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For immediate release April 19, 2002

Law Society sets Special General Meeting for May 22

VANCOUVER – The Law Society of B.C. has rescheduled a Special General Meeting of members for May 22, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The main site of the meeting will be at the Trade and Convention Centre in Vancouver and the meeting will be audioconferenced to locations around the province. These audioconference locations are still to be decided.

Details of the meeting will be set out in a notice to the profession in the next two weeks and will also be posted on the Law Society's website at

The Law Society is convening the Special General Meeting as required under the Law Society Rules after receiving a petition from members.

The Special General Meeting was originally scheduled for April 12, to discuss the provincial government's use of the tax on legal services, legal aid funding and cuts to the justice system. An unexpectedly large turnout on that date forced the Law Society to reschedule the meeting.

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With over 10,000 members, the Law Society of British Columbia is the governing body for the B.C. legal profession. Its chief executive officer is the Executive Director and its senior elected official is the President. The Benchers are members of the Board of Directors. 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 B.C. media contact:

Denise Palmer, Member Communications Manager
Office: 604-443-5706 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in B.C.