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Save the Date - Upcomming Branch Events

Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Holiday Inn, 180 Portugal Cove Road, St. John’s
RSVP: Please RSVP to the Canadian Bar Association – Newfoundland and Labrador Branch by phone at (709) 579-5783 or by email at cba-nl@cba.org

CBA-NL Awards Dinner
Friday, May 9, 2014
Clovelly Golf Course, St. John's

2014 CBA Legal Conference, St. John's, NL
The CBA is pleased on announce that the 2014 Canadian Bar Association Legal Conference (“CLC”) will take place in St. John’s, August 14-17, 2014. The CLC is the premiere annual event for legal professionals in Canada. The conference will feature outstanding professional development sessions, prominent keynote speakers and numerous networking opportunities. You will not want to miss it!

CBA Legal Conference At-Home Dinners:
One of the most popular traditions of the CLC, the At-Home Dinner provides an opportunity for members of the local bar to host a dinner for some of the attendees and their guests  from across the country. The CBA is seeking members in and around the St. John’s/Mount Pearl area to open their homes and welcome conference participants and their guests to an At-Home Dinner on Friday, August 15. Click here for more information on the At-Home Dinners or contact Ashley Woodford by email at cba-nl@cba.org or by phone (709) 579-5783 to express interest or with any questions.
Sponsorship opportunities are also availlabe for the 2014 CLC. For more information on conference sponsorship please email at cba-nl@cba.org or call (709) 579-5783.

Onsite Volunteers:

In preparation for the 2014 CBA Legal Conference, the CBA is seeking volunteers to assist onsite during the conference. We will require volunteers to assist with registration, PD seminars, preparation of delegate bags, etc.

Law students, university students, law firm staff, along with spouses and children of members have all assisted as volunteers at past CBA Legal Conferences.  

Please see the attached for more information.

Conference Program:
The conference program and all the latest updates will be posted on the CBA CLC website as they become available.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 CLC!

News Releases

October 2013: 
Over $8.8 Million to be refunded to CBIA customers! 

May 3, 2013: CBA- Newfoundland and Labrador Branch 2013 Award Recipients
April 13, 2013: 
CBA- Newfoundland and Labrador Branch addresses the provincial government’s review of cuts to justice in the 2013 provincial budget
April 3, 2013: 
CBA- Newfoundland and Labrador Branch opposes cuts to justice in the 2013 provincial budget

Call for Volunteers

The Branch is currently seeking volunteers to sit on the following CBA-NL Branch committees for the 2013-14 year:

Pro Bono Committee
Professional Development Committee
Squid pro quo Magazine Committee

Volunteers are also being sought for the following Section and Committee Chair positions:

Business Law Branch Section Chair
Elder Law Branch Section Chair
General Practice, Solo, Small Firm Branch Section Chair

If you are interested in volunteering, or for more information on the work of the committee and chair positions and time commitment involved, please email the Branch office at cba-nl@cba.org.

Pro Bono

Volunteers are currently being sought for the CBA-NL Pro Bono Pilot Project. Conducted with the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal, the Pilot Project matches pro bono lawyers with self-represented litigants who have already appeared in court and have been referred to the CBA-NL Pro Bono Pilot Project for legal advice by the presiding justice.  As such, the justice would adjourn the matter for a short period so that the self-represented litigant could obtain pro bono legal advice on a specific issue before returning to court.  A court appearance by the pro bono lawyer is not expected or required. It is anticipated that the pro bono service associated with each self-represented litigant would be 2-4 hours in length. Further details on the program are contained in the attached

If you wish to take part in this initiative, we invite you to complete the Pro Bono Pilot Project registration form and return to the Branch office via email at cba-nl@cba.org or fax (709) 726-4166.

For resources and tools on how to incorporate pro bono work into your practice, including how to develop a pro bono policy for your law firm, please visit the CBA Practice Link website at http://www.cba.org/cba/PracticeLink.

Practice Notes

Video Link to Her Majesty’s Penitentiary

Specialty Court Application Process

Consent Applications for a Witness to Appear via Video Link

Pre-sentence Reports

Provincial Airlines Limited Exclusive Provincial Preferred Supplier Partnership

Enjoy an exclusive discount every time you travel with Provincial Airlines Limited.
The Canadian Bar Association – Newfoundland & Labrador Branch is pleased to partner with
Provincial Airlines Limited (PAL) as the official Exclusive Provincial Preferred Supplier for air travel within Newfoundland and Labrador. The CBA-Newfoundland and Labrador Branch is confident that this new membership benefit will be of value to you and your practice.

As part of the new partnership,
Provincial Airlines Limited will be offering CBA-Newfoundland and Labrador Branch members preferential discount rates. The Branch has developed this Exclusive Provincial Preferred Supplier agreement with tailored savings to enhance members’ professional and personal bottom lines.

To find out how to obtain CBA-NL Branch member discounts with Provincial Airlines, please contact the CBA Branch office at (709) 579-5783 or email cba-nl@cba.org.

CBA-NL Sections

In order to keep our records up to date and to ensure that you receive notices and correspondence tailored to your practice and/or interest areas, please take a moment to complete the
Section Registration Form.

Newfoundland and Labrador Sections represent 30 groups of CBA-NL Branch members, organized according to specific areas of law. Sections are the CBA's greatest resource for:

• Expertise in specific areas of law and matters relating to the objectives of the Association;
• CBA initiatives addressing matters of concern to the legal profession;
• Professional Development services.
How to enroll in CBA-NL Sections:

• You must be a CBA member in good standing to become a Section member and to attend Section meetings and Professional Development Luncheons. Registration 
in a CBA-NL Branch Section automatically provides free membership in the National Section counterpart;

• There is no limit to the number of Sections you choose and section registration is free.

To learn more about the work and resources of the National CBA Sections please visit the CBA website at

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