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Meads v. Meads — Developments in OPCA Litigation
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 [12:30-1:30 p.m.] E.T.
Speakers: The Honourable J.D. Rooke, Associate Chief Justice, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta; Donald Netolitzky, Court Legal Counsel

Free teleconference for CBA members

The reasons for decision in Meads v. Meads 2012 ABQB 571, delivered by Associate Chief Justice J.D. Rooke, offer a plain-spoken and comprehensive response to the increasing phenomenon of Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument (OPCA) litigants. These self-represented parties—sometimes referred to as Detaxers, Freemen-on-the-Land, or Sovereign Citizens—employ organized methods to intentionally disregard the rule of law, to deliberately disrupt the court system and to avoid their legal obligations. Public sector lawyers, and those who otherwise act on behalf of governments across Canada, increasingly face the actions of OPCA litigants. The lengthy decision in Meads sets out a valuable aid for courts, lawyers and other parties faced with this often frustrating response to litigation.

Mr. Justice Rooke and Mr. Netolitzky will provide a summary of their experience with Meads v. Meads and a review of developments in law and practice concerning OPCA litigants. The speakers will also make available to registrants a large, updated compendium of OPCA individuals and activities.

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This program is accredited in all Canadian continuing professional development jurisdictions (CPD):
Substantive, skills and/or procedural content: 1 hour
Ethics, Professionalism and/or practice management content:
0 hour

Mark your Calendars:

The next Public Sector Lawyers session entitled: Public Sector Lawyering at -40 degrees Celsius: lessons from the North, will be taking place on February 19, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. E.T. Details to come.

National Sections: Children’s Law Committee

National Sections recently established a Children’s Law Committee to coordinate activities, provide advice, and respond to law, policy, and legal research developments on matters affecting Canadian children. More information is available on the new Children’s Law Committee webpage.

Join the Children’s Law Committee listserv!

Interested CBA members are strongly encouraged to join the Children’s Law Committee listserv. This is an ideal way to stay informed of Committee activities and get directly involved. The listserv also provides a forum to network and exchange ideas with leading practitioners who share your interests.
Membership is free to CBA members.

Join the listserv (CBA membership number required)


Digest (August 2014)

Please consider providing a submission for the next edition. We are looking for articles of interest to Forum members. Our next publication will feature the theme: ethics and the public sector lawyer. Your submissions on this topic are welcomed and may include:

  • Updates on recent/upcoming activities including substantive developments in your jurisdiction;
  • Case summaries;
  • New legislation;
  • Articles about your personal/professional experience as a public sector lawyer.

Here are a few guidelines to help:

  • Articles only need to be between 300 and 1,000 words;
  • Articles over 1,000 words must be accompanied by a summary or précis (100-300 words);
  • Articles can be submitted in French or English.

Please send your submissions to me at debbie.hackett@gnb.ca . Please also canvass your co-workers and colleagues and ask if they would be interested in making a submission to the newsletter.

Thank you very much for your participation in creating a must-read newsletter for our Forum.

Debbie Hackett
Newsletter Editor, Public Sector Lawyers Forum 


Purpose and objects 

The Forum is a platform for CBA members who are employed as lawyers at various levels of government or in public sector agencies.

Its objectives are to:

  • Provide mechanisms for public sector lawyers to exchange information and ideas;
  • Serve as a national network to enable public sector lawyers to connect on shared issues;
  • Advance the understanding of the roles played by public sector lawyers;
  • Raise the profile of its members by ensuring public sector lawyers interests are represented within the CBA;
  • Bring to the CBA the unique perspective of practicing law within a government setting;
  • Serve as the national voice of public sector lawyers within the activities of the Forum and those of the CBA;
  • Promote networking and delivery of programs through the Forum’s provincial and territory branches.

Please use the links on the menu on the left to learn more about the Forum. The PSLF publishes a newsletter, The Forum, twice a year with articles of interest to public sector lawyers, including profiles of individual lawyers and developments in Crown compensation across the country. We also give an annual award, the John Tait Award of Excellence.

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