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New addition to our criminal lawyer firm

Irene Shih, Articled StudentOur Kamloops criminal law firm is pleased to welcome articled student Irene Shih, a recent TRU Law School graduate. Irene began her articles with Brad Smith, QC in May 2022.

Irene first joined our criminal lawyers as a summer student in 2021 where she gained experience in criminal law while working with criminal lawyers Brad Smith, QC and Danielle Ching McNamee. Irene is pleased to continue working with Smith Law Group, helping people charged with a criminal offence or who are being investigated by the police.

Irene has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Information Security) from the University of Calgary. She has volunteered as a High Risk Youth Mentor and as a Court House Volunteer for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary. She speaks English, French and Cantonese. Additionally, Irene has a Black Belt in Kendo and competed provincially in Alberta.

Not guilty verdict for first degree murder charges

Monday, April 25, 2022 was a special day for our criminal law firm. That is the day that we were thrilled to receive a verdict of not guilty for both first degree murder charges against our client.

The trial took place in Vancouver in the height of the pandemic and stretched to more than 150 days in court. Throughout the trial, we worked to present the best defence for our client. At its conclusion, BC Supreme Court Justice Arne Silverman found our client and his co-accused not guilty.

Kamloops criminal lawyer Brad Smith, QC led the defence team, which included Danielle Ching McNamee, Frances Mahon, and Kirat Khosa.

We thank all of our team members—in and out of court—who worked hard to provide a strong defence against these most serious criminal charges.

Apply for a summer student position in our criminal lawyer firm

We are accepting applications for a summer law student job in our Kamloops criminal lawyer firm

Over the past two summers, Smith Law Group has hired summer students with a strong interest in criminal law. The students gained practical experience working under the supervision of defence lawyers Brad Smith, QC and Danielle Ching McNamee.

“The experience law students gain in working in our Kamloops criminal law firm helps them on their journey to become lawyers,” said Brad Smith, QC. “It’s a great opportunity which I’m pleased to offer to a student who is especially interested in criminal law. They will learn about criminal law and procedure, and experience the day-to-day operation of a busy, criminal defence law firm.”

Our lawyers practise criminal law, defending clients against all criminal charges, including assault, sexual assault, and murder. We also have a busy practice in police law and disciplinary proceedings. We serve clients throughout BC, including Kamloops, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Vernon, 100 Mile House, and Kelowna.

During the summer position, students can expect to attend court to watch legal proceedings and conduct research and writing. The full-time, paid position generally runs from the beginning of May to the end of July and is based in our Kamloops office. Our employees are fully vaccinated.

We invite first or second year law students to forward their résumé, transcripts and cover letter to Danielle Ching McNamee. Please be sure to describe your interest in criminal law, police law and disciplinary proceedings.

Kamloops criminal lawyer to coach TRU law students in argument strategy

In February, when Thompson Rivers University law students compete in the BC Court of Appeal Moot, Kamloops criminal lawyer Danielle Ching McNamee will be their co-coach and mentor.

“The moot is very good practice for the students,” said Ching McNamee. “A lot of them want to be barristers.” Ching McNamee is regularly in court defending people charged with criminal offences and representing people being investigated by the police.

As part of the moot, the third-year law students will research an actual Court of Appeal case. The students will create arguments for both sides of the case and argue their positions in front of actual Court of Appeal justices in Victoria next month. The original case is from Alberta and concerns a bank and a person who was defrauded. Ching McNamee and Desmond MacMillan, an Alberta lawyer, will mentor and coach the students as they research the law and create arguments.

Ching McNamee is mentoring the TRU law students as they prepare to compete against law students from UVic and UBC. She provides valuable guidance as they create strategies for the case. Ching McNamee herself is part of a legal team which just finished a year-long murder trial.

“I love the mentorship I can give students and I love resolving legal problems, considering different legal problems, and presenting arguments to a judge,” said Ching McNamee.

Kamloops criminal lawyer to lecture on cross-examination

Kamloops criminal defence lawyer Brad Smith, QC will start the new year with law students at Thompson Rivers University, as an invited guest lecturer in the law school’s course on Dispute Resolution. Smith will lecture on cross-examination, an advocacy skill which any aspiring trial lawyer needs to develop.

Widely regarded as a highly effective cross-examiner, Smith has previously presented on the topic of cross examination in a variety of forums, including at the Law Society of BC’s Professional Legal Training Course.

