CBA News | February 2016

  • February 08, 2016

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Spotlight on: CBA Mid-Winter

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Resolutions on everything from gowning for court while pregnant to adopting model business principles on child labour; a chat about the Rethink; a new guide for young lawyers; and a Beavertail on the canal – read on more about this year’s CBA Mid-Winter meeting of Council.

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CBA Influence

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In case you missed it – beginning with our Feb. 2 edition, on the first Tuesday every month we’ll be sending you a newsletter with blog posts about CBA initiatives, submissions, interventions and comments on public policy. Combined with Focus on Parliament, with links to information about government legislative, regulatory and policy changes, this newsletter provides a 360-degree look at both our current advocacy work, and opportunities for the CBA to get involved.

Check out our inaugural issue →

Joint Policy Statement on Audit Inquiries update

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The CBA has undertaken an update of the Joint Policy Statement on Audit Inquiries, in collaboration with the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. CBA Council will consider the final draft for approval at its Mid-Winter Meeting in February 2016. Here is the resolution and the final draft, along with FAQs and other explanatory material (.pdf). A webinar, Understanding the Proposed New JPS on Audit Inquiries, is available free online.

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New CBA website

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Have you seen our new look? It took a lot of work by a lot of people, but in December the CBA finally launched its new website. We’re still ironing out some details, but it’s a beauty.

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Official notice – call for nominations for standing committees

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The CBA is currently seeking candidates for its National Standing Committees for 2016-2017. All CBA members are eligible to apply for positions.

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International Initiatives

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CBA Young Lawyers International Program

CBA International Initiatives is very pleased that the rule of law was included in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN last September, write Jennifer Khor and Robin Sully in a Huffington Post op-ed. Also, we see the fruits of some of our labours in Tanzania, where legal aid week is just ending.

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CBA Young Lawyers International Program online

The CBA Young Lawyers International Program is on Facebook – come see what we’re up to! Here’s a blog post from one of this year’s interns, Melissa McKay, about her first week in Kathmandu. Meanwhile, Katie Krafchick blogs about her posting in Namibia. wins Clawbie award

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Last year CBA National magazine made a big splash with its redesign, but did you know that was making changes too? Those changes caught the eye of the Clawbies, which are awarded for excellence in legal blogging.

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Sections and Forums

Students! Enter a CBA Essay Contest today

The Canadian Bar Association’s essay contests can help you build your profile within the legal community, connect with senior members of the bar, and hone your research and writing skills. And for the best submissions, we are awarding $250–$2,500 in cash prizes. Enter today for your chance to win! Read on for more.

IP Day in Ottawa

Start the day at a networking breakfast celebrating diversity in the profession, move on to a bench-and-bar forum on IP litigation reform, and stick around for the IP Debates in the afternoon, and the junior bar cocktail reception in the evening. Read on for more.

Upcoming in-person conferences

The National Immigration Law Section will be holding its annual in-person meeting in Vancouver this April – the theme of the conference is the intersection of theory and practice in the wake of the election. In May, the Competition Law Section will tackle compliance issues at its forum in Toronto. The National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit in St. John’s in June goes back to the fundamentals of energy and resource project development.

Professional Development

Solutions Series: Practical solutions to everyday problems

Black-letter law keeps your brain sharp and the billable hour keeps you moving fast, but are your soft skills getting a little ... soft around the middle? In March we’re launching a series of eight webinars aimed at helping you get those skills in shape too.

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