Students, lawyers and judges from across Canada will attend the 23rd Annual Black Law Students' Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) national conference at the Halifax Marriot Harbourfront hotel from January 30 to February 2, 2014.
The national conference is an opportunity for the legal community to gather together to discuss diversity and access to justice in the legal profession. This year, the conference will pay tribute to the life of Rocky Jones with a special presentation at the gala on Saturday, February 1.
Rocky Jones was a pioneer in the Black community as a lawyer and human rights advocate. He was a founding member of the Black United Front of Nova Scotia, the Dalhousie Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Initiative and the Dalhousie Transition Year Program. He received his law degree from Dalhousie University in 1992 and argued the groundbreaking case R. v. R.D.S. in 1997.
Conference highlights conference include:
- Friday, Jan. 31 – Opening keynote address by Judge Corrine E. Sparks, sponsored by Blakes LLP
- Friday, Jan. 31 – Panel on access to justice for the Black community in Nova Scotia
- Saturday, Feb. 1 – The 5th annual the Koskie Minsky Diversity Moot competition
- Saturday, Feb. 1 – Annual gala featuring tribute to Rocky Jones, presentation of the Lifetime Achievement award and presentation of the Judge Corrine E. Sparks award
A strategic planning meeting will be held on Saturday, February 1 to discuss how the Black legal community can work together to improve the lives of African Nova Scotians and to represent the interests of Black lawyers living in Nova Scotia.
Various panels will discuss cultural competency, corporate law, the criminal justice system and advocacy. Please note that this conference may count towards 6 hours of CPD credit in Nova Scotia.
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See you at the conference!