2019 Rule of Law Lecture

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, the Law Society hosted the third annual Rule of Law Lecture, where an audience of more than 225 people were treated to speeches about privacy, technology and the rule of law by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Richard Peck, QC. The discussion was moderated by Jennifer Chow, QC, Bencher and member of the Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee. 

The 2019 Rule of Law Lecture video is available on the Law Society's YouTube channel.

Presentation transcript: The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

Presentation transcript: Richard Peck, QC

2019 Lecture Speakers

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin was the 17th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the first woman to hold this position, and the longest-serving Chief Justice of Canada in history. Over the span of several decades, she went on to become a powerful force in shaping the rights of all Canadians and put her mark on some of the most urgent legal and social questions of our time. In addition to her judicial duties at the Supreme Court, she chaired the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. She also authored numerous articles and publications. She retired on December 15, 2017.

Richard Peck, QC is the founding partner of Peck and Company. He has practiced law for over four decades and is widely regarded as one of the leading criminal lawyers in Canada. He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to maintaining his legal practice, he served as a Law Society Bencher from 1988 to 1997, Chair of the CBA National Criminal Justice Section, Governor of the Law Foundation of BC, Vice-chair of the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of BC, and Chair of the Regional Committee for BC for the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute. He has been a regular guest lecturer and authored a variety of publications on criminal law.


Jennifer Chow, QC is a Bencher and Vice-chair of the Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee, and a member of the Ethics Committee and Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee. She is Senior Counsel at the federal Department of Justice, focusing on constitutional, administrative, Indigenous and commercial litigation. She is a past president of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. She regularly contributes to professional development and her speaking engagements have included topics on diversity, administrative law, Aboriginal law and Federal Court practice.