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TRU Launches New Law Journal

Written on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

BC's newest law school will soon launch its first law journal: the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law.

 
According to Thomson Rivers University, the new journal will be open access, meaning it will be available in its entirety for free online. It will be published at least yearly According to Thomson Rivers University, the new journal will be open access, meaning it will be available in its entirety for free online. It will be published at least yearly with each issue having a different theme.

The inaugural issue's theme is Health Law & Human Rights, with a foreword by Osgoode Hall Dean Lorne Sossin. Next year's theme will be Equity in the 21st Century: Problems and Perspectives, published in fall 2015.

TRU says two aspects make the journal unique in Canada. First, it will be thematic: "Concentrating on a specific theme will enable a focused, penetrating analysis of a contemporary legal issue to an extent not currently offered elsewhere in Canada." Second, the comparative nature of the pieces: through comparing different jurisdictions or systems, types of scholarship, or a giving a "critical discussion of comparative methodology itself, so long as this is related back to the annual theme."

Watch for the launch of the journal in the coming weeks and get submission guidelines for next year's issue at http://www.cjccl.ca.

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Categories: BC Law Schools

Dye & Durham Wins Inclusion Excellence Award

Written on Monday, November 17th, 2014

Recently, we were thrilled to be recognized in the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce's Platinum Awards for our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace!

On November 13, Dye & Durham was the recipient of the Inclusion Excellence Award, which honours businesses who build workplaces that are inclusive of all social, ethnic and economic backgrounds and that incorporate family-, senior-, and diversity-friendly practices and accessibility in their guiding principles. 

A big thank-you to the Chamber of Commerce and our award's sponsor, Fraser Works Co-Op New Westminster, and of course congratulations to all our fellow winners at this year's Platinum Awards. We're so proud to be among such good company, and you can read about several of them in the New West News Leader:

  • Citizen of the year - Amber Anderson

  • Junior citizen of the year - Sadie de Coste

  • Bernie Legge cultural award - Trudy Van Dop

  • Business person of the year - Bart Slotman

  • Not-for-profit of the year (under $1 million) – Fraser River Discovery Centre

  • Not-for-profit of the year (over $1 million) – Family Services of Greater Vancouver

  • Customer service business excellence – Family Eyecare Centre

  • Customer service individual excellence – Kasia Cobb, Charlie's Pet Spa

  • New small business of the year – Vision Source New West

  • New medium business of the year – CG Masters Academy

  • New large business of the year – Hub Restaurant

  • Small business of the year – Essence Hair Design

  • Medium business of the year – Royal City Jewellers

  • Large business of the year – Inn at the Quay

  • Creative innovator of the year – Douglas College marketing team

  • Green business of the year – Starlight Casino and River Market

  • Corporate community spirit – Cartwright Jewelers

You can learn more about careers at Dye & Durham on our Working With Us page.

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Categories: News and Alerts

New Cloud Computing Rules for BC Legal Profession

Written on Friday, November 14th, 2014

As indicated in the Law Society of BC's November E-Brief, the Benchers have adopted changes to the Law Society Rules related to cloud computing.

The changes are based on the 2012 report and recommendations of the Cloud Computing Working Group. Changes involve the following:

  • electronic data storage and processing (definitions of "metadata" and "record" and Rules 3-43.1,  3-59(0.1), (2), (2.1) and (4), 3-61.1(2) and (3), 3-62(1), 3-65(2.1) and (3) and 3-68);
  • producing records in a complaint investigation (Rule 3-5.01) or forensic audit (Rule 4-43(1.4)); and
  • third-party storage providers and security (Rules 10-4 and 10-5).

 The LSBC created a helpful Cloud Computing Checklist several years ago and encourages lawyers to consult it if they store or are considering storing law practice data online.

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Categories: News and Alerts

Two New Provincial Court Judges Appointed

Written on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The BC government has announced the appointment of two new Provincial Court judges.

The appointment of Judge Richard Browning was effective October 31st, and Judge Barbara Flewelling will join the bench December 5th, 2014. It has not been announced yet which locations the new judges will be assigned to.

From the backgrounder:

"Judge Richard Browning was first called to the bar in 1990 after earning his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1989. Judge Browning has worked as a sole practitioner for the past 22 years. For most of his career, he has practised in the Provincial Court system and has served as both counsel for the defence and Crown counsel. Judge Browning has been a member of the Provincial Court Scheduling Project Working Group, a director of the Justice Education Society and is the former chair of the B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Outside of his legal career, Judge Browning has coached soccer and lacrosse in New Westminster and served on the board of the Fraser Burrard Restorative Justice Society.

Judge Barbara Flewelling has been a practicing lawyer for the past 19 years. Before she was called to the bar in 1995, Judge Flewelling had a 15-year career in the insurance industry. She has recently served as a committee chair for the B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar Association and was previously on the board of governors of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. Over the course of her law career, Judge Flewelling has been an advocate for improved relationships between lawyers and judges, and was instrumental in organizing seminars promoting healthy living for lawyers. Outside of her professional life, she helped with the organization of performances by the Welsh Men’s Choir, the Courtenay Chamber Music Society and the Prince George Symphony."

According to the Provincial Court's website, more than 150 Provincial Court judges serve in more than 80 locations around British Columbia.

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Categories: BC Courts

Access Pro Bono and Community Legal Assistance Society Team Up to Help Mental Health Patients

Written on Monday, November 10th, 2014

Via Access Pro Bono, a recent article in the Lawyers Weekly shines a spotlight on the valuable work being done by APB and the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS).

In "B.C. pro bono society steps in to fill mental health gap", John Schofield describes how in the 2013/14 fiscal year, due to lack of funding, CLAS wasn't able to fill at least half of the requests it received for legal representation from mental health patients in review panel hearings. But now, APB's volunteer lawyers and law students will join forces with CLAS to ensure these clients get fair hearings.

To serve in this capacity, volunteers must attend a half-day of training on the BC Mental Health Act. To date, about 150 mostly Lowe Mainland-based lawyers have volunteered, and APB says it will seek funding to expand the program throughout the province.

Learn more about APB's Mental Health Program and CLAS's Mental Health Law Program on their respective websites.

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