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    • Thursday, April 29, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online Webinar
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    Attention all lawyers called 6 years or less and practicing in the New West/ Surrey/ Fraser Region:  You DO NOT WANT TO MISS this opportunity!

    Partnering with a faculty roster of judges and experienced counsel, we are pleased to announce that the Surrey “Inns of Court" mentoring program will hold its inaugural session on Thursday, April 29, 2021: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Defence Counsel, Jeffrey R. Ray Q.C.* and Crown Counsel, Michael A. Fortino** have graciously agreed to tackle and discuss one of the most challenging and demanding aspects of court room practice:  Cross- Examination.  To make things even more interesting, Crown lawyer Cheryl Stanley and Judge R. Browning have also kindly volunteered to be subjected to the cross-examinations!

    While we had hoped to commence our Inns of Court in a more social setting, given that it appears we will be unable to meet in person for the foreseeable future, we have decided to roll out the program using Zoom or MS Teams.  Even though we are meeting online, we will try and keep things relaxed and plan to have time for questions and conversation over the material and demonstration.

    An invite for our web- based session will be emailed to registrants along with the fact pattern/ materials prior to the event.

    This webinar qualifies for 1.5 hours of CPD credit toward your annual Law Society requirements.

    While this event is free, if you practice in the Surrey area, we ask that you consider joining the SBA!

    *Jeff Ray graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 1987.  He articled with the Department of Justice, Canada with a focus on trial advocacy.  He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1988 and commenced a criminal defence practice in New Westminster where his practice has remained for over three decades.

    Mr. Ray represents clients charged with a variety of criminal offences. In addition, he has represented small and medium sized businesses engaged in quasi-criminal regulatory investigations.  He has appeared in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada on both Conviction and Sentence Appeals, and often provides advice to other counsel on appeal matters.

    Mr. Ray is a regular speaker at the Professional Legal Training Course and frequently provides mentorship to younger lawyers in the practice of criminal law.

    ** Mike Fortino  is Crown Counsel with the BC Prosecution Service. He is currently the Administrative Crown Counsel for Major Crime in the Surrey office. He has worked as a trial lawyer, prosecuting cases in both the Supreme Court (jury and judge alone) and Provincial Courts of British Columbia.  In addition to his prosecution duties, he facilitates training for police agencies in BC relating to major crime investigative techniques, search and seizure and drafting judicial authorizations. He also facilitates advocacy training for Crown Counsel. Prior to joining the Crown, Mike articled for Marvin Stern and practiced as criminal defence counsel with Stern and Albert (later Stern Albert Shapray).  When he is not faking it as a lawyer, Mike and his wife are surviving the daily challenges brought about by being parents to two young children. 

Past events

Monday, March 01, 2021 Lunch & Learn - New Prov. Ct. Family Rules
Wednesday, November 04, 2020 SBA AGM 2020
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 SBA AGM - Rescheduled
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4th Annual WCBA Golf Tournament *Cancelled*
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 SBA AGM & Summer Social *Postponed*
Thursday, June 11, 2020 Bringing employees back to work? Key employment law considerations!
Friday, May 29, 2020 CBA(BC) 18th Annual Battle of the BAR BANDS *CANCELLED*
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 SBA Annual Bench & Bar Dinner 2020 *POSTPONED*
Monday, April 20, 2020 Ethics In Practice & Community: Surrey *POSTPONED*
Friday, April 17, 2020 Conversations in Practice Management *POSTPONED*
Friday, March 27, 2020 CPA/SBA Fun Night at the Races *Postponed*
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 Challenges At the Border - Free CPD
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 SBA Annual Winter Mingler
Thursday, December 12, 2019 Christmas Coffee @ Surrey Court
Friday, November 29, 2019 Surrey Courthouse Staff Christmas Party
Friday, November 15, 2019 Impaired Driving Update and ASD/Breathalyzer Demonstration
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Free Criminal Law CPD
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Back to Work "Get Together"
Wednesday, September 04, 2019 Pro Bono Going Public - Local Free Legal Advice-A-Thon
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Free Ethics CPD
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 3rd Annual WCBA Golf Tournament
Thursday, June 06, 2019 SBA AGM & Summer Social
Thursday, May 23, 2019 WLF Spring Mingler
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Free Criminal Law CPD
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Annual Spring Mingler
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Free Criminal Law CPD
Thursday, April 04, 2019 SBA Annual Bench & Bar Dinner 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Ethics In Practice & Community
Sunday, March 03, 2019 CPA/SBA Networking Hockey Event - THIS SUNDAY!
Thursday, February 14, 2019 Free Criminal Law CPD
Thursday, January 17, 2019 SBA Annual Winter Mingler
Monday, January 07, 2019 Welcoming Ceremonies for Judge Trudy Macdonald and Judge David Albert
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Last Minute CPD!
Monday, December 03, 2018 Free Criminal Law CPD
Thursday, November 22, 2018 Free Ethics/ Practice Management CPD
Monday, October 29, 2018 Free Criminal Law CPD
Thursday, October 25, 2018 SBA Annual Bench & Bar Dinner
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Criminal Law CPD
Thursday, September 13, 2018 Back to Work "Get Together"
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 Pro Bono Going Public - Local Free Legal Advice-A-Thon
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Criminal Law CPD
Friday, August 03, 2018 Welcoming Ceremony For Judge D. Jahani
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 2nd Annual WCBA Golf Tournament
Thursday, June 07, 2018 Criminal Law CPD
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Criminal Law CPD
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Welcoming Ceremonies for Judge Dawn E. Boblin and Judge Mark R. Jette
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Annual Spring Mingler
Friday, March 02, 2018 ASD CPD
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Winter Mingler
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 First Annual Westminster County Bar Golf Tournament
Thursday, March 30, 2017 SBA Annual Bench & Bar Dinner
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Lawyers as Employers CPD & Mingler
Friday, February 17, 2017 The Intersection of Criminal & Family Law
Thursday, January 26, 2017 SBA Annual Winter Mingler
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Billing Strategies Part II
Thursday, October 06, 2016 SBA Lawyers' Night Out!
Thursday, September 15, 2016 SBA Young Lawyers "Welcome Back From Summer"
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Welcoming Ceremony for Judge Wolf
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 SBA AGM
Thursday, June 16, 2016 SBA Annual Golf Classic
Thursday, May 05, 2016 SBA Annual Spring Mingler
Friday, April 22, 2016 SBA Young Lawyers - Bowling Night!
Friday, April 08, 2016 SBA Annual Bench & Bar Dinner
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Welcoming Ceremony for Judge Chettiar
Thursday, March 03, 2016 SBA Young Lawyers Event
Thursday, December 03, 2015 SBA Young Lawyers Event
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 Billing Strategies
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 SBA Annual Winter Mingler
Thursday, October 01, 2015 SBA Young Lawyers
Thursday, September 24, 2015 SBA Annual Golf Classic
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Citizenship Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 SBA AGM
Thursday, June 11, 2015 SBA First Annual Spring Mingler

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