New Second Vice-President for 2004

Bencher Robert W. McDiarmid, QC has been acclaimed as the Law Society's new Second Vice-President for 2004.

The Benchers earlier elected Mr. McDiarmid to serve in the role on an interim basis, after First Vice-President Peter J. Keighley, QC was appointed a BC Supreme Court master in February and Victoria Bencher Ralston S. Alexander, QC assumed the office of First Vice-President.

As the Benchers' nominee for the position for the balance of 2004, and with no further nominations received under Rule 1-3(6), Mr. McDiarmid is elected to the position of Second Vice-President by acclamation and will assume the position of First Vice-President in 2005 and President in 2006.

A partner with Morelli Chertkow in Kamloops, Mr. McDiarmid practises primarily civil litigation, with emphasis on construction and commercial issues, and in the fields of employment law, administrative law and the law of professional negligence. Since first elected a Bencher in 1998, Mr. McDiarmid has chaired the Special Compensation Fund, Audit and Practice Standards Committees, co-chaired the Pro Bono Initiative Task Force, served on the Executive Committee, Futures, Credentials and Discipline Committees and participated on the Trust Assurance Reform Task Force and Libraries Task Force. His various community commitments have included past service as chair of the BC Housing Management Commission, as trustee of the Board of Directors of Royal Inland Hospital and as a director of Thompson County Community Futures.