Women Lawyers ReTWEET

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It’s that time of year again!

As we lead up to the 12th annual Women Lawyers Retreat, which will be held this October at Nita Lake Lodge, in Whistler, we invite you to participate in the ever-popular Women Lawyers ReTWEET!

The Retweet is a fun way to connect our members and community, and encourage collaboration, inspiration and discussion.  This year, the Retweet will compliment our new initiative – Wellness In the Workplaceand we would encourage you to consider how wellness plays a role in both your personal and professional life.  As we support and inspire each other, we fuel the fires of success.

Post or send your favourite links, websites, quotes, tips or photos… anything that inspires you as a professional and as a woman.

There are 3 easy ways to participate…

  1.  Follow us on Twitter @tla_bc, Facebook (TLABC) & (TLABC Women), and on Instagram (tlabc)
  2.  Use the hashtag #TLABC_women or tag us in your posts that inspire you as a woman & a professional!
  3.  Send us your favourite posts, images, articles, photos or quotes and we will include them in our posts.  Please email megan@tlabc.org

 

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Wellness Wednesday – October

“We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action but a habit” – Aristotle.

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Last weekend, we held our 11th annual Women Lawyers Retreat at Nita Lake Lodge, in Whistler.  It was a wonderful weekend of inspiration, collaboration and learning.

Despite what some people might think, the challenges women face, (especially in business and in law,) have certainly not disappeared… and it’s crucial that while we acknowledge how far we’ve come, we also recognize what we can do to continue to progress and create change.

As we continue to move forward and support one another, let’s remember that healthy habits are the foundation of growth.

Here’s a Wellness Wednesday pick from our publisher, Julia Chalifoux, from the Centre For Women in Business…

Five Healthy Habits for Women in Business

Take care of yourselves!

@tla_bc

#tlabc_women

 

Perspective: TLABC New Lawyers Retreat

We think it’s important to get some perspective, from time-to-time, on our events and programs from the people they are designed to benefit the most… our members!

Recently, we held our inaugural New Lawyers Retreat in Squamish, BC and from all accounts, it was a huge success!  Set up as a mentorship weekend, TLABC hosted a group of new lawyers and seasoned veterans for an outdoor adventure retreat.

One of the new lawyer committee representatives, Alexia Majidi, shares her account of this awesome event.

“The first ever New Lawyers Retreat this year was nothing short of a true success!

From the mentors, the speakers, and the general collegial atmosphere, everything was just great. Friday night was an opportunity for everyone to meet and to socialize in a more comfortable setting than what we are all used to back in the office. It was a chance for everyone to loosen up and get to know one another before getting down to business on Saturday morning.

Saturday, we all slowly made our way to the conference hall and sat back and listened to some of the greatest in our profession. Barb Cornish and Mary-Ellen Boyd gave us vital insight into a successful mediation, while The Honourable Madam Justice Lisa Warren gave us her “Top DOs and DON’Ts in the Courtroom.” As a new call, there is nothing more valuable than getting these sorts of tips straight from the top!

Later we broke into smaller groups and had a chance to ask general questions, like work-life balance and the key to a successful practice, from amazing mentors. Once the educational part of the retreat was over we all headed off on our Squamish adventures. Once back from the adventures, we got together for a BBQ and beverages before we headed off into town, finding ourselves belting karaoke tunes with (TLABC President,) Aseem, at The Chief!

I am already looking forward to planning and attending next years’ retreat! It was the perfect way to learn, meet great mentors, and to enjoy ourselves with some of the most humble and brilliant minds that make up the BC Bar today.” 

 Alexia Majidi
TLABC Member/Lawyer – Jiwa Law Corporation

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Commitment to Justice

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Summer may be just around the corner, but our fiscal year is getting ready to wrap up!

Next week, the Staff, Board of Governors and Executive Committee will be heading to Osoyoos for our Strategic Planning Retreat to discuss the past, present and future of TLABC, and we are excited to keep moving forward.

We are so proud of the strength of our membership – as well as the successful work of our PAC – The Public Affairs Committee.  PAC is what fuels our advocacy work and allows us to stand up to threats to our justice system.

We couldn’t do the work we do without the generous support of our PAC donors – and today, we’d like to specifically acknowledge our high-level firm donors, who show an incredible “Commitment to Justice!”  Thank you.

Champions of Justice:

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Would you like to learn more about PAC? Contact megan@tlabc.org or call the TLABC office (604-682-5343) and find out how you can make a “Commitment to Justice!”

Twitter Town Hall with Chief Judge Crabtree

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Tomorrow, the BC Provincial Court is holding an event that is the first of its kind in Canada!

From 1-3pm, Chief Judge Crabtree will be online – tweeting live and answering questions about our provincial justice system, in the first-ever “Twitter Town Hall.”

Hoping to get a valuable discussion started, associations like the CBA (Canadian Bar Association,) the Law Society and ourselves, along with many other colleagues and the community, will be submitting topics and questions to address.  While I’m not sure 2 hours will be enough time to cover every single issue, it is certainly a formidable start!  We need to be talking about our justice system, and our citizens need to know that this dialogue is happening.  In my view, this is not just a new-age initiative to prove that Judge Crabtree can roll with the social media crowd, but a glimpse into what the future may hold.

Online engagement is no longer an option, nor is transparency within our systems – and this unique initiative is a perfect opportunity to see how we can effectively progress with both.

Tune in tomorrow to see how it goes – you can follow the hashtag #AskChiefJudge and check in with us (@tla_bc) and the BC Provincial Court (@BCProvCourt) as it develops!

(If you’d like to submit your own question, just tag @BCProvCourt & feel free to send it in advance to provide ample time for a response tomorrow.)

