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Cracks appear when structures are stressed. While the final impact of the
pandemic remains to be fully appreciated, it has already revealed many vulnerabilities
of our justice system and society. Fortunately, our profession
has come together in unique and creative ways. Adversaries are sharing
strategies, associations are collaborating on educational content and
lawyers are finding new and energizing ways to volunteer.
Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then
when you know better, do better.” McLachlin reached a similar conclusion
when, after the pandemic illuminated to her the integral nature of our justice
system within the country, she spoke of the need to “fight hard” to
ensure the strength of the system. Part of winning that fight will be the willingness
of individual lawyers to engage with all of our communities to
ensure that we continue to have a just society.
1. Elisabeth A Sadowski, “It’s Never Too Early to Start
Giving Back” (2019) 77 Advocate 21.
2. Ibid at 21.
3. United States Senate, Hearings Before the Committee
on the Judiciary – Nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
to Be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of
the United States (Serial No J-103-21) (July 20–23,
1993) at 217, online: <www.loc.gov/law/find/
4. Nathan Vanderklippe, “A Helping Ear, and Social
Stability: Inside China’s Mental-Health Response to a
Deadly Virus”, The Globe and Mail (8 March 2020),
5. Katherine Monahan, “What Quarantine and Self-
Isolation Is Doing to Your Mental Health”, Healthing.
ca (23 April 2020), online: <www.healthing.ca/
6. Law Society of British Columbia, “Improving Mental
Health for the Legal Profession”, online: <www.law
7. Dr. Larry Richard, “Resilience and Lawyer Negativity”
(19 September 2012), online: LawyerBrain Blog
8. Rodlescia S Sneed & Sheldon Cohen, “A Prospective
Study of Volunteerism and Hypertension Risk in
Older Adults” (2013) 28:2 Psychology and Aging
578, online: <www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/
9. Caroline E Jenkinson et al, “Is Volunteering a Public
Health Intervention? A Systematic Review and Meta-
Analysis of the Health and Survival of Volunteers”
(2013) 13 BMC Public Health 773, online: <bmc
10. Ben Schiller, “Volunteering Makes You Happier”, Fast
Company (3 September 2013), online: <www.fast
11. BC Provincial Court (@BCProvCourt), online: Twitter
12. Vancouver Bar Association, “Student Recruitment
Guidelines”, online: <www.vancouverbar.ca/student
13. The VBA can be followed on Instagram at <www.
instagram.com/vancouverbarassociation>, on Twitter
at <www.twitter.com/VanBarAssoc>, and on
Facebook at <www.facebook.com/vbabc>.
14. Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, “COVID-19
Resource Hub”, online: <www.cbabc.org/Publica
15. Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia,
“COVID-19”, online <www.tlabc.org/index.cfm?
16. Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, “Supporting
TLABC Members”, online: <www.tlabc.org/
17. Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia,
“TLABC Support Series”, online: <www.tlabc.org/
18. Beverley McLachlin, “Access to Justice: Visionary
Thinking to Update a Legacy System”, The Lawyer’s
Daily (12 May 2020), online: <www.thelawyers
19. To learn more about APB’s programs, visit <www.
accessprobono.ca/programs>. To register as a volunteer,