Key Issues

Seat for a Young Lawyer
Kyla believes the Law Society should have a voice for young lawyers in a decision-making capacity where it matters. If elected, she will advocate for a specific seat for lawyers in their first ten years of practice at the Bencher table so that individuals who are significantly represented in the bar are not underrepresented in its governance.
Alternative Disciplinary Measures

Kyla’s years of experience as a criminal defence lawyer has provided her with a highly-developed stance when it comes to the lasting effects a tragic mistake can have on a person’s life.

 

Cultural Sensitivity

It is important for the Law Society to be able to appreciate and understand the experiences of the many people from diverse backgrounds who come before them.

As a Bencher, Kyla would advocate for the requirement that anyone who sits on the discipline or credentials committee to receive cultural sensitivity training, trauma informed lawyer training and training relating to Indigenous competency issues beyond what the Law Society has mandated.

 

Embracing Technology

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a huge adjustment for us all and lawyers have had to find new ways to carry out their work.

If elected Kyla will work diligently to ensure the Law Society of British Columbia embraces new technology as well as remote service provision.


Establishing a Technology Fund

Embracing technology is difficult for some lawyers to do if they do not have some financial support to assist them in getting the training and equipment necessary to deliver legal services in a quicker, more efficient way.

As a Bencher of the Law Society of BC, Kyla will advocate for financial support for lawyers who need it, to ensure lawyers are able to use necessary technologies in their offices.

Mental Health Resources

Having struggled with mental health issues herself, Kyla understands the difficulty of trying to maintain a practice while also seeking mental health help.

If elected, Kyla would advocate for the Law Society to put funding into more mental health resources for lawyers, including 24/7 crisis lines.

 

No Fault Insurance

Many lawyers will be affected by the No Fault Insurance Scheme that has come into play. The Law Society needs to recognize that this will directly affect the publics access to justice, and therefore affects lawyers doing their jobs.

As a Bencher, Kyla would advocate for the Law Society to take an adversarial position on issues related to legislation that threatens the jobs that lawyers do for their clients.


Online Marketing Regulations

Kyla has a lot of experience with online marketing, and understands the importance of it to grow a lawyer’s personal brand.

However, online marketing is not covered by the Law Society professional code of conduct for lawyers. If elected, Kyla would advocate for changes to the code, that would outline a clear scheme for lawyers to understand what the limits are of their online marketing activity.

 

Overhaul Client Identification

The current client identification and verification rules are outdated, and so if elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of BC, Kyla plans to overhaul these rules to make them more straight forward and convenient, and ensure the whole process is easier for both lawyers and their clients.

 

Parental Leave Fees

There is currently no sufficient support provided by the Law Society to lawyers who become parents.

As a Bencher, Kyla will advocate for fee categories that recognize the parental responsibilities that lawyers face when they become parents and allow lawyers to take time off after they become a parent.

 

Professional Development Credits

If elected as a Bencher, Kyla will advocate for changes to the code that would allow continuing professional development credits for more activities, that lawyers could use to advance their technological abilities.

Professional Fees

The Law Society professional fees are currently the same for every firm, no matter the size or income. Kyla believes it is important for the Law Society to show its appreciation for lawyers who work in public interest by rewarding them with lower fees, which could result in more lawyers pursuing a career in the public interest sector.

As a Bencher, Kyla would rework the fee and insurance system for lawyers, to ensure fairness in costs which would result in easier access to justice for the public in BC.

 

Trust Account Training

Trust accounting confusing, and causes many costly problems for the Law Society when mistakes are made. However, there is currently very little attention given to trust accounting training.

As a Bencher, Kyla would advocate for more trust accounting training, including a specific course, that will allow lawyers to learn about trust accounting requirements as part of an educational experience.

 

Mental Health Resources

Having struggled with mental health issues herself, Kyla understands the difficulty of trying to maintain a practice while also seeking mental health help.

If elected, Kyla would advocate for the Law Society to put funding into more mental health resources for lawyers, including 24/7 crisis lines.

 

Professional Development Credits

If elected as a Bencher, Kyla will advocate for changes to the code that would allow continuing professional development credits for more activities, that lawyers could use to advance their technological abilities.

