CBA News | February 2019

  • February 15, 2019


Spotlight on AGM

The CBA’s annual general meeting was held in Ottawa on Feb. 11. For news about what happened – reports delivered, resolutions passed – read on.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

Former Chief Justice McLachlin is this year’s President’s Award honoree

A number of CBA awards were presented at this year’s President’s Dinner, the highest profile of which was the President’s Award, given to former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. Read on to find out who else we honoured.


You’ve been honing your skills – in leadership, judgment, assessing complex legal issues. You want new challenges. Interested in being Director of the Canada Infrastructure Bank? Or in Chairing the Canada Development Investment Corporation? How about a seat on the federal bench? Well step right up – those positions and more are open, all you need to do is apply. Check out federal appointment opportunities and open positions on the bench. The government considers bilingual proficiency and diversity in filling these positions. Are they looking for you? Look here for Look here for provincial and territorial opportunities.


Brad Regehr

Meet the new Vice-President

Brad Regehr has won the election to be the new CBA Vice-President. He will take up the role in September, in the meantime, here’s a little more about him.

Twila Reid

From the Board

Just do it, says Newfoundland and Labrador Board member Twila Reid to anyone thinking about putting their name forward for one of the seats opening up later this spring. Sure it’s more work, but it will make you more organized – and it will benefit you in ways you wouldn’t expect.

CBA President Ray Adlington

Supporting the rule of law in Guatemala

In January, CBA President Ray Adlington signed a statement expressing the Association’s concern with recent events in Guatemala, and supporting the federal government’s call for the government of Guatemala to respect its international obligations. Read the full statement.


Kathryn Fox

YLIP in Myanmar: Human rights, rule of law and bare-knuckle boxing

Toronto lawyer Kathryn Fox is one of the latest cohort of Young Lawyers International Program interns deployed around the world. She’s found herself in Myanmar where she’s learning a lot about human rights, local food and has even taken up a popular regional form of boxing, much to the bemusement of the locals.


YLIP news: #TakeoverTuesdays and a new recruitment cycle

Are you a young lawyer interested in working with a partner overseas to get some hands-on international development experience? Read on to find out how to apply to our Young Lawyers International Program, and some of the fun things we’ve been doing with this year’s interns.

Canadian Bar Review – Volume 96 is complete

The third and final issue of Volume 96 of the Canadian Bar Review was posted online at the end of December. Read on for a taste of what you’ll find inside.

CBA Immigration Hub

CBA National Magazine has a new website

Take a look at the redesigned CBA National Magazine, introducing new features and a new digital platform. We're aiming to bring you a more in-depth look at legal affairs and more perspectives from law practitioners and CBA members across Canada. Our spotlight commentary features will have a distinctive and elegant online design that gives your publication an identity of its own. This month we have invited contributors to weigh in on developing legal trends in the area of family law. Read more about them here.

Experiential learning guide now available

Experiential learning guide now available

Learning on the job isn’t new – it’s how we pick up most new things. But there are also ways to enhance what we learn to do by doing – by observing, and reflecting on those observations, and applying those insights to the next iteration. Learning in Place is a new CBA guide for law students to help them reach those insights when on internships or articling, or even doing simulation projects in class.

The Every Lawyer

Listen to The Every Lawyer

You’ve heard of them. You’ve probably listened to some – you may even have a few favourites. Podcasts are experiencing an explosive growth in popularity. And the CBA has entered the fray with its own podcast channel, The Every Lawyer, which has been growing a strong following since its launch in October. Read on for more.

CBA Wellness program

CBA Wellness programs available across Canada

Do you or does someone you know need help for personal or professional issues? Contact the confidential, free Lawyer Assistance Program in your region. Visit our website to find out which programs are offered in your area.

Law for the Future Fund grant

Apply for a Law for the Future Fund grant

The Canadian Bar Law for the Future Fund grants for innovative projects in the field of law. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2019. Learn more about eligible projects and how to apply.

Essay contests

Essay contests – deadlines approaching

The CBA’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. We award $250–$2,500 in cash prizes for the best submissions.


CBA Jane Burke-Robertson Award of Excellence in Charity and Not-for-Profit Law

The Jane Burke-Robertson award recognizes a lawyer who has made an exceptional contribution and/or achievement in the development of charity and not-for-profit law in Canada. The award will be presented at the CBA Charity Law Symposium on May 6, 2019 in Toronto. Please submit nominations to Anita Hayford by March 22, 2019. Please visit the award webpage for full eligibility and nomination details.

CBA Wellness program

CBA Advantage: Microsoft and LawPay

Microsoft and LawPay are the newest CBA Advantage partners. We’re all familiar with Microsoft, which is offering CBA members a deal on Office 365. LawPay is the #1 online payment solution developed specifically for lawyers. Offering the highest levels of legal compliance, support, and security, it helps you accept, manage and integrate online payments to your legal practice. Check out these and other CBA Advantage offers.


CBA Skilled Lawyer Series


Back by popular demand for a ninth season, the CBA’s Skilled Lawyer Series offers 16 webinars in two streams and as much as 12 hours of CPD credits per stream. Read on for more.

Professioanl Development


Does your Section have a conference coming up? Looking for a way to fill some CLE hours? Here’s a list of upcoming conferences and webinars.

Editor: Kim Covert

Production: Brandon Bento