Legal Help Guide Contributors

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Courthouse Libraries BC is very grateful for the efforts of the many contributors to the current edition of Legal Help for British Columbians.

Advisory committee[edit]

Cliff Thorstenson
Cliff Thorstenson, Nicola Valley Advocacy Centre
Cliff Thorstenson is a lawyer at the Nicola Valley Advocacy Centre in Merritt, British Columbia. A lawyer since 1987, Cliff practises mainly in the areas of aboriginal, criminal and poverty-related law. He has a wife and three adult children and has resided in the Nicola Valley for the past 25 years.

Cliff is the founding author of Legal Help for British Columbians, and has been instrumental in expanding the scope and reach of the Guide with each successive edition, including its transition into a Clicklaw Wikibook.

Glenn Gallins, QC
Glenn Gallins, QC, University of Victoria
Glenn Gallins, QC is Director of the Law Centre Clinical Law Program at the University of Victoria Law School. His teaching and research interests focus on clinical legal education, lawyering skills, and the application of social science research techniques to develop strategies to improve the delivery of legal services. He has been recognized with the University of Victoria Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Victoria Bar Association's Pamela Murray Award for his contributions to the local bar, and the University of Victoria Community Leadership Award, for his leadership in linking the university with the community for the greater benefit of the public.

Glenn serves on the advisory committee for the wikbook Legal Help for British Columbians.

Drew Jackson
Drew Jackson, People's Law School
Drew Jackson is a lawyer and librarian in Vancouver, BC. He is passionate about making legal information more accessible and understandable. In various roles he has developed legal publications and programs for the public and the legal community. While working with Courthouse Libraries BC, he led the creation of Clicklaw Wikibooks. He works as a Legal Content Developer with People's Law School and on freelance projects that help people understand the law, such as Transitioning an Existing Society: A How-to Guide for Non-profits in BC and the consumer and debt section of Legal Help for British Columbians.

Janet Freeman
Janet Freeman,
Janet Freeman is a past coordinator of Courthouse Libraries BC's LawMatters program, which assists BC public libraries in enhancing their legal information collections through financial assistance and training. She has worked in public libraries in Edmonton and Vancouver, as well as at Legal Services Society as a Legal Information Outreach Worker, Fieldworker and LawLine librarian.

Nate Russell
Nate Russell, Courthouse Libraries BC
Nathaniel Russell serves as Legal & Innovation Counsel and is the privacy officer for Courthouse Libraries BC. He is also the project coordinator of Clicklaw Wikibooks, and the volume editor for JP Boyd on Family Law and Legal Help for British Columbians. He was called to the BC Bar in 2006 and is a 2005 graduate of Dalhousie Law School. Nate practised family law and civil litigation at small firms prior to joining Courthouse Libraries BC. Nate is an active voice on law and technology topics through his contributions on Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, and as an advisory member or presenter. Prior to entering law, Nate worked as a communications consultant for internet startups and CBC Television. He holds a diploma in Digital and Print Publishing.

Contributors & reviewers[edit]

Rochelle Appleby
Rochelle Appleby, Legal Services Society
Rochelle Appleby is a lawyer who has worked primarily in the area of immigration and refugee law. She was a legal aid staff lawyer, managing lawyer of the Legal Services Society's Immigration and Refugee Law Clinic and a legal aid policy analyst. She also worked as a protection officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Rochelle currently focuses on legal policy development and the design and implementation of legal projects.

Rochelle wrote the immigration section of the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians.

John Bilawich
John Bilawich, Holmes & Bilawich
John Bilawich practices litigation with the Vancouver, BC firm Holmes & Bilawich. He a member of the Board of Governors of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and past Chair of the Civil Litigation - Vancouver Section of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch.

John helped review the section on civil litigation, titled Suing and Being Sued, of the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians.

Pierre Bisbicis
Pierre Bisbicis, Bisbicis Law Corporation
Pierre Bisbicis is a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver at Bisbicis Law Corporation. He specializes in ICBC claims, estate litigation, personal injury and accident claims. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. Pierre is also a former member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

Pierre helped review the section on abuse in Residential Schools in the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians.

