The 3rd edition of the New Lawyers Retreat took place the last weekend of April – April 26-28. This year we drove just a little further up the Sea to Sky highway to end the Westin Whistler hotel. Almost 50 new lawyers, seasoned legal mentors, speakers and sponsors came together for a weekend of education, networking and mentorship.
Guests got to know one another on Friday night with a casual reception. Giant Jenga and air hockey helped break the ice and got everyone connecting!
Saturday’s education kicked off with the ever-popular Judge David St.Pierre, who spoke about challenges that arise with self-represented litigants in the courtroom. He gave some great tips on dealing with specific situations.
Next up was Law Society Bencher, Karen Snowshoe. Karen shared her emotional story of her family history and the significant challenges that they faced. She emphasized the need for awareness of diversity in law, and the importance of mental well-being.
J.A. Pankiw-Petty gave a fascinating presentation about jury focus groups. It’s about setting the scene and telling a story.
Kyla Lee and Paul Doroshenko QC wrapped up the formal presentations by teaching the audience how to be media savvy. They shared some great info on how to build your personal brand and set yourself up for being a contact to whom the media reaches out.
The education concluded with a mentorship session with the speakers, as well as seasoned lawyers who volunteered their weekend to coach the new lawyers. They broke into small groups and had a chance to ask questions about work-life balance, client management, and the key to a successful practice, and more from their amazing mentors.
The weekend concluded with a delicious dinner where all the attendees came together one more time to celebrate new learning, new connections and new friends. If you were a part of this year’s retreat, thank you. If you didn’t attend this year, maybe we’ll see you in 2020!
“I also wanted to quickly say thank you for all the hard work you and your team put into making such an amazing weekend for everyone! I was already very excited to be able to learn from the senior lawyers, but the seminars and “speed dating” rounds with all mentors on Saturday blew my expectations away. I learned so much from this weekend, and really hope I’ll have a chance to stay involved with future TLABC events!” –Yeoman Liang