Vancouver Bar Association

Vancouver Bar Association The Vancouver Bar Association was established in 1892, under the name of the Vancouver Law Association. In 1945, the Association was formally incorporated.
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Its goals included the improvement of statute law and rules of practice in the courts, the maintenance of social etiquette and the establishment of a law library. In 1912, the Society was renamed the Vancouver Bar Association. The goals of the organization included the protection of interests of members of the legal profession and cooperation with other bars in B.C. Membership was open to all lawy

ers in the Lower Mainland. The goals of the Association included: the advancement and protection of members of the legal profession; the development of high standards of legal education and training; the publication of papers, journals and books which promote the Association; the provision of legal services for people of the city of Vancouver. The Association's other activities included a lawyer referral service, legal assistance, continuing legal education, the publication of The Advocate and the establishment of the Lawyer's Inn.

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:Daniel Babcock (Singleton Reynolds LLP)Daniel ar...
11/17/2023

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:

Daniel Babcock (Singleton Reynolds LLP)

Daniel articled at Singleton and was called to the bar in 2020. He currently practices in the firm’s commercial litigation, construction, and insurance law groups. Daniel has been a member of the VBA since he was an articled student and he has consistently attended / really enjoyed attending all the events the VBA has to offer. Daniel is excited to be running for the VBA Board of Directors and furthering the VBA’s mandate of increasing collegiality within the profession. During his time in law school, he served on the UVIC student executive where he planned the students’ community sporting events and his class’s graduation. After law school, Daniel has planned many events within his own firm, and is looking to bring that same enthusiasm to the broader legal community in Vancouver as a member of the VBA Board of Directors.

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:Alex Tatti (Boughton Law)Alex is an associate wi...
11/17/2023

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:

Alex Tatti (Boughton Law)

Alex is an associate with Boughton Law Corporation’s securities group with a practice that focuses on M&A, capital markets, and public and private corporate matters. Originally from the Northwest Territories, he obtained his law degree from the University of British Columbia after earning his BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Alberta.

Alex is running for a position with the VBA in order to contribute to an important platform for the legal community. Emphasizing the importance of active engagement and collaboration, Alex is dedicated to advocating for and implementing initiatives to increase the reach and impact of community events and professional development opportunities. In fostering a supportive and inclusive network, Alex aims at providing all members of the legal community with the access and tools they need to thrive in their practice.

The biggest social event for lawyers of the year is set to take place this Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at the Fairmont Ho...
11/16/2023

The biggest social event for lawyers of the year is set to take place this Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The AGM includes a cocktail reception, plated dinner, and rooftop after-party.

In order for the Fairmont to guarantee dietary accommodations, tickets must be purchased by Friday, November 17th. If no dietary restrictions are required, any remaining tickets will be available until November 20th.

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:Jeff Hernaez (Olthuis van Ert)Jeff practices com...
11/16/2023

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:

Jeff Hernaez (Olthuis van Ert)

Jeff practices commercial litigation and public law at Olthuis van Ert. Jeff went to law school and briefly practiced in Toronto before proudly becoming a member of the Vancouver bar in 2017. Jeff is excited to be running for a position on the VBA board. He strongly believes in the VBA’s mission to foster camaraderie amongst its members, and advocate and protect the interests of Vancouver lawyers.

Jeff has previous board experience, having served on the board of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (BC) from 2018 to 2020, and as the former President of the Vancouver Tennis Association from 2020-2023 (the city’s 2SLGBTQ+ tennis club based out of Stanley Park).

Outside of work hours Jeff can be found on the tennis court, at the curling rink, or in the Red Room at Barry’s Bootcamp.

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:Spencer Malthouse (Fasken)I am running for the V...
11/16/2023

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:

Spencer Malthouse (Fasken)

I am running for the VBA Board to help the VBA connect lawyers (new and old) with our peers. Although originally from Vancouver Island, I lived in Ontario and Quebec for the better part of 12 years. I went to uOttawa for law school and articled and first practiced in Toronto. My husband and I moved to Vancouver in February, 2022. I credit the VBA’s many events and initiatives for helping me grow my network and settle down in this new City.