Embracing Technology

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a huge adjustment for us all and lawyers have had to find new ways to carry out their work.

If elected Kyla will work diligently to ensure the Law Society of British Columbia embraces new technology as well as remote service provision.

Parental Leave Fees

There is currently no sufficient support provided by the Law Society to lawyers who become parents.

As a Bencher, Kyla will advocate for fee categories that recognize the parental responsibilities that lawyers face when they become parents and allow lawyers to take time off after they become a parent.

Seat For a Young Lawyer

Kyla believes the Law Society should have a voice for young lawyers in a decision-making capacity where it matters.

If elected, she will advocate for a specific seat for lawyers in their first ten years of practice at the Bencher table so that individuals who are significantly represented in the bar are not underrepresented in its governance.

Alternative Disciplinary Measures

Kyla’s years of experience as a criminal defence lawyer has provided her with a highly-developed stance when it comes to the lasting effects a tragic mistake can have on a person’s life.

As a Bencher of the Law Society of BC, Kyla will promote more ways to help lawyers before they land in trouble in order to prevent and reduce potential future violations by its members.

Trust Account Training

Trust accounting confusing, and causes many costly problems for the Law Society when mistakes are made. However, there is currently very little attention given to trust accounting training.
As a Bencher, Kyla would advocate for more trust accounting training, including a specific course, that will allow lawyers to learn about trust accounting requirements as part of an educational experience.

Trust Accounting Rules

The trust accounting rules that are currently being used for the Law Society of BC are complicated and cover too many different practices without consideration for the different needs of smaller versus bigger practice areas.

If elected, Kyla will work for an overhaul of the current trust accounting rules, and implement new ones to ensure the accounting rules make sense based on the specific transaction taking place.

Cultural Sensitivity Training

It is important for the Law Society to be able to appreciate and understand the experiences of the many people from diverse backgrounds who come before them.

As a Bencher, Kyla would advocate for the requirement that anyone who sits on the discipline or credentials committee to receive cultural sensitivity training, trauma informed lawyer training and training relating to Indigenous competency issues beyond what the Law Society has mandated.

 

Overhaul Client Identification

The current client identification and verification rules are outdated, and so if elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of BC, Kyla plans to overhaul these rules to make them more straight forward and convenient, and ensure the whole process is easier for both lawyers and their clients

Professional Fees

The Law Society professional fees are currently the same for every firm, no matter the size or income. Kyla believes it is important for the Law Society to show its appreciation for lawyers who work in public interest by rewarding them with lower fees, which could result in more lawyers pursuing a career in the public interest sector.

As a Bencher, Kyla would rework the fee and insurance system for lawyers, to ensure fairness in costs which would result in easier access to justice for the public in BC.

No Fault Insurance

Many lawyers will be affected by the No Fault Insurance Scheme that has come into play. The Law Society needs to recognize that this will directly affect the publics access to justice, and therefore affects lawyers doing their jobs.

As a Bencher, Kyla would advocate for the Law Society to take an adversarial position on issues related to legislation that threatens the jobs that lawyers do for their clients.

Online Marketing Regulations

Kyla has a lot of experience with online marketing, and understands the importance of it to grow a lawyer’s personal brand.

However, online marketing is not covered by the Law Society professional code of conduct for lawyers. If elected, Kyla would advocate for changes to the code, that would outline a clear scheme for lawyers to understand what the limits are of their online marketing activity.

Establishing Technology Fund

Embracing technology is difficult for some lawyers to do if they do not have some financial support to assist them in getting the training and equipment necessary to deliver legal services in a quicker, more efficient way.

As a Bencher of the Law Society of BC, Kyla will advocate for financial support for lawyers who need it, to ensure lawyers are able to use necessary technologies in their offices.

Diversity

Kyla believes the Law Society can do more to get more diverse lawyers from a range of backgrounds in the profession. If elected, she would ensure that the Law Society engages in more specific recruitment related to diversity.

She would help to establish an outreach program for high-school and university students to encourage more students from diverse backgrounds to apply to law school.

Scroll to Top