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THE ADVOCATE 951 VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 Eight hundred years ago, the Charter of the Forest was proclaimed. As described by the American Bar Association, the Charter of the Forest (also known as the Carta de Foresta) is widely considered to be one of the first laws in the world to regulate the use of natural resources. It did that by extending, for the first time, tangible rights, privileges and protections regarding the use of the forests in England to the common man. In so doing, the Charter established a basic right to use public lands and resources, and it established the concept of the commons (here, the forest and its resources). Viewed in the context of current controversies over use of public lands, one might argue that the Charter of the Forest is perhaps more relevant today than it has been in hundreds of years. In celebration of this momentous event, the Law Courts Inn will be holding the “More Medieval Madness—A Celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Charter of the Forest” on November 20, 2017, commencing at 5:30 p.m. for a reception with dinner to follow. The event is a sequel to the celebration of the anniversary of the Magna Carta two years ago. That sell-out event was a smash hit attended by the then Attorney General, numerous judges, lawyers and others. There were speakers from England and a humorous play written by Bruce Fraser which featured, as actors, Christopher Gaze, the Honourable Tom Berger, Q.C., the Honourable Lance Finch, Q.C. and others. This time there will be another play, again written by Bruce Fraser, which promises to surpass the Magna Carta play, as unlikely as that may seem to those who saw it. Tickets and additional information may be obtained by visiting the CBABC or Law Courts Inn websites. The “Medieval Chronicles” website notes “During the Middle Ages, dancing was a very reserved practice and the church played a crucial role in the development of medieval dances. The church primarily did not approve of medieval dancing. However, it eventually became accepted and became part of some religious sermons or ceremonies … There were several types of dances that were popularised during the medieval period such as Carol, Basse Dance, The Egg Dance, Scottish Dance, among many others. Instruments such as drums and lutes were also used while dancing. They were used as accompaniment to the songs sung during these performances.” The stuff of trivia games, you say? Well, speaking of which … on September 28, 2017 the Law Courts Inn held its 2nd Annual Trivia Night at which 24 law firms vied for the coveted title of “The Smartest Law Firm in Vancouver”. This year’s winning team was from Fasken Martineau. The team, consisting of Samantha Chang, Stanley Martin, Tariq Ahmed, Alexandra


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