A caring public administration? Revisiting the values of tribunal adjudication for access to administrative justice
Sule Tomkinson, UBC Visiting Professor (Université Laval)
Adjudicators at agencies, boards and tribunals play a unique role in public administration. Often appointed for limited terms, they assume powers similar to traditional court judges but do so as employees of government's executive branch. Making determinations about peoples’ rights and entitlements, they contribute to an accountable government.
Traditionally, impartiality and independence are the key principles that balance the arm’s-length yet judicial and executive orientation of their position. Prof. Tomkinson argues this concept of administrative adjudication principally through its relationship to political superiors and courts ignores the people who seek justice.
Adjudicators themselves offer a different understanding, emphasizing their links to people who seek justice, describing it as, “being empathetic”, “hearing people”, “empowering individuals”, “restoring trust in the state”, “healing relationships”, and “being a spokesperson for the society”. The underpinning principle of care can enable greater access to tribunals and arises from interviews with adjudicators in health, residential tenancies, social security, worker’s compensation, human rights, immigration and refugee law in Canada.
12:45pm to 1:45pm (PST)
In-Person at UBC Allard Law, Room 106 and Zoom Webinar (link here).
Intended Audience: Academics, lawyers, students and anyone interested in administrative justice
The Self-Represented Litigant Experience
Speaker: Jeremy Matson
In-person from 1:00pm to 2:30pm (PST)
Webinar via Zoom (link here)
Intended audience: Law Students
Neurodiversity in Law
Dr. Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project, Stanford University
Simon Margolis, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Keenan Nadeau, Third-Year Law Student, University of Dalhousie Schulich Law
Join the Access to Justice Centre for Excellence and CBABC for a panel discussion on the competitive advantage of neurodivergent legal professionals, the practical challenges that neurodiversity presents in law school and law firm environments, and best practices for supporting thought diversity in law.
Zoom Webinar from 3:30pm to 5:30pm (PST).
Intended audience: Legal community
Register here: https://bit.ly/3Xysm5L
*This session qualifies for 2.0 hours of CPD.
Youth Leaders in Law Virtual Speed Networking
Join Youth Leaders in Law and Access to Justice Clubs from UBC Allard, University of Victoria and Thompson Rivers University Law Schools to learn more about the law school experience and the journeys of diverse law students into pursuing the study of law and legal career paths.
Zoom webinar from 7:00pm to 8:00pm (PST).
Intended audience: High school and undergraduate students.
Registration here: https://forms.gle/BsLjdevCJpCfgfmp8
More information is available here: www.youthleadersinlaw.com