8:30 – 9:00 am: Doors open

Coffee, Tea, and Muffins

9:00 – 9:10 am: Opening/Welcoming Ceremony

Greg Sam, Aboriginal Relations Coordinator

9:10 – 9:50 am: Keynote Address

David Eby, Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association

“Skunks at the Picnic: The Disruptive But Essential Role of Social Justice Lawyers, Advocates and Law Students in British Columbia”

9:50 – 10:00 am: Break

10:00 – 11:20 am: Panel #1: Indigenous Issues and the Law


Josh Mason, Co-Chair, Indigenous Law Students Association, Faculty of Law, UVic


Rose Henry
Shane Johnson, Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC
Val Napoleon, Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance, Faculty of Law, UVic


11:20 – 11:30 am: Break

Coffee and Tea

11:30 – 12:50: Panel #2: The Importance of Legal Aid and Advocacy


Kelly Newhook, Executive Director, TAPS (Together Against Poverty Society)


Kasari Govender, Executive Director, West Coast LEAF (Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund)
Robin Loxton, Director of the Advocacy Access Program, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD)
Rick Schwartz, Lawyer
Kerry L. Simmons, Vice-President, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch


12:50 – 1:40 pm: Lunch (included with registration)

1:40 – 3:00 pm: Panel #3: Environment: Justice and the Law


Will Horter, Executive Director, Dogwood Initiative


Zoe Blunt, Founding Director of Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network and
Deborah Curran, Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability, Faculty of Law, UVic
Tria Donaldson, Pacific Coast Campaigner, Wilderness Committee
Chris Tollefson, Hakai Chair in Environmental Law and Sustainability, Faculty of Law, UVic, Executive Director, Environmental Law Centre


3:00 – 3:10: Break

3:10 – 4:30 pm: Panel #4: Poverty Law & Criminalization of the Poor


Kevin Walby, UVic, Sociology


Irene Faulkner, Lawyer
Anushka Nagji, Law Student, Activist, People’s Assembly of Victoria
Stephen Portman, Legal Advocate, TAPS (Together Against Poverty Society)
Mark Willson, Interim Research Coordinator, VIPIRG (Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group)


4:30 – 4:45 pm – Wrap-up

4:45 – 6:00 pm: Reception (Student Lounge, Fraser Building)

Sponsored by:

Peter Golden, Richard Schwartz, Roland Kuczma, and Robert Farvolden


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