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Networking opportunity: Aboriginal Lawyers Mentorship Program

[posted August 26, 2014]

Lawyers across BC who are interested in participating in the Aboriginal Lawyers Mentorship Program are encouraged to attend a Meet and Greet reception to launch the second cycle of the Program. The event provides an opportunity for Aboriginal lawyers of up to three years of call to meet and be paired with experienced lawyers to establish a mentor-mentee relationship.

The Program is the first of its kind in North America and is geared toward enhancing the retention and advancement of Aboriginal lawyers, who are currently underrepresented in the legal profession in British Columbia. Since its inception in 2013, the Program has matched 20 pairs.

The Meet and Greet event will take place on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the offices of Mandell Pinder LLP, Suite 422-1080 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC. The reception will begin at 5:00 pm.

For more information, or to confirm attendance at the reception, contact Andrea Hilland, Law Society staff lawyer, at ahilland@lsbc.org or 604.443.5727.

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TWU vote on agenda for September 26 Benchers meeting

[posted July 14, 2014]

On September 26, the Benchers will again discuss and vote on motions regarding the proposed faculty of law at Trinity Western University.

The Benchers are also accepting written submissions from anyone wanting to provide input or information to assist them with their decisions. The deadline for submissions is September 3. Submissions may be sent by email to submissions@lsbc.org or by mail to The Law Society of BC - Attention: Executive Director, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 4Z9. All submissions will be identified by the name and date of submission and made public on the Law Society website as they are received. Anonymous submissions will not be considered or posted.

Further information can be found here.

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Law Society appointed custodian of Gerhardus Albertus Pyper’s law practice and Pyper Law Group

[posted June 26, 2014]

Gerhardus Albertus Pyper has been suspended from practicing law, and the Law Society has been appointed custodian of his law practice. As such they will take custody of all files, bank accounts and accounting records, contact clients with open files and act on their behalf on matters of immediate and urgent concern. They will also assist clients in locating a new lawyer and ensure that trust funds are properly accounted for. Clients with questions regarding their files should contact Manika Rajan at the Law Society.

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2013 financial statements

[posted June 25, 2014]

The Law Society's 2013 audited financial statements are now available online.

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Resolution adopted at Special General Meeting

[posted June 10, 2014]

On June 10, 2014, the members of the Law Society passed a resolution at a special general meeting directing the Benchers to declare that the proposed law school at Trinity Western University is not an approved faculty of law for the purposes of the Law Society’s admission program.

The resolution was passed in a 3,210 to 968 vote.

While section 13 of the Legal Profession Act sets out that a resolution at a general meeting is not binding on the Benchers except as provided under that section, Benchers will give this resolution serious and thoughtful consideration.

For background and supporting documents, see Special General Meeting June 10, 2014.

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