TLABC Membership Director

We are pleased to welcome a new addition to the #TLABC Team – Karen St. Aubin!

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Karen is joining us as Membership Director and will be your go-to gal for all things that support our roster of over 1500 members.  (You can reach her at karen@tlabc.org)

You may recognize her from the Canadian Bar Association, working in Events & Community Relations.

In the spirit of full disclosure, we wanted to share with you some very important information we’ve recently learned about our new colleague… Enjoy!

Favourite colour? Blue

Favourite band/type of music? Oohhh…I’m all over the map on this one as there’s not much I don’t like…but you can never go wrong with cheesy 70s rock

What do you like to do to unwind outside of work? Enjoy the outdoor beauty of this amazing city…the seawall, third beach…but a guilty pleasure trashy reality TV show isn’t all bad, either

What is something on your bucket list? Going on an African safari

Dream travel destination, or favourite place you’ve already been?
(The) Mediterranean

Welcome to the TLABC Team!

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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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Hit the Ground Running

 

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Well, we’re back.

It’s fall, it’s busy, and we are ready to hit the ground running!

“There’s a feeling in the air when summer fades and fall begins… that back-to-school ‘something’ that is crisp and busy and smells like falling leaves and hot apple pie.  Warm afternoons turn into cool, dark evenings and calendars fill up again with meetings, fundraising and campaign strategy…”  [from the upcoming issue of the Verdict – Fall 2016 – Ejack]

Our committees are kicking off new initiatives and projects, our Executive and Board of Governors will meet next week to begin implementing the strategy that arose from our annual Governance Retreat, and the smell of fresh coffee brewing for those early morning meetings permeates TLABC headquarters.

We’ve been examining our goals and planning for the year ahead, but the work has been strategic and internal and now it’s time for action.

In short, Fall hits – and it’s go-time.

Not that summer has been all that quiet around here- we’ve had multiple retreats and conferences going on for the TLABC Staff, the Board & Executive, and some of our campaign committees, (albeit with a few vacation days tacked on.)  We’ve had staff in Los Angeles and Seattle, Washington, Squamish, the Yukon and Osoyoos, and we’ve even be honoured with a couple of awards!

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The National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives (NATLE) has awarded TLABC it’s innaugural Award of Excellence for Publication of the Year for the Verdict, TLABC’s widely recognized magazine. 

NATLE is an organization whose members are chief executives and staff of justice associations throughout North America. Its 67 member associations collectively represent over 60,000 attorneys. 

the Verdict Board:

  • Editorial Board: Candace Cho, Aseem Dosanjh, Ed Good, Bill MacLeod, Dana Quantz, Harmonie Roesch-West, Michael Sporer
  • Publisher: Julia Chalifoux
  • Managing Editor: Carla Terzariol
  • Editor Emeritus: Ken Price
  • Staff Writer: Ben Doyle

As well, the International Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) has awarded TLABC one of only 21 annual awards granted to competitors representing more than 300 organizations.

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An Award for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT was given to TLABC for our Medical Legal Conference XIII: Hawaii 2015 – Health and Legal Professionals Working Together as Allies in the Best Program category. 

ACLEA members are professionals in the fields of continuing legal education and legal publishing. Its annual ACLEA’s Best Awards are highly competitive and winning projects represent the highest level of achievement for the staff and volunteers involved.

Project Faculty and Staff: 
•    Mock Trial / Focus Group: Robyn Wishart, The Hon. Mr. Justice Nathan Smith, Marc Kazimirski, Joseph Cahan, Dr. Gwyllyn Goddard, and Christy Pratt.
•    Conference Planning Committee: Derek Miura, Robyn Wishart, Dr. Nairn Stewart, Dr. Mark Frobb, Dr. Douglas Lee & Dr. James Kennedy
•    TLABC Staff: Erin Monahan (Education Director) and Carla Terzariol (Executive Director)

While we’re tooting our horns, we were also named as one of the top 10 legal Twitter accounts last year by Lawsome  – see the original post here.  

Follow us on Twitter @tla_bc

It’s been a busy summer and it’s definitely going to be a busy year, so gear up with us, and let’s make 2016/2017 the most successful year yet!

