E-Brief: October 2020, Supplementary Edition

EXTENDED Supreme Court Master competition

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has extended the deadline of its competition for two Master openings to Friday, October 30, 2020. One position is in Vancouver and one is in New Westminster. Details about the position and instructions for submitting an application can be found here.

Rule of Law Matters podcast: What is the rule of law vs. rule by law?

A new episode of our Rule of Law Matters podcast is now available. In this episode, Dr. Catherine Dauvergne and host Jon Festinger, QC discuss why the rule of law can be difficult to teach and her concept of a "thin version" of the rule of law and a "thick version" that incorporates systemic barriers that block some from accessing justice. She also draws from real life events – 9/11, Brexit and the U.S. Presidential Election – where the rule of law has come into the fore. To listen to the Rule of Law Matters podcast, visit the Law Society’s website, or find the episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Free, remote CPD 

In an ongoing effort to assist lawyers seeking to fulfil CPD requirements during this challenging time, the Law Society has produced an anti-money laundering webinar and trust accounting webinar which are available free of charge. Additional free, remote CPD webinars are being offered by Courthouse Libraries BC, including Youth Criminal Justice Act Basics for Lawyers (October 20, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm), Looking at BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (November 4, 2020 from 12:30 to 2 pm), Helping Criminalized Women Reduce Vulnerability: Workshop on Criminal Record Suspension (November 25, 2020 from 12:30 to 2 pm) and Civility in the Criminal Bar: 2nd Annual Lunch & Learn (December 2, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm). Further information about free, online CPD programs is available on the Law Society’s website.