Paul McGivern was an invited speaker and a panelist at the Birth Trauma Conference organized by CanLNC and held at the Vancouver Pan Pacific hotel on June 7, 2013. Susanne Raab and Natalia Ivolgina also participated in the conference. The conference featured top lawyers in the province practicing in birth trauma litigation and covered topics such as causes of cerebral palsy, standards of fetal monitoring, challenges in proving causation, and recent developments in the Supreme Court of Canada. Paul shared his knowledge in such areas as the use of experts in medical malpractice cases and recent pronouncements from the Supreme Court.
Paul McGivern was interviewed by Lawyers Weekly on the significance of the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the case that he argued. The decision was important in two respects: it clarified the threshold for rebutting the presumption of judicial integrity and impartiality and raised the bar for physicians in terms of explaining the risks of the proposed procedure when obtaining informed consent from patients.
Paul McGivern and Susanne Raab were among the team winning the hard-fought battle at the Supreme Court of Canada for an infant with cerebral palsy injured as a result of a failed attempt at a forceps delivery - April 4, 2013 (Full decision available here)