AGM member resolution withdrawn

September 15, 2006

Annual General Meeting resolution 3, submitted by Dugald Christie and Bruce Fraser, QC, has been withdrawn and will not be on the AGM agenda. The resolution called, in part, for all lawyers to pay a trust administration assessment based on a percentage of the net annual deposits to their trust accounts. The motivation behind the resolution was a concern that the Special Compensation Fund fee and Trust Administration Fee impacted on the service that lawyers provide to low income clients. The Benchers have agreed to examine this issue as part of the Law Society's continuing commitment to enhancing access to justice for all. The Law Society would also like to recognize the efforts of Mr. Fraser on behalf of low income clients.

First national pro bono conference

Pro Bono Law of BC and Pro Bono Law Ontario are pleased to announce Building Bridges to Justice, the first national pro bono conference to be held in Toronto on November 16-17, 2006. The conference will bring together a broad range of stakeholders who are committed to improving access to justice in Canada. For more information, visit the conference website: Building Bridges to Justice.

Call for nominations for 2006 Canadian pro bono awards

Pro Bono Law of BC and Pro Bono Law Ontario seek nominations for awards honouring individuals, groups or organizations from anywhere in Canada for their outstanding pro bono contributions in the following three categories:

1. A law firm committed to pro bono;

2. An individual actively involved in pro bono;

3. A pro bono program serving the community.

Awards will be presented at the 2006 National Pro Bono Conference in Toronto. If you know a deserving person or organization, please take the opportunity to submit a nomination: Pro Bono Awards.

Pacific Legal Technology Conference — early bird registration deadline

The deadline for early bird registration for the fourth annual Pacific Legal Technology Conference is September 15. Save money by registering today. The Pacific Legal Technology 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. It will be held at Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel, Friday, October 13. For more information and registration, visit the conference website:  Pacific Legal Tech Conference.

Suspensions pending hearing of a citation

Alan James Short

Pursuant to s. 39 of the Legal Profession Act and Law Society Rule 4-17(1), Alan James Short, of Parksville, BC has been suspended pending final disposition of a citation.

Jerome Williams

Pursuant to s. 39 of the Legal Profession Act and Law Society Rule 4-17(1), Jerome Williams, of Sechelt, BC has been suspended pending final disposition of a citation.