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A conversation with Kerry L. Simmons, Q.C.

By CBA/ABC National June 16, 2017 16 June 2017

A conversation with Kerry L. Simmons, Q.C.

Kerry L. Simmons, Q.C. was a high school student working part time at a small-town law firm when one of the partners was elected president of the CBA-BC branch. J. Parker MacCarthy went on to become the CBA national president. And that left an impression.

“I just watched what he did,” she says. “This was part of being a lawyer – which I knew I wanted to do. As a lawyer, you were part of the CBA and there was an opportunity for leadership in your professional association. I thought I’d like to do that one day.”

Simmons, a partner at Cook Roberts LLP in Victoria, followed in her mentor’s footsteps, serving as president of the BC branch in 2012-13. And on Sept. 1, she takes office as CBA’s next president. National spoke with her about her commitment to public service, the role of the CBA and life outside law.

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Latest news from the CBA

By CBA/ABC National June 16, 2017 16 June 2017

 

CBA rolls out child rights toolkit

The CBA has launched an online toolkit packed with information and resources to help lawyers, judges and other professionals make better decisions for children.

The CBA Child Rights Toolkit provides checklists, key cases, precedents and sample facta plus basic information on overarching principles of children’s rights, constitutional considerations, legal representation, the role of independent human rights institutions and child rights impact assessments.

It is designed to help identify breaches of legal rights and provide remedies across a broad range of practice areas from family law and child protection to immigration and education law.

The resource is a collaborative effort of 13 CBA sections led by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child subcommittee of the Children’s Law Committee. It was funded by the CBA Law for the Future Fund, and inspired by the need to improve access to justice for children in Canada. 

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Creative licence

Word play: Barry Corbin

By CBA/ABC National June 16, 2017 16 June 2017

Word play: Barry Corbin

 

“As a lawyer, words are my stock-in-trade, so inventing an anagram-based game was a natural. Strudel was perhaps the inevitable result because it takes strategic thinking, time management and finding ways to look at things differently – critical skills for any practising lawyer. The seven-year journey from conception to realization taught me the importance of passion, patience and perseverance.”

Toronto estates lawyer Barry Corbin is the creator of the word game Strudel

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Children's rights

CBA rolls out child rights toolkit

By CBA/ABC National May 17, 2017 17 May 2017

 

The CBA has launched an online toolkit packed with information and resources to help lawyers, judges and other professionals make better decisions for children.

The CBA Child Rights Toolkit provides checklists, key cases, precedents and sample facta plus basic information on overarching principles of children’s rights, constitutional considerations, legal representation, the role of independent human rights institutions and child rights impact assessments.

It is designed to help identify breaches of legal rights and provide remedies across a broad range of practice areas from family law and child protection to immigration and education law.

The resource is a collaborative effort of 13 CBA sections led by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child subcommittee of the Children’s Law Committee. It was funded by the CBA Law for the Future Fund, and inspired by the need to improve access to justice for children in Canada.

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Opening Remarks

Canada 150

By CBA/ABC National March 16, 2017 16 March 2017

Canada 150

 

As the country celebrates its sesquicentennial, CBA National looks back on the legal milestones that marked Canada’s evolution from a young British colony to a mature nation. The great themes of Canadian history are all here – from wrestling with Quebec nationalism and defining aboriginal rights to becoming an independent country with laws that reflect our values as a modern society. Here are some highlights.

Download the timeline (.pdf)

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