Provincial Training Conference 2020
[48:02] The Dos and Don’ts of sworn documents and when to use them most effectively. Statutory declarations and affidavits can make the difference between winning or losing a case. Our clients often struggle with effectively communicating their story - sworn documents change this.
[1:50:37] Eligibility criteria for the Canada Child Benefit (CTB), the applicable review and appeal processes, and relevant caselaw. Presenters discuss CTB cases they have worked on at the review and appeal stages, and share documents, tips, and strategies for assisting clients with CTB eligibility issues.
[1:05:58] An overview of foreclosures and how they affect tenants.
[1:04:14] A session about client interviewing and intake, to help advocates ensure that their information is complete and accurate. The speakers role play a client intake interview using an interview template and an interview method specific to family law, followed by a debrief and discussion with attendees.
[1:03:51] A session for new advocates to work on housing case studies with experts in the field to learn how to identify issues and do effective, relevant legal research and statutory interpretation. Some familiarity with the Residential Tenancy Act, Regulation, Policy Guidelines and Rules of Procedure will be beneficial.
[1:48:12] CASL lawyer Alison Ward and other senior advocates discuss some of their recent cases and lessons learned.
[1:26:27] Information for new advocates, from two advocates who have been doing this work for a long time. Addresses issues such as government relations, community outreach, professional responsibility, and file management.
[1:38:32] John-Paul E. Boyd QC (of the wiki book and many other social media information sources) talks about the new Divorce Act and how it will affect your clients.
[1:45:21] A session about the 7 new legal clinics funded by the Law Foundation and the Province of BC, as well as services provided by other clinics such as the Child and Youth Legal Centre.
[1:57:07] An update on new public legal education and information resources at Legal Aid BC.
[1:30:15] A plenary session with speakers from the Office of the Ombudsperson about their role, their power, their process, and their consultation and training team's proactive work with public bodies.
[1:58:36] An update on family case law relevant to the work of advocates by a lawyer familiar with the work of advocates.
[1:14:11] A session on COVID-19 changes and updates on issues such as evictions.
[1:43:33] An important update on EI and CERB.
[1:45:21] Key Legislative and Procedural changes of 2020, such as legislative changes in: income assistance; COVID-19 supplements; EI/CERB; housing - evictions and other issues, including the challenges of clients who signed up for the wrong benefits.
[1:52:26] Why is the Mental Health Act so bad and what can we do about it? This session is about Health Justice's three-year project to support law reform that promotes human rights principles and evidence-based health practices.