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A conversation with Raymond Adlington

By CBA/ABC National September 15, 2017 15 September 2017

A conversation with Raymond Adlington

 

Raymond Adlington, a partner with the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper, was elected vice-president of the CBA this summer.

His appointment was effective September 1. He took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions from CBA National.

How did you first get involved in the CBA?

As a young lawyer I attended local CBA professional development and networking events. My first CBA volunteer experience was serving as vice-chair and then chair of the Tax Section of the Nova Scotia branch from 2004-2006. That led to my appointment as a member of the CICA-CBA Joint Committee on Taxation in 2005 for a four-year term.

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Creative licence

Creative Licence: Ashley Syer and Mark Wolf

By CBA/ABC National September 15, 2017 15 September 2017

Creative Licence: Ashley Syer and Mark Wolf


“It took me a few years of practice to realize that the demands of performing and litigating are not mutually exclusive - both put a premium on clear communication, creative thinking, and a touch of fearlessness.” – Mark Wolf

“Theatre, and musical theatre in particular, provides a wonderful escape from the seriousness of practicing law. The chance to dig into a character – be someone else for a while – and entertain an audience is both challenging and freeing. I can’t imagine my life without theatre.” – Ashley Syer

Ashley Syer is a civil litigator, who practises through her personal law corporation in Vancouver, BC. Mark Wolf is Crown Counsel in Vancouver. Both are veteran musical theatre performers, and will be starring in The Last Five Years  November 2-11 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. Tickets are available here: http://famousartists.ca/current-productions/

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Annual meeting 2017

Maureen Whelly Mills: 2017 President’s Award winner

By CBA/ABC National August 18, 2017 18 August 2017

Maureen Whelly Mills: 2017 President’s Award winner

 

This year’s President’s Award went to Maureen Whelly Mills, who in 1974 became the first female lawyer to practise in Moncton, N.B. Whelly Mills was a mentor to former CBA President René Basque when he was just starting out, and encouraged him to become an active CBA member.

Whelly Mills was president of the New Brunswick Branch in 1996-97, and working from 1988 to 2012 helped to introduce land titles to the province.

“Her supportive and enthusiastic mentorship of her colleagues throughout the years has had a remarkable and enduring impact on countless professional lives and careers,” said Basque. “Our Association has benefited immensely from her dedication and service.”

The President’s Award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the legal profession; made a significant contribution to the CBA; or have made a noteworthy contribution to the public life of Canada.

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Annual meeting 2017

Caitlin Pakosh awarded 2017 Walter Owen Book Prize

By CBA/ABC National August 18, 2017 18 August 2017

Caitlin Pakosh awarded 2017 Walter Owen Book Prize

At last night’s CBA President’s Dinner, Caitlin Pakosh, senior staff lawyer at Innocence Canada, received the Walter Own prize for The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences. The book, conceived and edited by Pakosh, contains contributions from 34 Canadian experts offering a comprehensive examination of issues specific to the legal system which affect forensic sciences in Canada today.

The book, published in 2016 by Irwin Law, was chosen by the Foundation for Legal Research from a long list of 17 books, and a short list of five, to receive the $10,000 prize.

The Walter Owen Book Prize is designed to recognize excellent legal writing and to reward outstanding new Canadian projects that enhance the quality of legal research in this country.

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Annual meeting 2017

Resolving issues: CBA votes new bylaws

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

Resolving issues: CBA votes new bylaws

 

CBA members handily passed a major bylaw resolution at its annual meeting in Montreal that will fundamentally reshape how the association governs itself.

In moving the resolution, incoming president Kerry L. Simmons said the bylaws were drafted with a view to having a more efficient, accountable and streamlined association where a “reasonable amount is spent on our governance, not an unreasonable amount.”

Most of the debate on the resolution centered on the inclusion in the bylaws of a definition of diversity that would hold the association accountable to its commitment to have a board that better reflects Canada’s diverse legal profession.

Ultimately it was decided to table the issue and refer it to the CBA’s Equality Committee for help in crafting an inclusive definition to be submitted to a separate resolution vote at the next annual general meeting in February 2018.

The change to the CBA’s governance system and bylaws is the culmination of three years’ work by the Re-Think steering committee.

 

 

 

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