CBA News | May 2016

  • May 02, 2016

Spotlight on young lawyers and law students

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Whitney Houston believed the children are the future – and so do we, or at least, that law students and young lawyers are the future of the CBA. While the organization as a whole works on its engagement strategy for that group, individual Sections and Forums have been doing their part to make their work accessible and relevant to lawyers at the beginning of their careers.

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3rd Annual Competition Law Young Lawyers Half-Day Symposium

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The Competition Law Section’s 3rd annual Young Lawyers Half-Day Symposium was well attended by a wide variety of competition practitioners (of all vintages), representing private practice, federal clerkship, and government.

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CBA Influence

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In case you missed it – check out the latest issue of CBA Influence, a monthly 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.

Become a Certified In-house Counsel – Canada

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May 31 is the application deadline for Cohort 4 of the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel, created by the CCCA and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the only program of its kind in Canada.

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Wanted: Lawyers with business acumen

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Wondering whether the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel is right for you – or why it might be useful for your career? Check out this article from the Spring 2016 issue of CCCA Magazine (republished on about the proficiencies that are helping lawyers get ahead in business.

The Pitch: Call for submissions

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Could you be a disruptive force for the legal profession? Are you working on an idea that just needs some time and attention from the kind of people who can get things done? Then read on, because this August the CBA, in partnership with LegalX, will give five lucky startups the chance to give us The Pitch.

Inquiring minds want to know: Do you LPO?

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What impact does legal process outsourcing have on your business? Why do you do it – or not? These are the kinds of questions a study launched by the CBA, Taran Virtual Associates and CorbinPartners will be trying to answer, with your help.

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Catching up with CBA International Initiatives

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Does industry have the right to be heard in determining tariffs? What’s more important – quantity or quality of evidence in a trademark appeal? Read these new IP case summaries and more of the 28 orders issued by the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal between October 7 and December 17, 2015.

Young Lawyers International Program – Deadline straight ahead!

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We’re currently recruiting for the 2015-16 Young Lawyers International Program for the 2016-17 cycle. Interested candidates are reminded that the deadline to apply is May 16, 2016.

Read the new issue of The Canadian Bar Review

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The latest issue of The Canadian Bar Review, the CBA’s bilingual peer-reviewed legal journal, is now online. Read articles on topics such as physician-assisted dying, criminal liability for acts committed in a state of substance-induced psychosis, systemic incoherence in criminal justice, and the empirical costs of seeking civil justice in Canada, amongst others.

This issue is the last to be edited by our long-serving editor-in-chief Beth Bilson, Q.C., of the University of Saskatchewan. After a decade of exceptional service, Professor Bilson has retired from her role as editor. She leaves behind an outstanding legacy; it was truly a pleasure to work with her.

Keep an eye out for the next issue of The Canadian Bar Review, which should be out by summer.

Section and Forum News


Student essay competitions

CBA Sections and Conferences offer seven prizes for student essays each year. The Intellectual Property Section and the Construction Law Section have announced winners for their 2016 prizes – both students at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.

National Sections Council Award of Excellence

The National Sections Council Award of Excellence celebrates and recognizes the outstanding contribution of a National Section in providing service to members and furthering the objectives of the CBA. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2016.

Section and Forum elections

The CBA offers members 31 National Sections organized according to substantive areas of law and eight Forums organized by interest area. Each Section and Forum needs the contribution of members to carry out its activities. This is your opportunity to get involved.

Upcoming professional development

The spring rush is on for PD conferences to end out the year. Here’s what’s coming up in the near future: CBA IP Day – May 12, 2016; CBA Competition Law Spring Forum – May 19, 2016; 2016 National Charity Law Symposium – May 27, 2016; CBA Tax Law for Lawyers Conference – May 29–June 3, 2016; Military Law Conference – June 2, 2016; CBA National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit – June 4, 2016; CBA Legal Conference – August 10-14. And read on to see what else is in the works.

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