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For immediate release December 6, 2004

Law Society Executive Director resigns

VANCOUVER — James G. Matkin, QC, has resigned as Executive Director of the Law Society of British Columbia effective today.

"I do not want my involvement in outside private business interests to continue to be an issue for the Law Society or the public," Mr. Matkin said. "Therefore, I have concluded it is in the best interests of the Law Society for me to resign."

The resignation was on mutually agreed terms.

Mr. Matkin had previously agreed to take a paid leave of absence while the Law Society's Executive Committee conducted an investigation regarding his personal business affairs.

"As a result of Mr. Matkin’s resignation, it is no longer necessary for the Executive Committee to carry out an investigation," said Law Society President William M. Everett, QC.

Sholto Hebenton, QC, appointed Acting Executive Director on November 25, 2004, will continue in that role until a new Executive Director is appointed. A Law Society committee has been appointed by the Benchers to conduct a search for a new Executive Director.

With more than 10,000 members, the Law Society of BC is the governing body for the BC legal profession. The Law Society's principal responsibility is to uphold and protect the public interest in the administration of justice and to set standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of practicing lawyers in the province.

Enquiries to the Law Society of BC may be directed to:

Brad Daisley, Public Affairs Manager
604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in BC
Enquiries to Mr. Matkin may be directed to:
Jim Matkin, QC (