The Grade 6s wrapped up their six week unit on the Canadian justice system with a special visit coordinated by Jacqueline’s dad, Nick Smith, a legacy tax & trust lawyer in Vancouver.
Mr. Smith invited Mike Klein, a senior criminal defence lawyer, and Madam Justice Sandra K. Ballance, a BC Supreme Court Justice, to speak with the class. Each member of the panel described what they did, which highlighted the vast differences of what one could do with a law degree. They also shared anecdotes from their most interesting cases.
The Grade 6s also had a chance to ask questions. Their questions were very curious and well-informed. Just the day before they had a visited the Law Courts downtown and had a chance to sit in on many cases. They also held their own mock trials in the classroom as part of their unit on the Canadian legal system.
Thank you to Madam Justice Ballance, Mr. Klein and Mr. Smith for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit with us, and for answering all our questions!