Don Kawano, QC was a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and was jointly responsible for the chapters on the legal system and overlapping legal issues and family law. Don was called to the BC Bar in 1977, and practised family law for many years in Richmond before relocating to Cranbrook, where he is associate counsel with Rella, Paolini and Rogers. He maintains a civil litigation and family mediation practice and encourages parties and other counsel to engage in "without prejudice" 4-way meetings to resolve issues in collaborative fashion, rather than using the court process.
Don is a former member of the BC Collaborative Roster Society, BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He is a director and facilitator with the Cranbrook and District Restorative Justice Society, and member of the Cranbrook Rotary Club. Don is also a member of the CBABC Court Users Committee and a Governor of the Law Foundation of B.C. He is also a member of the Law Society of B.C. Disciplinary Advisory Committee.
The abbreviation of "Queen's Counsel." A QC is an honour often, but not invariably, granted to lawyers of particular excellence, and may also be granted for other reasons such as service to the legal community, the public, or a political party.
A lawyer; the advice given by a lawyer to their client.
A dispute resolution process in which a specially-trained neutral person facilitates discussions between the parties to a legal dispute and helps them reach a compromise settling the dispute. See "alternative dispute resolution" and "family law mediator."
In the context of negotiation or mediation, an arrangement that neither party will be able to use the content of the settlement discussions in a court proceeding. In the context of litigation, an arrangement that agreement to a certain order will not affect the legal rights of either party. In the context of a settlement proposal, a stipulation that the contents of the proposal may not be shown to the court until the court proceeding has concluded. See "consent order," "mediation," "negotiation," "offer to settle," and "settlement."