly Henders Miller

Chair, Awards and Recognition Committee

CBA British Columbia

The Victoria Bar Association is looking for 8+ lawyers to act as judges at the Provincial High School Mock Trial competition on Law Day, Saturday April 21, 2018.

The competition involves teams of 6-8 students acting as lawyers, the accused, witnesses and clerks.  This year’s moot involves the manslaughter of Nik Pasternak by Jamie Rogers.

The event begins at 8:30 and proceeds as follows;

8:30 - 9:00 – Team Registration

9:00 - 9:20 – Opening remarks and participant briefings

9:30 - 11:00 – Round 1

11:00 - 12:30 – Round 2

12:30 - 1:30 – Lunch

1:30 – Announcement of Semi-Finalists

1:45 - 3:15 – Semi-Finals

3:15 – Announcement of Finalists

3:30 - 4:00 – Finals

4:00-5:00 – Judge’s Comments and Awards

If you are able to assist, please contact Paula Donnachie@ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

The annual Victoria Battle of the Bar Bands is set to take place on Friday April 6, 2018.

Battle of the Bar Bands is a no-holds barred musical battle between members of Victoria’s legal community, decided by real judges of the Supreme and Provincial courts. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Canadian Bar Association (BC) Benevolent Society, which provides emergency assistance to lawyers and articled students who have suffered an illness or injury.

This year’s event will be hosted by the Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay Street, Victoria.

Doors 6:30pm | Show 7:30pm

Local favorites, Coast Lunchbox will on site again serving tasting treats from their food truck: http://coastlunchbox.com/  

Drinks will be served up in style by Twist-of-Fate, local bartenders with a unique twist: https://www.twistvictoria.com/. Drinks will be $7 for beer, wine, and traditional highballs and $10 for feature cocktails and premium highballs. Cash and major credit cards only (not debit).

The Victoria Bar Association, Crown Counsel Association, and partners, are pleased to announce and invite you to the 2018 Vancouver Island Mock Trial Ccompetitions, happeing here in Victoria on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

This competition is a special event designed to provide grade 9 to 12 students with the opportunity to learn about the Canadian justice system while actively participating in a real court room simulation. All BC high schools are welcome to participate. This will be the 13th iteration of this competition.

For more information, please see the 2018 Mock Trial Invitation; for participants, here are the 2018 Mock Trial Materials.

We hope to see you there.

Investigative Services for UVic

The University of Victoria is seeking to establish a pool of qualified persons to provide investigative services for investigations under UVic Policies, and to conduct employee investigations for both unionized and non-union employees. 

For more information, please see the letter from the Office of the General Counsel and the Guidelines referred therein. 

If you haven’t been receiving emails from the VBA lately and you are on our mailing list, please ensure that your web administrator has categorized the vicbar.com domain as a safe domain.

Lawyers Doing Other Things?

If you know of a lawyer in Victoria who does interesting things with his or her time outside of work, or if YOU are a lawyer who has a life outside of law, we'd like to hear about it! Do you volunteer for a charitable organization and want to share information about it?  Do you play in a band?  We are going to be featuring a number of lawyers in upcoming editions The Praecipe, and would love to hear from you.

Please contact Jim Legh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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