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Vancouver Bar Association (the “VBA”)
According to Andrea Fraser, president of the VBA, the association has
shifted both board meetings and member events online (when possible).
They are scheduling their summer CLE series “Breakfast with the Bench”
on Zoom and have already had their first session with Justice Skolrood as a
The VBA has also responded to the pandemic by changing timelines for
recruitment and interview guidelines for summer students (i.e., the oncampus
interview (“OCI”) process) as well as the articling recruitment
process for firms in the downtown Vancouver area.12 The 2021/22 articling
recruitment will take place through September and October of this year.
The summer student recruitment process has been pushed back, with
applications due in January 2021, and the OCI process will take place in
February 2021. Student interviews may be conducted via video, depending
on the situation.
Looking ahead to November, the VBA board is continuing to explore technology
based options for their AGM, which would usually have over 500
attendees. Members are being encouraged to stay involved by following the
association on its social media channels.13
Lastly, Fraser notes that the VBA has temporarily suspended coffee operations
at the barristers’ lounge at the Vancouver courthouse, “but rest
assured, we’ll be back up and running as soon as we can, to continue bringing
counsel the best value for coffee (though perhaps not the best-tasting coffee)
Kenneth Armstrong, president of the CBABC, indicates that the association
has adapted both internally and externally over the last few months. The
use of webinars has significantly increased in a number of sections, and
many roundtable discussions have been transitioning to online media.
Armstrong has led discussions with managing partners across the province
via Zoom, with conversations centered on how to support lawyers during
the pandemic, whether by ensuring a safe return for lawyers and staff or by
supporting summer and articling students at the beginning of their careers.
Further, the CBABC has gathered information on COVID-19 and made
resources and updates for the legal industry more widely available, including:
“CBABC Updates & Advocacy”, “Professional Development Programming”,
“Support for Business”, “Wellness Resources” and “Returning to the
Office” on their online “COVID-19 Resource Hub”.14