Sebastien Anderson is called to the bar in both British Columbia ('02) and Alberta ('04). He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta, prior to which he studied labour relations at Athabasca University and the Labour College of Canada. Sebastien is the principal of the "Labour Rights Law Office"– a virtual law firm–practising law primarily in the fields of labour, employment, human rights and administrative law.
David J. Bilinksy is a Practice Management Consultant and lawyer for the Law Society of British Columbia. He is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR) at the University of Massachusetts. He is also a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and past Editor-in-Chief of ABA's Law Practice Magazine.
David is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University teaching a totally online, graduate level course in the Masters of Arts in Applied Legal Studies program. This MA program received the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education. He has designed and is presently teaching the first legal technology course in Canada for the University of Toronto Law School.
Dave's mission in life is to empower lawyers to anticipate the changes, realize the opportunities, face the challenges and embrace the expanding possibilities of the application of practice management concepts to the practice of law in innovative ways that provide service excellence.
Dave is the founder and Chair of the Pacific Legal Technology Conference and a past Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's TECHSHOW.
Dave writes regularly for many publications in the USA and Canada including being a contributor to the award-winning blog slaw.ca and its sister blog, tips.slaw.ca as well as his own blog: thoughtfullaw.com. His articles have been translated into several languages and republished across the globe.
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The views expressed in this blog are those of the writer and should not be inferred as those of the Law Society of British Columbia
Andrea Cannavinna is CEO of New York based LegalTypist, Inc., which offers a variety of secretarial and administrative support options to law firms of 1 to 100+. Andrea helps busy professionals organize and upgrade common business processes to take advantage of technology and delegation in order to get the work done in the most efficient and effective manner.
Her specialties include upgrading the dictation/transcription process, incorporating off-site assistance into a firm's workflow and using the web securely. Andrea also consults with clients regarding office organization, filing, email administration, time and billing issues and achieving and maintaining a professional web presence.
Chilwin Cheng is the Managing Partner of Ascendion LawTM — ascendionlaw.com — helping businesses breath easier in the 21st century. Ascendion Law enables progressive and innovative lawyers to re-invent the practice of law in a collaborative and supportive environment, supported by the latest in legal technology, marketing, and business methods.
Chilwin is the former Chief Litigation Counsel of the regulator of Canada's securities markets. He has conducted trials, appeals, and hearings before all courts in British Columbia and in administrative tribunals in the health, financial, forestry, mining, and real estate sectors. He is a former Enforcement Counsel with the BC Securities Commission, a former Crown Counsel, and has worked in boutique, large firm, and institutional environments before founding Ascendion Law. Chilwin welcomes inquiries from business lawyers across the country.
He is currently the co-Chair of the BC CBA Civil Litigation Section and Secretary of the Securities Law section. He has taught numerous CBA seminars and CLE sessions on substantive law and practice topics.
He is passionate about changing the practice of law, authoring frequent articles on applying Lean Production and the Toyota Production System to law office operations. For a period of time, after obtaining his MBA, he practiced part-time while founding two legal technology startups and acted as the Director, Knowledge Management for a large downtown law firm. He is the founder of firedwithoutcause.com and contracttailor.com, two legal technology startups. BC Business magazine awarded Chilwin's startup the "Top Innovator" award in 2009.
He obtained his BA from SFU, his LLB from the University of Toronto, and his MBA from SFU. He was awarded leadership awards in his BA and MBA programs, has been quoted extensively by the Supreme Court of Canada, and plays the bagpipes.
Simon Chester is one of Canada's leading consultants on professional responsibility and risk management. His legal career includes a decade of public service, thirty years of Bay Street experience, periods embedded in in-house legal teams at Alcan and Royal Bank of Canada and teaching at Osgoode Hall Law School. He was the first non-American to chair ABA TechShow and has advised both the International Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association on conflict of interest issues. He contributed to the ABA's book The Relevant Lawyer, on the Future of the Legal Profession, released as part of President William Hubbard's Future of Legal Services initiative. He was the keynote speaker in 2012 at the Federation of Law Societies of Canada on Alternative Business Structures, and subsequently made presentations on ABS to Benchers at Law Society of British Columbia and Barreau du Québec, and three times to Benchers of Law Society of Upper Canada. He was the former President, College of Law Practice Management – first non-American to hold this office, and was awarded the first Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowship in Professionalism and Legal Ethics. He was a co-founder of Slaw.ca, the most popular Canadian legal blog, and has made presentations on Social Media and Legal Practice to American Bar Association (in Washington DC and Boston) and to the Supreme Court of Canada. He has spoken at all but one of the Pacific Legal Technology Conferences and to professional groups in Canada, United States, Mexico, Scotland, England, Belgium, Netherlands, India and Singapore. He has also been a pioneer in the application of advanced technologies to the practice of law, and in adapting firms to emerging data protection, privacy and security issues. He has spent the last year helping manage the largest law firm dissolution in Canadian history.
