Chair

 

Carla Lewis, Lewis Kennelly, Vancouver, BC. Following graduation from the University of Manitoba Law School in 1984, Carla was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1985. After working in Winnipeg for 5 years, she relocated to Vancouver and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1990. Carla has been practising family law since 1985 and has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia. She is certified by the Law Society as a mediator, parenting coordinator and family law arbitrator. She is a trained child interviewer and currently in her second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hear the Child Society. Carla has taught or presented for the PLTC, the People’s Law School, CLE, the Trial Lawyers Association and made presentations tailored to individual groups’ interests, such as the BC Association of Behavioural Analysts.

   

Faculty

Arlene H. Henry, Q.C., Arlene H. Henry Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Arlene is a lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, instructor, and coach who has been practising law since 1986, mediating since 1998 and proudly received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2005. She has focused her dispute resolution practice on the restructuring of families resulting from separation and divorce, wills and estate challenges, elder care and management and unwinding of closely-held businesses. Arlene is a multi-accredited civil and family law mediator and is highly skilled in the use of various collaborative interventions, including mediation, facilitated negotiations and med-arbitration. She sits on several Boards and numerous committees within the dispute resolution community and is actively involved in the development of new resolution disciplines in family law within BC, including non-evaluative child interviews, med-arbitration, arbitration, parenting coordination and family violence screening.

   

Jane Reid, Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Jane Reid was called to the BC Bar in 2003 and has practised family law exclusively since 2004. She has appeared at all levels of Court in British Columbia. Jane regularly represents clients in litigation matters, in mediations, and the collaborative process. Jane is also a certified family law mediator. Jane is the past chair of the Canadian Bar Association Family Law Subsection (Vancouver), and has been on the executive since 2008. Jane has been an author, editor, and contributor to several important BC family law publications, including: member of the Editorial Board of the BC Family Practice Manual (2013-2017); contributing author to the annual update of BC Family Law Agreements, Annotated Precedents (2010-2012); and contributing author to the Annotated Family Practice (2009-2017). Jane has also been a regular guest instructor at the British Columbia Professional Legal Training Course.

   

Vandana Sood, Supervising Lawyer, Rise Women’s Legal Centre, Vancouver, BC. Vandana has focused her legal career on working to achieve gender equality and empowerment for women. Prior to joining Rise Women’s Legal Centre, Vandana was a sole practitioner and practised primarily in the areas of family law, child protection law (as parent’s counsel) and immigration & refugee law, with a focus on assisting women who had experienced family violence. Vandana also worked previously at an aboriginal law firm, articled in criminal law with Glen Orris, Q.C., and worked as a Mental Health Advocate for CLAS during law school. Vandana has a J.D. from the University of British Columbia, and an M.Sc. from the University of Calgary.

   

Tanya Thakur, Thakur MacNeill LLP, Vancouver, BC. Tanya articled at a boutique personal injury firm in Vancouver prior to starting her family and immigration law practice. Tanya has appeared in Provincial Court and Supreme Court of BC, including conducting a family law trial in Provincial Court. She has conducted family law files involving complex violence, obtaining positive results for clients. While attending law school, Tanya carried out extensive legal work for non-profit organizations. As part of these volunteer services, she provided free legal advice and support to low income families and did research for feminist organizations, including Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) and West Coast LEAF. She received the Jack T. Edwards Memorial Award in Law for her dedication to clients while enrolled in a clinical program. She is fluent in Hindi.