Keighley appointed a master

The Law Society's First Vice-President in 2004, Peter J. Keighley, QC, has been appointed a master of the BC Supreme Court in New Westminster. In accordance with his new role, he has resigned his position as Vice-President, having completed more than eight years of service as a Bencher for Westminster County. President William Everett, QC described Mr. Keighley as a "full-service" Bencher. "He never said 'no' to assuming any Bencher task assigned to him and, as a result, carried a significant workload," Mr. Everett said. "Mr. Keighley brought quiet, thoughtful leadership, balance and commitment to the Benchers table and to all aspects of his service in the public interest. These qualities, along with his keen senseof humour, willbe greatly missed by the

Benchers and the Law Society staff, and will serve him and the public well as he takes up his new duties."

With a legal career spanning 30 years, Mr. Keighley has practised with Rosborough and Company in Abbotsford since 1979, as a barrister in civil litigation, criminal law and family law.

A Bencher for Westminster County since 1996, Mr. Keighley has served on a wide range of Law Society committees, task forces and working groups, including as Chair of the Discipline, Futures, Audit and Special Compensation Fund Committees, as Chair of the Disclosure and Privacy Task Force and Conduct Review Task Force and as Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Initiative Task Force. He was also the Society's 2004 representative on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The Benchers' nominee for the presidential ladder, Mr. Keighley was acclaimed as Second Vice-President-elect by members at the 2002 AGM.

Mr. Keighley has been a member of the Westminster, Burnaby, Abbotsford and District, Chilliwack and Fraser Valley Bar Associations, has served on CBA National and Provincial Councils and has volunteered as a speaker for various legal and community groups. Among his other community commitments, Mr. Keighley has been secretary of the Clearbrook Kiwanis Club, a director and past President of the Abbotsford Football Club and a director of the Valley Home Support Society.

Following on Mr. Keighley's appointment as a master, Second Vice-President Ralston S. Alexander, QC of Victoria is now the First Vice-President for the balance of 2004, in accordance with Rule 1-3(5). Under Rule 1-3(6)(a), the Benchers may elect a Bencher to fill the vacancy for Second Vice-President on an interim basis: see Nomination of Second Vice-President for 2004.

A by-election has been called in District No. 4 (Westminster County) for May 4 to fill the vacancy for a Bencher in that district arising from Mr. Keighley's departure. The successful candidate will be elected for the balance of the 2004-2005 Bencher term, which ends December 31, 2005.