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Access to Justice for Children Conference

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Law practice and children's human rights
Thursday & Friday, May 14 & 15, 2015, 9:00 - 4:30 pm (BOTH DAYS)
Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Reception: Day 1:
Thursday, May 14, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm—"Lawyers as Champions for Children"
co-hosted by the CBA National Children's Law Committee
"Summer Series 2015": Monday & Tuesday, July 27 * 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm BOTH DAYS

Who should attend: Lawyers in all practice areas, judges, family justice counsellors, mediators, arbitrators, parenting coordinators, anyone involved in access to justice, and psychologists/psychiatrists.

Learning level: All levels

The Canadian legal profession is engaged in critically important discussions about access to justice. Ensuring access to justice for children must be a key component of those discussions. Children in Canada have broad legal entitlements under domestic and international law, including significant participatory rights, which have the potential to shape their everyday lives in positive ways and to protect them when they become involved in court. alternative dispute resolution (ADR), or administrative processes. Those legal entitlements apply across all areas of legal practice, as evidenced by the CBA section membership in the national Children’s Law Committee: aboriginal law; administrative law, ADR, constitutional law, and human rights; criminal justice; health law; immigration law; international law, privacy, and access; Public Sector Lawyers Forum; SOGIC (sexual orientation and gender identity); and wills, estates, and trusts. Lawyers practicing in all areas of "business" law have obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to consider the impact of all business decisions on children (2013 UN Commentary on the Impact of Business on Children's Rights) with input from them. All lawyers have obligations to prepare, with the participation of children, Child Rights Impact Statements for all legislative and policy decision making.  
In spite of the hard work and dedication by many lawyers, serious concerns still exist with respect to the implementation of children’s rights in all areas of legal practice, and in all legal processes, including ADR, administrative processes, and court proceedings. The concerns apply to children generally and with respect to vulnerable, high risk, and marginalized children, Indigenous children in particular. Having the ability to identify the concerns and provide remedies is an essential aspect of both lawyer competency and the professional legal obligation to commit to the “concept of equal justice for all” found in the Model Code of Professional Conduct. This program will therefore be broad-based and available to all lawyers, and to all decision making processes, including ADR. It will provide the foundational information lawyers need about both the nature of the legal rights, and the reality and complexity of the lives of children entitled to the benefit of those rights. It will then link that foundational information to all of the kinds of daily work lawyers do, suggesting practical ways in which lawyers can effectively work with children to identify beaches of their legal rights and to provide remedies for them.
You will learn about...
  • the nature of and scope of domestic and international legal rights of children, both generally and with respect to children’s broad participatory rights
  • the lived reality of and complexity of children’s lives (including information about the essentials of child development), and how children’s lived realities are linked to legal analysis
  • the nature of the access to justice barriers children face in all areas of law, including a consideration of the unique circumstances of Indigenous children
  • practical ways in which lawyers have used and can use the legal system to overcome barriers children face, in all areas of legal practice, and when engaged in all legal processes, including court proceedings, ADR processes, and formal and informal administrative proceedings
  • the ways in which principles of indigenous justice apply and can help inform non-indigenous decision making processes, including ADR processes 
  • services, including legal services, that are available to lawyers to assist children
  • future ways in which lawyers, both individually and working together, in BC and across Canada, can help to enhance equal access to justice for children

Registration: You may register for the 2-day conference (see pricing below) or for Day 1 or Day 2 separately: please contact Customer Service (604.893.2121).

Watch: Video Invitation from the Course Chairs


CPD Hours 
Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 13.5 hours (a minimum of 2 hours will involve professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management)
This conference has been approved for 3 hours of CPD towards the 17 hours of Additional Training required for admission to the BC Hear the Child Interviewer Roster.
4 hours of content is applicable to the Law Society ADR CPD requirement.
Meets the requirements for CPD for Social Workers.

Course Chairs
The Honourable Donna J. Martinson, QC — Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Suzanne S. Williams — Brown Henderson Melbye, Victoria; Consultant, International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), Victoria
Planning Committee
The Honourable Donna J. Martinson, QC Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Dr. Nancy Bell Researcher/Consultant, Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria, Victoria
David C. Dundee Paul & Company, Kamloops
barbara findlay, QC barbara findlay, QC Law Office, Vancouver
Arlene H. Henry, QC Arlene H. Henry Law Corporation, Vancouver
Sarah J. Rauch Rauch Darby & Company, Vancouver  
Suzanne S. Williams Brown Henderson Melbye, Victoria; Consultant, International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), Victoria
Keynote Speakers
The Honourable Raynell Andreychuk, Senator for Saskatchewan  The Senate of Canada, Ottawa
Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond BC's Representative for Children and Youth, Victoria 
1. Original course
(Register by April 22, 2015 and SAVE)
Live Course: Regular $1,005 | Student $535; Live Webinar: Regular $895
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After April 22, 2015
Live Course: Regular $1,110 | Student $585; Live Webinar: Regular $990
Registration includes an electronic copy of the course materials and lunch on both days.
To register for either Day 1 or Day 2 separately, contact Customer Service (604.893.2121).

2. "Summer Series 2015" Rebroadcast
EARLY BIRD (Register by June 22, 2015): $810
After June 22, 2015: $900

Registration includes an electronic copy of the course materials.

Webinar Archive: This course will be added to the Webinar Archive. See below to subscribe.


*SPECIAL PRICING available for non-lawyers. Please contact CLEBC Customer Service (604.893.2121) for details and to register.

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