Socks For Santa is BACK!!

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‘Tis (almost) the season, which means it’s time, once again, for our ‘Socks For Santa’ holiday campaign!!

This holiday season, TLABC’s Public Affairs Committee (PAC) will again be collecting new or gently used, clean socks to give to the First United Downtown Eastside Shelter.

The shelter provides 60 beds each night– space for 40 men and 20 women. This is one of the largest and busiest shelters in Vancouver.  Each day they provide their clients with foot baths/foot care, as well as provide them with a clean pair of dry socks. Keeping your feet warm, dry and protected can be quite challenging in this rainy city, and the shelter often runs out of socks and supplies.

Please help out by participating in one of the following ways:

 1) Send or drop off your new or gently used socks to:
1111 – 1100 Melville St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 4A6

2) Bring your socks to the Fairmont Waterfront for the Medical Legal seminar, the AGM or the Holiday Bash at the Stanley Park Pavilion on Friday, December 1st, 2017!

3) Make a pledge towards the purchase of socks for the shelter.

 To make a pledge, or for more info please contact megan@tlabc.org or call the TLABC office:
604-682-5343 / (toll-free: 1 888-558-5222)

Thank you!!

#TLABCCares is dedicated to keeping our less-fortunate safe and dry this holiday season!

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Member Perspective – The Women Lawyers Retreat – #TLABC

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This year marked the 12th Annual TLABC Women Lawyers Retreat and we couldn’t be more pleased with how this inspiring event has developed over the past decade!

Every year, our planning committee works tirelessly to organize an amazing weekend of learning, collaboration and connection for women in law across the province, and the feedback we receive from the registrants never fails to warm our hearts.  The event continues to sell out in mere minutes and is clearly one of the hottest tickets of our seminar season.

(It even won the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives (NATLE) CLE of the Year and the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) award for Outstanding Achievement.)

We asked Candace Cho, who is a long time attendee, as well as a member of the Planning Committee, for her perspective on the event… and this is what she had to say:

Member Perspective; By Candace Cho, (Onyx Law Group)

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It never ceases to amaze and comfort me on the simple concept of what a sisterhood women lawyers can be.  The proof is the annual TLABC Women Lawyers Retreat, which just happened on October 20-22, 2017 at Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler.  This was the third time we held the retreat at Nita Lake, and it was just as fun and relaxing as ever.  I still remember the first time I attended the conference as a newly called lawyer.  I was amazed at how welcome I was, how all the registrants were eager to socialize and share stories, mentor each other and have fun.  The concept is the same every year, but the experience has transitioned as I have aged.  I find myself in the privileged position of providing more advice and mentorship to the newer called registrants, but the sense of sisterhood and camaraderie is as strong as ever.

The learning components are also awesome – this year did not disappoint, with Supreme Court of Canada Justice Suzanne Cote headlining our all-star cast of speakers who all presented on how women can forge their way to leadership, changing the law and fulfilling their vocations as lawyers.

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The Saturday night dance party and photo booth are always a hoot, and new friends are made, while much needed time is spent catching up with old ones – often friends that we first met at the same conference years ago.

The registrants’ backgrounds, ages, and years of call are completely varied, from brand new calls to senior members of the bar.  There are often QCs, retired justices, sitting Justices, and Benchers running amuck in their spa robes.  Lawyers come from different ethnic, cultural, and other backgrounds, and diverse practice areas.  The common, unifying connection is simply that we are all, or have been, women lawyers in the past or present.

The culture is a casual and free-flowing one.  It is completely unpretentious, and at times, can be wonderfully raw and personal.  It is a safe place where women can share their triumphs and struggles, and offer encouragement and support for one another.  Wisdom is generously doled out, advice given from varying perspectives, and all opinions valued and heard.  Every year has a different theme, but in general, the conference is meant to empower, inspire and uplift women lawyers in one efficient weekend away.

You forget about your worldly concerns from time to time to get into a robe, chat with someone over a glass of wine, or have enough time to take a bubble bath or get a massage.  There is opportunity for self-reflection, socialization in small and large groups, and general frivolity.

As part of the planning committee, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to put together this truly meaningful event every year.  It is a rare conference which intersects continuing professional development, collegiality, friendship and mentorship; and acts as a respite from the everyday busyness of a woman lawyer’s life.  I look forward to continue participating in the conference for the rest of my legal career.

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Follow the TLABC Women’s Community – on Facebook or with the hashtag #TLABC_women on Twitter & Instagram!

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For more information on our legal seminars & events, please visit www.tlabc.org

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

 

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!

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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:

Diamond:

Platinum:

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!