Free public forum on citizenship and the law

October 5, 2006

As part of Canadian Citizenship week, the Law Society of BC is hosting a free public forum that will examine citizenship and the law, and you are encouraged to attend. The public forum is part of a new initiative by the Law Society's Equity and Diversity Committee, chaired by Art Vertlieb, QC, aimed at promoting the legal profession and the rule of law among the community at large.

Among the topics for discussion at the forum are: how diverse communities can better access lawyers’ services, what the duties of citizenship are, what conflicting responsibilities may arise when people have dual citizenship, and the importance of the rule of law.

The forum will be presented in partnership with the North Shore Multicultural Society and MOSAIC, and in association with CBC Radio and Television's Think Vancouver series and will be moderated by Mark Forsythe, host of CBC Radio One's BC Almanac program.

Panellists for the forum will be Provincial Court Judge Justine Saunders, Senator Mobina Jaffer, QC, Vancouver lawyer and former BC Supreme Court Justice Thomas Berger, QC and Najeeb Hassan, President of the North Shore Multicultural Society. Attorney General Wally Oppal, QC will also be a featured guest and will provide a special greeting.

It will take place at the Law Society building at 845 Cambie Street in Vancouver on October 19 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. People attending are invited to join a free reception afterwards at the Law Society. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by October 16 by emailing For more information, please contact Kuan Foo, Staff Lawyer - Policy and Legal Services, at 604 443-5727 or

Pacific Legal Technology Conference

The Pacific Legal Technology Conference returns to Vancouver on October 13, 2006 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. The conference is presented by the Law Society of BC, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) and the ABA Law Practice Management Section.

The conference features 21 hours of exciting, multi-track educational sessions by 35 outstanding presenters including leading lawyers, legal administrators, librarians and legal technologists. Highlights include the latest in security and electronic discovery as well as programs that focus on e-filing in the courts, Land Title Office and corporate registry, and a small-firm track that looks at the needs of solo and small-firm practitioners.

For more information and registration, visit the conference website: Pacific Legal Tech Conference.

Employment opportunity – Superior Courts

The Superior Courts Judiciary of BC have an opening in Vancouver for the position of Senior Counsel and Executive Director. For more information see the BC Public Service Agency website.