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August 2011

Governor General, Chief Justice, Arianna Huffington headline
2011 Canadian Legal Conference in Halifax

Governor General, Chief Justice, Arianna Huffington headline
                        2011 Canadian Legal Conference in Halifax
Arianna Huffington, Rod Snow, and Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Defence Minister Peter MacKay headlined this year’s conference.

The speakers’ line-up included Arianna Huffington, Larry Rosen, Simon Sinek, Arlene Dickinson and Kady O'Malley.

bullet CLC Blog: Looking for a hedgehog to lead

bullet Governor General's speech:
The Legal Profession in a Smart and Caring Nation: A Vision for 2017


Leadership, volunteerism and advocacy
top priorities for CBA President Trinda Ernst

Trinda Ernst

Trinda Ernst, Q.C. of Kentville, Nova Scotia received the chain of office from outgoing President Rod Snow at the closing luncheon. She brings to the presidency a threefold commitment: to encourage leadership in the profession, to promote volunteerism at the CBA and in the community, and to support advocacy on behalf of the profession.

bullet Read the August 15 news release.


Geoffrey Creighton, new CCCA Chair

Geoffrey Creighton

Geoffrey Creighton of Toronto took over as Chair of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) from Robert Patzelt, Q.C. Mr. Creighton is senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary and chief compliance officer at IGM Financial Inc.  “I am delighted to take up the position of chair in what is clearly a time of growth of the in-house counsel bar across the profession,” said Mr. Creighton.

bulletRead the August 15 news release.


Debate on solicitor-client privilege

The CBA Council meeting on August 14 featured a rapid-fire debate on solicitor-client privilege featuring Professor Adam Dodek, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Mahmud Jamal, of Osler LLP in Toronto, and moderated by Paul Paton, Chair of the CBA's Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee.

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Equality Committee launches RARE Finds site

The CBA Equality Committee has launched the RARE Finds Resource Centre. The site features texts and other resources that focus on retention.

bullet Vist the new RARE Finds Resource Centre

bulletCLC Blog: Celebrating diversity in the legal profession


Work/Life Balance Resource Centre

The Work/Life Balance Resource Centre on CBA PracticeLink has been updated to provide a wealth of information intended to help lawyers maintain a balance between their professional and personal commitments.

bullet Visit the updated Work/Life Balance Resource Centre.


CBA/ABA protocol

From left: Geoffrey Creighton and Rod Snow with Stephen N. Zack, then President ABA and Bill Robinson, then Vice-President ABA.

The American Bar Association and the CBA earlier this month signed a historic agreement that will lead to enhanced cooperation and information exchanges between the two organizations, their in-house counsel constituencies, and the U.S. and Canadian legal professions.

A signing ceremony attended by the associations' presidents and witnessed by other bar leaders was held on Aug. 6 in Toronto at the opening of the ABA Annual Meeting.

bullet Read the August 3 news release


Policy resolutions

During the course of its two-day meeting in Halifax, CBA Council debated policy resolutions on diverse subjects. Click here to read the new CBA policy resolutions.


CBA recognizes excellence

During the conference, members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to their association, profession and community.

bullet View the full list of CBA award winners.


View our daily updates from Halifax

For daily news from the CLC in Halifax, visit our blog.


New preferred supplier

ERAssure is the exclusive preferred supplier of errors & omissions (E&O) insurance for executor clients. Your executor clients face a greater risk of litigation from beneficiaries than ever before. Now you can protect them with ERAssure Executor Errors and Omissions Insurance.

bullet For more details, please visit: http://erassure.com/



Legal Project Management for Litigators
September 14, 2011

Cross-Canada Check-up on Pension Reform
October 25, 2011


Seventh Annual Pan-Canadian Insolvency and Restructuring Law Conference
September 23, 2011

Skilled Lawyer Series

Coming to your desktop this November, the CBA Skilled Lawyer Series II offers 16 new skill-based, online programs in litigation and corporate streams.

The CBA is also pleased to offer a rebroadcast of eight “best of” Skilled Lawyer Series I programs early this fall.

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You may be eligible for some of the lowest term insurance rates in Canada through the Canadian Bar Insurance Association (CBIA). For more information about how to save money on your insurance contact your CBIA Authorized Representative or visit www.barinsurance.com.


Carry the no-annual-fee CBA MasterCard®, and you'll enjoy a 9.99% standard Annual Interest Rate, protection against unauthorized use and 24-hour customer service.

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Small businesses can receive 100 bonus minutes per line each month and unlimited Canada-wide team calling and texting.

CBA members can receive a 15% discount on their voice and data services.

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