As a candidate, I bring a mix of experience in supporting mental wellness, working in different legal environments, and managing organizational finances. In particular:

• I am a member of the CBABC’s Mental Wellness Committee, tasked with addressing the recommendations of the National Lawyer Wellness Study;
• I have worked at big (Fasken) and small firms (Teplitsky LLP, Toronto); and
• In law school, I was the VP Finance of the Common Law Student Society. Before law, I worked for 4 ½ years in financial services.

Welcome to the Malt house!

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:Struan Robertson (DLA Piper LLP)I maintain a gen...
11/16/2023

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:

Struan Robertson (DLA Piper LLP)

I maintain a general practice in employment and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on litigation involving the workplace. When I am not practising law, I am chasing my one and half year old son. This can be a humbling experience. It reminds me of how quickly any athletic prowess I once might have had has seemingly vanished. Before chasing a toddler, I chased forest fires around the province and played rugby competitively.

The VBA is unique. It fills a space that is often missing for professionals. The VBA provides resources and opportunities to lawyers to connect in a way that provides a break from the work itself or a space to learn from senior counsel outside the four walls of our respective firms. I want to join the VBA Board because I am passionate about ensuring the collegiality amongst members of the bar is maintained and strong for years to come. As a past participant of the Inns of Court program, I want to ensure we can continue to support events that foster connection and discussion amongst our colleagues.

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:Cory Song (AHBL)Hi! My name is Cory Song. I enjo...
11/16/2023

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:

Cory Song (AHBL)

Hi! My name is Cory Song. I enjoy cooking and playing video games, am active in my church community, and love a good sing-along! I am an Associate at AHBL, practicing insurance defence and police law. If I wasn’t practicing law, my dream is to be a mysterious masked singer, serenading the streets in a souped-up rickshaw.

To me, the VBA has been an invaluable source of community in a profession that can feel very solitary. The sense of collegiality and camaraderie that the VBA brings through its events was and is so important to me, as a student and now as a junior lawyer. I am running for a member-at-large position as I believe my voice on the Board can meaningfully contribute to both fostering the events and initiatives that the VBA has continued to host for the legal profession in BC as well as piloting smaller, informal events for those of us who are not as sports-inclined. Thank you for considering a vote for Cory! Music always brings people together and I am hopeful this Song sounds good to you.

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:Allyse Cruise (Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LL...
11/16/2023

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:

Allyse Cruise (Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LLP)

Allyse Cruise is an associate at Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson. Prior to NST, Allyse worked in an A2J focused role, collaborating extensively with the Centre for Research, Evaluation, and Action Towards Equal Justice. She regularly contributes as a presenter to USask’s Law Reform class, recently volunteered with Saskatchewan’s Access to Justice Network, and was part of the advisory committee for a project that received an inaugural McLachlin Fund grant. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she volunteered with the International Rescue Committee and sat on the board of Saskatoon Community Mediation Services.

Allyse hopes to continue her volunteer work with the VBA! She genuinely appreciates that the organization provides its members with activities ranging from Tuesday night hoops to unlimited hops. Allyse wants to ensure that there continues to be a wide-ranging number of ways that our bar can mingle and support one another. Consider voting for Allyse at this year’s VBA AGM so that she can get started!

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:Rachel Wollenberg (Lawson Lundell LLP)Rachel Wol...
11/16/2023

Meeting the candidates running for election to the VBA Board at our AGM:

Rachel Wollenberg (Lawson Lundell LLP)

Rachel Wollenberg is an associate at Lawson Lundell LLP. She has a broad commercial litigation practice, with specific experience in contractual disputes, shareholder oppression claims, civil fraud, real estate disputes and commercial tenancy matters. Rachel practiced in Alberta for four years before being called to the British Columbia bar in May 2023, and she is eager to become more embedded within the Vancouver bar. Rachel is running for a member-at-large position to promote increased collegiality and engagement with Vancouver bar members, and will work hard to further the important support and services provided by the VBA to the Vancouver legal community.

Tickets! Get your tickets!!!The VBA’s Annual General Meeting is back in town on  Tuesday, November 21 at the Fairmont Ho...
10/27/2023

Tickets! Get your tickets!!!

