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Upcoming CPD Opportunities for Designated Paralegals

Written on Friday, July 25th, 2014

CLE has announced two half-day courses specifically for those currently practicing as or interested in becoming designated paralegals.

The Designated Paralegal - 9 am to 12 pm, September 10, 2014

"Hear from our panel of experts about pitfalls to watch out for when giving legal advice, how to handle difficult client interviews, and how to avoid subtle mistakes that can cause difficulties for your supervising lawyer. For those of you not yet designated, get tips from experienced designated paralegals about how to pitch the idea to your supervising lawyer. Whether you work for a litigator or solicitor, attending this course will benefit your firm, your supervising lawyer, and the clients you serve."

The Designated Family Law Paralegal Workshop: 1 pm to 4 pm, September 10, 2014
"This hands-on workshop will allow you to try out your skills in a supportive environment. After hearing from members of the judiciary, senior counsel, and existing designated family law paralegals, you’ll have the chance to practice your advocacy skills in a courtroom-like setting. Hear from a colleague as she shares the highlights and lessons learned from her courtroom experience, get tips on preparing for court, and experience what works and what doesn't work in the courtroom."

Early bird registration for the full day is $510 or $285 for students; $405/$230 for the half-day bird rates apply until August 13th). After August 13, regular rates are $560/$310 for the full day, or $440/$250 for a half-day. Financial support and an easy pay plan are available. 

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New Fillable Family Law Forms from LSS

Written on Friday, July 25th, 2014

The Legal Services Society has made it a little easier for people to fill out family law forms.

Via the Clicklaw blog, the LSS's Family Law website "now features 23 new and improved Supreme Court family law forms in a fillable Word format".

The LSS Family Court Forms homepage links to official Provincial and Supreme Court forms, and provides short annotations that explain what the forms are used for, along with tips on using the MS Word forms. People can then use the LSS's step-by-step self-help guides to make or respond to a court application.

The site also includes links to sample completed forms on the Clicklaw wikibook, JP Boyd on Family Law (under "completed example" for Supreme Court and Provincial Court forms).

Clicklaw notes that these forms were created with funding from the Law Foundation of BC.

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Categories: News and Alerts

32 Legal Programs and Projects Get a Boost from Law Foundation

Written on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Law Foundation of BC has made its yearly announcement of major funding awards. They will award more than $2-million to 32 continuing programs and projects.

Congratulations to all the successful applicants!

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Categories: BC Legal Associations

Upcoming TWU Law Meeting, REAL Program Funding in July's E-Brief

Written on Monday, July 21st, 2014

The Law Society of BC's July E-Brief is out, and includes details on:

  • the September 26th Benchers meeting, where the results of the June 10 special general meeting on TWU's law school will be discussed
  • more funding for the Rural Education and Access to Lawyers (REAL) program
  • the creation of a law firm regulation task force
  • a fraud alert related to trust cheques
  • a legal research fund announcement from the Law Foundation of BC
  • the LSBC's 2013 audited financial statements
  • assorted news items from the BCSC and BCCA

 Read it here: July E-Brief.

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Categories: BC Legal Associations

TRU Law Students Put Coursework Online with Wikis

Written on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Thompson Rivers University law students are sharing the fruit of their academic labour in a novel way: by creating simple, collaboratively-built websites called wikis.

According to an article on TRU's website, Where Education Meets the Internet, faculty are encouraged to "create course projects that put student work online, outside the boundaries of web-based learning management systems like Blackboard or Moodle, accessible to anyone with an Internet connection."

Law prof Margaret Hall has built her Legal Perspectives course around this concept. Students "work online in group to analyze a legal case from the perspective of each of the legal philosophies she covers in the course. Working on a wiki—a collaborative, easily edited and structured website—means all students can view one another’s work as well as the contributions of past students."

Check out wikis on some well-known SCC cases originating from BC, created by TRU law students as part of the Legal Perspectives course:

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Categories: BC Law Schools
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