Michael Condé, Director of Discovery Services, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, manages e-discovery and litigation support services across the firm. He has provided a wide range of e-discovery, litigation support and legal technology services to law firms and corporate law departments – both in-house and as a consultant – in Canada and the U.K. for over 25 years. He has set up litigation support departments, implemented discovery workflows and best practices, and overseen the evaluation, implementation, use and management of a wide variety of litigation support and evidence management software programs.
Michael Dew is an associate at Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP and practices civil litigation, focusing on construction law, creditors remedies, shareholder disputes, and personal injury. Prior to attending law school Michael studied civil engineering at the University of Cape Town and then completed a masters degree in structural engineering at the University of British Columbia before commencing work as an engineer. Since being called to the bar in 2007 Michael has appeared as counsel before all courts in British Columbia and has participated in many successful mediations. In the construction law field Michael has worked on cases involving technical issues arising from excavation failures, settling foundations, and product liability, as well as commercial disputes involving builders liens and delay claims. Wherever possible Michael attempts to draw on his technical background and work experience as an engineer to help find practical and cost effective solutions to the issues in dispute, including taking advantage of technology where possible to facilitate efficient exchange of information with clients and opposing parties in the course of litigation.
Nicole Garton is a lawyer and mediator of wills, estates, elder and family law matters. Nicole founded and manages Heritage Law, which has been described in the media as "one of the most streamlined, automated and forward thinking legal business models in Canada." Nicole has won awards in recognition of Heritage Law's innovative structure and effective use of technology, including the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Work Life Balance Award and the Business in Vancouver Top Forty Under 40 Award.
Kate Gower works in all areas of Aboriginal Law, specializing Aboriginal consultation and litigation. She has appeared before British Columbia, Federal and Northwest Territories courts. Recently, she helped Devlin Gailus Westaway Law Corporation launch Victoria's first Electronic Trial Platform for the trial of an Aboriginal Treaty case involving 8 parties and thousands of digital maps and historic documents.
Kate started her law career articling with Fasken Martineau in Vancouver, BC, and then set up her own business contracting her legal skills to other law firms. Before law, Kate was a journalist for the CBC and CTV in Canada, and the BBC in the UK. She's travelled all over Canada and the world, meeting people and listening to their stories. Her journalism skills help her give intelligent, efficient and effective legal counsel.
Ann Halkett was instrumental in the setup of the Litigation Support Department at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, and is the firm's Litigation Support Manager. She is responsible for all aspects of building and maintaining firm-wide litigation support systems and practices, including vendor management, selection and implementation of litigation support and Electronic Discovery technologies, creation and implementation of effective practice support policies, procedures, oversight and management of litigation support personnel, and education within the firm. Ms. Halkett also assesses data and information needs, to identify the most cost-effective process and technology solutions and serves as an advisor and consultant to lawyers, paralegals, and clients.
Ms. Halkett has a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Victoria, a certificate in Journalism from Langara College, paralegal certificates in Litigation and Conveyancing from Vancouver Community College, and holds software certifications in Summation iBlaze, and Law PreDiscovery. Ms. Halkett uses a number of different litigation support software programs. She has been a paralegal for 20+ years. Ms. Halkett is the past-chair of the BC Legal Management Association Litigation Support Subsection and has presented on many occasions for the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C.
Jeremy Hessing-Lewis practices business law for Small Law Corporation, a fixed-fee legal start-up offering affordable legal services to small and medium-sized businesses. He also offers practice management consulting through Appropriate Legal Technology and is the Technical Director at Skunkworks Creative Group, a legal marketing agency.
Doug Jasinski is the President of Skunkworks Creative Group Inc., a marketing and digital agency for professional services firms. Prior to founding Skunkworks Doug worked as a trial lawyer for five years, first with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin and later with the City of Vancouver. As Joni Mitchell might say, "he's looked at law from both sides now".
Doug is a columnist for Canada's leading law blog - SLAW.ca, a past board member of the Legal Marketing Association Vancouver Chapter and an advisory board member for the Pacific Legal Technology Conference.
When not at work, Doug can usually be found at one of his three kids' soccer practices, drinking too much coffee and wishing he could somehow find more time to ride vintage motorcycles.
