Paralegal Conference: The Aspiring & Inspiring Paralegal, Professional Development & Leadership

I am co-chairing the third annual Paralegal Conference with the TLABC and BC Paralegal Association, together with my co-chair Dee Rogers.

Date, Time & Location:
Wednesday 7 March 2018, Pan Pacific Hotel 999 Canada Place Way, Vancouver. The seminar runs from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Course Details: 

This professional development seminar will inspire every paralegal, in every stage of your career. Available via live webcast and in person attendance, this course will build your paralegal skills and enhance top performance!

Topics include:

  • The importance of pursuing your career with passion, with Art Vertlieb, Q.C.
  • Critical thinking skills and analysis through case law review, with Priscilla Cicek, Michele Ross, Catherine Ann Connor
  • A review of the important SCC decision in Saadati, with Dairn Shane
  • Managing a difficult client (Form Discussion), with Kate Austin
  • Recognizing the signs of antisocial personality disorders, with Dr. Michael Sheppard
  • Best practices for mediation, with Barbara Cornish
  • Performing your best with trial preparation, with Dee Rogers
  • What a paralegal can do to prevent claims (including managing notices, limitation deadlines and timelines), with Maryanne Prohl and Leanne Wood from the Lawyers’ Insurance Fund
  • Exploring your leadership style through core values, with Erica Enstrom
  • And a review of the Rules of Professional Conduct and ethical obligations of a paralegal, with Michele Ross

Visit the Course Here for further information and registration.

9:00 – 9:05 Opening Statements
PRISCILLA CICEK, Legal Assessment Specialist, BICO Risk Management, Surrey
DEE ROGERS, Senior Paralegal, Jarvis McGee Rice Trial Lawyers LLP, Vancouver
9:05 – 9:30 Pursuing Your Career with Passion
Characteristics or Attributes that are Essential in a High-Level Paralegal
ART VERTLIEB QC Vertlieb & Co. Vancouver
9:30 – 10:00 Case Law Review – Substantive Law Discussion (Panel Discussion)
MICHELE ROSS, Designated Paralegal, Quay Law Centre, New Westminster
PRISCILLA CICEK, Legal Assessment Specialist, Instructor, Vancouver Community College, Surrey
CATHERINE ANNE CONNOR, Paralegal, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
10:00 – 10:30 Managing a Challenging Client (Forum Discussion)
KATE AUSTIN, Paralegal, Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP, Vancouver 
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break – networking and exhibitor time
11:00 – 11:30  Defining and Clarifying the Test for Proving Mental Injury:  
The Recent SCC Decision in Saadati and Implications for Future Cases
DAIRN SHANE, Counsel, Preszler Law, Vancouver
11:30 – 12:30 Primer on Personality Disorders, Part II:  Antisocial Personality Disorder
DR. MICHAEL SHEPPARD, Psychologist, DBT Centre of Vancouver, Vancouver
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (included in registration fee)
1:30 – 2:30 Best Practices for Mediation
BARBARA CORNISH, Cornish Margolis Boyd Mediation & Arbitration, Vancouver
2:30 – 3:00 Performing your Best during Trial Preparation: Good, Better and Best Practices 
(Preparation, Organization & Delegation)
DEE ROGERS, Senior Paralegal, Jarvis McGee Rice Trial Lawyers LLP, Vancouver
3:00 – 3:30 Coffee break – networking and exhibitor time
3:30 – 4:00 Lawyer’s Negligence: What a Paralegal can do to Prevent Claims
MARYANNE PROHL, Claims Counsel, Lawyers Insurance Fund, Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver
LEANNE WOOD, Claims Counsel, Lawyers Insurance Fund, Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver
4:00 – 4:30 Team Unity & Leadership through Core Values
ERICA ENSTROM, MBA, HBKin, Integra Medical Consulting, Vancouver
4:30 – 5:00 Ethics and Professional Practice for Paralegals
Rules of Professional conduct and Ethical Obligations
MICHELE ROSS, Designated Paralegal, Quay Law Centre, New Westminster
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