Smith’s presentation to the law students will focus on the process, law, and ethics of cross-examination, and will include a demonstration in which he will cross-examine a law professor based on a set of facts from a fictional criminal case. Smith will also assess students tasked with trying their hand at the skills they have learned in the course.

“As a member of the Kamloops legal community, it’s important to me to support our law school and its students. It’s also a pleasure to meet local law students and see them put their learning into action,” said Smith.

Criminal law firm welcomes articled student Kyle Hunter

Kyle Hunter gained the best criminal law experience when he summered with our criminal law firm

Kyle Hunter, Articled Student

Kamloops criminal law firm, Smith Law Group, is pleased to welcome back Kyle Hunter, a recent TRU Law graduate. Kyle began his articles with Brad Smith, QC in August 2021. He completed the Professional Legal Training Course in September 2021.

Kyle first joined the law firm as a summer student in 2020 where he gained experience in criminal law while working with BC criminal lawyers Brad Smith, QC and Danielle Ching McNamee. Kyle is keen to continue working with Smith Law Group, helping people charged with a criminal offence or who are being investigated by the police.

“I don’t know who your lawyer is, but they must be GOOD!”

We get the best feedback from our clients! One client was recently arrested and taken into police custody on serious criminal charges just two hours before end of court day on a Friday of a long weekend. What does it mean when you’re arrested last-minute like that? It sure makes you wonder if someone wants you to spend your whole long weekend in custody. Generally, it takes time to reach a criminal lawyer and get the wheels of justice in motion. Many criminal defence law offices close early on the Friday before a long weekend—but not ours. We don’t want our clients stuck in custody for the weekend, usually after the police have tried to have a long chat with them “to get their side of the story”.

In this case, our client immediately called us and we got to work fast. It’s how we defend against criminal charges. If you or someone you know is under investigation by the police, or facing criminal charges, we have skilled criminal lawyers available and ready to help anywhere in BC, whether it be Kamloops, Williams Lake, Vernon… you name it.

This brief story ends well. Within those two hours, our client was released. As they left custody, an official said to them, “I don’t know who your lawyer is, but they must be GOOD!”

The client called us and told us about it—as they too headed out for the long weekend.

 

Summer of criminal law for TRU Law student

Irene Chan had a summer of criminal law in 2021 at our firm

Irene Shih, Summer Student

Smith Law Group has hired a Thompson Rivers University law student for the summer. Irene Shih, who has a strong interest in criminal law, has completed her second year of law school in Kamloops. Over the summer, Irene will gain practical experience in criminal law, under the supervision of Brad Smith, QC and Danielle Ching McNamee.

“The experience law students gain in working in our criminal law firm helps them on their journey to become lawyers,” said Brad Smith, QC. “It’s a fantastic opportunity which I’m pleased to offer to a student who is especially interested in criminal law. They gain practical knowledge as well as insight into the professional conduct of lawyers.”

Irene will attend court to watch legal proceedings and conduct research.

We’ve hired two summer students

Smith Law Group has hired two Thompson Rivers University law students for the summer. Kyle Hunter has completed his second year of law school, while Jill Wiberg has completed her first year of law school. Over the summer, Kyle and Jill will gain practical experience in criminal law, under the supervision of Brad Smith, QC and Danielle Ching McNamee. “I’m pleased to offer this opportunity to these law students,” said Brad Smith, QC. “For students to immerse themselves in a criminal law office, to learn about the practice of criminal law, is a huge advantage in their journey to become lawyers. They will gain practical knowledge as well as insight into the professional conduct of lawyers.”

The students will attend court to watch legal proceedings and conduct research.

Kyle Hunter gained the best criminal law experience when he summered with our criminal law firm
Kyle HunterJill Wiberg gained the best criminal law experience when she summered with our criminal law firm
Jill Wiberg

Danielle Ching McNamee joins Smith Law Group

Kamloops criminal defence lawyer Danielle Ching McNamee
Danielle Ching McNamee joined Smith Law Group in December 2019. Danielle is a top-ranked recent graduate of TRU law school who clerked with the Supreme Court of BC and articled with a prominent Kamloops law firm. She is a strong addition to the office and will work closely with senior criminal lawyer Brad Smith, QC to accomplish outstanding results for their clients throughout BC.

Danielle is focused on building a practice through helping clients resolve their criminal law problems.