How to Be a Great Litigation Junior 2022


Course Date: March 4, 2022

Full Course Materials
Total: 5h 45min
Total Ethics: 1h

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement (9:00 – 9:05)

Joel MorrisHarper Grey LLP, Vancouver

Panel—What Do You Look for in a Junior? (9:05 – 10:15)

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

Moderator: Joel MorrisHarper Grey LLP, Vancouver
Michael Feder, QCMcCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Eric V. Gottardi, QCPeck and Company, Vancouver
Ludmila B. Herbst, QCFarris LLP, Vancouver

BREAK (10:15 – 10:25)

Presentation—Effective Legal Writing for Junior Counsel (10:25 – 11:10)

  • 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, QCHarper Grey LLP, Vancouver

BREAK (11:10 – 11:20)

Presentation—Lawyer Wellness/Productivity (11:20 – 12:00)

Allison WolfShift Works Strategic Inc., Vancouver

LUNCH (12:00 – 1:00)

View from the Bench (1:00 – 2:00)

  • advice for junior counsel appearing at different levels of court

The Honourable Mr. Justice Bruce ElwoodSupreme Court of BC, Vancouver
The Honourable Judge David A. St. Pierre
Provincial Court of BC, Vancouver
The Honourable Madam Justice Neena Sharma
Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver

BREAK (2:00 – 2:10)

Panel—If I Knew then what I Know Now (2:10 – 2:55)

Moderator: Joel MorrisHarper Grey LLP, Vancouver
Rebecca Jane RobbHunter Litigation Chambers, Vancouver
Peter R. SenkpielNathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP, Vancouver
Allison WolfShift Works Strategic Inc., Vancouver

BREAK (2:55 – 3:05)

Advocacy Practice Panel—How to Junior a Trial/Appeal (3:05 – 4:00)

  • advice on advocacy and junioring for junior counsel
  • professionalism and ethics

Moderator: Joel MorrisHarper Grey LLP, Vancouver
Craig P. Dennis, QCMcEwan Cooper Dennis LLP, Vancouver
Alex Sayn-WittgensteinMurphy Battista LLP, Vancouver
Kevin B. WestellPender Litigation, Vancouver

Closing Remarks (4:00 – 4:05)

Joel MorrisHarper Grey LLP, Vancouver