Kaity Cooper
Kaity Cooper, Hospital Employees' Union
Kaity Cooper helped review the human rights section of the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians. She graduated from UBC Law in 2010, where she received the Law Society Gold Medal and Prize. After clerking at the Court of Appeal, Kaity joined the Community Legal Assistance Society where she worked in the areas of human rights, workers’ rights and housing. Kaity has represented clients before administrative tribunals and all levels of court, and has argued a number of systemic cases which have advanced the rights of disadvantaged persons, including a Court of Appeal case which affirmed the accessibility of the human rights scheme. Kaity joined the legal department of the Hospital Employees’ Union in 2015 where she continues to advocate for the rights of workers.

David Eby
David Eby, Lawyer
David Eby is a lawyer, Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and former Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, one of Canada's most active human and democratic rights organizations. David was recognized with the BC Human Rights Coalition and UN Association of Canada’s Renate Shearer Award for his contributions to the human rights field locally and internationally.

David helped review the section on Complaints about Police and Other Authorities of the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians.

Lisa Ferguson
Lisa Ferguson, Community Legal Assistance Society
Lisa Ferguson has worked for the Community Legal Assistance Society's Mental Health Law Program since 1991. Hired after graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Criminology, Lisa's main area of responsibility is representing civilly committed individuals at Review Board hearings under the Mental Health Act.

Lisa helped review the mental health section of the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians.

Richard Hewson
Judge Richard Hewson, Provincial Court of BC
Judge Richard Hewson was appointed to the Provincial Court of British Columbia in December 2013. Before he became a judge, he led the Criminal Law Practice Group at Hewson Law Offices in the interior of BC.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Hewson reviewed the criminal law section of the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians.

Annie Kaderly
Annie Kaderly, Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger
Annie Kaderly is a former reviewer of the family law section of the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians. Annie is an associate with Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger. Annie was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2006 and practices exclusively in the area of family law. Annie is the family law coordinator for the Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia.

Stan Rule
Stan Rule, Sabey Rule LLP
Stan Rule practices in wills, estates, and estate litigation with the firm of Sabey Rule LLP in Kelowna, BC. He is active within the Canadian Bar Association, the Kelowna Estate Planning Society, the British Columbia Law Institute, and the Continuing Legal Education Society. Stan maintains an active blog on estates and trusts matters, Rule of Law.

Stan helped review the wills and estates section of the wikbook Legal Help for British Columbians.

Andrew Sakamoto
Andrew Sakamoto, Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre
Andrew Sakamoto is the Executive Director of the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC), a non-profit organization that provides legal information to tenants and landlords in British Columbia.

Andrew sits on the Clicklaw Wikibooks Advisory Committee and helped review the section on housing in the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians, and oversaw the conversion of the Tenant Survival Guide into a Clicklaw Wikibook.

Jim Sayre, CLAS
Jim Sayre, Community Legal Assistance Society
The late Jim Sayre was a staff lawyer at the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), where he did work on workers' compensation, Employment Insurance and other casework, law reform, and community education for over 25 years. Jim organized monthly meetings of advocates for injured workers and Employment Insurance claimants and facilitated PovNet's confidential email lists for WCB, EI, and employment law.

Jim helped review the employment law section of the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians from 2012-2013.

Alison Ward
Alison Ward, Community Legal Assistance Society
Alison Ward is a lawyer at the Community Legal Assistance Society in Vancouver, where she runs a Law Foundation-funded program called the Community Advocate Support Line. She provides legal advice and support to community-based advocates in BC who assist clients with poverty law and family law problems. Alison was previously a staff lawyer at the Legal Services Society (1994 – 2010) where she practiced poverty law and family law.

Alison reviewed the wikibook Consumer and Debt Law and helped review the welfare and disability section of the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians.

Contributors & reviewers to previous editions[edit]

Many thanks to contributors and reviewers for previous editions of Legal Help for British Columbians:

Courthouse Libraries BC team[edit]

Brenda Rose, Clicklaw Program Coordinator at Courthouse Libraries BC, provided editorial guidance and support for Legal Help for British Columbians.

Kat Siddle, Content Development Specialist at Courthouse Libraries BC, provided support for contributors in updating the wiki version of Legal Help for British Columbians. Mosa Wytenburg, Desy Wahyuni, Katherine Hyrcza, Bronwyn Guiton, and Kerry Taillefer provided technical and editorial support.

Thanks also to Jay Istvanffy of Legal Services Society for editorial support.