Thursday, April 09, 2009

Vancouver Law Day 2009

Saturday, April 25th is Vancouver Law Day, the local incarnation of an event that's been held nationally for more than twenty-five years. Law Day celebrates the signing of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and its goal is to provide the public with opportunities to "learn about the law, the legal profession and the legal institutions that form the cornerstones of our Canadian democracy".

The theme of this year's Law Day is "Access to Justice: Public Confidence in the Justice System".

In Vancouver, a full schedule of events is planned, including a citizenship ceremony, a mock trial, free law classes, and a public forum moderated by favourite Ian Hanomansing. (Keynote speaker from VALL's 20 Anniversary back in November )

Law Day is the one day within Law Week 2009 in which activities are held in 12 cities around the province. Dial-a-Lawyer, essay and speech competitions, courthouse tours, and a fun run are just some of the events planned. Displays and presentations will be given by dozens of groups ranging from the BC CBA to CLE to the VPD (their "The Real CSI" is sure to be a popular demonstration).

According to Law Week 2009 volunteer Vickie Hsieh, Law Day is "an excellent way for the public to learn about the role that lawyers and the judiciary serve in guaranteeing an independent and unbiased judicial system".

More info about Vancouver Law Day & Law Week are available at www.bclawweek.org.

(Incidentally, Law Day in Ontario has some cool events planned too, especially for students: "So You Think You Can Sue" looks like a lot of fun!)

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