Updates on our initiatives!

  • April 20, 2023

On Monday, April 3, 2023, our Section hosted an outreach event in Edmonton. We had excellent attendance, including a member at large and all the officers on the Executive from across Canada. We were honoured to hear from a very accomplished panel: Justice L.C. Tchir, Alberta Court of Justice; the Hon. A. Anne McLennan P.C., O.C., A.O.E., Senior Advisor Bennet Jones; and Margaret Unsworth, General Counsel, Alberta Justice and Law Society Bencher.

The panelists spoke about careers in law in the public sector; including benefits, mentorship, leadership, and ways to find fulfillment and excel in a public sector career. As our first in person outreach in many years, we were all thrilled to reconnect and speak to our shared issues as public sector lawyers. Thank you to everyone who attended.

We encourage you to get involved in our upcoming initiatives! Find out more about our essay contest and May brown bag sessions below.

Promote our essay contest!

Promote “In the Public Interest” Student Essay Contest. Students can win $500 for the best paper written about the contribution of public sector lawyers or an important development in the law affecting public sector lawyers in Canada (deadline May 2, 2023).

Key Public Sector Cases Across Canada: Annapolis Group Inc v Halifax Regional Municipality, 2022 SCC 36 – May 11, 2023

This upcoming session will focus on the recent Supreme Court Canada decision of Annapolis Group Inc v Halifax Regional Municipality, 2022 SCC 36 where the Court, for the first time since Canadian Pacific Railway Co v Vancouver (City), 2006 SCC 5, reconsidered the test for constructive taking (de facto expropriation) of private property.

We are privileged to have legal experts from local, provincial and federal governments, including the government lawyers who participated in this case, share their views on the potential implications of this ruling on governments.

This presentation is free for CBA members.

Susan B. Horne, Legal Counsel, City of Vancouver
Phong Phan, Legal Counsel, Ministry of Attorney General, BC
Tim Quirk, Legal Counsel, Ministry of Attorney General, BC
Vanessa Glasser, Legal Counsel, Attorney General of Ontario
Mark V. Rieksts, Legal Counsel, Department of Justice Nova Scotia
Dayna Anderson, General Counsel, Attorney General of Canada


Legislating Indigenous Law – Challenges to (and for) Jurisdiction – May 18, 2023

This session will involve an overview and discussion of matters of enactment as a comparison with the parliamentary tradition from the perspective of Indigenous law. There will be an introduction to the approaches to inherent and codified lawmaking that have been and are underway by Indigenous Peoples. This will be useful for public sector lawyers and other practitioners who are interested in better understanding the nature of Indigenous law-making in different communities.

This presentation is free for CBA members.

Professor Alan Hanna, University of Victoria Faculty of Law


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Thank You,
CBA Public Sector Lawyers Section Executive