Nominations are now closed.
The winner will be announced at the June Provincial Council Meeting on June 5, 2021.
This award recognizes innovation in all its forms: in rethinking the model of legal services; in challenging societal, institutional or historical barriers; and in serving the bar. With the challenges of 2020’s global pandemic, the BC Prosecution Service took extraordinary steps to ensure that their lawyers could continue to function despite court closures, managing the necessity to work remotely and the need to maintain physical distancing. In the words of one of their nominators: "They took a paper and face-to-face based system and made it an online and digital system within weeks.”
The Innovative Workplace Award recognizes lawyers, law firms or organizations who demonstrate leadership in promoting workplace innovation within the practice of law. The award recognizes innovation and creative thinking by CBA members that break new ground for other lawyers to follow by exhibiting courage and leadership. This award is about lawyers who think outside the box and show us what is possible. Innovation in the practice of law can mean many different things:
Innovation in Rethinking the Model of Legal Services
- improving how we deliver to our clients: better access to affordable legal services; alternative fee arrangements; creative client-centered models
- creating healthy workplaces: education and support for mental health issues, fostering cultures of education, support and career development
- transforming the day-to-day practice: alternative business models, pioneering modes of staff organization and management, inventive approaches to integrating technology
Innovation in Challenging Societal, Institutional, or Historical Barriers
- promoting diversity: reaching out to under-served communities; encouraging diverse voices to speak out in the workplace
- creating access to legal services by traditionally under-served or disadvantaged client groups
- carving out new practice areas or models that bring real and substantial change within the legal landscape
Innovation in Serving the Bar
- leading in the development and implementation of creative strategies for mentoring the next generation of lawyers
- supporting and developing new opportunities for lawyers who are members of equality-seeking groups
- championing policies that support the retention of lawyers such as flexible working arrangements, thoughtful parental leave policies, etc.
Individuals, law firms and organizations are eligible to receive the Innovative Workplace Award. An individual recipient must be a CBABC member. Law firms or organizations must have a majority of CBABC members.
Nomination, Selection and Presentation
Nominations are sought in the spring. The Board of Directors selects the recipient and the award is presented by the CBABC President at the last Provincial Council meeting of the fiscal year, usually held in June.
- 2019 - Technical Safety BC
- 2017 - Labour Rights Law Office
- 2016 - Spraggs & Co.
- 2015 - Health Sciences Association of BC, Rebecca Maurer (Recipient)
- 2014 - Clark Wilson LLP, Firm Recipient
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