Strategies to manage the ethical and practice management challenges that arise in pro bono collaboration across firms, and to manage competing demands, client expectations, and duties to clients
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 NOTE NEW DATE!
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
"Last Kick at the Can" Rebroadcast
Monday, December 12, 2016; 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Who should attend: Lawyers at all levels of experience who are already doing pro bono work or are contemplating doing so.
Learning level: All levels
Working pro bono on public interest litigation can be both a rewarding experience for counsel and an essential service to the administration of justice, including defending the rights of those with little access to justice and upholding the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Collaboration on complex pro bono cases creates opportunities for counsel to be involved while sharing responsibility for the entire file. Collaboration across firms and organizations can also bring with it myriad complications and unique litigation management issues.
DJ Larkin at Pivot Legal Society collaborated with David Wotherspoon at Faskens and successfully challenged the Abbotsford bylaw preventing homeless people from accessing basic necessities of life. DJ Larkin and David Wotherspoon will talk about how they managed the complex file to a successful outcome, including building the right team, cross-firm collaborations, and project management support. They will share their insights about managing business conflicts that can arise in taking on public interest cases. They will also propose avenues for working with marginalized clients and ensuring they are heard in court, and will explore ways of balancing an already busy practice with pro bono commitments.
Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour (a minimum of .5 hours will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management).
DJ Larkin — Pivot Legal Society, Vancouver
David Wotherspoon — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
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