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WCEL Webinar Series

Continuing Professional Development for BC’s Environmental Lawyers and Public Education Webinars

Since 2011 West Coast Environmental Law has been offering a series of webinars designed for lawyers who practice in public interest environmental law.  This is one of our initiatives to help support BC’s public interest environmental lawyers. The webinars meet the Law Society’s requirements for Continuing Professional Development training. 

The revenue generated from the webinars covers our costs and helps us pay for our work to strengthen BC’s public interest environmental law community.  We charge $20 + PST & GST/webinar (a cost-recovery rate) for students, lawyers with public interest organizations, or lawyers who do work funded through our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund, and $100 + PST & GST/webinar for other lawyers. 

We also periodically will offer free educational webinars on matters of public interest.

See below for information on upcoming webinars.  For information on past webinars offered by West Coast Environmental Law click here.

Upcoming webinars

Private Practice in the Public Interest

Wednesday, November 19th - 3pm - 4:30pm Pacific Time.

Lawyers who are in private practice can still help change the world. Three lawyers who have experience with "private public interest law" share their practice and ethics advice for lawyers who want to develop a private practice that focuses on representing public interest clients and causes.

Bill Andrews is a sole practioner specialising in environmental law and former Executive Director of West Coast Environmental Law based in North Vancouver. Bill has represented a wide range of individuals, First Nations and environmental organizations in many different environmental files.  

Richard Overstall, a partner in Smithers-based law firm, Buri Overstall, represents a range of First Nations and environmental clients. 

John Bonine is one of the pioneers of environmental law in the United States, and a Professor of Law at the University of Oregon.  He coined the phrase "private public interest environmental lawyer" and is a mentor to many of the world's environmental lawyers.


Conservation Covenants 101

Tuesday, December 16th - 1:30pm - 3pm Pacific Time.

Conservation covenants can offer land owners, local governments and those who would like to see environmental values protected a lot of flexibility. Join us for an introduction to covenants under BC's Land Title Act, what to keep in mind in drafting them and how to use them.