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For immediate release November 25, 2004

Law Society appoints Acting Executive Director

VANCOUVER — The Executive Committee of the Law Society of BC has appointed Sholto Hebenton, QC as Acting Executive Director of the Law Society.

Mr. Hebenton was called to the BC Bar in 1965 and practised with Shrum, Liddle and Hebenton and its successor, McCarthy Tetrault, until his retirement in 2000. He was educated at UBC, Oxford University (where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar) and Harvard Law School.

Mr. Hebenton has served the legal profession in many capacities, including as a member of both the National and Provincial Councils of the Canadian Bar Association, as a Director of the BC Law Institute, as a Governor of the Law Foundation of BC and as a Director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. Mr. Hebenton’s community involvement has included service as a Governor of the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, as a Member of the Vancouver Police Board and as President of the Canadian Club of Vancouver. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1985.

"Mr. Hebenton’s distinguished service to both the legal profession and the public, along with the leadership he has shown throughout his lengthy career, make him ideally suited for this interim position," Law Society President Willliam Everett, QC said. "We are very pleased that Mr. Hebenton will lend his valuable experience and insight to the Law Society."

With more than 10,000 members, the Law Society of British Columbia 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 practising lawyers in the province.

Law Society of BC media contact:
Brad Daisley, Public Affairs Manager
604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in BC