Thanks for 10 great years!

This is my last post, as I am retiring from VIU. I have loved working with so many talented students at VIU from near and far over the past 15 years. The Law Network began 10 years ago, giving me the further privilege of getting to know students and alumni with shared interests in law, and working with David Livingstone and several amazing student research assistants to develop the VIU Law Network and the new Legal Studies Certificate (which we hope will be offered soon!). The Law Network will carry on under the leadership of David Livingstone and Amber Hieb. I know it will continue to bring people together to do great things!

Thanks for 10 great years!

Family Law Associate Position in Nanaimo firm

Duncan Allen Law – Associate – Nanaimo, BC. The application deadline is June 6, 2017, however, interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. If this opportunity is of interest to you, we encourage you to apply early:

We are seeking an associate to join Duncan Allen Law, a boutique family law firm located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island. Our firm was created in 2014 with three primary objectives: to promote work-life balance, to provide excellent legal representation to every client, and to create a positive and supportive work environment.

Our lawyers work from home regularly. This is facilitated by a paperless office, desktop faxing software, electronic signatures and remote technology for communicating seamlessly with their assistant in the office. We recognize the demands of having a young family and our lawyers have found this structure allows for work-life balance while still producing first-rate legal work.

The desirable candidate will be a great team player, have 1-3 years of family law experience, and be motivated to build and maintain their own client base. The ideal start date is July 15, 2017, although this is negotiable. Remuneration is based on a fee-split, and includes health benefits, health and wellness incentive, and a continued education fund. We welcome candidates interested in flexible work hours, job sharing, and office sharing arrangements.

Please submit your resume and cover letter, in confidence, to, by June 6, 2017. Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted, and we will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.

VIU Law Network – Connecting students & alumni for 10 years!

The VIU Law Network began 10 years ago, starting in the Bachelor of Business program and later expanding to include the whole VIU community. It has evolved as a network to assist VIU students and alumni who are interested in a career in law. Over the years, members have benefited from the support they’ve received from other members. Here is what some of our members have to say, beginning with words from our first member.

Scholars at Risk: VIU Welcomes Hossein Raeesi

Date change (due to weather): Now Wednesday, February 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the Malaspina Theatre.

Vancouver Island University is pleased to announce the upcoming visit (February 5-18) of VIU’s first Scholar at Risk, Mr. Hossein Raeesi. Scholars at Risk is an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide. The network protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging positions of sanctuary at institutions in the network. VIU joined Scholars at Risk in 2016.

Hossein Raeesi, a lawyer and human rights advocate, practiced law in Shiraz, Iran for 20 years. He served as a two-term board member of the Fars Province Bar Association and was the founder and former head of the Human Rights Committee of the Far Province Bar Association for eight years. He is also the founder of Neday-e Edalat (The Voice of Justice) Legal Association in Shiraz. As a pro bono attorney, Mr. Raeesi has defended political prisoners, journalists, women and children who were sentenced to the death penalty.

In 2012, Mr. Raeesi relocated to Canada to escape undue pressure from the Iranian Government. Since then, he has been collaborating with human rights organizations and writing on issues including: Sharia law and human rights, the death penalty in Islamic legal systems, domestic violence, children’s rights, and LGBT issues. In addition, Mr. Raeesi has participated in research projects at the State University of New York and at Northwestern University School of Law on issues of the death penalty around the world.

Mr. Raeesi is being hosted with the generous support of the Faculties of Education, Social Sciences and International Education. During his time at VIU, Mr. Raeesi will be taking part in VIU’s International Development Week activities, meeting students and faculty, and delivering public lectures, including his keynote presentation – Speaking Truth to Power in Iran, which will take place:

Wednesday, February 15 (previously February 7th)

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Malaspina Theatre

All members of the campus and broader Nanaimo community are invited to attend.

B.C. Legislative Internship


A terrific opportunity if you are interested in learning more about government and the BC parliamentary system from the inside. This is a paid 25 week internship. The following is an excerpt from their promotional poster:

The B.C. Legislative Internship Program provides Canadian university graduates the opportunity to work in British Columbia’s parliamentary system. During this six-month educational program, your academic training will be enhanced by exposure to public policymaking and the legislative process. The program includes assignments with both the executive and legislative branches of the provincial government.

B.C. residents are eligible to apply if they have received their first Bachelor’s Degree from a Canadian university within two years prior to the start of the 2018 program.
LOCATION: Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C.
TERM: January 8 to June 29, 2018
REMUNERATION: $24,634 for 25 weeks
Apply online at

Position Available – Family Lawyer (Nanaimo)


Position Available – Family Lawyer (Nanaimo)

Candid Legal offers family and employment law services. We seek a bright, compassionate, and independent lawyer with 2 to 3 years of call to join our team. You will handle your own files and address all aspects of the process including discovery, mediation and trial. Administrative support provided. Book of business not required, and we welcome those seeking to re-locate to beautiful Nanaimo. Profit sharing and benefits available. Please send resumes, cover letters and law school transcripts to

Closing date for applications will be November 15th, 2016.

Free public lecture: Admissibility of evidence in criminal cases. Retired Justice Halfyard


The Institute of Practical Philosophy and the Department of Philosophy are proud to present:


Issues of Credibility and Admissibility

Speaker:  Retired Justice Douglas Halfyard

Thursday, Oct. 20th

4:00-5:30pm, Rm. 109 (theatre), Bldg. 356

Nanaimo Campus, Vancouver Island University


Douglas Halfyard, retired judge for the Supreme Court of British Columbia, will speak on contentious evidence in criminal cases, and when it should or shouldn’t be admissible.      


Free public lecture; all are welcome.  Please see attached poster for more details. 

LSAT Preparation Advice from VIU Law Network Members


A VIU Law Network member recently asked for help from other members in preparing for his LSAT. What an amazing membership we have! Several members responded, providing information and support.

I thought it might be useful to summarize the responses, for other members who may have similar questions.

1. Recommendation for LSAT study guides (I’ve included publisher links where I could find them):

  • Several members recommended the PowerScore books.
  • Two other suggestions were Kaplan & the Barron’s Guide (available on The latter was recommended by a member currently preparing for her LSAT as well. She also noted that she used the Barron Guide for her SAT prep and received an excellent score on that test.
  • Members also recommended practicing with the LSAC’s own old LSAT exams.
  • The following blog was recommended by one member, who said it has “video guides for the practice tests and tips for the various sections.”

2. How to prepare:

  • Several members said the key is to practice.
  • The LSAT books (above) are a good start.
  • Finishing the practice period with actual previous LSAT exams and writing “them in the time frames allowed and the 4 sections back to back just like at the real exam” is an excellent idea. I did that myself and have heard from a lot of others that they finished up their preparation period with this approach.

3. Further help:

  • One member shared a resource she has heard about, Oxford Seminars in Victoria, and suggests they may also have connections to tutors.
  • LSAT preparation sessions are also available on the VIU Nanaimo campus. The VIU Network has each term for a number of years. This year, there is a “Let’s Talk Law” Club on campus. That group is planning to include LSAT prep sessions. Look them up on Facebook.

I hope that’s helpful for those of you preparing for your LSAT. We wish you all the best!