View of the profession sought

The lawyer and ADR: what’s working and what isn’t

by Deborah Lynn Zutter,*  Chair of ADR Working Group

How is the role of counsel in alternative dispute resolution different from the role of counsel in litigation? What is appropriate advocacy at mediation? What conflicts or potential conflicts exist for lawyers who act as mediators in alternative dispute resolution? For lawyers working in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), there may be more questions than answers. That is why the Law Society is undertaking a full examination of the Legal Profession Act, Law Society Rules and Professional Conduct Handbook to determine if there is adequate guidance for lawyers when acting as counsel to parties or when acting as ADR neutrals.

This project is spearheaded by an ADR Working Group under the umbrella of the Law Society Access to Justice Committee.

Consultation within the profession is critical to the success of this project. Later this Spring, the ADR Working Group will gather 36 lawyers (both ADR neutrals and ADR counsel) from across B.C. to participate in focus groups led by an independent facilitator. These lawyers have a broad range of experience and differing opinions on the role of lawyers in alternative dispute resolution.

It is important that they hear the views and concerns of other lawyers in their respective regions on: 1) What is working well for lawyers in alternative dispute resolution? 2) What is not working well? 3) What is missing? and 4) What new rules and changes to existing rules are needed to support the integrity of the system?

If you have thoughts about these issues, please take the time to contact any of the people in your region listed below before their focus groups meet.

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ADR representatives to regional focus groups

Vancouver Island (contact before May 30, 2000)

  Telephone: Fax: E-mail:
Kathryn Berge, Q.C.
Sandra Harper
Jane Henderson, Q.C.
Patricia Huggins
Patricia Lane
Hugh McCall
Sandra McEwan
Roderick McNeil
Jane Morley, Q.C.
Paul Parsons
Gwendolynne Taylor
Darrel Woods
(250) 388-9477
(250) 381-8100
(250) 388-6631
(250) 716-1667
(250) 598-3992
(250) 390-1310
(250) 748-4433
(250) 758-2535
(250) 480-7487
(250) 474-3144
(250) 361-9587
(250) 479-9367
(250) 388-9470
(250) 381-8080
(250) 388-5974
(250) 753-4032
(250) 598-2001
(250) 390-0559
(250) 748-3326
(250) 758-2515
(250) 480-7488
(250) 474-3622
(250) 383-1947
(250) 479-8316

harperlaw@home.com
answers@hc-law.com


hsmccall@island.net


jbmorley@mrlaw.bc.ca
pparsons@coastnet.com

lawyers@woodsadair.bc.ca
       

Interior (contact before June 9, 2000)

  Telephone: Fax: E-mail:
Michael Brecknell
P. Terrance Brown
Kathryn Ginther
Gordon Mamen
Leigh Harrison, Q.C.
Terry Napora
Marguerite Shaw
Ronald Smith
Richard Spilker
Peter Warner, Q.C.
Kent Woodruff
Barbara Young
(250) 563-0681
(250) 635-4525
(250) 493-6786
(250) 489-4090
(250) 368-8211
(250) 352-3321
(250) 762-2252
(250) 860-7868
(250) 365-2183
(250) 565-8000
1-800-390-0903
(250) 765-9733
(250) 562-3761
(250) 627-4168
(250) 493-3964
(250) 426-3746
(250) 368-9401
(250) 354-4547
(250) 762-2246
(250) 860-7527
(250) 365-8111
(250) 565-8001
(250) 374-1594
(250) 765-7773

petertbrown@hotmail.com
kginther@vip.net
gmamen@cyberlink.bc.ca
glh@mcewanharrison.com
tnapora@netidea.com

rsmith@silk.net

warner@pgonline.com

       

Lower Mainland (contact before June 16, 2000)

  Telephone: Fax: E-mail:
Kenneth Armstrong
Diane Bell
Halldor Bjarnason
John Campbell
J. Gary Fitzpatrick
Terry Harris
Arlene Henry
Roger Kerans

Laurie McDonell
D. Clif Prowse
Doug Robinson, Q.C.
Donald Yule
(604) 591-7321
(604) 643-3165
(604) 687-0231
(604) 533-3821
(604) 687-8033
(604) 683-3516
(604) 451-4072
(250) 658-6244
or (403) 650-3008
(604) 733-3114
(604) 660-3091
(604) 631-9146
(604) 844-5519
(604) 591-7149
(604) 687-6314
(604) 687-0241
(604) 533-5521
(604) 663-4462
(604) 608-6163
(604) 451-4097


(604) 733-3139
(604) 660-2636
(604) 669-1620
(604) 688-1315

dmb@cwilson.com
halldor@netci.com
cbmlaw@istar.ca
gary@fitzpatrickmediation.com
tweharris@csi.com



mediator@ibm.net

dfrobinson@lawsonlundell.com
dw_yule@guildyule.com

 

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* Deborah Lynn Zutter, a Vancouver lawyer and mediator, is past chair of the National ADR Section of the CBA. She is joined on the ADR Working Group by Ralston Alexander, Q.C., Robert Diebolt, Q.C., Wendy John, Jerry McHale and Jeffrey Hoskins (staff liaison).

Future issues of the Benchers’ Bulletin will raise some of the ethical and practice issues lawyers face in alternative dispute resolution. Three respected lawyers in the ADR field — Joyce Bradley of Vancouver, Jane Morley, Q.C. of Victoria and Ron Smith of Kelowna — will contribute to this series.