Renewed call for volunteer practice reviewers and practice supervisors
The Practice Standards Committee works to uphold the standards of lawyer competence and is responsible for overseeing both preventive and remedial programs. In this context, the Committee directs investigations of lawyers' practices and makes recommendations to lawyers to improve their practice and knowledge of substantive areas.
On occasion, the Committee also carries out orders made by the Discipline and Credentials Committees or hearing panels in relation to a lawyer's practice. The Committee requires volunteers from the profession from time to time to serve as:
- Practice reviewers – the volunteer lawyer assists a Law Society staff lawyer in conducting a "practice review," an investigation authorized under the Law Society Rules, or carries out the review alone.;
- Practice supervisors – the volunteer lawyer supervises the practice of another lawyer in a particular area of law.
The Practice Standards Committee is also contemplating using volunteer lawyers in other roles from time to time. The Committee is particularly interested in volunteers with experience in residential conveyancing, family law and general civil litigation matters. It would also be helpful to have volunteers with experience in small firms.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, or have questions, please contact Deputy Executive Director Jean Whittow by mail at 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 4Z9, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at (604) 605-5399 or by telephone at (604) 443-5709 (toll-free in B.C.: 1-800-903-5300).
To assist in the compilation of a volunteer roster, please set out your full name, year of call, firm name and contact information (address, telephone, fax and e-mail). Please attach an updated curriculum vitae, if available, and indicate 1) whether you are interested in serving as a practice reviewer or as a practice supervisor, and 2) what areas of law you would be comfortable reviewing or supervising and your experience in those areas.