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AFCC Alberta Chapter  Annual Conference
ACCESS TO JUSTICE: DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN FAMILY LAW IN 2022

March 4, 2022
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AFCC ALBERTA CHAPTER CONFERENCE

ACCESS TO JUSTICE: DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

IN FAMILY LAW IN 2022 an in person and virtaul event

 

March 4, 2022

8:30 - 4:15

and cocktail hour 4:15 - 6:15

for in person attendees

Marriott Hotel, Downtown Calgary

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Order of Events

Topics

 

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND

IN-PERSON MEETING WITH COLLEAGUES

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Speakers

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Lawyer, Partner, DBB Law

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Academic Director, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary; President, AB College of Social Workers

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Dr. Richard Spelliscy

Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, College of Alberta Psychologists

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family lawyer in private practice, Robertson LLP, Secretary of
Canadian Association of black lawyers

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Counsel, and Equity Ombudsperson, Law Society of Alberta

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family lawyer in private practice at Kahane Law

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Chief Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench

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The Honourable Judge Diana Mah

Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta, Family and Youth Division

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TOPICS

 A Conversation About
Access to Justice

The Honourable Justice Sheilah Martin,Supreme Court of Canada,
and Patricia L. Blocksom, Q.C.

Access to Justice – what needs to change?
Access to justice turns on the timeliness, affordability and accessibility of legal remedies. Despite many recent innovations in family law services and procedures, access to justice concerns persist for litigants in Alberta. The barriers are diverse, longstanding, and well-recognized by justice system participants: the cost of legal services, the pace of court proceedings, and the cultural and linguistic preferences of the court system. This conversation will review some of the most acute access to justice concerns for family law litigants and highlight areas for reform.

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Mental Health Professionals:
Best Practice and Ethical Aspects Relating to Diversity & Inclusion
in Family Law

Dr. Siu Ming Kwok, and Dr. Richard Spelliscy

Mental Health Professionals: Best Practice and
Ethical Aspects Relating to Diversity & Inclusion
in Family Law Various factors – such as race, ethnicity, nationality and religious beliefs – may affect the interactions between mental health professionals and family members when parents separate.


What are reasonable expectations for professionals regarding a level of understanding of these cultural factors?
Are there ethical dilemmas for these professionals being
involved with family law cases without an understanding of
diverse beliefs and values?

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Critical Conversations

Mosi Taylor-Cole, Susannah Alleyne, and
Enrique Dubon-Roberts

Please join these three speakers in an engaging and critical conversation about the systemic issues facing families and law professionals when working with families from diverse backgrounds. The session will help practitioners grow a deeper understanding of culture as an important consideration for lawyers to know in order to support families going through separation and divorce as best they can as a system and as professionals. They will discuss the connection between culture and what is in the best interests
of the child, as well as the practitioners’ own experience and impact. This session will highlight the need and importance for family law professionals to think about the role of a family’s unique culture and identity in finding solutions whether in mediation, arbitration or litigation; and, the need to engage in what may be hard conversations for families who are already facing challenging times.

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​Current Issues in Access to Justice in Family Law in Alberta

A 21st Century Court: Initiatives to Improve Access to
Justice for Alberta Families


The Honourable Mary T. Moreau,
Chief Justice of 
the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench

Chief Justice Moreau will discuss lessons learned from the Alberta Family Court initiative, from the Court of Queen's Bench experience with virtual hearings and from her work with the federal Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19 in removing barriers and overcoming challenges to access to justice.

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Current Issues in Access to Justice in Family Law in Alberta
The Honourable Judge Mah
of Calgary Provincial Family and Youth Court

Judge Mah offers her perspective on scenarios which the Court commonly encounters in family law and child protection proceedings. She will lead and invite discussions on topics relating to access to justice and diversity and
inclusion such as:

  • Access to justice – including programs and resources available to litigants and practitioners; common barriers to individuals who face financial or language difficulties; and possible collaborative steps which can be taken by the Bench and Bar in facilitating access

  • Effective representation of children and youth – how should evidence be presented?; is there a role for the Charter? and the noteworthiness of the role played by Children’s Counsel in providing access to justice for this important group

  • What makes a “good” Order – things that should be addressed by Counsel and/or the Court in crafting Orders which lead to stability, predictability and (sometimes) finality to the parties, reducing their need to continue to access justice

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ORDER OF EVENTS

March 4, 2022
A full day in person and virtual event
Marriott Calgary, downtown,

8:30 am - 4:15 pm

and cocktail hour for in person attendees

from 4:15 - 6:15 pm

 

8:30 am

Welcome By Alberta AFCC Chapter
President, Judith Lake

8:45 - 10:15
Access to Justice – what needs to change?
The Honourable Justice Sheilah Martin, Supreme Court of Canada and Patricia L. Blocksom, QC

10:30 - 12:00
Mental Health Professionals: Best Practice and Ethical Aspects Relating to Diversity & Inclusion in Family Law

Dr. Richard Spelliscy and Dr. Siu Ming Kwok

12:45 - 2:15
Critical Conversations - systemic issues facing families and law professionals when working with families from diverse backgrounds
Mosi Taylor-Cole, Susannah Alleyne, and Enrique Dubon-Roberts

2:30 - 4:00
Current Issues in Access to Justice in Family Law in Alberta
The Honourable Mary T. Moreau, Chief Justice of the Alberta
Court of Queen’s Bench and The Honourable Judge Mah of Calgary Family and Youth Court

4:00 - 4:15
Annual General Meeting of the AFCC Alberta Chapter

4:15 - 6:15
Cocktail hour for in-person attendees

 

REGISTER NOW

AFCC Alberta Chapter Member (In Person) $150
Non-Member (In Person) $250
AFCC Alberta Chapter Member (Virtual) $100
Non-Member (Virtual) $200
Student Rate $50

GROUP RATES - NEW
3 Non-Members (Virtual only)  - $300
3 Members (Virtual only)  - $150

A Certificate of Attendance is available
for an additional fee of $10
 

Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship and Advertising for Virtual and In Person Conference

 

Platinum $750  - for table space, banner, website advertising on events page with links to website, and all virtual engagement including the conference brochure, landing page, newsletters, branding on PowerPoints, virtual background placement and email circulars

Gold $500  - all virtual presence including the conference brochure, landing page, newsletters, branding on PowerPoints, virtual backgrounds and email circulars

Silver $250  - for website, email and PowerPoint logos only

THANK YOU 
TO ALL OF OUR PAST
AND FUTURE SPONSORS

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