Bulletin Board

VBA Award Nominations

  • due September 1: The Law Society of British Columbia has three new award categories this year in relation to Family Law, Legal Aid, and Diversity. Please visit their website for more information and make your nominations by September 1, 2017. 

LSBC Award Nominations

  • due September 15: Do you know someone who belongs on our Hall of Fame? Please submit your nominations by September 15; these awards are announced at the dinner following the AGM, which is on November 2 this year.

CPD Consultation

  • due September 1: The LSBC Lawyer Education Advisory Committee is reviewing the CPD program, and has invited the VBA to respond to two questions in relation to their consultation; please see the post below for more information.

Hearing Pools

Invitation to the Victoria Bar Association

The Law Society of BC’s Lawyer Education Advisory Committee is reviewing the Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) program. In addition to the Committee having consulted with the profession in 2016 through an online survey, the results of which are here, the Committee is initiating further, focused consultations with institutions and organizations that may have a direct interest in potential changes to the CPD program.

At this stage of the review, the Committee is considering potential changes to the CPD program, such as introducing eligibility of the following subjects, topics and learning modes for CPD credit:

  1. additional subject matter:
    1. educational activities related to professional wellness
    2. knowledge primarily within the practice scope of other professions and disciplines, but sufficiently connected to the practice of law
    3. educational activities related to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Call to Action #27, including cultural competency
  2. additional practice management topics:
    1. understanding the business of law, including:
      1. marketing of a law practice, including client development
      2. strategic business planning
      3. management and running of a law practice
      4. technological systems incorporated into running a law practice
      5. financial systems incorporated into running a law practice
    2. multicultural and diversity issues that arise within the legal context
    3. mentoring best practices for lawyers
  3. additional lawyering skills topics:
    1. governance issues
    2. leadership for legal professionals
    3. dispute resolution
    4. training to be an articling principal
  4. additional learning modes:
    1. independent viewing of pre-recorded courses
    2. writing for law firm websites
    3. credit for teaching the same course up to two times per year

The Committee invites you to respond to the following questions by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (by the end of August):

  1. What suggestions do you have for expanding the scope of subject areas, topics and learning modes eligible for accreditation?
  2. Do you have other comments or suggestions as to how the CPD program could be improved?

Professionalism Series

The Inns of Court – Victoria and the Victoria Bar Association are returning this very popular program to be held over a series of lunches. This Program Is For Junior Lawyers

In 2003, Justice McEachern and Michael Goldie Q.C. wrote a paper on Ethical and Professional Responsibilities. In many ways, the paper has evolved to become a touchstone for the practice while providing invaluable guidance for young lawyers. 

In our community, many young lawyers are expressing their concern for the lack of mentorship. In addition, more senior counsel are noticing an erosion of ethical and professional standards in young counsel.  

In an attempt to provide a forum for discussions about these issues to take place, we propose hosting a series of lunches where young lawyers can first review Justice McEachern’s paper, then discuss these issues in a Socratic environment.

You can find the topics to be discussed and details of the program here.

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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For civil trial lawyers, there is available for their free courtroom use a civil trial lawyers’ audio/visual cart.  The cart has 50” plasma t.v. with speakers, and equipment capable of:

  • connecting a laptop to act as an external monitor (30 ft vga cable);
  • displaying traditional DVD-Video / DVD±R / DVD±RW, and CD DA / CD-R / CD-RW;
  • displaying files from SD data cards;
  • displaying files from USB thumb drives;
  • reading the following video and picture files: mpeg 2/4, wmv, jpeg, mkv, avi, avchd, mpo;
  • playing the following audio files: mp3, wma, aac; and
  • on-screen internet access via wi-fi.

Although the cart does not currently provide video conferencing service, the VBA is reviewing this possibility and an update will be provided at a later date. 

To book the cart please contact Darren Williams’ office at (250) 888-0002 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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