The Law Protecting Liberty: What You Need to Know

June 2, 2012

SFU Woodward's (Map & Directions)
9:00 am

Advance registration for this event has now closed.  If you wish to attend, please call 604-630-9750.

Civil liberties are the bedrock of democratic society; the law is the defender and enhancer of these freedoms. This course offers a comprehensive overview of how the institution of law and different areas of law protect liberty. This course will feature panels on subjects such as independence of the bench and bar, Charter challenges, complaints against the police, the right to counsel and defamation/freedom of expression.


  • The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, P.C., C.C., Q.C.
  • The Honourable Chief Justice Lance Finch (BC & Yukon Territory)
  • The Honourable Chief Justice Robert Bauman (BC Supreme Court)
  • The Honourable Justice Harvey Groberman (BC Supreme Court of Appeal)
  • The Honourable Justice Anne Rowles (Int’l Centre for Criminal Law Reform)
  • Robert Anderson, Q.C. (Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)
  • Joseph Arvay, Q.C. (Arvay Finlay Barristers)
  • Mark Benton, Q.C. (Legal Services Society)
  • Joost Blom, Q.C. (Faculty of Law, UBC)
  • Philip Bryden (University of Alberta)
  • Daniel Burnett (Owen Bird LC)
  • E. David Crossin, Q.C. (Sugden, McFee & Roos LLP)
  • Dr. John Dixon (BC Civil Liberties Association)
  • David Eby (BC Civil Liberties Association)
  • Peter Gall, Q.C. (Heenan Blaikie LLP)
  • Frederick Hansford, Q.C. (Hansford & Company)
  • Robert Holmes, Q.C. (Holmes and King)
  • Nitya Iyer (Lovett Westmacott)
  • Craig Jones, Q.C. (Ministry of Attorney General, BC)
  • Stan Lowe (BC Police Complaint Commissioner)
  • Lindsay Lyster (Moore Edgar Lyster)
  • The Honourable Stephen Owen, Q.C., P.C.
  • Monique Pongracic-Speier (Ethos Law Group LLP)
  • Richard Rosenthal (Independent Investigations Office)
  • Clayton Ruby, C.M., Q.C. (Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan Barristers)
  • Michael Tammen (Michael Tammen Law Corporation)
  • Gordon Turriff, Q.C. (Stikeman Elliott LLP)
  • David Sutherland (David F. Sutherland & Associates)
  • Cameron Ward (A. Cameron Ward & Company)

Course Chair:

Robert Holmes, Q.C., Holmes and King Law

Law Society of BC CPD Hours:

7 hours (a minimum of 2 hours will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management)

Tuition fees (before/after May 15):

Regular: $450/$550
Public Interest Professional/Student: $250/$350
Materials Only: $150

Course Outline & Poster:

Download the Law Protecting Liberty schedule here (subject to change, in .pdf)

Download the Law Protecting Liberty Poster here (.pdf)