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June 2020 Events

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Educating & Helping the Public

Free or low cost events for the general public to understand and use the law. Follow the links to see cost & registration info. All times in Pacific Time unless stated otherwise. See disclaimer.
June 1-7 | June 8-14 | June 15-21 | June 22-30
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June 1-7

  • Settling an Estate in British Columbia: Probate from Three Perspectives (Webinar)
    by People’s Law School
    • What: Do you have questions about probate? Maybe you’ve studied the forms and have questions about how to complete them. Maybe you wonder if you need a lawyer. In this free 1-hour webinar, learn answers to common questions about dealing with an estate. Lawyer Nicole Garton will explain the process, paralegal Stacie Ayukawa will demystify forms, and Probate Registry supervisor Laura Hill will explain what happens after your application is filed. This webinar is designed to give you the information you need to navigate the process and empower you to proceed with clarity and confidence.
    • When: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Art Law Talks: Everything You’ve Wanted to Ask a Lawyer, but Were Afraid to
    by Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)
    • What: Lawyer Martha Rans, Legal Director of the Artists’ Legal Outreach in Vancouver will address current pressing legal issues of importance to the arts and cultural sector, covering discussion points driven by the questions that you provide in the online registration form.
    • When: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

June 8-14

  • How to Hold a Virtual Annual General Meeting, Co-presented With Charity Village
    by Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)
    • What: Are you currently planning your AGM and need assistance on how to manage virtually? Needing to hold an election or a vote? In this informative webinar presented by PLEO and Charity Village, find out how-to hold a virtual AGM for your organization in a way that meets the legal and safety requirements that this unique period demands. 
    • When: Wednesday, June 10, 12–1PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Meet BC’s Human Rights Commissioner, Kasari Govender (Zoom Meeting)
    by Office of the BC Human Rights Commission
    • What: The Commissioner is visiting the Province in the safest way possible right now – from her home! Until we can travel to meet with communities across B.C., we are hosting virtual regional conversations. The conversation will include an overview of the Office of the Human Rights Commission, discussion on BC’s Human Rights Code, and a conversation about human rights issues affecting your region.
    • When: Thursday, June 11, 2020 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM (for residents of BC’s Interior)
    • Cost: Free

June 15-21

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (Zoom Meeting)
    by Pacific Association of First Nations Women
    • What: The Vancouver Indigenous Crisis Response Network invites Indigenous elders, seniors and vulnerable adults and those who love them to join us.
    • When: Monday, June 15, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM via Zoom
    • Cost: Free

Learning & Community Building

Free or low cost professional development events for intermediaries, the people providing information and support to members of the public in their interactions with the legal system. We only include those that are open to non-lawyers. Also, events by organizations who help British Columbians in their interactions with the legal system. All times in Pacific Time unless stated otherwise. See disclaimer.
June 1-7 | June 8-14 | June 15-21 | June 22-30
Looking for public legal education events? Go back to the beginning.

June 1-7

  • BC Public Library Staff: JP Boyd on Upcoming Changes to the Divorce Act (Webinar)
    by John-Paul Boyd, QC and Courthouse Libraries British Columbia (CLBC)
    • What: Based on the feedback we’ve heard from attendees, and the fact that the new Divorce Act will come into force in July of 2020, we have decided to focus our last webinar in this legal reference series on the changes to the Act to help prepare BC public library staff to provide reference services on this topic. John-Paul will begin by discussing basic principles on the topic before opening the floor to questions.
    • When: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • Cost: Free

June 8-14

  • Sexual Violence & COVID-19: Frontline Perspectives (Webinar)
    by Ending Violence Association of Canada
    • What: COVID-19 is having a major impact on sexual assault centres and other organizations supporting survivors of sexual violence. Join in a virtual conversation hosted by the Ending Violence Association of Canada to hear frontline perspectives across the country on these impacts. This virtual event will feature speakers from across the country to discuss needs, experiences, and challenges. This is offered in English and French.
    • When: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (PDT)
    • Cost: Free

