How to Be a Great Litigation Junior 2017


Course Date: May 12, 2017

Total: 5h 16min

Welcome and Introduction

What Do You Look For in a Junior? 

  • what senior counsel look for in a junior on a file, from the perspective of civil, family, and criminal practitioners
  • skills to develop to be an effective junior
  • practice points for junior counsel

Jeffrey T. Campbell, QC — Peck and Company, Vancouver
Ludmila B. Herbst, QC — Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
Dinyar Marzban, QC — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Online ModeratorJoel Morris — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver

Lawyer Wellness and Productivity

  • achieving work/life balance
  • practice management

Gordon Brandt — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver 
Claire Immega
— Singleton Urquhart LLP, Vancouver
Allison Wolf 
— Shiftworks, Vancouver

Networking Break

Effective Legal Writing for Junior Counsel

  • advice regarding effective legal writing
  • differences between writing for various audiences:
    • writing for lawyers (legal research and writing)
    • writing for clients (legal opinions)
    • writing for courts/tribunals (legal submissions)

Christopher M. Rusnak — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver

How To Be a Good Junior Part I: Trial 

  • substantive law junior counsel should be aware of with respct to key steps in litigation and conduct of trial
  • how to assist senior counsel with respect to preparation of and conduct of trial
  • role of junior counsel with respect to:
    • pleadings and building a case
    • discovery
    • experts
    • trial preparation
    • conduct of trial

Kimberly J. Jakeman — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver 

Networking Lunch

View from the Bench 

  • advice for junior counsel appearing at different levels of court

Moderator: Joel Morris — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver
The Honourable Madam Justice Linda A. Loo — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
The Honourable Judge David A. St. Pierre — Provincial Court of BC, Vancouver
Master Shelagh Scarth — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver 

How To Be a Good Junior Part II: Appeal 

  • substantive law junior counsel should be aware of with respect to conduct of appeal
  • how to assist senior counsel with respect to preparation of and conduct of appeal
  • role of junior counsel with respect to:
    • identifying and developing issues for appeal
    • procedural steps to hearing
    • drafting factum
    • appeal hearing

Karen A. Horsman, QC — Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Justice, Vancouver

Networking Break

Advocacy Practice Panel 

  • advice on advocacy for junior counsel
  • professionalism and ethics

Moderator: Craig P. Dennis, QC — Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver
The Honourable Madam Justice Gail M. Dickson — Court of Appeal of BC, Vancouver
Michael Feder — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Janet L. Winteringham, QC — Winteringham MacKay Law Corporation, Vancouver

Closing Remarks