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Professionalism and Ethics for Junior Counsel

The Inns of Court and the Victoria Bar Association are once again grateful to Sean Finn for hosting a series of luncheons for junior lawyers regarding issues of professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.

This will be achieved through a series of lunch time sessions for 12 – 15 junior counsel in Victoria 5-6 times through the course of the year for the purposes of discussing.

These sessions are designed to be ‘round table’ discussions, with senior lawyers acting as facilitators rather than lecturing on these topics. The intention is to give junior counsel a forum within which to discuss the challenges that arise in our day to day practice as well as hear how others deal with these sometimes difficult and stressful issues.

At the beginning of the year, the group is provided with a copy of Chief Justice McEachern’s 2003 paper Ethical and Professional Responsibilities and each session focuses on a different chapter from the paper.

This year, we will endeavour to host our sessions on the first Friday of each month from October to December and again from February to May. Each session will have at least 2 or 3 senior lawyers to help facilitate the discussion. We also usually have at least one special session in the summer with a jurist.

Please find more details here. The dates and topics of the upcoming sessions will be posted on the front page.

The Victoria Bar Association has registered an entry in the July 8, 2018 Victoria Pride Parade. In registering, the VBA is joining other fringe groups such as the BC Liberal Party, the Victoria Police and the Royal Bank of Canada.

The excitement level is high, and we need volunteers to march and show your pride support. We have (non-mandatory) custom t-shirts for participants, and a large truck complete with PA sound system to announce the “Lawyers with Pride”.

To register as a marcher and express your support of the LGBTQ+ community, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for a high energy, incredibly positive two hour experience!

The VBA is calling for nominations for the Pamela Murray Award by the 15th of June. To do so, please complete the Nomination Form and send it to the address specified.

The Pamela Murray Award is presented annually to a practicing member of the Victoria Bar who has constantly maintained high professional standards and who has contributed substantially to the well-being of the local Bar. Visit our Hall of Fame to see previous award winners.

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, 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.

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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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