June 15-21

  • Best Practices for Public Legal Information (Webinar)
    by People’s Law School
    • What: Do you produce legal information for the public in British Columbia? In this free one-hour webinar, learn strategies to make your information even better. People’s Law School has teamed up with other public legal information non-profits to develop best practices and other tools to help you produce information your audience trusts, understands and uses. Learn how, if you substantially follow the best practices, you can qualify to use a new Quality Mark™ on your information. Join Drew Jackson, a lawyer and librarian who leads our efforts in developing information for the public on everyday legal problems, and moderator Paula Price, a lawyer who creates and delivers our digital public legal education.
    • When: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Cost: Free
  • Exploring the Updated Practical Guide to Elder Abuse and Neglect Law in Canada (Webinar)
    by Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
    • What: In this webinar, CCEL National Director Krista James, will provide an update on aspects of the law related to elder abuse, and introduce features of the updated guide. The webinar will cover aspects of the law in each province and territory. Following the webinar, participants will be invited to comment on parts of the draft new Guide to assist the CCEL in developing a Guide that addresses everyone’s legal information needs.
    • When: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern
    • Cost: Free

Disclaimer: These events are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Clicklaw team of any of the products or services of the organizations. Contact the external site for questions regarding their events.

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Legal Help from Home: Amici Curiae’s Legal Forms Workshop

Legal Help from Home is a Clicklaw Blog series highlighting free or low-cost resources available during COVID-19.

Public health directives associated with the response to the pandemic have changed accessibility to various services, creating what can be a confusing landscape for anyone needing access to legal resources. In an effort to ease confusion and highlight resources available and how to access them, Clicklaw has put together the Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians wikibook, and will be featuring legal help and tools in this and other Clicklaw Blog posts. The resources featured in this series provide help beyond finding legal info and are accessible from home.

Navigating forms during COVID-19

Isolation or quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a variety of challenges for people who need help with filling out legal forms. The Amici Curiae Friendship Society offers free confidential workshops that help members of the public complete legal forms necessary to present a matter to a court or tribunal. This service is available to everyone regardless of their means. During the pandemic, the AC Friendship Society is providing virtual appointments in which a legal professional (such as a paralegal) will assist you with completing forms, under the supervision of a lawyer. Sometimes, legal advice is given to help complete a form.

How does it work?

Meetings are conducted via video conference using a software called Zoom. The first step is to receive a 30-minute training on how to use Zoom, then you will be booked for service.  If you are a victim of gendered violence or if you cannot use a computer, meetings will be done over the phone. For first time clients, an AC Friendship Society volunteer will help you write your legal history, for reference during your subsequent appointments. This requirement will be waived for temporary foreign workers seeking uncontested divorce applications, as well as for those on a tight deadline.

What can I ask about?

The AC Friendship Society can assist with filling out forms in most areas of law, as outlined here. During your meeting(s), which will run for one to two hours, you may ask for:

  • Details on how to fill out your forms
  • Guidance on next steps
  • Guidance on any additional documents you might need, and
  • Direction to further resources to help you down the legal path

The number of appointments allowed is unlimited, meaning that you decide how much support you need before you can move forward. How to Make the Most of Your Appointment with Amici Curiae (Friends of the Court) is a good guide on how to best use your time with the legal professionals at Amici Curiae.

How do I access it?

A screenshot of the Virtual AC website

For more information about obtaining assistance from the Amici Curiae Friendship Society, visit https://www.legalformsbc.ca/

Find it on Clicklaw: https://www.clicklaw.bc.ca/helpmap/service/1180.

Stay informed:

To stay informed on resources available during COVID-19 restrictions, visit Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians.

Find it on Clicklaw: https://www.clicklaw.bc.ca/resource/4725 or use short URL: bit.ly/covid19bc

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