Reminder: Youth justice forum just one week away

June 18, 2008

More than a hundred people have already registered for the Law Society's free public forum on Wednesday, June 25: Voices on Youth Justice. To guarantee your spot, email

Panellists include Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Representative for Children and Youth in BC, Provincial Court Judge Nancy Phillips and retired youth corrections officer and author Gordon Cruse.

Mark Forsythe, host of CBC Radio's BC Almanac program, will be the moderator. The forum is presented in partnership with CBC, the Society for Children and Youth of BC, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks.

Turpel-Lafond will be speaking about some preliminary findings of her Office's upcoming youth justice report and her extensive experience with vulnerable youth as a Provincial Court Judge in Saskatchewan. Judge Phillips is the Administrative Judge at Robson Square Provincial Court where she hears a variety of cases, including family and criminal matters involving youth. She has worked on youth matters for nearly two decades — as Crown counsel, as a defence lawyer and now as a judge. Cruse spent 26 years supervising young offenders in Victoria and listening to their own unique stories. He is the author of Juvie: Inside Canada's Youth Jails.

Wednesday, June 25
6:00 - 8:00 pm (registration at 5:30 pm)

Law Society building atrium, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver

How to register
Email or call 604-669-2533 to guarantee your attendance at the free public forum. For more information, contact Dana Bales, Communications Officer, at 604-443-5708 or, or contact Susanna Tam, Equity and Diversity Coordinator, at 604-443-5727 or

Claims Counsel vacancy

Consider applying for a position that offers you a warm, collegial and balanced workplace. As a full-time Claims Counsel with the Lawyers Insurance Fund, you will be part of an outstanding team of lawyers managing and defending lawyers' professional liability claims in a professional and supportive environment. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Investigating professional liability claims against lawyers;
  • Determining the applicability of insurance coverage;
  • Acting as defence counsel to the Insured and Insurer where appropriate, and managing the defence of actions by outside counsel when necessary;
  • Developing and implementing strategies to effectively resolve claims; and
  • Participating in loss prevention activities and providing information to insured lawyers on practice and insurance matters.

To be considered, you must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of BC with a minimum of five years of recent practice experience, and an excellent reputation in the legal community. Corporate/commercial experience as a solicitor or significant commercial litigation experience is essential. Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Experience in wills and estates; and
  • Some litigation or insurance industry experience.

You take a practical approach to issues, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong analytical abilities and sound judgment. You also have superior writing skills and are able to meet changing deadlines and work effectively in highly stressful situations. Some travel within BC is required.

The Lawyers Insurance Fund is owned and operated by the Law Society of BC and provides insurance to all lawyers engaged in private practice in British Columbia. The Lawyers Insurance Fund has over $100 million in assets and an annual budget of $14 million and manages more than 1,000 reports of claims and potential claims against lawyers each year.

Please submit your resume and references no later than Friday, July 11, 2008 to:

The Human Resources Department
The Law Society of British Columbia
8th Floor - 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver BC V6B 4Z9
Fax: 604-443-5747

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.