News Release
April 19, 2012

Vancouver – In an extraordinary move for any self-regulating body, The Law Society of BC provided the public with a glimpse of its inner workings, yesterday, when it showcased in real time the work it was doing.

Law Society revealed: a one-day insider’s view through Twitter is part of the Society’s on-going commitment to transparency and accountability. Throughout the day, the Society sent 100 tweets covering everything from phone calls it received outlining concerns about the conduct of a lawyer to where the public can find important resources.

“The public needs to know that we’re here first and foremost for their protection,” said Law Society president Bruce LeRose, QC. “We hope this unique glimpse at what happens here will help with that. Lawyers are an important component of the justice system, and our job is to ensure that they are serving the public properly and, if necessary, step in if there are problems.”

All tweets @LawSocietyofBC respected confidentiality, privacy laws and Law Society disclosure rules. The full stream is available on the Law Society’s website. It provides a revealing look at how the Society protects the public and supports lawyers in their pursuit of excellence.

The event is part of  Law Week, which is put on by the Canadian Bar Association in partnership with the Law Society and others.

The Law Society has been working to build public confidence for more than 100 years. Most recently, it selected members of the public to be among those to discipline lawyers. A timeline of changes to bring more transparency to the self-regulation of BC lawyers can be found on the Law Society’s website.

The Law Society of British Columbia regulates the more than 10,000 lawyers in the province, setting and enforcing standards of professional conduct that ensure the public is well-served by a competent, honourable legal profession.

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For further information or to arrange an interview contact:

Lesley Pritchard
Communications Officer
604.443.5708
lpritchard@lsbc.org

Dana Bales
Communications Officer (Wednesday through Friday)
604.443.5724
dbales@lsbc.org