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2018 Professionalism & Ethics Series

The Inns of Court and the Victoria Bar Association are once again grateful to Sean Finn for hosting a series of luncheons for junior lawyers regarding issues of professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.

This will be achieved through a series of lunch time sessions for 12 – 15 junior counsel in Victoria 5-6 times through the course of the year for the purposes of discussing.

These sessions are designed to be ‘round table’ discussions, with senior lawyers acting as facilitators rather than lecturing on these topics. The intention is to give junior counsel a forum within which to discuss the challenges that arise in our day to day practice as well as hear how others deal with these sometimes difficult and stressful issues.

At the beginning of the year, the group is provided with a copy of Chief Justice McEachern’s 2003 paper Ethical and Professional Responsibilities and each session focuses on a different chapter from the paper.

This year, we will endeavour to host our sessions on the first Friday of each month from March to May and again from September to November. Each session will have at least 2 or 3 senior lawyers to help facilitate the discussion. We also usually have at least one special session in the summer with a jurist.

You can find registration details here; registration deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018.

Investigative Services for UVic

The University of Victoria is seeking to establish a pool of qualified persons to provide investigative services for investigations under UVic Policies, and to conduct employee investigations for both unionized and non-union employees. 

For more information, please see the letter from the Office of the General Counsel and the Guidelines referred therein. 

Invitation to the Victoria Bar Association

The Law Society of BC’s Lawyer Education Advisory Committee is reviewing the Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) program. In addition to the Committee having consulted with the profession in 2016 through an online survey, the results of which are here, the Committee is initiating further, focused consultations with institutions and organizations that may have a direct interest in potential changes to the CPD program.

At this stage of the review, the Committee is considering potential changes to the CPD program, such as introducing eligibility of the following subjects, topics and learning modes for CPD credit:

  1. additional subject matter:
    1. educational activities related to professional wellness
    2. knowledge primarily within the practice scope of other professions and disciplines, but sufficiently connected to the practice of law
    3. educational activities related to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Call to Action #27, including cultural competency
  2. additional practice management topics:
    1. understanding the business of law, including:
      1. marketing of a law practice, including client development
      2. strategic business planning
      3. management and running of a law practice
      4. technological systems incorporated into running a law practice
      5. financial systems incorporated into running a law practice
    2. multicultural and diversity issues that arise within the legal context
    3. mentoring best practices for lawyers
  3. additional lawyering skills topics:
    1. governance issues
    2. leadership for legal professionals
    3. dispute resolution
    4. training to be an articling principal
  4. additional learning modes:
    1. independent viewing of pre-recorded courses
    2. writing for law firm websites
    3. credit for teaching the same course up to two times per year

The Committee invites you to respond to the following questions by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (by the end of August):

  1. What suggestions do you have for expanding the scope of subject areas, topics and learning modes eligible for accreditation?
  2. Do you have other comments or suggestions as to how the CPD program could be improved?

Lawyers Doing Other Things?

If you know of a lawyer in Victoria who does interesting things with his or her time outside of work, or if YOU are a lawyer who has a life outside of law, we'd like to hear about it! Do you volunteer for a charitable organization and want to share information about it?  Do you play in a band?  We are going to be featuring a number of lawyers in upcoming editions The Praecipe, and would love to hear from you.

Please contact Jim Legh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you haven’t been receiving emails from the VBA lately and you are on our mailing list, please ensure that your web administrator has categorized the vicbar.com domain as a safe domain.

For civil trial lawyers, there is available for their free courtroom use a civil trial lawyers’ audio/visual cart.  The cart has 50” plasma t.v. with speakers, and equipment capable of:

  • connecting a laptop to act as an external monitor (30 ft vga cable);
  • displaying traditional DVD-Video / DVD±R / DVD±RW, and CD DA / CD-R / CD-RW;
  • displaying files from SD data cards;
  • displaying files from USB thumb drives;
  • reading the following video and picture files: mpeg 2/4, wmv, jpeg, mkv, avi, avchd, mpo;
  • playing the following audio files: mp3, wma, aac; and
  • on-screen internet access via wi-fi.

Although the cart does not currently provide video conferencing service, the VBA is reviewing this possibility and an update will be provided at a later date. 

To book the cart please contact Darren Williams’ office at (250) 888-0002 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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