Job opening: Professional Conduct Lawyer (18-month term position)
June 3, 2008
Our Professional Conduct Department is looking to fill an 18-month term position with a lawyer who would relish the challenge of contributing to the regulation of the legal profession. The department has the critical responsibility of investigating complaints and protecting and maintaining the public interest in the administration of justice. The Professional Conduct Lawyer will join a team of dedicated professionals who:
- investigate, analyze and assess complaints of professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming against lawyers, articled students and former members of the profession;
- assist in the resolution of complaints against lawyers, articled students and former members of the profession; and
- work with Discipline Counsel, Investigators and Auditors, and assist and advise the Discipline and Practice Standards Committees.
The nature of the work requires frequent contact with the public and members of the Law Society and the ability to efficiently and effectively evaluate information and evidence.
To be considered for this position, you must be a member of the Law Society of BC, or eligible for membership, and have a minimum of five years of recent practice experience. You possess superior writing skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong analytical abilities and the ability to work effectively in highly stressful situations. We are seeking a candidate who has a broad base of practice experience. Mediation training or experience is preferred.
Please submit your resume and references no later than Friday, June 20, 2008 to:
The Human Resources Department
The Law Society of British Columbia
8th Floor, 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver BC V6B 4Z9
Amendments to the Legal Profession Act
In the May 2008 Benchers' Bulletin (mailing this week), the Law Society gave notice that amendments to the Legal Profession Act were introduced on April 30 and expected to receive Royal Assent in the coming days. Those amendments, which were consequential to Provincial Court Act amendments establishing the position of "part time judicial justice," have now been proclaimed and are retroactive to April 1, 2008.
Many or all of the persons holding the office of "part time judicial justice" are also part-time lawyers and members of the Law Society. A new section 1.1 of the Legal Profession Act preserves the judicial independence of part-time judicial justice by stipulating that the Act does not apply to them while sitting as judicial justices.
A new section 26.1 gives statutory force to the current protocol between the Law Society and the Provincial Court regarding exchange of information concerning investigations of complaints about lawyers who are also judicial justices.
These amendments are published on the Law Society website and will be included in the next Member's Manual amendment package.