June 27, 2005

Highlights of this notice: 
  • Pacific Legal Technology Conference is coming October 14: The  2005 Pacific Legal Technology Conference takes place October 14 in Vancouver. Register now to catch the early-bird rate for you and your staff. For details, see below and visit www.pacificlegaltech.com for the Conference flyer and registration form.
  • Positions available: The Law Society has openings for the positions of Claims Counsel and Discipline Counsel to fill existing vacancies, each with a closing date of July 15, 2005. The Claims Counsel position will be of particular interest to lawyers with solicitor's experience.
  • BC lawyers approve 2006 practice fee: The 2006 Law Society practice fee has been set at $1,065.50 by members voting in the June 22 mail-back referendum. The fee, as recommended by the Benchers, received the support of 79.9% of those voting.
Pacific Legal Technology Conference is coming October 14

The third Pacific Legal Technology Conference will take place on Friday, October 14, 2005 in Vancouver. This is the only legal technology conference in the world where past attendees have had a direct hand in designing and selecting the sessions and topics. All past participants from past Conferences were asked, via a survey earlier this year, to tell us what were the sessions and topics that were of greatest interest to them from the range of topics assembled by the Conference advisory board.

Past participants asked for sessions on:

  • Getting rid of the paper — scanning and living with e-files
  • 30 hot tips, gadgets and insights you can't be without
  • Electronic tools for the rest of us: using technology for fun and profit 
  • E-filing and e-searching in the courts, the LTO and the Corporate Registry
  • Personal knowledge management — the latest developments
  • How to protect yourself and your client's confidences in an insecure world 
  • Adding value to legal services via technology

and much more! We listened. The 2005 Conference contains the topics and sessions deemed most important to you. You can look forward to a full day packed with 25 hours of practical educational sessions in eight exciting tracks to guide lawyers, legal administrators, IT professionals, researchers, legal assistants and staff in effectively using technology. The Conference faculty features over 30 outstanding presenters, all of whom offer real-life knowledge as users, administrators, legal researchers and implementers of technology within law firms to work faster, better and cheaper.

As a Conference participant, you will enjoy an electronic mock trial based on the Air India case, software displays and presentations, a sit-down luncheon with colleagues and a CD-ROM with all the Conference papers.

For early-bird information and to register, go to www.pacificlegaltech.com . Keep watching the site for exciting updates. Register before the early-bird deadline of September 16, 2005 for the registration fee of $295 + GST and save $100!

Positions available

The Law Society has openings for the following positions to fill existing vacancies:

1) Claims Counsel

Ready for a change? This unique position offers you the professional challenges of private practice in a warm, collegial and balanced workplace. As a full-time Claims Counsel with the Lawyers Insurance Fund, you will be part of an outstanding team of lawyers managing and defending lawyers' liability claims in a professional and supportive environment. On a personal level, you'll find satisfaction in helping your professional colleagues deal with claims against them, and in staying connected with the practice of law.

To be considered, you must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of BC and have a minimum of five years' practice experience in the province. Experience as a commercial solicitor and an excellent reputation in the legal community are essential. Preference will be given to you if you have practice experience in:

  • share and asset sales;
  • commercial real estate and leases;
  • personal property security; and
  • tax.

Some litigation experience would be an asset. You will take a practical approach to issues, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong analytical abilities and sound judgement.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • investigating professional liability claims against lawyers;
  • determining the applicability of insurance coverage;
  • developing and implementing strategies to effectively resolve claims;
  • participating in loss prevention activities and providing information to insured lawyers on practice and insurance matters; and
  • managing the defence of actions by outside counsel, and acting as defence counsel to the Insured and Insurer as appropriate.

You will also be responsible for some Lawyers Insurance Fund administrative duties.

The Lawyers Insurance Fund is owned and operated by the Law Society of British Columbia and provides insurance to all lawyers engaged in private practice in British Columbia. The Lawyers Insurance Fund has over $100 million in assets and an annual budget of $14 million and manages approximately 1,000 reports of claims and potential claims against lawyers each year.

The Law Society values diversity in its workforce and equal access to opportunity. This full-time position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package. Please submit your resume, including a description of any relevant experience, and references no later than July 15, 2005 to:

The Human Resources Department
The Law Society of BC
8th Floor - 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9
Fax: 604 443-5747
Email: personnel@lsbc.org

Previous applicants who applied for the claims counsel position posting in May, 2005 need not reapply.

2) Discipline Counsel

The Law Society is seeking a lawyer with excellent counsel skills and superior writing and organizational skills for a demanding position involving:

  • preparation and conduct of discipline and credentials interim applications, hearings, reviews and appeals;
  • acting on behalf of the Law Society as required in other litigation;
  • provision of advice and assistance to Benchers and staff on discipline and credentials matters; and
  • working within teams of professionals on discipline and credentials matters.

To be considered, you must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of BC, or eligible for membership, and have a minimum of six years' practice experience with an emphasis on criminal or civil litigation and/or administrative law hearings. You also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong analytical abilities, sound judgement and an interest in working in a team environment.

The Law Society values diversity in its workforce and equal access to opportunity. It is committed to the principles of equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusiveness in the way it conducts its business, and to becoming a model employer that maximizes the potential of all employees.

This full-time position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package. Please submit your resume and references no later than Friday, July 15, 2005 to:

The Human Resources Department
The Law Society of British Columbia
8th Floor - 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9
Fax:   604 443-5747
Email: personnel@lsbc.org

BC lawyers approve 2006 practice fee

In a referendum held June 22, BC lawyers voted (3,048:769) to set the 2006 practice fee at $1,065.50, as recommended by the Benchers. This represents approval of the fee by 79.9% of voters. 

The 2006 practice fee includes four components: 1) a Law Society General Fund fee of $825, 2) a BC Courthouse Library Society fee of $160, 3) a Lawyers Assistance program (LAP) fee of $53 and 4) an Advocate subscription of $27.50.

The practice fee does not include a CBA fee or fee equivalent. In the fee referendum last year, a majority of the profession approved a fee without a mandatory CBA fee component. The Benchers respected this decision of the profession that the CBA fee should be voluntary, not mandatory, and did not include it in the 2006 practice fee resolution.