ICYMI: Practice Area Fundamentals

Did you know that the Law Society’s Education Centre updated and added new content to their Practice Area Fundamentals documents last September? Whether you are brushing up on current law and practice in Manitoba or new to a practice area, the Practice Area Fundamentals are a valuable free resource for our Members.

Developed with volunteer lawyers with relevant practice experience, Practice Area Fundamentals update the old Bar Admission (aka CPLED) materials in several practice areas.

Alongside the chapter on Criminal Law, the Education Centre added new chapters in:

Check out the Practice Area Fundamentals section at the Law Society of Manitoba Education Centre.

Jessop Competition Call for Volunteer Judges

Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for the oral rounds at the 2022 Jessup Canadian Qualifying Tournament in Winnipeg, Manitoba from February 10-12, 2022. This is a great opportunity to interact with current law students and colleagues from across Canada. All volunteers are welcome to attend the Judges’ Reception as well as the Gala Award Dinner.

In many jurisdictions, serving as a moot court judge counts towards Continuing Legal Education / Continued Professional Development credit.

Pre-Competition
Judges will receive background materials including:

  • The legal problem;
  • A comprehensive Bench Memo that details the problem and provides a general overview of the public international law principles teams are expected to address;
  • Copies of the teams’ written arguments are also available for judges to review prior to adjudication of the round.

Competition
Oral round judges will sit in panels of three and score the performance of competing schools.

Judges have the opportunity and are encouraged to provide feedback to students following the round.

Organizers attempt to balance the panel based on the judges’ practice area and experience in international law; familiarity in public international law is an asset but not a requirement to judge.

Rounds typically last 2.5 hours, and depending on one’s familiarity with the legal issues, can require the same amount of time for preparation.

Please click here to sign up to serve as an Oral Round Judge or contact Dana Hagg at dhagg@hmclawyers.com

Deadline for judge sign-up: Friday, December 10, 2021

Optimize Your Research Skills with vLex and Irwin Law

Legal Research with vLex and Irwin Law Webinar

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m.

Irwin Law’s comprehensive Essentials of Canadian Law series is moving from desLibris onto the vLex platform.

Learn how to incorporate these texts, vLex and the AI assistant Vincent into your legal research with this free webinar.

Eligible for 1 hour of CPD

Email library@lawsociety.mb.ca to register.

You will need to have Zoom installed on your device. Zoom link will be sent the day before the webinar.

Bill C-78 Divorce Act Webinar

The Bill C-78 Divorce Act Changes: What you need to know

Substantial changes to the Divorce Act come into force on March 1, 2021. Experts from the Family and Children’s Law Team, Department of Justice Canada, are offering free virtual training to provide you with an overview of the amendments.

This course will be helpful to those who need an introduction to the amendments and to those who need a refresher on the eve of implementation.

Due to demand, additional sessions have been added. but have since filled. Please keep checking the website for new dates and times.

Justice Adapting – Manitoba Edition

As COVID-19 events continue to unfold and have an impact on how law is practiced and cases are heard (remotely) in court, legal professionals need timely information on the new procedures. Join LexisNexis Canada as they host:


Speakers:
Honourable Chief Judge Margaret Wiebe of the Provincial Court
Honourable Chief Justice Glenn Joyal Court of the Queen’s Bench
Honourable Chief Justice Richard Chartier of the Court of Appeal


During this webinar we will discuss how their courts are continuing to adapt in light of restricted operations due to COVID-19. They will provide insight into questions such as their experiences in operating virtual courtrooms, the use of judicial discretionary powers to achieve just and fair results, plans for further adaptations, technological successes and challenges, and which processes, if any, the courts will continue to adopt in the post-pandemic world.

Register here.