Submitted by CBABC Sections
Summary of Meetings
Number of Meetings Held: 6
October 19, 2016
Guest Speakers: The Honourable Mr. Justice Greoffery R. J. Gaul, and Dianne Leztec, Manager, Supreme Court Scheduling
Meeting Title/Topic: Trial Tips with Justice Geoffery Gaul and Dianne Leztec
Synopsis: The Honourable Mr. Justice Geoffrey R. J. Gaul and Dianne from the Supreme Court Scheduling Department discussed issues such as trial scheduling, trial management conferences, and trial preparation.
November 16, 2016
Guest Speakers: Scott A. Smith of Justice Risk Solutions, An Insurance Broker, and Nick Robson - Representative from the Insurance Company
Meeting Title/Topic: After The Event Insurance - What Is It and How Can it Help Your Clients
Synopsis: After the Event Insurance is a relatively new type of insurance in Canada, it protects a lawyers client (usually the claimant, but it could be the defendant in a legal action) from an adverse costs consequence of litigation should the legal action prove unsuccessful. After the Event Insurance Policy covers the Opponent’s Costs, but it also covers the Insured’s Disbursements, including the ATE Insurance premium. This is a relatively new insurance in Canada and can provide both protection and piece of mind for both counsel and their clients. While we may have heard rumour of this insurance, many of us really do not know what it is and we heard from both a broker and a representative from the insurance provider to help clarify what it is and how it can help. ATE was developed by the Law Society of England & Wales in the 1990's, its history and use in the U.K., and the launch and use in Canada since 2011 to date.
December 14, 2016
Guest Speaker: Derek C. LaCroix, Lawyers Assistance Program
Meeting Title/Topic: Lawyers Assistance Program
Synopsis: The practice of law can be stressful and draining and sometimes we just need a boost to help keep things running smoothly. As lawyers we are lucky enough to have supports in place that are there to help us whether we just need some guidance on how to de-stress to getting access to counselling or peer supports. LAPBC provides confidential outreach, education, support and referrals to judges, lawyers, articling students, paralegals, legal assistants, support staff and other members of the legal community. The LAPBC is an excellent resource and whether you need to access it yourself at any point in your career or could benefit from knowing more about what is available so that you can spread the word, participants undoubtably benefitted if they attended this session.
March 8, 2017
Guest Speaker: Robert Wickson - Discovery Economic Consulting
Meeting Title/Topic: Economist Reports - Tips for Trial
Synopsis: Rob Wickson, a principle of Discovery Economics, and expert economist in many civil litigation matters spoke about economic analysis and opinion in civil litigation. He spoke about his expertise and the type of assistance he can bring to assisting a court in evaluating the financial loss an individual or business has sustained.
April 19, 2017
Guest Speakers: Greg Sexton - Lawyers Insurance Fund, and Neil Hain - The Law Society of British Columbia -
Meeting Title/Topic: Common Mistakes and How to Deal With The Law Society of BC
Synopsis: The speakers discussed common mistakes that get lawyers in trouble and the best practices when dealing with the Law Society of British Columbia.
May 10, 2017
Guest Speaker: Rosemarie Barnes, The Maverick Voice
Meeting Title/Topic: How To Speak with Excellence
Synopsis: A major component of a lawyer’s responsibility lies in their ability to convincingly persuade a judge or jury. To speak with excellence requires thorough understanding of:
Content creation and organization
Versatile and potent delivery skills
Thorough understanding and controlled use of body language
Powerful use of presentation space
Control of vocal production
Judicious use of charisma
To learn and own these skills is not a simple process, but because it is vital that the message of lawyers be impactful and influential, it is essential.
In a 1-hour presentation, Ms. Barnes introduced us to the persuasive power of excellent public speaking and opened the door to understanding how to reinforce your message using body language, delivery skills, the power of the voice, movement, and how all of the above can either strengthen or dilute your message.
Comments and Observations of the Chair
Our section is quite active and has a large membership. We attempt to cater to as many of our members as possible and brought in the use of webinars this year and will continue to do so next year. Our seminar topics are diverse and target a variety of issues relevant to litigators as well as lawyers in general. We plan to increase the number of seminars in the next year and hope to reach as many members as possible. If you have any suggestions for topics that would be relevant to you please let us know.