Raising The Bar In Legal Education

9th Annual Paralegal & Support Staff Conference 2015 (APSSC 15)

  • 02 Oct 2015
  • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Room 1400 515 West Hastings ST Vancouver BC


  • For active members and mentees of Amici Curiae.
  • This rate applies to those who work in the same firm and who register on the same day.

Registration is closed
Professional Development Course:

9th Annual Paralegal & Support Staff Conference 2015

Earn 7 hours for CPD with 2 hours for ethics, client care and practice management.

This conference is open to all support staff; not just paralegals.

SFU Harbour Centre
Room 1400 515 West Hastings ST
Vancouver BC

Here is this year's agenda.

A View from the Bench | Hon. Justice Bruce Butler Supreme Court of BC

A View from the Bench | Hon. Associate Chief Judge Nancy Phillips  Provincial Court of BC

Duty of Loyalty from the (Sophisticated) Client's Perspective | On July 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision on Canadian National Railway Co. v. McKercher LLP, 2013 SCC 39, [2013] 2 S.C.R. 649. It addressed conflicts of interest, scope of the duty of loyalty, and appropriate division of responsibility between courts and law societies as regulators of professional conduct. As the Law Society of BC prepares to regulate law firms (including paralegals and staff), it is time to take a look at duty of loyalty from a different perspective - that of the (sophisticated) client. Former LSBC president Anna Fung QC will share her views.

Demystifying the Appointed Bencher | Peter Lloyd, FCA joins us to explain how an appointed bencher different from an elected bencher? Now the chair of the LSBC's Finance and Audit Committee, he will also describe how his role has evolved.

Forward Planning: The Role of the Paralegal|Kevin Smith, counsel at the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support. 

Forward planning documents include powers of attorney, representation agreements, advance directives and wills. There is often confusion as the term representation agreement is used in BC for the term that allows someone to name a substitute decision maker for matters of health care; in some other provinces a power of attorney can cover this. As well as confusion regarding which documents allow what decisions, there are important questions about the mental capacity of some older people to instruct a legal professional, or undue influence being put onto the older adult. There are checklists and other resources to assist legal professionals when taking instructions from older clients. This session will identify issues where confusion is likely to occur and provide information about useful resources.

Neuroscience and Memory: What Legal Professionals Need
to Know
Recent advances in neuroscience research have yielded
new insights into the processes that underlie memory. These findings have important social and legal implications and pose challenging new ethical questions. UBC Professor Julie Robillard will cover the basics of neuroscience research and the important milestones in the discovery of the biology of memory. She will also discuss recent research in the areas of false memories and memory visualization and will highlight the associated ethical issues.

The Role of the Equity Ombudsperson: Practising in a Respectful Workplace | You will have the opportunity to meet Anne Chopra, the Law Society of BC Equity Ombudsperson. This session will introduce you to her role and resources that can assist you in creating and maintaining a respectful workplace to work in.

The Role of the Paralegal in Access to Justice |Amici Curiae's Mid-Year Report including their expansion of services to serve Battered Women Support Services, BC Court of Appeal and Temporary Foreign Workers Uncontested Divorce Clinic. 

Themis Cup Debate| BIRT we should rely on online medical information.

What Can the Lawyer's Assistance Program Do For You |The Lawyers Assistance Program - it might not be obvious from the name, but the Program has a lot to offer paralegals and support staff. Join Tammy Donovan, a former lawyer, and now a paralegal, as she talks about how hard it is to ask for help and as she shares how LAP helped her.

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For more information contact:
Call: 604.685.2727

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