Meet our newest Lay Bencher – Barbara Levesque

May 31, 2006

Barbara L. LevesqueBarbara L. Levesque, Executive Director of the North Okanagan / Kootenay John Howard Society, has been appointed a Lay Bencher by the provincial cabinet.

Since 1994 Ms. Levesque has worked with communities, non-profit agencies and all levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal and First Nations) in BC as a facilitator, process development consultant and evaluator. In her work with The Premier’s Congress on Aging and Seniors’ Issues, the Social Economy and Social Enterprise BC Regional Forums and the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, she has focused on building community capacity for civic engagement. Ms. Levesque is currently working with the John Howard Society of the North Okanagan / Kootenay to lead the rebuilding of that organization’s programs and operations.

Barbara Levesque joins Michael Falkins, Patrick Kelly, June Preston, Dr. Maelor Vallance and Ken Dobell as Lay Benchers. The appointment brings the Law Society to its full complement of Lay Benchers.

Rob Gourlay Memorial Dinner

A special dinner will be hosted by colleagues, friends and family of Rob Gourlay, in his memory. Join them for an evening that includes presentation of

"Understanding Depression"

  • by Dr. Allan Young
  • Date: June 27, 2006
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Place: Law Courts Inn, Vancouver

Proceeds of this event will go to the Rob Gourlay Memorial Fund, held by the UBC/VGH Foundation, to support depression research at UBC.

Depression is one of the most common and debilitating illnesses in Canada. Most often it is curable, but it is profoundly painful and can be fatal. Dr. Allan Young, holder of the BC Leadership Chair in Research at UBC’s Department of Psychiatry, will share insights into the nature of depression and tell about his ground-breaking research into its causes and treatment.

This event is in memory of Rob Gourlay, QC, a Life Bencher and a Past President of the CBA, BC Branch, who died a year ago. It is an opportunity to join friends and colleagues for an evening of fine food and music, and to learn first hand about the world-class work being done here in BC. Tickets are $100, or $1,000 for a table of 10. A tax receipt for a portion of the price will be issued on request.

For tickets, please call:

  • Myrna Campbell at Gourlay Spencer Wade: 604 687-6637
  • Leah Bartley at Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy: 604 684-9151, ext. 408; or
  • Ann Mildon at Fraser Milner Casgrain: 604 687-4460 ext. 1314.
Law Society posting: Professional Conduct Lawyer (Two-year contract)

The Law Society is seeking a lawyer who would relish the challenge of contributing to the regulation of the legal profession. The Professional Conduct Lawyer will join our new prosecutions group to:

  • investigate and assess complaints against lawyers, articled students and former members of the profession;
  • assist in resolving complaints; and
  • prepare opinions for and provide advice to the Discipline Committee.

To be considered, you must be a member of the Law Society of BC, or eligible for membership, and have at least five years of practice experience. You possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong analytical abilities and an aptitude to relate ethical and professional standards to the conduct of lawyers. We are seeking a candidate who has a successful career and a broad base of practice experience.

This two-year term position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience with some benefits. Please submit your resume and references no later than Friday, June 16, 2006 to:

The Human Resources Department

The Law Society of British Columbia

8th Floor, 845 Cambie Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9

Fax: 604 443-5747


Suspension stayed pending appeal

A six-month suspension of David John Martin, which a discipline hearing panel had ordered to begin no later than June 1, has been stayed pending a review of penalty by the Benchers. The stay decision is available on the Law Society website.