Joseph L. Kashi is a litigator practicing in Soldotna, Alaska. He has made numerous CLE presentations about a wide variety of legal technology topics since 1990 and has held various positions with the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section between 1990 and 2007. For many years, he wrote a regular legal automation column for Law Office Computing Magazine. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1976. He is admitted to practice before the Alaska Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit.
Bonnie Kirk CPA, CGA has worked in the legal community for over 30 years, most of which has been in the position of Financial Analyst for Lawson Lundell LLP. Her area of expertise spans across forecasting, budgeting and financial analysis-reporting. Throughout her career, Bonnie has supported BCLMA serving as a past chair of the Finance subsection, an Editorial Committee member of Topics and past Co-Chair of the biennial BCLMA Conferences. Bonnie can be reached at email@example.com.
Steve Matthews is the Founder of Stem Legal Web Enterprises, a web development, publishing and strategy company for the legal profession. In more than 20 years working within the online legal environment (including 12 years inside law firms), Steve has conceived, managed, coded and marketed law firm websites, blogs, intranets, portals and extranets. In particular, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities on search engine optimization (SEO) strategies for lawyers and law firms.
Steve has been an editorial board member for the ABA's Law Practice magazine, co-founded and is the current publisher of the award-winning group blog Slaw, and is frequently quoted throughout North America on topics and trends related to legal web technology. In 2011, Steve was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
Michael McCubbin runs a full-service law firm in downtown Vancouver that serves private individuals, businesses, and community organizations in civil and administrative legal matters, with recent success representing a new entry to the Metro Vancouver passenger transport market. His paperless practice has allowed him and team members to serve clients from around the world and complete client deliverables on short notice from beaches in every hemisphere without anything more than an iPad.
Lincoln Mead is the IT Director of the Utah State Bar and an obsessive fan of Cubs baseball. As IT Director, he assists Utah attorneys with evaluation of practice management technology and manages the IT vendor relationships on the Utah State Bar group benefits program. Lincoln is a past Chair of the IT section for the National Association of Bar Executives and former member of the ABA TECHSHOW board. He is a frequent speaker on technology policy, planning, implementation, and use. He is currently managing the roll out of an attorney self-service portal and assisting in the development of an attorney/client service portal.
Doug Munro is a staff lawyer in the Policy and Legal Services Department at the Law Society of British Columbia. Doug provides legal policy support for the Access to Legal Services Advisory Committee, as well as numerous task forces and working groups, including: the Cloud Computing Working Group, the Mirror Imaging Working Group, the Family Law Task Force, the Delivery of Legal Services Task Force, the Legal Service Providers Task Force, the Legal Services Regulatory Framework Task Force, and the Unbundling of Legal Services Task Force. Doug was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2004, and obtained a LL.M from the University of Toronto in 2005. His thesis explored Internet Service Providers' corporate risk management for records stored or transiting through Europe, the United States and Canada."
Registrar Timothy Outerbridge: As Registrar to the British Columbia Court of Appeal, he performs judicial and quasi-judicial functions, including conducting registrar's hearings, assessments and other matters set out by statute or the Rules of Court or referred by a judge of the Court of Appeal. He manages the Office of the Registrar and provide legal, technical and procedural direction to the Deputy Registrars and provide oversight to the Registry and its staff.
Michael Roman is Associate Counsel to Clark Wilson. In addition to being a lawyer, Michael is also a Registered Patent Agent and a Registered Trade-mark Agent.
Michael lectures widely on intellectual property law, including at UBC, SFU, UVic, and BCIT. For over a decade, Michael has taught a graduate course on Intellectual Property Management and Technology Commercialization at the UBC Faculty of Applied Science.
Michael obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering with honours from the University of Toronto in 1988 and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1991.
Nate Russell is a liaison lawyer with Courthouse Libraries BC, where he is the primary point of contact for small firms and solo lawyers and a key voice for the organization. He writes for Slaw, while managing the legal information platform Clicklaw Wikibooks, and helping the library develop CPD programs around new technology. Nate practiced family law and civil litigation prior to joining Courthouse Libraries BC in late 2010. Prior to law, he worked for internet and new media companies in Vancouver in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including a stint at CBC Television. He is a 2005 graduate of Dalhousie Law School. Nate consults and offers legal research support on the side through Dovetail Law. Follow Nate on Twitter: @nrusse.
Euan Sinclair is an Associate in Lawson Lundell's Technology Practice Group where his practice centres on the intersection between law, business and technology. He regularly advises on technology, licensing, outsourcing, software-as-a-service contracts and information privacy.
