Feb 4 to 10 is Access to Justice Week 2023 in BC!

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Here are some of the week’s highlights – online sessions offer something for everyone, and it’s all free!

There’s a movement nation-wide to improve Canadians’ access to justice. A2J Week BC gives law students, legal professionals, and everyone else interested in this challenge a chance to get involved and learn about what’s happening in BC. This year’s A2J Week theme asks, “Whose job is access to justice?” Sign up for webinars during the week and take part in discussions on how you can help create a more user-centred justice system.

Are you (or a student you know) thinking about going to law school?

Sat, Feb 4 | 9:00am - 11:00am PST

Here’s a chance for high school, college, and university students who are considering law school to ask questions of lawyers and law school professors from across Canada - without leaving home. It’s a Zoom session presented by Youth Leaders in Law, National Conference 2023.

Register at: https://bit.ly/3w2k36k.

Access to Justice: Whose Job is it Anyway?

Tue, Feb 7 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm PST

The BC government has published an Intentions Paper on the regulation of lawyers, notaries, paralegals, and other legal service providers. It suggests that changes in the way legal services are regulated can improve access to justice.

In this webinar hosted by the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, innovative thinkers will share their views on how access to justice and regulation of professions are connected.

Lawyers participating may claim up to 1.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with the Law Society of BC.

Register at https://bit.ly/3GxE9dq.

Neurodiversity in Law

Wed, Feb 8 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm

How can the legal profession maximize the benefits of neurodiversity? (The neurodiversity movement accepts that individuals have differences in their abilities and how they interact with the world around them.)

The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch and the Access to Justice Centre for Excellence are hosting Dr. Lawrence Fung (Director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project), Simon Margolis (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto) and Keenan Nadeau (Law Student, University of Dalhousie Schulich Law) in a webinar to discuss:

• the competitive advantage of neurodivergent legal professionals
• the practical challenges that neurodiversity presents in law school and law firm environments
• best practices for supporting thought diversity in law.

Lawyers participating may claim up to 1.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with the Law Society of BC.

Register at https://bit.ly/3Xysm5L.

Innovating to Create Market-Based Solutions

Friday, February 10, 2023 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Hersh Perlis, Co-Founder & Director, Legal Innovation Zone
Matt Canzer, Lawyer and Founder, Butterfly Legal
Marcus M. Sixta, Founder, Crossroads Law & Coach My Case
Chyanne Sharma, Family Lawyer and Legal Coach, Coach My Case

Globalization and technology are changing how legal services have traditionally been delivered. The panelists in this online Zoom session have recognized these trends and decided to innovate and implement market-based solutions to meet unmet legal needs in a sustainable way.

They’ll share their experiences in developing and delivering market-based approaches and discuss future possibilities for access to justice based on clients’ and system users' feedback.

Register at https://bit.ly/3CYuawM.

Law School events

Law students have organized a variety of speakers and events to take place during the week at BC’s three law schools: the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, and Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in Kamloops.


This event information is from the A2J Week BC event calendar. Check it for details and new events.

Photo credits: #2 & #3 Access to Justice BC