Law Society seeks potential appointees to Legal Services Society

March 12, 2003

The Law Society is seeking expressions of interest from lawyers who would like to serve on the Board of the Legal Services Society.

Under the Legal Services Society Act, as amended, the Law Society is responsible for appointing four of the nine members of the Legal Services Society Board of Directors. The provincial government appoints the other five Board members. The new Board is scheduled to take over governance of the Legal Services Society in May, 2003.

The November-December, 2002 Benchers' Bulletin invited BC lawyers to volunteer for various Law Society appointments to outside bodies. All lawyers who expressed an interest in serving on the Legal Services Society Board at that time will be considered for these appointments.

The Legal Services Society Act requires the Attorney General and the Law Society to ensure that their appointees provide the Board with knowledge, skills and experience in the following areas:

  • business, management and financial matters of public and private sector organizations;
  • law and operation of the courts, tribunals and alternate dispute resolution processes;
  • the provision of legal aid;
  • the cultural and geographic diversity of BC;
  • the social and economic circumstances associated with the special legal needs of low income individuals.

It is anticipated that the first Board members may be appointed for two-year terms. The Legal Services Society Act does not specify the term of appointment for a Board member, except that it not exceed three years.

The Benchers intend to select the Law Society appointees on April 4. While the Act provides that Law Society appointments be made after consultation with the CBA (BC Branch), the CBA has opted not to participate in these consultations.

If you would like to be considered for appointment to the Legal Services Society, please send by email or fax, no later than March 28, 2003, an expression of interest and your curriculum vitae to:

David Newell
Corporate Secretary
845 Cambie Street
Vancouver BC  V6B 4Z9
Fax: (604) 646-5919