The VBA’s Annual General Meeting is back in town on Tuesday, November 21 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

A new slate of board candidates will be making their cases for your vote, in the classic chaotic and fun style on the Fairmont’s ballroom floor. Don’t wait to get your tickets for a night of voting, chatting, jazzing, and dancing. This year features the return of the famous rooftop afterparty.

We’ll once again be hosting a silent auction with all proceeds going to .

The Vancouver Bar Association is proud to be a Trial Court Sponsor of Access Pro Bono’s 15th Annual Pro Bono Going Publi...
09/19/2023

The Vancouver Bar Association is proud to be a Trial Court Sponsor of Access Pro Bono’s 15th Annual Pro Bono Going Public Event! From September 5-22, 2023, Access Pro Bono is facilitating both in-person and telephone clinics to provide free legal advice. To learn more about the event and Access Pro Bono’s programs, or to donate, please visit advice-a-thon.ca or accessprobono.ca.

Did you know that the VBA manages the Barristers’ Lounge at the Vancouver Law courts? We are in the process of revitaliz...
08/17/2023

Did you know that the VBA manages the Barristers’ Lounge at the Vancouver Law courts? We are in the process of revitalizing the lounge to create a more welcoming, functional and modern space for barristers attending court in Vancouver. Today we took a huge step forward by installing reupholstered lounge furniture and brand new working tables and chairs.

Stay tuned for further updates to the space. Let us know what you think!

On June 22, 2023 the Vancouver Bar Association was proud to organize our Charity Golf Tournament for the second year in ...
07/13/2023

On June 22, 2023 the Vancouver Bar Association was proud to organize our Charity Golf Tournament for the second year in a row. The winning team, Eric Kaufmanis and Stuart Morrow, selected Covenant House as the recipient for the funds raised!

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!!!Tickets are $95 for members, and $110 for non-members. Member discount will be applied at chec...
05/25/2023

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!!!

Tickets are $95 for members, and $110 for non-members. Member discount will be applied at checkout.

This is one of our best attended events of the year and offers opportunities to mingle with other members of the bar, at the bar. Attendees will be greeted with a glass of welcome champagne and appetizers all evening. The venue will also feature a photo booth and raffle. Purchase your tickets now!

Bundled discounted pre-event drink tickets are also available at $40 for 5 tickets or $75 for 10. As in previous years attendees are encouraged to wear red. We look forward to seeing you!

The event is held at Brix and Mortar in Yaletown, 1138 Homer St. 6:00pm – late. As in past years, attendees are encouraged to wear red.

Purchase tickets here: https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/

The Vancouver Bar Association is pleased to present the return of its annual spring social: The Devil’s Advocate!Tickets...
05/12/2023

The Vancouver Bar Association is pleased to present the return of its annual spring social: The Devil’s Advocate!

Tickets are $95 for members, and $110 for non-members. Member discount will be applied at checkout.

This is one of our best attended events of the year and offers opportunities to mingle with other members of the bar, at the bar. Attendees will be greeted with a glass of welcome champagne and appetizers all evening. The venue will also feature a photo booth and raffle. Purchase your tickets now!

Bundled discounted pre-event drink tickets are also available at $40 for 5 tickets or $75 for 10. As in previous years attendees are encouraged to wear red. We look forward to seeing you!

The event is held at Brix and Mortar in Yaletown, 1138 Homer St. 6:00pm – late. As in past years, attendees are encouraged to wear red.

Purchase tickets here: https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/

The VBA is proud to host the 2023 VBA Volleyball Tournament six on six at 6pack Indoor Beach. We encourage lawyers and s...
04/21/2023

The VBA is proud to host the 2023 VBA Volleyball Tournament six on six at 6pack Indoor Beach. We encourage lawyers and staff to sign up!

Date: May 13, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: 6Pack Indoor Beach (13180 Mitchell Rd. #115, Richmond, BC)

Participants will receive:
• a welcome bag;
• coffee upon arrival; and
• a chance to win prizes for various categories

Costs:
• $480 per team of 6 players

Rules:
• Beach volleyball rules apply with some modifications
• Unlimited substitutions
• 6 on 6, no more than 4 people who identify as male on the court at once

STARTING MARCH 28!The VBA is proud to bring you another season of drop-in basketball! All lawyers and articling students...
03/20/2023

STARTING MARCH 28!

