The work of the Law Society is overseen by a volunteer board of governors called Benchers.

Benchers establish the Law Society Rules, the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia and board policies, including governance policies. The Benchers also oversee the implementation and administration of programs carried out by the Law Society staff.

The president is the chief elected official of the Law Society, and serves a one-year term in that position. With the exception of the president and vice-presidents, all Benchers volunteer their time to the Law Society, which is a considerable commitment given the frequent meetings and committee responsibilities.

There are two types of Benchers:

  • Elected Benchers: 25 lawyers who are elected by other lawyers in nine regions across BC. Benchers serve minimum two-year terms and can be re-elected.
  • Appointed Benchers: up to six non-lawyers who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

The Attorney General of BC is also a Bencher although, in practice, the Deputy Attorney General attends Bencher meetings on the Attorney General's behalf.

Bencher meeting agendas and minutes

Bencher meeting dates

Bencher elections

Presidents and Treasurers, 1869 to present

Elected Benchers

Lisa Hamilton, QC
Lisa Hamilton, QC
President

Vancouver County
Hamilton Fabbro
Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y3

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Christopher McPherson, QC
Christopher McPherson, QC
First Vice-President

Westminster County
Office of the Crown Counsel
New Westminster, BC

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Jeevyn Dhaliwal, QC
Jeevyn Dhaliwal, QC
Second Vice-President

Vancouver County
Larlee, Rosenberg, Barristers & Solicitors
Vancouver, BC

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Kim Carter
Kim Carter

Kamloops District
Parents Legal Centre
Kamloops, BC

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Tanya Chamberlain
Tanya Chamberlain

Vancouver County
TLC Family Law
Vancouver, BC

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Jennifer Chow, QC
Jennifer Chow, QC

Vancouver County
Department of Justice Canada
Vancouver

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Cheryl S. D'Sa
Cheryl S. D'Sa

Vancouver County
Narwal Litigation LLP
Vancouver, BC

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Lisa Dumbrell
Lisa Dumbrell

Vancouver County
Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Vancouver BC

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Brian Dybwad
Brian Dybwad

Nanaimo County
Parents Legal Centre
Campbell River, BC

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Brook Greenberg, QC
Brook Greenberg, QC

Vancouver County
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Vancouver, BC

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Katrina Harry
Katrina Harry

Vancouver County
Legal Aid BC
Vancouver, BC

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Lindsay R. LeBlanc
Lindsay R. LeBlanc

Victoria County
Cox Taylor
Victoria, BC

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Geoffrey McDonald
Geoffrey McDonald

Cariboo County
Crown Counsel
Prince George

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Steven McKoen, QC
Steven McKoen, QC

Vancouver County
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Vancouver, BC

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Jacqueline McQueen, QC
Jacqueline McQueen, QC

Vancouver County
Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP
Vancouver

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Paul Pearson
Paul Pearson

Victoria County
Crown Counsel
Victoria, BC

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Georges Rivard
Georges Rivard

Cariboo County
Fort St. John, BC

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Kelly H. Russ
Kelly H. Russ

Vancouver County
West Vancouver, BC

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Gurminder Sandhu
Gurminder Sandhu

Westminster County
Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart
Surrey, BC

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Thomas L. Spraggs
Thomas L. Spraggs

Westminster County
Spraggs & Co. Law Corporation
Coquitlam

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Barbara Stanley, QC
Barbara Stanley, QC

Kootenay County
Ghilarducci & Stanley
Trail, BC

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Michael F. Welsh, QC
Michael F. Welsh, QC

Okanagan District
Michael F. Welsh Law Corporation
Penticton

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Kevin B. Westell
Kevin B. Westell

Vancouver County
Pender Litigation
Vancouver BC

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Sarah Westwood
Sarah Westwood

Prince Rupert County
Yuen Westwood Law Corporation
Smithers, BC

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Gaynor C. Yeung
Gaynor C. Yeung

Vancouver County
Whitelaw Twining
Vancouver, BC

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Appointed Benchers

Paul Barnett
Paul Barnett

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Sasha Hobbs
Sasha Hobbs

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Dr. Jan Lindsay
Dr. Jan Lindsay

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Michèle Ross
Michèle Ross

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Natasha Tony
Natasha Tony

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Guangbin Yan
Guangbin Yan

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Life Benchers

Any Bencher who has served for four terms or who has served as President of the Law Society is recognized for life with the honorary title of “Life Bencher.” Listed below are the Life Benchers, including dates of service as Benchers.

