Volunteers and Appointments

The Law Society relies on the excellent work of our many volunteers, including our Benchers, lawyers and members of the public.

Volunteers serve as members of hearing panels, committees, task forces and working groups, as appointees to outside bodies, as guest instructors, lecturers and authors, as practice reviewers, practice supervisors and conduct reviewers and as event panellists and advisors on special projects.

Some volunteer positions are paid an honorarium.

Thank you to our 2022 volunteers

Volunteer opportunities

Committees, task forces and working groups

Law Society committees, task forces and working groups have specialized roles that carry out many of the regulatory functions of the Law Society and assist with policy development. Committees, task forces and working groups are composed of Benchers and lawyers from all over BC, all of whom volunteer their time to the Law Society.

For more information, see Committees, task forces and working groups or email BencherRelations@lsbc.org. If you would like to be considered for an appointment to a Law Society committee or an outside body, please fill out our online form.

Appointments to outside bodies

The Law Society appoints lawyers, judges and members of the public to boards, councils and committees of outside bodies. The appointments are made by the Benchers, Executive Committee or president, under authority conferred by the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society Rules, Bencher resolutions, and the governing statutes, constitutions and by-laws of those outside bodies. The appointments carry various statutory and common law responsibilities, powers and duties. Eligibility requirements vary from body to body.

Refer to the Law Society Appointments Guidebook for complete information on the Law Society’s policy and process for making appointments and nominations to various outside bodies, and for background and contact information on those bodies.

See Current openings for appointments to outside bodies. To volunteer for an appointment, fill out our online form.

Professional Legal Training Course

PLTC volunteers deliver instruction on mediation, family law, residential conveyance, criminal practice, corporate practice, the Personal Property Security Act, buying and selling a business, wills and practice management. Volunteers also serve as mock civil trial and chambers judges. To volunteer as an instructor or lecturer, contact Meghan Maddigan, Acting Deputy Director, PLTC. Please note the subject areas you are volunteering to teach and the time frame for which you are available. To volunteer as an author, contact Katie McConchie.

More about volunteering for PLTC

Practice reviews and supervision

Volunteers with the Practice Standards Department review and supervise practices. Practice reviewers attend lawyers' offices with Law Society staff to provide assistance and recommendations to lawyers needing support. Practice supervisors help ensure lawyers comply with Law Society recommendations. Volunteers' experience and areas of practice are matched with Law Society needs. For information, contact Practice Standards and Remediation: standards@lsbc.org.

Fee Mediation Program

Mediators on our fee mediation roster are members of the Mediate BC Civil Roster and have a minimum of five years' related experience. For information, see Complaints About Lawyers' Fees, or contact feemediation@lsbc.org.