New elected and Lay Benchers for 2001

Two new lawyer Benchers have joined the Law Society. Ross Tunnicliffe was elected in a Vancouver District by-election on December 19 and will complete the 2000-2001 term of Bruce Woolley, Q.C. who resigned in October on moving to Bermuda. This will be a second term for Mr. Tunnicliffe who previously served as a Bencher from 1998 to 1999. Robert Crawford, Q.C. of McQuarrie Hunter in New Westminster was elected a Bencher in a by-election on November 15 and took office on January 1. He fills the vacancy in Westminster District left by Karl Warner, Q.C. who completed his service as President and Bencher at the end of 2000.

Jaynie Clark of Richmond and Dr. V. Setty Pendakur of Vancouver have been appointed lay Benchers by the provincial cabinet, resulting in all six positions for lay Benchers being filled. Nao Fernando of Surrey completed his service and has not been reappointed.

The terms of all current Benchers and lay Benchers carry through to the end of 2001.

The elected Benchers

Ross D. Tunnicliffe is a solicitor with Clark, Wilson in Vancouver. He has served on a number of Law Society committees during his previous term as a Bencher, and since: the Ethics Committee, Complainants' Review Committee, Futures Task Force, MDP Working Group, Access to Justice Committee and Special Compensation Fund Committee. He has contributed extensively to legal education in the field of wills, trusts and estates, particularly as an author and speaker for CLE, PLTC and CBA programs and on the UBC Faculty of Law. Among his community commitments, Mr. Tunnicliffe has served as Secretary/Treasurer and Director of the Vancouver Friends for Life Society, Honorary Secretary and standing committee member for UNICEF and is currently a member of the VGH and UBC Hospital Planned Giving Committee.

Robert Crawford, Q.C. is a senior litigator with McQuarrie Hunter in New Westminster. He has served as President of the Westminster Bar Association (1979), a member of the Provincial Council of the CBA, B.C. Branch (1980-86), Chair of the CBA National Civil Litigation Section (1986) and a member of the Law Society Discipline Committee (2000). His community commitments have included service as President of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, as Chair of the Surrey Library Board of Trustees and as President of the New Westminster Rotary Club and the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.


The Lay Benchers

Jaynie W. Clark is Advocacy Coordinator for the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union overseeing the preparation and presentation of labour relations matters at formal hearings. She is also currently serving as a member of the Labour Relations Board. Ms. Clark has previously served as a Staff Representative for the BCGEU in labour matters, as a Director of Women's Programs and Education and as a researcher for the B.C. Federation of Labour.



Dr. V. Setty Pendakur (not pictured) is President of the Pacific Policy and Planning Associates of Vancouver and a Professor Emeritus (Planning) and Adjunct Professor (Applied Science) at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Pendakur served 30 years as a Professor of Transportation Planning at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning and has worked worldwide as a consultant and as a visiting professor on transportation issues. His extensive public service record has included service as a member of Vancouver City Council, a Director of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, President of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of Greater Vancouver, Trustee of the Vancouver Public Library and Director of the United Way of the Lower Mainland of B.C. He is currently a Governor of the B.C. Real Estate Foundation and President of the Indo-Canadian Foundation, among his many current commitments.