Voices on Youth Justice public forum: June 25

Mary Ellen Turpel-LafondThe Law Society is presenting a free public forum, Voices on Youth Justice, on Wednesday, June 25. Panellists include Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, Provincial Court Judge Nancy Phillips and retired youth corrections officer and author Gordon Cruse.

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 since 1988 — as Crown counsel, as a defence lawyer and currently as a judge. Cruse spent 26 years supervising young offenders in Victoria and listening to their unique stories. He is the author of Juvie: Inside Canada’s Youth Jails.

Mark Forsythe, host of CBC Radio One’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.

This will be the fourth public forum hosted by the Law Society. The project began as an initiative of the Equity and Diversity Committee in 2006, which is now chaired by Thelma O’Grady. The forums are aimed at promoting the legal profession and the rule of law in the community at large. They offer an opportunity to engage the public in discussion and engender a wider understanding and appreciation of the legal profession’s role in free democratic societies and the Law Society’s role in protecting the public interest in the administration of justice.

Voices on Youth Justice will take place at the Law Society building, 845 Cambie Street, in Vancouver, on June 25 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. To guarantee your attendance at the free public forum email forum2008@lsbc.org by June 18, or call 604-669-2533.

For more information, contact Susanna Tam, Equity and Diversity Coordinator, at 604-443-5727  or stam@lsbc.org or contact Dana Bales, Communications Officer, at 604-443-5708 or dbales@lsbc.org.