Prior to joining Lawson Lundell, he practiced law in the UK for fifteen years, mainly as in-house counsel to a UK Clearing Bank, the UK government, and local government, as well as in private practice.
Euan is dedicated to continuous learning and improvement and was awarded a MBA in 1998, and a Masters of Law specializing in IT law in 2004. He is currently working a part-time Masters of Law specializing in Canadian Business Law at Osgoode Hall.
As well as being an associate, Euan is the firm's Director of Knowledge Management, where he is responsible for executing the firm's Knowledge Management strategy to optimize the firm's operational efficiency.
Thomas L. Spraggs is a leading litigator, law reform proponent and innovator based in British Columbia. After completing his legal education, Thomas articled at a civil litigation firm in Alberta, and continued as an associate at that firm before returning to British Columbia to lead Spraggs & Co., the firm started by his father.
Since assuming leadership of the firm, Thomas has applied innovative approaches to practice management and technology to grow Spraggs & Co. into a highly respected, thriving and award-winning civil litigation practice.
Thomas continues to innovate in the design and delivery of legal services as the co-founder of a technology start-up that seeks to improve access to legal services and technology-enabled flexibility in how lawyers practice. He also actively volunteers in his community.
Thomas continues to serve the profession as a Director of the British Columbia Law Institute, where he also serves as Treasurer, and as co-chair of the newly formed Tri-Cities Canadian Bar Association Civil Litigation section. Thomas is also a Director of Douglas College, Vice-Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Technology Strategy Committee.
Thomas holds Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws and Master of Business Administration degrees, and is a member of the law societies of British Columbia, Yukon and Alberta. Thomas is married to Jessica, who is also a lawyer. Together they have four young children.
Darin Thompson is Legal Counsel with the BC Ministry of Justice. He has helped to initiate multiple projects using online dispute resolution (ODR) and is a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Working Group on ODR. Much of his current work is focused on implementation of the Civil Resolution Tribunal.
Darin is also an adjunct professor of Legal Information Technology at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School.
Darin sits on the board of the Justice Education Society, a Vancouver-based organization that carries out public legal education and information activities, justice reform and capacity building programs in British Columbia and in several jurisdictions outside Canada.
Darin has BA and JD degrees from the University of Victoria and an LLM from the University of Edinburgh.
Ronald Usher: Currently, Ron is General Counsel with the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia. Previously Ron was with Bell Alliance, a Vancouver-based real estate and wills & estates law firm. For over eight years Ron worked for the Law Society of British Columbia as a staff lawyer focusing on real estate and technology issues. Ron Usher has also practiced law in private practice in Vernon and Vancouver, British Columbia, in addition to working as in-house counsel to a Victoria computer software company.
Mark V. C. Virgin has practiced in the field of civil litigation and administrative law since being admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1992. His practice has included appearances in all of the Superior Courts of British Columbia and he has extensive trial experience, particularly before juries. He is trained as a commercial arbitrator and has appeared at arbitrations and at hundreds of mediations on behalf of clients.
Prior to his return to private practice in 1998, Mr. Virgin served as in-house counsel with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia where he played a key role in the drafting and rollout of the Notice to Mediate Regulation. In 2006, Mr. Virgin formed the firm of Stevens Virgin, a firm specializing in civil litigation.
Mr. Virgin practices in commercial litigation, professional negligence matters, product liability, construction disputes and focuses primarily on complex personal injury and insurance matters. He has considerable experience handling defences involving difficult medical issues, complicated economic loss claims and contentious liability.
Robert Walls has been a computer enthusiast since the days when the family room TV filled in as computer monitor and programs took 30 minutes to save on audio tapes. He lobbied for, and got, a computer education program started at his high school and in college he focused on low level language programming. Rob then decided to explore his wild side as a CGA student before returning to IT and acquiring MCSE and CNA designations. In 2007, after almost two decades supporting technology in the ocean shipping industry, Rob entered the legal technology field with Boughton Law. He is responsible for the firm's Information Technology infrastructure and just about everything else that's plugged in. Rob is also the Technology Subsection co-chair of the BCLMA and Member Liaison of ILTA.
Maryam Zargar is a corporate and commercial lawyer with focus on the technology sector, from emerging businesses to large multi-national companies. Prior to establishing Zargar Lawyers in 2009, Maryam worked in large and medium-sized law firms, as well as in-house in the role of general counsel. Maryam's practice is focused on commercial transactions and various IP commercialization contracts. Maryam's vision for Zargar Lawyers was and remains non-traditional, where all members of the firm have a say in how it is run, the compensation structure rewards collaboration, and technology is used to increase productivity and efficiency, instead of dictating superfluous policies.