John Hunter, QC to represent Law Society on Federation council

The Law Society is pleased to announce that John J.L. Hunter, QC has been selected as its representative on the Federation of Law Societies’ Council. He replaces Ian Donaldson, QC.

On November 15, 2010, Hunter becomes first vice-president/president-elect and then president for a one-year term on November 15, 2011.

Hunter received a Bachelor degree from Yale University, a Masters degree from the London School of Economics, and his law degree from the University of Toronto. He was called to the BC bar in 1977.

Hunter is a senior litigation counsel at Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver with a broad civil and commercial litigation practice. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994.

He was a Bencher of the Law Society from 2002 to 2008, was President in 2008, and is now a Life Bencher. He has served on many Law Society committees, including the Executive Committee, Credentials Committee, Discipline Committee, Ethics Committee, Disclosure and Privacy Task Force, Futures Committee, Lawyer Education Task Force, Regulatory Policy Committee and Technology Committee. He also chaired the Federation’s Task Force on the Canadian Common Law Degree.

Hunter is a Fellow and former Provincial Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He has written and lectured extensively on both trial and appellate advocacy, is the author of Conducting a Civil Appeal (Carswell 1995) and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at UBC teaching appellate advocacy from 1988 to 2002.

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is the national coordinating body of Canada’s 14 law societies, which are mandated by provincial and territorial statutes to regulate the country’s 95,000 lawyers and Quebec’s 3,500 notaires in the public interest. The Federation’s Council is its senior, decision-making body.