News Releases

For immediate release October 5, 2006

Public forum on citizenship

VANCOUVER — The Law Society of BC, in partnership with the North Shore Multicultural Society and MOSAIC, is presenting a free public forum on October 19 as part of Canadian Citizenship week that will examine citizenship and the law. Among the topics for discussion at the forum are: the duties of citizenship, conflicting responsibilities that may arise when people have dual citizenship and the importance of the rule of law.

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, lawyer and President of the North Shore Multicultural Society. Attorney General Wally Oppal, QC will also be a featured guest and will provide a special greeting.

The Forum 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. For further information, or to arrange advance interviews with one of the panellists, please contact Dana Bales at 604 443-5708. Biographical information about the panellists is attached to this news release (see "biographies of panellists").

The Law Society of BC was founded in 1869 and is the governing body of the legal profession in BC. Under the provisions of the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society is responsible for the licensing, professional conduct and discipline of the more than 11,000 lawyers in BC.

Law Society of BC media contact:
Dana Bales, Communications Officer
604 443-5708 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in BC