Free Course! Confronting Racism in the Criminal Justice System 2021

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Confronting Racism in the Criminal Justice System

Identifying racism at every stage of the process

June 2, 2021 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) – Register Now (Free!)

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Who should attend: Everyone interested in improving the criminal justice system; criminal law practitioners, judges, Crown and defence lawyers at all levels of experience; all lawyers and others interested in addressing systemic racism in law enforcement and the BC criminal justice system.

Learning Level: all

Systemic racism is deeply embedded in civil society and in our governing structures. It affects every stage of the criminal justice system and contributes to the persistent over-representation of racially diverse communities from initial contact on through court processes and decisions. Beyond systemic issues, unconscious bias and micro-aggressions also influence outcomes and impact the experience of members of the BIPOC community as they interact with the criminal justice system.

At this course we will walk through where, when and how systemic racism, unconscious and conscious bias, micro-aggressions and white privilege exist at each stage of the criminal justice system – from policing to charge assessment, in the bail process, in trials and at sentencing. We will explore how this impacts decisions and proceedings and the ways we can interrupt negative outcomes.

This course is being offered at no cost to welcome both the legal, judicial and the wider community to participate. Join us to gain a better understanding of the issues and challenges surrounding racism and criminal law, and to learn how you can do your part to improve the criminal justice system in BC.

This course will include a minimum of 6.5 hours of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management.

Course Chairs
Halie Bruce – Cedar and Sage LLP, Cultus Lake
Nadia K. Farinelli – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Vancouver

Planning Committee:
Leah B. M. Fontaine – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Duncan
Jamala C. MacRae – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Port Coquitlam
Gloria M. Ng – Gloria Ng Law, Vancouver
Kevin B. Westell – Pender Litigation, Vancouver

Keynote Speaker
Marion R. Buller — Chief Commissioner, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry, Vancouver

Faculty
Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond — Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP, Victoria

CLEBC Program Lawyer*
Teresa Sheward
tsheward@cle.bc.ca
*non-practising

Course Chairs
Halie Bruce – Cedar and Sage LLP, Cultus Lake
Nadia K. Farinelli – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Vancouver

About the Course Chairs

Halie (Kwanxwa’logwa) Bruce is a member of the Namgis/Kwa’kwa’kawakw Nation. Halie has over 30 years of experience working with Indigenous communities.  Before receiving her Juris Doctorate from UBC, Halie was the Administrator and Policy Coordinator for the Union of B.C Indian Chiefs where she worked with Indigenous communities and governments from across B.C., Canada and internationally, with respect to Aboriginal Title & Rights, Self-determination, land, resource, and social policy. She is a past member of the BC First Nations Justice Council and is a current Board member of the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation.

Halie’s legal practice has included Indigenous family law, Indigenous laws and governance, fisheries, Aboriginal business and Indigenous dispute resolution, laws and peacemaking protocols.  Halie has acted as Counsel for parents and grandparents in child protection matters and assisted with research and editing of both editions of the “Wrapping Our Ways Around Them:  Aboriginal Communities and the CFCSA Guidebook” (2015 & 2021).  She has devoted part of her practice to Indigenous restorative justice initiatives, including writing Gladue Reports for bail, sentencing and appeal courts in BC.

Halie has participated as a speaker, panelist and presenter at various CLE BC conferences, and Co-chaired CLE sessions focusing on Access to Justice for children, Gladue Submissions, and Indigenous Laws. She has presented at a number of gatherings on Indigenous topics as diverse as Aboriginal Title & Rights, Indigenous child welfare, housing, matrimonial property, poverty, cultural competency, trauma-informed decision making, and Indigenous conflict resolution.

Nadia Farinelli is Administrative Crown Counsel with the Commercial, Police and Regulatory Prosecutions Section of the BC Prosecution Service. She holds a JD from the University of Victoria and two LLMs from New York University and the National University of Singapore. Prior to being called to the bar in 2008, she clerked for the BC Supreme Court and worked as an intern in Nairobi, Kenya for the Canadian Bar Association and Canadian International Development Agency. Prior to joining the Provincial Crown, she worked for a large national law firm in its labour, employment and civil litigation group, as a Fellow for the International Centre for Transitional Justice in New York, as a Federal agent prosecutor and as in-house litigation counsel for the Greater Vancouver Regional District. In her current role, she conducts prosecutions in the areas of environmental and regulatory law, commercial crime and police prosecutions.

Planning Committee:
Leah B. M. Fontaine – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Duncan
Jamala C. MacRae – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Port Coquitlam
Gloria M. Ng – Gloria Ng Law, Vancouver
Kevin B. Westell – Pender Litigation, Vancouver

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

9:10 – 9:30 Confronting Racism in the Criminal Justice System

Halie Bruce – Cedar and Sage LLP, Cultus Lake
Nadia K. Farinelli – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Vancouver

9:30 – 10:00 Lessons from Human Rights and Health Care

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond – Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP, Victoria

10:00 – 10:15 BREAK

10:15 – 11:00 Policing and Charge Assessment

Moderator: Nadia K. Farinelli – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Vancouver

11:00 – 11:45 Bail

Moderator: Leah B. M. Fontaine – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Duncan

11:45 – 12:00 Questions & Discussion

12:00 – 12:40 LUNCH BREAK

12:40 – 1:00 Keynote – Chief Commissioner Marion R. Buller

1:00 – 1:45 Trial

Moderator: Gloria M. Ng – Gloria Ng Law, Vancouver

1:45 – 2:00 BREAK

2:00 –2:45 Sentencing

Moderator: Jamala C. MacRae – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Port Coquitlam

2:45 – 3:30 Beyond Sentencing

Moderator: tba

3:30 – 3:45 BREAK

3:45 – 4:45 Moving Forward – Making Change

Halie Bruce – Cedar and Sage LLP, Cultus Lake
Nadia K. Farinelli – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Vancouver
Leah B. M. Fontaine – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Duncan
Jamala C. MacRae – Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Port Coquitlam
Gloria M. Ng – Gloria Ng Law, Vancouver
Kevin B. Westell – Pender Litigation, Vancouver

4:45-5:00 Questions & Discussion