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Feb 20, 2017

Law Society suspends former Vancouver lawyer Kerri Farion for professional misconduct

Jan 5, 2017

Law Society protects the public by taking action against unauthorized practice of law

Nov 28, 2016

Law Society suspends Vancouver lawyer Susan Ben-Oliel for four months for repeated failures to respond

Nov 8, 2016

Law Society to seek leave to appeal TWU decision to the Supreme Court of Canada

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Lawyers in British Columbia are ethical and honest, and in the rare instance when theft by a lawyer from a client account is discovered, the Law Society, as the regulator of the legal profession in BC, moves quickly to compensate the victim and discipline the lawyer.   more

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Feb 23, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada decision on application for leave to appeal – The Supreme Court of Canada has granted the Law Society of British Columbia leave to appeal the decision of the BC Court of Appeal in Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of British Columbia. more

Feb 9, 2017

Invitation to apply for Law Society scholarships – The Law Society invites eligible students and graduates to apply for two $12,000 Law Society scholarships. The Aboriginal Scholarship aims to enhance the retention of Aboriginal lawyers by supporting the development of Indigenous leaders and role models in the legal academic community. The Scholarship for Graduate Legal Studies encourages and financially assists a law graduate to complete a full-time program of graduate legal studies that will benefit the student, the province and the legal profession in BC. more

Jan 20, 2017

Congratulations to Jan Lindsay, QC on her appointment to the Judicial Advisory Committee – The Law Society congratulates former President and Life Bencher Jan Lindsay, QC on her recent appointment to the Judicial Advisory Committee for British Columbia. more

Jan 18, 2017

County of Kootenay by-election: call for nominations – Lynal Doerksen's appointment to the Bench has created a vacancy for the position of Bencher in the County of Kootenay (District No. 5). A Bencher by-election has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, 2017. more

Jan 13, 2017

Designated paralegal initiative improves access to lower cost legal services – Recent media coverage incorrectly suggests that the Law Society is no longer working on expanding the scope of legal services that can be provided by non-lawyers. In fact, the designated paralegal initiative improves access to lower cost legal services, and is just one of a series of initiatives aimed at improving access to justice. more

Dec 14, 2016

Benchers approve support for Access to Justice BC – The Law Society and the Law Foundation have announced a joint three year funding and support arrangement for Access to Justice BC (A2JBC). more

Dec 12, 2016

Law Society makes submission on National Security Consultation – The Law Society has made a submission to the Federal government regarding its consultation on national security. The consultation focuses on key elements of Canada’s national security laws and policies “to ensure they reflect the rights, values and freedoms of Canadians.” more

Nov 8, 2016

Law Society to seek leave to appeal TWU decision to the Supreme Court of Canada – The Law Society today determined that it will seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada the recent decision of the BC Court of Appeal in Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of British Columbia. more

Nov 1, 2016

BC Court of Appeal decision on TWU matter – Today, the BC Court of Appeal released its decision in TWU v. Law Society of BC. more

Jun 22, 2016

Law Society’s second annual secondary school essay contest highlights significance of the rule of law – The Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee launched an annual essay contest for BC secondary students last year to reaffirm the significance of the rule of law and to enhance students’ knowledge and willingness to participate actively in civic life. For the 2016/17 school year, the Law Society is again inviting students to submit an essay on the rule of law. more

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