Remember, that you don’t have to be on twitter to follow along – simply click on the links to view the event tomorrow.  If you are on twitter, however, remember to tweet  @BCProvCourt & tag #TLABC and tell us where you are – a courthouse, office etc. 

We’ll “see” you tomorrow – Online!

Fall Into Action

With the rest of the country battling snowflakes, I suppose we should be pretty thankful that the BC sun is (strangely) still shining! There’s no doubt, however, that fall is on the way.  With the passing of Labour Day weekend, the football season in full swing and the sunset creeping earlier and earlier, it is clear that it’s time to get back in gear.

We have a busy season upon us – and you can feel it in the air!

Tonight marks the first of many events for the New Lawyers Litigation Group in the “Trial By Fire No More” series.  For the first time, in order to accommodate more new lawyers, we will be holding the event off-site, at the Scotiabank Dance Centre at 677 Davie Street.  This September kick off event will feature “A View From the Crown” with Judge Lyndsay Smith – a longtime friend of TLABC and active member until she was appointed last year.  We’re looking forward to welcoming many new faces to the group and we look forward to an exciting season ahead!

In conjunction with this event, we are pleased to announce the re-launch the TLABC Mentorship Program!  

With over 1500 members who practice in many different practice areas, it’s no secret that there is an untapped wealth of knowledge at the fingertips of our new and young lawyers, as members of TLABC.  For more information on this awesome program, please visit the website or click here.  This is just one of the many benefits of becoming a TLABC member!

We have alot of exciting programs to keep you apprised of throughout this year and you can follow it all on our social media platforms… TLABC is now active on Twitter (@tla_bc), Facebook, LinkedIN, Pinterest, Instagram and of course here on WordPress.

Now go and enjoy those last few rays of sun!

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Calling all TLABC Members! “Raise the Bar!”

Slater Vecchio LLP has challenged us!!  One of our longstanding, dedicated firms and Diamond PAC contributors, Slater Vecchio, has brought to our attention, a wonderful cause that deserves some recognition and support.

TLABC Cares is proud to partner with the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, in an effort to develop a much-needed Burn Centre for burn victims and their families while in recovery, as well as a resource centre and retail space, which will aid in their upkeep and ongoing resources.

We ask you to please consider making a donation so the firefighters can reach their goal!!

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Please read about the facility on the Slater Vecchio Blog HERE  and find more information on the Burn Fund Page HERE.

To date, they have raised over $10 Million dollars and can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  We challenge you, our members and friends to help them raise the last $2 Million which will secure the development of this very important facility!

Read more about the challenge from our friends over at Slater Vecchio…

Or click HERE to go directly to the donation site!

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THANK YOU!!!

~ Your TLABC Cares Team

 

Divide & Conquer

At TLABC, we are always pleased to be able to support our community partners.  In the challenging arena of  trial, courts and justice, it’s crucial at times to reach out and join together for a cause.  If that cause happens to have a glass of wine involved, all the better!

Tonight, we head to two special events:  First, to the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) “Swing into Spring” fundraiser, which is being held at the Holiday Inn on West Broadway.  The BCCPD is an awesome organization whose mission is to support, champion, and provide a voice for those in our province who are living with disabilities.  The night promises to be entertaining and fun, and we can’t wait to touch base with our friends!

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Also happening tonight is the UBC Law Innocence Project Fundraiser at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island – A night of music to raise funds for this incredible group of people – students and lawyers – who strive to provide post-conviction review in cases of potential wrongful conviction.  The Innocence Project can be found in many regions across the nation, and the dedication of these advocates in the pursuit of true justice is amazingly admirable.

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Cheers!

Looking forward to a fun-filled evening, and connecting with our community friends!

End of Winter Update

It’s been nearly a MONTH since our last post, because we’ve been bu-sy!  Busy is good.

February has gone by in a flash.  Our Community program, ‘TLABC Cares – Lawyers Helping People’ has been working towards some new projects, including taking part in Pink Shirt Day – the campaign to end bullying

Check us out:

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Bullying is not just about school-aged kids – ‘bullies’ can be found everywhere from the workplace to the courtroom and it’s crucial that we recognize the signs of disrespect.  We pride ourselves on having a strong team, from our leadership to our newest faces, as well as in our community, and the strength in our team lies in just that – respect.  We hope to act as an example in the community, as we work with our friends and partners towards continued justice.

On that note, TLABC was recently invited to attend the CBABC Women’s Forum at Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, BC, and we were so pleased to be there!  Anytime the CBA and TLABC can join forces, whether it’s at an event like this, or with justice-related issues in the community, we’re thrilled.

I was asked to give a presentation on an Introduction to Social Media For Lawyers (“Confessions of a Twit”) and had a great time speaking to an intimate group of lawyers, judges and Thompson Rivers University Law (TRU law) students before hitting the spa.  The event was organized by Kerri Priddle of Chahal Priddle, in Kamloops, BC and her (amazing) articled student (soon to be associate), Jasmine Kooner.  Kerri is a member of both TLABC and the CBA, and a longtime attendee of our own Women’s event, the Annual TLABC Women Lawyers Retreat, which we hold each October at Tigh Na Mara Seaside Resort in Parksville, BC.

The program included some great presentations and the weekend, as a whole, was wonderful.  It’s so great to see law firms and schools who value these types of seminars for women.  The inspiration and collegiality that comes from a setting in which women are able to support other women in the field of law, is so important to the growth of the profession.

The weekend was not without a bit of wine and fun either – the Saturday night event was an organized murder mystery party!  What better way to get to know each other than in some ridiculous costumes and crazy characters..?  It’s nice to be able to combine learning and levity once in a while.  (I won’t even get into the top-secret karaoke parties I’ve witnessed at other events…)  But I digress.

The business of law is a very serious business indeed…

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