The VBA is proud to bring you another season of drop-in basketball! All lawyers and articling students of all skill levels are welcome.

Sessions are held every Tuesday evening 8-10pm at Shaughnessy Elementary.

There are 15 spots available each week so please register in advance at https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/ and e-mail [email protected] if you would like to be added to the e-mail list.

So whether you’re shooting swishes or bricks, come on down and appear in COURT with your fellow members of the bar!

The 2023 Charity Dodgeball tournament is SOLD OUT!This year, proceeds from the event will be donated to the Greater Vanc...
03/08/2023

The 2023 Charity Dodgeball tournament is SOLD OUT!

This year, proceeds from the event will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. In addition to the donation of the proceeds, there will be a 50/50 draw and we are holding a virtual food drive with tax receipts issued for eligible donations. To donate to the virtual food drive, please use the posted QR code or visit events.foodbank.bc.ca/fundraiser/vbadodgeball.

Spectators are welcome and we look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

Marvel, through gales of laughter, as two courageous teams of lawyers humorously debate the maxim: "Be it resolved that ...
02/17/2023

Marvel, through gales of laughter, as two courageous teams of lawyers humorously debate the maxim: "Be it resolved that no one should be the judge in their own case." Don't miss the (reinstated) annual BGuiled Debate Finals at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Doors open at 6:30, comedic brilliance starts at 7:30. All proceeds go to Access Pro Bono.

Mark your calendars for the annual VBA Charity Dodgeball Tournament this March! The tournament is open to ten teams only...
02/12/2023

Mark your calendars for the annual VBA Charity Dodgeball Tournament this March!

The tournament is open to ten teams only, so secure your teams now. Each team is guaranteed three 10-minute games, with the top two teams advancing to a final round. Get your flashy team costumes together and come ready to hit a lawyer (with a ball), cheer on your teammates, and raise cash for charity!

Teams must consist of 10-12 participants (lawyers, support staff, and articled students are all welcome) and must be gender diverse. During game play, each team may have up to 6 players on the court, including a maximum of 4 players who identify as male. Spectators are also encouraged.

If you cannot find enough players, you will also have the option this year of registering a half-team of 5-6 people, for a reduced price. At the tournament, your half-team will be paired with another half-team.

Awards will be given out at the end of the tournament to the winning team. Prizes include a trophy for first place and a $100 gift certificate. An award will also be given for the best dressed team.

Tickets!! Get your tickets!!!!The VBA Annual General Meeting is back in town on November 17th!A new slate of board candi...
11/08/2022

Tickets!! Get your tickets!!!!

The VBA Annual General Meeting is back in town on November 17th!

A new slate of board candidates will be making their cases for your vote, in classic chaotic and fun style on the Fairmont ballroom floor.

🧡🖤

Don’t wait to get your tickets for a night of voting, chatting, jazzing, dancing and some more voting. We'll once again be hosting a silent auction with all benefits going to Access Pro Bono BC.

Get your tickets here: https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/

The VBA is proud to bring you another season of drop-in basketball!All lawyers and articling students of all skill level...
10/21/2022

The VBA is proud to bring you another season of drop-in basketball!

All lawyers and articling students of all skill levels are welcome.

🏀 Tuesdays @ 8-10pm (until December 13)
🏀 L’École Bilingue @1166 W 14th Avenue, Vancouver
🏀15 spots available each week
🏀 First come, first served

✔️ Register in advance at http://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/
✔️ Email [email protected] to be added to the mailing list

Whether you’re shooting swishes or bricks, come on down and appear in court with your fellow members of the bar!

A friendly reminder that September 20th is around the corner...Don't miss your post-work craft beers, spirits, appies (a...
09/09/2022

A friendly reminder that September 20th is around the corner...

Don't miss your post-work craft beers, spirits, appies (and fun, obviously) at this year's Fall Festival!

🧡 Food and drinks are included in the ticket prices
🧡 $50 for VBA members
🧡 $85 for non VBA members

Buy your tickets here: https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/

All Vancouver lawyers and non-lawyer professionals welcome for the fall festivities.

The VBA’s annual Fall Festival is back after a two-year hiatus!Join us at the Vancouver Club for a casual weeknight of n...
08/30/2022

The VBA’s annual Fall Festival is back after a two-year hiatus!

