The support of our remarkable CLEBC contributors results in award-winning resources for the BC legal profession. CLEBC is proud to announce that we are recipients of two International Association for Continuing Legal Education (“ACLEA”) awards.
ACLEA brings together continuing legal education and legal publishing professionals from all over the world, and grants 16 annual awards to competitors representing more than 300 organizations. Winning projects represent the highest level of achievement for the staff and contributors involved.
PROJECT: Law Society of BC Truth and Reconciliation Symposium
AWARD: Award of Outstanding Achievement (Public Interest)
CLEBC and the Law Society of BC (“LSBC”) hosted the Truth and Reconciliation Symposium with the theme “Transforming the Law from a Tool of Assimilation into a Tool of Reconciliation”. BC lawyers participated in breakout sessions and shared ideas on how the legal profession can address systemic biases against Indigenous peoples, as well as how LSBC can take action to facilitate reconciliation. The symposium broke new ground by educating lawyers on: the importance of understanding the legacy of Indian Residential Schools as a facet of legal competence, how the law was used as an instrument of oppression, and how lawyers can now learn to use the law as a tool for reconciliation.
Many thanks to course chairs Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem and Herman Van Ommen, QC; and faculty members Andrea Hilland, Celeste A. Haldane, Dr. Bruce McIvor, Patricia M. Barkaskas, The Honourable Judge Steven L. Point, OBC, Leah Sisi-ya-ama George-Wilson, Tina L. Dion, QC, Melissa Louie Maxine, and Hayman Matilpi.
PROJECT: Working with the Tech Start-up
AWARD: Award for Professional Excellence (Programs)
Innovative and timely, Working with the Tech Start-up provided lawyers with education on how to advise a fast-growing and unique client base: the technology industry. Lawyers and tech industry experts joined forces to discuss the specific legal issues faced by the start-ups using a central fact pattern involving a fictitious company. Subject matter experts presented the issues that arise for start-ups in their area of expertise, applied the key legal principles to the fact pattern, and then shared personal experiences related to the topic. This course gave the tech and legal industries a window into each other’s worlds to facilitate more successful working relationships.
Many thanks to course chairs David A. Allard and David J. Jennings; and presenters Greg Smith, Eleni Kassaris, Roch J. Ripley, Alexander Demner, Dayna M. Forsyth, Joe Timlin, Douglas G. Copland, and Keith E. Spencer.