Advocacy in Practice: Mock Arbitration Hearings

May 07, 2024 at 9:30 AM -
May 08, 2024 at 4:00 PM PST
Maritime Labour Centre 111 Victoria Drive Vancouver, BC V5L 4C4

IN Person at the Maritime Labour Centre
May 7th & 8th. Starting 9:30AM and ending 4:40PM each day

Mock arbitration has been an important and popular feature in the VDLC Advocacy classes over the past 9 or 10 years. It has also been part of the class from which students learn a great deal. Recently, students have begun suggesting they would like to have a 2-day course consisting only of mock hearings.

This course will consist of four mock hearings, two each day. The first two will focus on arbitration hearings; the second two will focus on labour board hearings. Students will be provided with a different fact pattern for each of the four hearings. Students will also be asked to volunteer for the different roles. At the end of each mock hearing, the instructors and the other students will critique the students’ work.

Facilitators: Leo McGrady, Koskie Glavin Gordon and Carolyn Askew
Leo McGrady specializes in labour law, human rights, class actions, intellectual property, and libel law, all on behalf of unions and employees. Leo has taught advocacy skills at the Faculty of Law, UBC, and in the Labour Studies Program at Capilano University. He has been counsel on several thousands of trials, hearings and appeals throughout his career.

Carolyn Askew practiced labour, employment and human rights law for 40 years. She worked as Legislative Director for the BC Federation of Labour, as an organizer for the Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU-USW Local 1944), and as general counsel for the Health Sciences Association. She represented trade unions and their members before a range of administrative tribunals such as provincial and federal Labour Relations Boards, provincial Workers Compensation Appeal bodies, Employment Standard Boards and Human Rights tribunals.