Family Law Conference: Part 1 – Divorce Act Amendments. Presentation of the Department of Justice: Introduction; Inter-jurisdictional Provisions; 2007 Convention; 1996 Convention |

Family Law Conference: Part 1 – Divorce Act Amendments. Presentation of the Department of Justice: Introduction; Inter-jurisdictional Provisions; 2007 Convention; 1996 Convention

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.75
40 minutes
Substantive: 0.5
30 minutes
John-Paul Boyd
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
70 minutes
$109.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

This speaker is a well-respected lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, parenting coordinator, researcher, lecturer and author in Alberta and British Columbia. This speaker will provide practical and legal information dealing with new duties for lawyers and parents in light of the amendments made to the Divorce Act as well as discuss how to diminish conflict in family law matter. These topics will touch upon ethics and professional responsibility, client service, practice management, ethical advocacy, practice management and EDI which include:


  • 1.4          Duty to act in good faith and avoid sharp practice;
  • 1.6          Duties related to advocacy;
  • 1.15        Required conduct of lawyers arising from statute, legislation;
  • 2.1          Making legal services available to the public;
  • 2.4          Recognizing and being sensitive to client's circumstances;
  • 2.5          Managing difficult clients;
  • 2.14        Dealing effectively with unrepresented persons;
  • 3.15        Risk management best practices;
  • 4.1          Practicing with civility;
  • 4.2          Treating the court, opposing counsel, parties and others with courtesy and respect;
  • 4.3          Refraining from sharp practice;
  • 4.4          Encouraging respect for legal institutions and authorities;
  • 6.0          Understanding power and privilege;


John-Paul Boyd

John-Paul E Boyd is a family law lawyer, author, speaker and consultant. He is the principal of John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers, a member of the bars of British Columbia and Alberta, and counsel to the preeminent Calgary family law firm Wise Scheible Barkauskas. John-Paul spent fourteen years practicing in Vancouver before joining the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family at the University of Calgary as its executive director in 2013. He returned to private practice in 2018 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019. He now provides services as a family law arbitrator, mediator and parenting coordinator throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

John-Paul is a frequent speaker on family law, justice reform and dispute resolution processes for the National Judicial Institute, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, continuing professional education providers and the National Family Law Program, and has taught the upperyear family law course at the University of Calgary. His written work has been published by the UBC Law Review, Emond Publishing, Canadian Family Law Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Family Law, the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, the federal Department of Justice, the National Judicial Institute and the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. He is the founding author of the acclaimed public legal education wikibook JP Boyd on Family Law, now in its third edition, and its companion blog, the first law blog cited in a Canadian court judgment.

John-Paul is a juror of the Walter Owen Book Prize, awarded by the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research, and the Allan Falconer Memorial Essay Contest, administered by the Canadian Journal of Family Law. He is a member of the ADR Institute of Canada and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and a past fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He presently serves on the national executive committee of the Canadian Bar Association’s Child & Youth Law Section.

John-Paul was instrumental in establishing the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society in 2006 and the BC Hear the Child Society in 2009. He is a recipient of the CBA’s National Pro Bono Service Award, the UBC Law Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, the CBA British Columbia’s Pro Bono Award and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Law Society of Alberta and the CBA Alberta.

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