The Honourable Mary F. Southin, QC (1971-1980)

The Honourable Bruce I. Cohen, QC (1978-1986)

Marvin R.V. Storrow, QC (1980-1987)

R. Paul Beckmann, QC (1980-1989)

Robert M. Dick, QC (1983-1991)

The Honourable Peter Leask, QC (1984-1992)

John M. Hogg, QC (1984-1993)

P. Michael Bolton, QC (1985-1993)

The Honourable Robert T.C. Johnston, QC (1986-1994)

The Honourable Grant D. Burnyeat, QC (1988-1995)

James M. MacIntyre, QC (1986-1995)

Karen F. Nordlinger, QC (1988-1996)

Richard C.C. Peck, QC (1988-1997)

Leonard T. Doust, QC (1990-1997)

William M. Trotter, QC (1990-1997)

Trudi L. Brown, QC (1992-1998)

Warren T. Wilson, QC (1991-1999)

The Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh, QC (1995-2000)

Karl F. Warner, QC (1994-2000)

Richard S. Margetts, QC (1995-2001)

Emily M. Reid, QC (1994-2001)

Jane S. Shackell, QC (1994-2001)

Ann Howard (1992-2002)

Richard C. Gibbs, QC (1996-2002)

Howard R. Berge, QC (1992-2003)

Russell S. Tretiak, QC (1992-2003)

Robert D. Diebolt, QC (1996-2003)

Gerald J. Kambeitz, QC (1996-2003)

William J. Sullivan, QC (1997-2003)

Master Peter J. Keighley (1996-2004)

William M. Everett, QC (1998-2004)

Ralston S. Alexander, QC (1999-2005)

Patricia L. Schmit, QC (1998-2005)

Robert W. McDiarmid, QC (1998-2006)

Anna K. Fung, QC (1998-2007)

Ian Donaldson, QC (2000-2007)

June Preston, MSW (2001-2008)

The Honourable Mr. Justice John J.L. Hunter (2002-2008)

Terence E. La Liberté, QC (2000-2001, 2004-2009)

James D. Vilvang, QC (2002-2009)

David A. Zacks, QC (2002-2009)

The Honourable Judge William F.M. Jackson (2003-2009)

Patrick Kelly (2002-2010)

G. Glen Ridgway, QC (2002-2010)

Gavin Hume, QC (2004-2011)

Joost Blom, QC (2004-2011)

Carol W. Hickman, QC (2004-2011)

Bruce A. LeRose, QC (2004-2012)

Art Vertlieb, QC (2004-2013)

Leon Getz, QC (2006-2013)

Kathryn Berge, QC (2006-2013)

Rita C. Andreone, QC (2006-2013)

Thelma O'Grady (2006-2013)

David Renwick, QC (2006-2013)

Richard Stewart, QC (2006-2013)

Jan Lindsay, QC (2006-2014)

Kenneth M. Walker, QC (2007-2015)

David W. Mossop, QC (2008-2015)

Haydn Acheson (2008-2015)

The Honourable Mr. Justice E. David Crossin (2010-2016)

Herman Van Ommen, QC (2009-2017)

C.E. Lee Ongman, QC (2010-2017)

Thomas P. Fellhauer, QC (2010-2017)

Gregory A. Petrisor, QC (2010-2017)

Satwinder Bains (2010-2017)

Claude H. Richmond (2010-2018)

Miriam Kresivo, QC (2012-2018)

Nancy G. Merrill, QC (2011-2019)

Philip A. Riddell, QC (2012-2019)

Tony Wilson, QC (2012-2019)

Craig A.B. Ferris, QC (2014-2020)

Pinder K. Cheema, QC (2014-2021)

Martin Finch, QC (2014-2021)

Dean P.J. Lawton, QC (2014-2021)

Jamie Maclaren, QC (2014-2021)

Elizabeth J. Rowbotham, QC (2014-2021)