Fall is heating up!


Article diffused on October 28, 2015

By Doris Larrivée, General director

If you’re a regular reader of the Infoletter, then you’ll know that the team at the Bar of Montreal is offering members a plethora of training activities. Since the annual general meeting on May 6, there have been more than 25 training hours. Most of the committees are back at work after a short summer break and are planning more events for the coming months.

Draft regulations

During the summer and the beginning of fall, the liaison committees with courts of general jurisdiction were invited to comment on the new regulation drawn up for the coming into force of the new Code of Civil Procedure. Working within very tight deadlines, they were able to submit quality comments that were greatly valued by representatives of the Court of Appeal, Superior Court and the Court of Quebec.

Some of these committees are planning to organize training sessions to present the new rules.

Training in English

The English-Speaking Section of the Bar of Montreal has also been hard at work to offer English-speaking members training sessions on the new Code of Civil Procedure in their own language: 16 hours of training on every aspect of the reform. There’s still time to register, and the training is available on video. What’s more, the Section has not forgotten about organizing its annual “Trial Practice Do’s and Don’ts: Hot Tips from the Experts” Conference, which this year is about article 54.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

International Relations

The members of the International Relations Committee work together so that each of the cooperation agreements signed by the Bar of Montreal does not remain a dead letter. Two Chinese lawyers are currently in Quebec as part of a Montreal-Shanghai exchange.

A number of activities are being planned, including a webinar with some Los Angeles-based lawyers concerning intellectual property. Details on this training will be released soon.

Again, in the context of international relations, the Haiti Committee is organizing its second academic tourism activity in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from January 27 to February 3, 2016. Fifteen hours of continuing education in a gorgeous setting!

Harassment

The various committees of the Bar of Montreal are studying some of the issues encountered by members of the profession. Each committee in its individual area of expertise is putting forward concrete ways to harmonize practices, increase the efficiency of the judicial system, inform members of the profession, and also support them in the different situations that could arise in the course of their careers.

It is specifically to address this last point that the members of the Women in the Legal Profession Committee decided to study the subject of harassment. This problem is nothing new and it can have far-reaching impacts on the personal and professional lives of the persons affected. At an activity taking place on November 25, the Women in the Legal Profession Committee will unveil a series of tools developed to support and increase awareness among members of the profession concerning harassment. This activity is an opportunity to learn more about the options available and be ready to react, help a team member or just polish your own conduct.

If you’d like to start reading about the subject now, I suggest the interview with Mtre Julie Lassonde (French only).

To find out more about the activity and register.

Mentoring = Continuing Education

In recent years, nearly 500 young lawyers have been mentored through the Mentoring Service of the Bar of Montreal and the Young Bar Association of Montreal. A number of experienced lawyers have agreed at my request to act once again as mentors and I thank them very much. However, more volunteers are needed to facilitate my task as coordinator. The Mentoring Service Committee will be organizing an activity next year to bring together both young lawyers and veteran lawyers. I would like to remind you that mentoring is a professional development activity qualifying for mandatory continuing education requirements.

Lawyers’ Lounge

In closing, I am pleased to announce that the repair work started last spring in the Lawyers’ Lounge has now been finished and that everything is back to normal.

Job offer

As you might have noticed, the dynamic Bar of Montreal team is always busy. So in order to maintain the same quality of service for its members and various committees, we need to expand the team by opening up a position for an Assistant Coordinator. Notice to those of you who are interested!

Thank you for your interest in what your Bar is doing.