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Help the BC Courthouse Library!

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CLBC is taking a deep look at how they serve value to their membership and lawyers across the province. This is your chance to have a say! This exercise involves several interviews. To get good representation (year of call, region, etc.), they will be doing a quick (4-5 minutes) intake survey and then short-listing folks for a longer 1-hour Skype, phone or in-person interview. Thank you for your interest!

Please email Audrey Jun at ajun@courthouselibrary.ca  before August 9th, 2016 (next Tuesday!)

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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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!”

Hot Off The Press! #TLABC

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The spring edition of the Verdict is out… have you seen it? Print and digital editions are now available. Here is a look at what is inside:www.theverdictmagazine.com

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Have you received your copy winter edition of the Verdict? Print and digital editions are now available. Here is a look at what is inside:

Actions, activities and tasks that occur prior to a trial are vastly different in criminal law and civil law, but one thing is common for the lawyers involved in any legal matter: You must be prepared; your client is counting on you. Proper management of a case typically involves a range of things. If you represent a person accused of a crime, your involvement will get increasingly heavy from the time of arraignment through to an interim or preliminary hearing. If you represent an injured plaintiff in a civil lawsuit, it’s highly likely you will need to be prepared for a full trial whether one happens or not, and you certainly will be front and centre in any pre-trial conferences or settlement discussions, as well as discoveries. The fall 2015 edition of the Verdict explores the pre-trial needs and responsibilities of today’s lawyers and litigators, the duties required when representing laypersons in BC….

Read your copy online today at www.theverdictmagazine.com

Member Profile: Darren Sall

TLABC is full of interesting characters, and every so often, we like to highlight one of them.  This time, it’s new(ish) member, Darren Sall.  Darren has been working closely with our Membership Director, Amanda Huettner, to reinvigorate our Mentorship Program, as well as becoming involved in the New Lawyers group and even volunteering his time to help us out at some of our seminars and events!

We’re so pleased to welcome Darren into the nutty world of TLABC and we thought you should get to know him too.

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In his own words…

I decided to combine my passion for travel and the law, which resulted in me attending law school in Australia at Bond University. I completed a dual Canadian/Australian Law Degree and graduated with Honours.

Upon returning to Canada I hooked up with CBA National and became the head volunteer coordinator for the annual Canadian Legal Conference held in Vancouver in 2012.  I was responsible for organizing all volunteers for events and seminars for the entire conference.  My drive and tenacity during this experience opened the door to my current position, as a Litigation Consultant to senior counsel at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.  I have acted as junior to counsel during the course of a year-long trial in the Supreme Court of BC on a complex commercial litigation matter.  My position has exposed and provided me experience in all matters related to the preparation and conduct of a complex civil trial.  I have been intimately involved in everything from witness interviews, examination of witnesses, interactions with opposing counsel, writing a multitude of arguments covering various legal issues and areas of law.  I was also granted special dispensation to sit at counsel table, based on my mastery of the voluminous documentary evidence presented at trial.

Q &A (some fun facts)…

Q:           What is your favourite colour?

A:         Red

Q:           Do you have a favourite movie?

A:         Would have to be a tie between The Empire Strikes Back and The Firm.
Q:           What do you think would be a theme song to your life?

A:         Hmmmm….tough one…perhaps… Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again” ….. haha
Q:           Do you have any pets?

A:         No

Q:           What is your dream travel destination, or favourite place you’ve already been?

A:         Favorite place I have been thus far would have to be Australia, the Gold Coast. Dream destination, Europe due to the rich history and I would love to travel to Russia and Shanghai.

Q:           What do you like to do to unwind outside of work?

A:         To unwind I like to stay active through running and am currently training as an amateur powerlifter.  I also like to spend downtime with family and friends.

Q:           When did you know you wanted to be a lawyer?

A:         From what I am told, I knew from a very early age, family tells me I have always loved to argue any point at any time.  Basically, since I can remember it has been my dream and drive in life.

Q:           What else is on your bucket list?

A:         Viewing the wonders of the world, a dream of mine is climbing Everest (I’m a sucker for a good scenic view), essentially amassing any and every experience I can within my lifetime and putting as many flags on my globe as I am able to.

