Designated Family Law Paralegal: The Evolving Role 2012


Course Date: November 30, 2012

Total: 5h 28min

Welcome and Introduction

Carol W. Hickman, QC — Quay Law Centre, New Westminster
Richard N. Stewart, QC — Cook Roberts LLP, Victoria

An Overview of the Origin, Purpose, and Scope of the Paralegal Forms

  • what are designated paralegals permitted to do under the new rules
  • what is the history and purpose of the reforms
  • why is it in the public interest to expand the permitted function of paralegals
  • key issues and concepts to consider

Doug Munro — The Law Society of BC, Vancouver

Lessons Learned From the Community Legal Assistance Society

  • selecting paralegals
  • training paralegals
  • supervising paralegals
  • the community advocates

David W. Mossop, QC — Community Legal Assistance Society, Vancouver

Break

Client Management

  • the client/paralegal relationship
  • quality of legal services by paralegals
  • manage clients' expectations
  • feedback mechanism for clients

Carol W. Hickman, QC — Quay Law Centre, New Westminster
Michele McMillan — Quay Law Centre, New Westminster

Operating Within the Rules—The New Guidelines

  • understanding the role of the supervising lawyer
  • checklist for assessing the paralegal's skills
  • understanding the nature of the paralegal's ‘new’ role

Richard N. Stewart, QC — Cook Roberts LLP, Victoria
Merilee Miller — Paralegal, Vancouver

The Lawyer's Role: Panel Discussion

David C. Dundee — Paul & Company, Kamloops
Carol W. Hickman, QC — Quay Law Centre, New Westminster
Michele McMillan — Quay Law Centre, New Westminster
Merilee Miller — Paralegal, Vancouver
Richard N. Stewart, QC — Cook Roberts LLP, Victoria

Lunch With Featured Speaker: "How the Library Can Make Life Easier: Resources to Help You in Your New Role"

Meghan Maddigan — Client Services, Legal Community, Courthouse Libraries BC, Vancouver

Appearance Tips in Family Court (Provincial and BC Supreme Court)

  • outline preparation
  • tips for ensuring a smooth proceeding before a master or judge
  • key facets of successful appearances in Family Court
  • the “Four B’s” from The Honourable Mr. Justice Leask

Laurelly Dale — In-House Counsel, Dye & Durham Corporation, Vancouver

Mock Chambers Application Video

Debrief of Video

Break

A View From the Bench

  • what masters and judges look for and expect
  • an inside look at how to make both the judiciary and your life easier

The Honourable Judge Patricia Bond — Provincial Court of BC, Surrey
Master Leslie J. Muir — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver

Questions and Closing Comments

Carol W. Hickman, QC — Quay Law Centre, New Westminster
Richard N. Stewart, QC — Cook Roberts LLP, Victoria