Join us at the Vancouver Club for a casual weeknight of networking, festival games, appies and sampling of local beers, ciders and spirits.

This year’s event is not just for lawyers… We encourage all members of the Vancouver bar to join and to invite your non-law professional network as well.

Tickets include drinks (and fall fun).

🍂 September 20th @ 6PM
🍂 915 W Hastings Street
🍂 $50 for members ($85 for non members)
🍂 More info and tickets available: https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/

If you haven't already registered for this year's VBA Golf Tournament... well you're too late. Registration is closed!Go...
08/23/2022

If you haven't already registered for this year's VBA Golf Tournament... well you're too late. Registration is closed!

Good luck to all the tee-riffic golfers this August 25th! May the course be with you! It'll be un-fore-gettable! 🤣

For info and updates on all the VBA's events, visit our website Events page: https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/

Next week, Master Robertson will be taking her morning coffee with the VBA 🍴 ☕️ 🍓 🍩Don't miss out on the next   on Augus...
08/18/2022

Next week, Master Robertson will be taking her morning coffee with the VBA 🍴 ☕️ 🍓 🍩

Don't miss out on the next on August 23, 2022. Spots are limited for this event and usually sell out.

✅ August 23 @ 715 AM to 845 AM
✅ 885 W Georgia Street, 4th floor
✅ $20 for VBA members
✅ Hosted in partnership with Charest Legal Solutions, and with sponsorship from Impact Recruitment
✅ Register here: https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/

Welcome to the VBA's CLE Summer Series!The first of 3 sessions is this July 20th.This year's topic - presented by Gaynor...
07/14/2022

Welcome to the VBA's CLE Summer Series!

The first of 3 sessions is this July 20th.

This year's topic - presented by Gaynor Yeung (Bencher) - is "Mediation: Tips and Tactics for Novice Negotiators”.

Get your tickets on the VBA website before they run out... this one's gonna be hot 🔥

Tickets are free of charge + Each session will be held at the offices of .

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WEEK 1️⃣
❓ July 20th: 1 PM to 2 PM:
❓ A discussion of steps to be taken before stepping into the mediation, including properly preparing your client, pre-mediation communications with your mediator, and crafting a meaningful mediation brief.

WEEK 2️⃣
❓ July 27th: 1 PM to 2 PM
❓ A discussion of outside factors impacting your negotiations, including the impact of implicit bias, gender, age, and experience.

WEEK 3️⃣
❓ Aug 3rd: 1 PM to 2 PM
❓ An introduction to developing a negotiation plan, persuasive negotiation tools, and the effective use of your mediator.

Start your morning off right on July 19th.... Enjoy a coffee, croissant and informal chat with the Honourable Justice Ni...
07/12/2022

Start your morning off right on July 19th.... Enjoy a coffee, croissant and informal chat with the Honourable Justice Nitya Iyer!

For our second Breakfast with the Bench event this year, Justice Iyer will sit down with VBA members and discuss etiquette and court practice tips.

This event is open to VBA members only. Visit our website to register: https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/

☕️ July 19, 2022 (Tuesday)
☕️ 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM
☕️ 885 West Georgia Street, 4th Floor (Charest Legal Solutions)

The crowd-favorite Devil's Advocate Social is back!🔥 June 16, 2022 @ 6 PM🔥 Brix +Mortar🔥 VBA members and non-members wel...
05/26/2022

The crowd-favorite Devil's Advocate Social is back!

🔥 June 16, 2022 @ 6 PM
🔥 Brix +Mortar
🔥 VBA members and non-members welcome
🔥 Get your tickets https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/

If you don't want to catch a case of FOMO, bring your best to the Devil's Advocate.

Time to register for the VBA's next lunchtime CLE webinar! Up next is a practice-based discussion around client ID and v...
05/05/2022

Time to register for the VBA's next lunchtime CLE webinar! Up next is a practice-based discussion around client ID and verification rules.

❓ What: Client Identification and Verification Rules - A Practical Application Workshop

❓ Who: featuring Law Society of BC bencher Barbara Buchanan, QC

❓ When: May 19, 2022 @ 12:30 pm

❓ Register: https://vancouverbar.ca/events-findjoo/

*free for members

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