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For more information on Darren, please visit his LinkedIN page: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/darrensall/ or Twitter @legallyinclined

To sign up for our Mentorship Program– as a Mentor or a Mentee, please visit: https://tlabc.wufoo.com/forms/k1ys83vr1stzwbn/

Governments Change, TLABC’s Membership Endures

(From the March PowerPAC by Bentley Doyle, Director of Communications and PR)

In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.”  – former US President Bill Clinton 

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Hand in glove with aspiring for good things, we sought a quote of inspiration. It was a move to counter the lack of encouragement by the latest budget delivered, in February, by the BC Government. There was nary a word nor dollar about legal aid, and nothing to indicate our elected officials will finally address the massive legislative deficiencies neglecting the needs of families who have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one.

Instead, we are left with added concern, namely in the form of the BC Government’s proposed congestion tax. If it is materializes (after the vote),  will it be rolled into the already unfair provincial tax on legal fees? TLABC has written to BC’s Premier and the Finance Minister in an attempt to get clarification on the matter. At the same time, TLABC has reiterated its long-held assertion that the tax on legal services (which is more than 20 years old) never should have been conceived and delivered in the first place. The tax should never have been forced on citizens. This NDP-created tax of the early 1990s should have been extinguished by the currently governing Liberals – yet both parties have acted the same way, by taking the tax money into general revenue rather than earmarking it for legal aid, which was the original idea back in the day, despite what either party claims these days.

The tax, by the way, currently cascades more than $145 million each year into the BC Government’s revenue stream. Oh, and the BC Government projected there will be a budget surplus this year of $879 million, made real by the end of March. There is also another $400 million in the contingency fund, and the BC Liberals anticipate having a billion dollars each of the next three years in surpluses, contingencies and for forecast errors and allowances. And all of that is in addition to the non-partisan governing tradition of claiming (make that re-directing) hundreds of millions each year from ICBC’s profits, despite the fact the so-called people’s insurer was never intended to be a money-maker.

At the very least, tax money collected after legal services have been performed should fund legal aid, and profits raked in by our public auto insurer should be used to offset the high cost of premiums paid by the motoring public.

It’s a good thing TLABC and its members take direct action to address wrongs rather than wait for governments to wise up. Case(s) in point, TLABC was directly involved in the case that challenged BC’s system of costly courtroom hearing fees, which resulted in the Supreme Court of Canada ruling, last fall, that BC’s excessive fees are unconstitutional. TLABC since bumped up the challenge in late 2014 by suing the BC Government (Attorney General) and the Director of Sheriff Services over the province’s excessive civil jury fees.

Guest Post – (Borrowed with permission from our friends at Access Pro Bono)

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In a recent series, APB profiled some of the wonderful volunteers who make APB so vital to access to justice in BC. Today’s profiled volunteer is Mosope Fagbongbe, who also happens to be one of our new, engaged members!

Mosope has been very interested in becoming more involved with TLABC and we thank her for that – some of you may have met her at the TLABC Holiday Bash at the Vancouver Rowing Club on December 5th, where she had generously volunteered to help us out!

[4th APB volunteer profile for GivingTuesday: Mosope Fagbongbe]

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Mosope is an exceptional volunteer who commits her time to no less than three of our pro bono programs: the Wills Clinic Project, the Civil Chambers Program and the Summary Legal Advice Program.

Mosope practiced law in Nigeria briefly before moving to teaching and legal research with a specialty in public law. She earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Canada, and has worn many hats at different times as a lawyer, researcher, teacher, trainer, human rights activist and advocate. She was a sessional lecturer at UBC Law, and recently qualified to pursue a legal practice in BC. She volunteers with other social justice groups as well as APB, mostly serving vulnerable people like seniors and women in dangerous situations.

Mosope’s dedication, hard work and positive attitude make her a highly valued member of our volunteer family.

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– See more at: http://www.accessprobono.ca/news/2014/4th-apb-volunteer-profile-givingtuesday-mosope-fagbongbe#sthash.Im34tDId.dpuf