2019 Okanagan Inns of Court Program

Date & Time

  • December 11
  • 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM


  • Kelowna, BC
  • Kelowna Yacht Club, 1370 Water Street

The Program will run once a month on the following Wednesday evenings: September 18, October 16, November 13 and December 11, 2019.

The cost will be $275 per participant. This includes the cost of your dinner for each night. Participants will be entitled to 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development credits, including their two hours of instruction on ethics. Given the cost of a legal seminar or a webinar, the Organizing Committee believes this is extraordinary value and we hope that law firms and senior lawyers will encourage junior lawyers to participate.

If you are interested in registering to participate, please contact Andrew Prior andrew.prior@pihl.ca, or by phone at 250-980-5304 or Jonathan Arkle at jarkle@doakshirreff.com, or by phone at 250-763-4323.

The Inns of Court was founded in 1984 by Alan McEachern (then Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court) and fellow judges Henry Hutcheon, John Bouck and Josiah Wood. The program is modeled on the English tradition of junior lawyers meeting informally with senior practitioners and the judiciary over dinner to talk about current issues such as ethics, the role of counsel, dealing with the media, civility and professional responsibility. Or, as put more eloquently by William Shakespeare, "And do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends".

There is a Group Chair each session who is a senior lawyer and a group of leaders made up of one or two members of the judiciary and two senior lawyers.

The sessions will be held at the Kelowna Yacht Club. The sessions will commence with an informal 30 minute cocktail at 5:00 pm, followed by a 90 minute discussion that will be led by the Group Chair and Leaders based on materials provided to participants. An informal dinner follows the discussion and allows participants a further opportunity to discuss the material, and other issues impacting the profession with the senior lawyers and members of the judiciary.

In order to facilitate a social experience, registration will be limited to 20-25 practitioners. The Organizing Committee anticipates the program will continue approximately every two to three years.

Registration will be based on the following priority:

(a) Litigation focused lawyers between 2-5 years of call;

(b) Lawyers of any year of call with a general practice that includes litigation;

(c) Litigation focused lawyers of less than 2 years of call; and

(d) Any Okanagan-based member of the Law Society.

Committee Members

Andrew P. Prior, Pihl Law Corporation Jill Dougans, FH&P Lawyers Sean Pihl, Pihl Law Corporation Ken Ihas, Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP Briana Hardwick, Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP Jonathan Arkle, Doak Shirreff LLP


Pihl Law Corporation

300 - 1465 Ellis Street Kelowna, British Columbia Canada V1Y 2A3

Phone: 250.762.5434 Fax: 250.762.5450 Web: www.pihl.ca