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Interested in Mentoring a Law Student?

Written on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Whether you live near to or far from one of BC's three law schools, the CBABC hopes you'll consider mentoring a law student this year - there are just three days left to apply!

The CBABC has issued a call for volunteer mentors for law students at TRU, UBC and UVic. Through the Mentorship program, lawyers share their experience and insight into the practice of law, offering students the chance to gain an inside perspective on the legal profession. The CBABC also encourages lawyers who are interested in remote mentoring to apply.

The call for volunteers notes that "Mentors are encouraged to interact with their students in whatever way works best for the pair, including discussing files, observing court appearances or talking about life in the legal profession."

Mentor applications are being accepted until Saturday, August 30, 2014.

Students must be CBA members to participate, and can register to be paired with a mentor here

In addition to the student mentorship program, the CBABC offers several other programs: the BC Lawyers' Mentoring Registry, the Women Lawyers Forum (WLF) Mentoring Program, and the Aboriginal Lawyers  Mentorship Program (run with the Law Society of BC).

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CBABC Welcomes New President

Written on Monday, August 25th, 2014

As of August 19th, the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch has a new president. Alex Shorten took over from Dean Crawford at the close of the annual Canadian Legal Conference in St. John's. Crawford carries on as Past President.

Shorten is a sole practitioner who works with forest product, construction and parking management companies and has practiced in BC since 1973. He has previously worked at Bull, Housser & Tupper, Imperial Parking Canada, and Weyerhaeuser Canada. He is an active volunteer with the CBABC and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association as well as a mentor to new lawyers and law students.

Shorten's goals for his term as president are  to "improve professional development programs for members in both larger centres and rural communities; work with others on the implementation of an Access to Justice Commission in BC and on Access to Justice generally, and continue to pursue and improve diversity in Judicial appointments and improve volunteer support and experience."

In 2008, Shorten won the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association's Robert V.A. Jones award, which recognizes excellence in corporate counsel service.

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Categories: BC Legal Associations

UVic Law Students Explore Aboriginal Legal and Cultural Issues at AbCamp

Written on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Sweat lodges, drumming, smoking salmon... these don't sound like your typical first year law school experiences. But for new law students at UVic participating in the Aboriginal Culture Awareness Camp (AbCamp for short), they will be part of many valuable opportunities to "explore Aboriginal perspectives on law, values, cultural beliefs and traditional practices, interact with an Indigenous community, and spend some quality time outside of the classroom with peers, faculty, and community members."

In what previous participants describe as "one of the most fulfilling, fun, grounding and enlightening experiences of their first year at UVic Law," AbCamp is a 4-day tenting trip/retreat that gives students the opportunity to meet and hear from local elders, legal practitioners, professors and law students, reflect on important issues, explore the land, participate in traditional activities, and connect with each other and the Indigenous host community.

A student-run initiative, this is the 19th annual AbCamp. It takes place September 25 to 28, 2014.

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Categories: Law School

Researching Prince Rupert or Prince George Land Title Records?

Written on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

As noted in our Industry news section, the BC Land Titles and Survey Authority is permanently relocating all Prince George and Prince Rupert land title records from the New Westminster Land Title Office to the Victoria Land Title Office.

The move will happen this September, and there will be a short period where records are inaccessible, on September 18th and 19th (a Thursday and Friday). In light of this, we encourage you to submit any land title search requests around this time as much in advance as possible, and be sure to note any deadlines you're working with.

Rest assured that Dye & Durham's experienced title researchers will adapt to the records' new location quickly and confidently. We have worked with these records for decades, and our New West and Victoria offices will work together to make this transition as seamless as possible for our clients.

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2014 QC Nominations Now Open

Written on Monday, August 18th, 2014

The Ministry of Justice has announced that nominations are now being accepted for 2014 Queen's Counsel candidates.

The Queen's Counsel (QC) designation recognizes "exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession." The distinction is only available to 7% of the legal profession.

Nominations are confidential and can be made by anyone other than the candidate themselves or members of their immediate family. All nominations must be completed online, with a signed consent form faxed or emailed to the AG. See the Queen's Counsel Nomination Process webpage for more information.

Nominations will be accepted until 4:30 pm on Friday, October 10, 2014. Appointees are typically named in December.

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Categories: News and Alerts
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