A LAWYER: (noticing my nametag) Hey, are you the Christopher Bird who writes for thecourt.ca?
ME: Yes, I am.
A LAWYER: Yeah, I was reading your analysis of… uh… damn, what was the case?
A LAWYER: No, it was about crown liability issues? Policy versus operational?
ME: Right, I was talking about the Just test, that would make it… damn…
A LAWYER: Saskatchewan?
ME: Yes, that was it. So you read it?
A LAWYER: Yeah. Great analysis. You’re completely wrong, of course, but great analysis.
A LAWYER: Well, you know, I just think negligence immunity from policy considerations is necessary for government to function. How do you respond to that?
ME: Well, I actually wish I had written the article a little better. You remember how I said that some level of tort immunity for policy consideration is necessary?
A LAWYER: Yeah.
ME: The problem is that in Saskatchewan, the policy was effectively to be deliberately negligent. Saying “well it’s policy so you can’t sue” in that instance just strikes me as giving government a license to behave in bad faith whenever they want. I should have made that clearer when I wrote it.
A LAWYER: I think it came through. I still don’t agree with you, but I get where you’re coming from. It was a great analysis, that’s all I wanted to say.
ME: Well, thanks again.
(turning back to KAREN, a friend/fellow law student at the session)
ME: That was so fucking awesome.
KAREN: You know, they have really good food here.