Presented in collaboration with the CBABC Children's Law Section and Youth advisory participants
(Original date: Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, 2017)
Who should attend: Lawyers in all practice areas, judges, family justice counselors, mediators, arbitrators, parenting coordinators, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, law students and everyone whose work impacts children.
Learning level: All levels
We know your work directly or indirectly affects children in the justice field or administrative decision-making. For this reason, we invite you to attend the Access to Justice for Children – Child Rights in Action Conference in Vancouver on May 11 & 12, 2017.
This is an innovative, multi-disciplinary Conference (an international award winner in 2015) that will share the latest law, knowledge and practice tips to help you better support children affected by justice and administrative decision-making. Here are just three reasons why we encourage you to attend:
1. Young people are integral to this Conference and rarely do we hear their perspectives to inform our work – this will be engaging!
2. You will be the first to be introduced to the Canadian Bar Association’s Child Rights Toolkit, an online resource developed by diverse legal professionals from across Canada that will be brought to life at the Conference - you can use this long into the future – and better understand key themes that cross-cut all areas of the justice system in your practice such as:
- Cultural Competency and what this means for all of us arising from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations;
- Children living free from all forms of violence; and
- Child participation essentials from the perspectives of psychology, social work, and law enforcement as well as child and family serving agencies.
3. This Conference counts towards your professional education credits whether you are a lawyer, mediator, Hear the Child Roster member, social worker, or other relevant professionals.
Among the many first-rate conference faculty are young people such as Tru Wilson and Cormac O’Dwyer and:
- Bernard Richard, B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth
- Grand Chief Edward Akile Ch'oh John, First Nations Summit Society
- Judge Marion Buller, Chief Commission of the Missing and Murdered Women’s Inquiry
- Caterina Tempesta, Office of the Children’s Lawyer in Ontario
- Dr. Rachel Birnbaum, Professor, School of Social Work, King’s College, Western University, with recent work focused on child participation
Effectively listening to children will be a focus on the afternoon of day two. From the call for cultural competency in the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations to the emergence of child advocacy centres and the Aboriginal Family Court, this Conference will update you on key recent developments affecting your practice. Children’s legal entitlements apply across all areas of legal practice: Aboriginal law; administrative law, dispute resolution, constitutional law and human rights; criminal justice; health law; immigration law; family law, child protection, privacy and access; SOGIC (sexual orientation and gender identity), and wills, estates and trusts. Children’s lives do not begin and end with any particular area of the law, so join us to reflect on how you can strengthen your practice in support of children.
Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 12 hours - 6.75 hours for each day (For Rebroadcasts: A minimum of 2.25 hours pertaining to professional responsibility and ethics, client care, and relations, and/or practice management).
Please note that the CPD hours of the rebroadcast may differ from the CPD hours of the original, live program.
ADR Professionals Annual Maintenance CPD: 6 hours of content applicable for mediators, parenting coordinators and arbitrators.
BC Hear the Child Interviewer Roster: 5 hours of content applicable to CPD towards the 17 hours of additional training required for admission to the BC Hear the Child Interviewer Roster.
Social Workers: Meets the requirements for CPD for Social Workers.
The Honourable Donna J. Martinson, QC — Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of BC
Suzanne S. Williams — Brown Henderson Melbye; International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), Victoria
Tess Acton — Maynard Kischer Stojicevic, Vancouver
Holly Anderson — Guardianship Manager, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society, Vancouver
Fiona M. Beveridge — Watson Goepel LLP, Vancouver
Jessie G. Caryl — Lawyer, CBABC Children's Law Section, Vancouver
Creesa Charlette — Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society Youth Advisory Committee, Vancouver
Yu-Han (Linda) Chen — founder of Little Lantern Cultural and Heritage Society & adult ally of Fresh Voices Initiative, Vancouver
Cherisse Friesen — Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, Vancouver
Nancy Kartsonas — Student Counsellor, Eric Hamber Secondary School, Vancouver
Kathy Louis — Elder, First Nations Court and Aboriginal Family Healing Court, New Westminster
Cormac O’Dwyer — UBC student, Vancouver
Sarah Rauch — Rauch Darby & Company, Vancouver
Cheyenne Stonechild — International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), Vancouver
Cormac O'Dwyer — Trans Rights Advocate, AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre Program Coordinator and UBC Student, Vancouver
Bernard Richard — Representative for Children and Youth, Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, Victoria
Tru Wilson — Transgender Advocate, 14-year-old student, Vancouver
The Honourable Chief Justice Robert J. Bauman — Court of Appeal for British Columbia, Vancouver
The Honourable Chief Judge Thomas J. Crabtree — Provincial Court of BC, Vancouver
The Honourable Donna J. Martinson, QC — Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
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