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Social Justice Law Conference 2018


Social Justice Law Conference 2018

2018 Social Justice Law Conference: The Role of the Legal Community in Supporting Social Movements

This year's Social Justice Law Conference builds on the commitments made at previous conferences to develop and support access to justice in BC and to enhance the specialized skills that lawyers, legal advocates, and law students need for practicing in social justice fields of law. This day long conference provides an excellent opportunity for networking, professional development, and discussing current issues.

For more information, visit: https://socialjusticeconference.wordpress.com/
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/social-justice-law-conference-2018-tickets-42722980585

8:30 – 9:00: Registration and Coffee/Light Refreshments
9:00 – 4:30 Conference

Recorded Keynote Address by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond: "Transforming Advocacy—how being an advocate in a complicated and often exclusionary system takes truth-telling and doubling-down on social justice”
• Due to unforeseen circumstances, the keynote address will be pre-recorded and shared via video

Lunch & refreshments provided



8:30 – 9:00 am
Doors open – Registration and coffee/light refreshments

9:00 – 9:10 am

9:10 – 10:10 am
• Just Housing: Strategizing for a human- and homes-first society
-- DJ Larkin - Lawyer, Pivot Legal Society
-- Andy Yan - Director, The City Program at Simon Fraser University
-- Jean Swanson - Anti-poverty and Housing Activist
-- Moderator: Doug Harris - Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law

10:10 – 10:20 am

10.20 – 11.20 pm
• Criminalization in the Crisis: Criminal justice responses to the fentanyl epidemic
-- David Fai - Lawyer, David N. Fai Law Corporation
-- Karen Mirsky - Lawyer, Begbie Court Law
-- Garth Mullins - Writer, Broadcaster, Drug Decriminalization Activist
-- Moderator: Margot Young - Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law

11:20 – 11:30

11:30 – 12:30 pm
• Caring for Indigenous Children, Advocating for Children’s Rights
-- Dylan Cohen - Advocate, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
-- Katrina Harry - Lead Counsel, Parent’s’ Legal Centre (LSS)
-- Laura Matthews - Lawyer and Mediator, Mathews Mediation
-- Suzette Narbonne - Lawyer, Child and Youth Legal Centre
-- Moderator: Tina Parbhakar - Lawyer, BC Ministry of Attorney General

12:30 – 1:15 pm
Lunch and Keynote Address (video) by Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond

1:15 – 2:15 pm
• Movement Lawyering for Social Justice: Strategies, challenges, and possibilities
-- Irina Ceric - Lawyer, Law Union of BC

2:15 – 2:25 pm

2:25 – 3:10 pm
• Operating in Darkness: BC’s Mental Health Act Detention System
-- Laura Johnston – Lawyer, Community Legal Assistance Society

3:10 – 3:20 pm

3:20 – 4:20 pm
• Justice in Migration: Law, lawyers, and movement support for immigrants and refugees
-- Molly Joeck - Lawyer, Edelmann and Company Law Offices
-- Saleem Spindari - Advocate, Manager of Refugee Settlement Support Projects at MOSAIC
-- Amanda Aziz - Lawyer, Embarkation Law
-- Moderator: Mary Liston, Director, Social Justice Specialization, Peter A. Allard School of Law

4:20 – 4:30 pm
Wrap-up and Thanks

Kate Bird, author of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes, will have a stand with copies of her book available for purchase.

This event will take place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Heritage Hall is wheelchair-accessible, including a non-stairs entrance and an accessible gender-neutral bathroom. Sign language translation may be available upon request.

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