Family Law Arbitrator
Janet L. Clark, LL.B.
Janet is the secretary for the Canadian Bar Association of BC (CBABC) Westminster Family Section, a role that she has occupied since 2005. She has also been an active member of the CBABC Working Group on family law reform since its inception in 2007. The Working Group has generated extensive, comprehensive reports responding to the Attorney General’s proposals for changes to the Family Relations Act and to the new proposed Supreme Court (Family) Rules. Currently, the Working Group is preparing a “Family Law Ethical Practice Principles” document designed to be a best practices model of conduct for all participants in the family law justice system.
Janet has taught as a guest lecturer on behalf of the Law Society of BC in the capacity of Professional Legal Training Courses (PLTC) and Continuing Legal Education (CLE). She regularly attends the Surrey Provincial Family Court Users’ Committee meetings and has provided pro bono legal advice to disadvantaged women through Access to Justice since 2005.
Janet was born in Aklavik, NWT and grew up in the Okanagan. She attended UBC where she received a BA in Philosophy in 1986 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1989. She articled in downtown Toronto at McLean & Kerr, a firm specializing in high-end commercial transactions, landlord-side shopping centre transactions and insurance defence litigation. She was called to the bar in Ontario in 1991 where she remained with McLean & Kerr until late 1993. The following year she returned to B.C. to practice law with her sister, a family solicitor in Prince George. In 2000, Janet moved back to the Lower Mainland where she currently resides happily with her husband and two cats.