Youth opinion leaders make news at Law Society Public Forum

    VANCOUVER, June 24 /CNW/ - Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC's Representative
for Children and Youth, will discuss publicly the preliminary findings
relating to an upcoming report examining the relationship between youth in
care and the justice system. She will be speaking at a public forum, Voices on
Youth Justice, presented by the Law Society of BC this Wednesday.
    Gordon Cruse, retired youth corrections officer and author of Juvie:
Inside Canada's Youth Jails, will share with the forum audience his
observations about restorative justice. Now retired, he worked at Victoria's
youth custody centre and dealt with all the teenagers who were swept up in the
Reena Virk murder case. He is closely watching Kelly Ellard's request for a
fourth trial.
    Judge Nancy Phillips is responsible for the judicial administration of
the Youth Court at Robson Square in Vancouver. She will share her views on
sentencing in youth matters.
    Voices on Youth Justice begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, June 25 at the
Law Society Building atrium at 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC. Journalists
are welcome.
    For advance media interviews, please contact Dana Bales or Cara McGregor.
    The forum is put on in partnership with the Society for Children and
Youth of BC, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and the
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks.

    The Law Society of BC was founded in 1869 and is the governing body of
the legal profession in BC. Under the provisions of the Legal Profession Act,
the Law Society is responsible for the licensing, professional conduct and
discipline of the more than 11,000 lawyers in BC.

For further information:

For further information: Law Society of BC media contacts: Dana Bales,
Communications Officer, (604) 443-5708 or cell (604) 836-3257, Email:; OR Cara McGregor, Communications Officer, (604) 697-5829 or
1-800-903-5300 toll-free in BC, Email:

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