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Rolf WarburtonDear members,

There are approximately 2,700 government and public sector lawyers who belong to the CBA. If you are a member of your provincial or territorial Forum or Section, you are automatically a member of the national PSL Forum. Our Forum is a network that connects Canadian public sector lawyers on shared issues through such initiatives as the Public Sector Lawyers Series of monthly professional development teleconference calls. We are also your voice within the CBA, representing your interests on issues such as membership fees and legislative consultation.

Our Forum’s executive committee is drawn from provincial and territorial CBA PSL Sections. The Chair, or Co-Chairs, of each Branch Section are automatically members of our national executive.

Every Forum member has an opportunity to join the executive as one of four Executive Members or as Secretary-Treasurer. A call for nominations will be sent out on May 1st and I invite you to consider submitting your nomination for one of these positions. Volunteering with the national executive does not require an onerous time commitment (approximately 10-20 hours per year) and offers a stimulating opportunity to work alongside your public sector colleagues across the country. Few other professional opportunities will give you the same fulfillment as belonging to the Canadian bar.

More information on the PSL Forum can be found on our webpage. Please submit nominations to Gathoni Njuguna and don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and for participating in the Forum’s free teleconference sessions. The next session will be on Employee Monitoring in the Public Sector and is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 28 [1:00-2:00 p.m.] E.T. I hope you’ll be able to join us.

Best regards,

Rolf Warburton
Chair of the National Public Sector Lawyers Forum
2014-2015


Employee Monitoring in the Public Sector
Thursday, May 28, 2015 [1:00-2:00 p.m.] E.T
Speaker: Melanie Bueckert, LL.B., LL.M., Legal Research Counsel, Manitoba Court of Appeal
Free teleconference for CBA members

The second edition of The Law of Employee Monitoring in Canada will soon arrive on legal bookshelves near you. Get a sneak preview with one of its co-authors, Melanie Bueckert, as she discusses the latest developments in this ever changing field.

Recent cases and media reports confirm that some employees are breaking the law and revealing confidential information over the Internet – both intentionally and inadvertently. Employee monitoring can appear to be an ideal solution to protect the employer’s interests and prevent lawsuits, but it may raise more issues than it resolves. This presentation will address concerns for both employers and employees in unionized and non-unionized workplaces across Canada. In addition, the current case law and jurisprudence from privacy commissioners will also be discussed.

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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.

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Newsletter

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 cbapublicsectorlawyers@cba.org . 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.

 

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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