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TLABC, like the CBABC and the VBA, has transitioned much of its programming
online. Similar to the CBABC, TLABC has updates and resources
related to COVID-19 on its website.15 The association has also expanded its
website, with creative solutions for conference sponsors including social
TLABC introduced its “Support Series”,17 which features—at latest count—
a dozen webinars (free for members) on topics like the latest strategies for
family lawyers; online mediations; and anxiety, stress and resilience skills.
The webinars are well attended, with over 100 participants at each, and are
expected to continue after the pandemic, as they benefit lawyers across the
province. Many lawyers who ordinarily would not have had the opportunity
to engage can do so with their colleagues across B.C. TLABC’s exclusive trial
practice list server (featuring a variety of specific practice areas) has also
seen a significant increase in participation since the early stages of the pandemic,
thereby fostering an increase in collaboration among members.
TLABC has begun looking at the next year of programming to find ways
to adapt the online experience while keeping audiences engaged. For example,
breakout rooms in Zoom allow a facilitator to go from room to room,
while moving participants around, between different groups. This way
everyone has an equal opportunity to pose questions during the conference
or seminar, and networking opportunities among attendees are actively
encouraged and facilitated.
INFORMAL WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE
Virtual Social Events
Legal organizations and firms are having social webinars to help connect
people through virtual chats over coffee and virtual happy hours. While not
replacing the real experience, lawyers can check in with their colleagues in
an informal environment. Amy Mortimore of Clark Wilson LLP notes that
the socials allow lawyers to connect with their colleagues and continue
informal mentoring relationships even while working remotely.
Engaging with Young Lawyers and Law Students
This pandemic has brought the needs of young lawyers, and articling and
summer students, crashing to the forefront. Some have been let go or had
their positions compromised due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
This is a stark reality for newly minted lawyers who find themselves jobless
in an economic downturn, carrying a mountain of debt, after many years of
dedicated work towards achieving their professional goal.