NEW Language Rights Rule: Representing Clients in Their Official Language of Choice Ethical Obligations, Practical Solutions and Certain "Je ne sais quoi"
(NEW Language Rights Rule)

Title:               NEW Language Rights Rule: Representing Clients in Their Official Language of Choice Ethical Obligations, Practical Solutions and Certain "Je ne sais quoi"

Date:               November 24, 2016

Description: Who should attend this program: Lawyers with a limited capacity in French dealing with clients who speak only French (or who have a limited capacity in English). Anglophone lawyers with French speaking clients who have a limited or some capacity in English. Anglophone lawyers with Anglophone clients dealing with opposing parties who speak only French.

Did you know that there is now a Language Rights Rule in the Code of Professional Conduct? This informative and practical program will include both a discussion of Manitoba lawyers’ new ethical and professional obligations under this Rule, and of practical solutions that can be utilized to ensure clients’ language rights.

Program Agenda:

  • National perspective on the development of Language Rights Rules and the Ontario experience post adoption of a Language Rights Rule – Featuring Daniel Boivan, Gowling WLG

  • Obligations and Solutions for Practitioners – An experienced panel will discuss obligations and solutions for solicitors, family lawyers, civil litigators and government lawyers. Topics will include:
    • Review of existing language rights in government and judicially
    •  In the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal, the client has the choice of language – but who does “client” include and what does it mean for the client to “exercise the right”?
    • Does the Court of Queen’s Bench have a policy in regard to French language translation of pleadings?
    •  Where an interpreter is required in a proceeding, who provides the interpreter?
    •  Who pays the costs related to satisfying French language requirements?
    • What about practice before administrative tribunals?
    • The team approach and bringing language skills into the tea
    •  Is there a business case to be made?

Chair: The Honourable Richard J. Scott O.M., Q.C., Hill Sokalski Walsh Olson LLP

Presenters:  Associate Chief Justice Marriane Rivoalen, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, Family Division   |   Daniel Boivan, Gowling WLG   |   Alain Laurencelle, Taylor McCaffrey LLP   |   Denis Guénette, Justice Manitoba, Legal Services Branch   |   Andrea Doyle, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

Run Time:        1.5 hours

MCPD hours:    1.5 hours

EPPM hours:     1.5 hours

Price:                $50 + GST ($52.50)