Chief Justice McLachlin to speak at LSBC forum

December 22, 2008

We are pleased to invite you to the Law Society’s next public forum in January 2009 with keynote speaker the Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada.

Mark Forsythe, host of BC Almanac, will moderate the free event, entitled Clearing the Path to Justice, which will explore some of the barriers to accessing the justice system and potential creative solutions to break down those barriers.

Other distinguished panelists who will bring to the forum their unique perspectives on access to justice are: Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit of BC; Lyall Knott, QC, of SUCCESS, which runs legal clinics for Korean and Mandarin speakers in Greater Vancouver in conjunction with the Western Canada Society to Access Justice; and Sue Talia, a private family law judge in California who is an expert on unbundling.

The Law Society is pleased to put Clearing the Path to Justice on in partnership with the Legal Services Society, the Western Canada Society to Access Justice, SUCCESS and the CBC.

Immediately following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of Chief Justice McLachlin and the other panelists. 

How to register

To ensure your seat at the forum please register by emailing or calling 604-697-5849. Note: advance registration is now closed. Seats will be made available on the night; we encourage you to attend.


6:00 – 8:30 pm, January 28, 2009, registration at 5:30 pm


Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Simon Fraser University
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC


DOJ Symposium on Family Violence

The Department of Justice Canada is hosting a symposium on the response of the criminal justice system and family law to domestic violence. The event will take place in Ottawa, Ontario on February 26, 2009 and will provide an opportunity for up to 150 government officials, judges, lawyers, law enforcement personnel and service providers to examine the topic.

Participants will identify the challenges posed by the different objectives and legal standards of the criminal and family justice systems and examine responses to family violence from the perspective of families involved in both systems. Workshops will involve discussions on promising responses to the challenges and how to enhance linkages between the two systems.

Registration is free but space is limited. For more information about registration and the symposium e-mail or contact Marilyn Bongard with the Department of Justice at 613-941-9969.