CBABC PD Update | December 2020

Professional Development for a New Social Climate

December 2020

CBABC PD Update | December 2020

As the legal profession in British Columbia adapts to a new social climate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, new ways to conduct a legal practice, and collective movements around equity, diversity, and inclusion, CBABC continues to develop relevant and timely professional development.

COVID-19 PD Programming has focused on delivering current and relevant information to support lawyers and their practice. The CBABC COVID-19 Resource Hub continues to be updated with Branch news and advocacy efforts; updates from provincial and federal courts, LSBC and others; expert advice to support your business; resources on wellness and practice management; and relevant PD programming from across the CBA.

The legal community continues to adapt to practising law virtually. PD programming to support this shift has included:

  • Effective Document Management in Digital Hearings (On-Demand Recording)
  • BC Tribunals and their Work since COVID-19 (On-Demand Recording)
  • Using Technology to Enhance your Practice
  • Prince George Connects: Virtual Updates and Practice Management
  • Civility and the Legal Profession during COVID-19 (On-Demand Recording)

Equity, diversity, and inclusion have been societal hot button topics in 2020. CBABC has provided opportunities for lawyers to strengthen their awareness and develop cultural competency by taking specific actions to address the Calls to Action, identifying and applying tools to disrupt systemic racism in the workplace; and developing an understanding of key personal, social, and legal issues within the LGBTQ2SI+ community.

  • Utilizing the Reconciliation and Response Plan in Your Firm (On-Demand Recording)
  • Understanding Systemic Racism in the Workplace — Shifting from Perpetuating to Disrupting
  • LGBTQ2SI+ Law Webinar Series — Part 1: An Introduction to Trans-Competent Lawyering 
  • LGBTQ2SI+ Law Webinar Series — Part 2: A Focus on Key Trans Legal Issues
Professional Development on the Horizon — Winter 2020-2021

This winter’s professional development focuses on the legal community’s need to adapt to a changing world by being better prepared on a personal and professionally level. Upcoming PD programming includes:

  • Victoria and Surrey Provincial Court Early Resolution Process
  • Supporting Lawyers with Disabilities and Accessibility Issues
  • Business Law and Working with Indigenous Clients
  • Young Lawyer Series — Enhancing Your Professionalism
  • LGBTQ2SI+ Law Webinar Series Part 3: A Focus on Substantive Queer Issues
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Family Justice System


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