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For immediate release January 24, 2000

Warner 2000 Law Society President

VANCOUVER – Karl F. Warner, Q.C. is the Law Society of British Columbia’s president for the Year 2000. Formerly known as the Treasurer of the Law Society, the President is the regulatory body’s senior elected official.

Mr. Warner is a senior litigation lawyer practising in Surrey, BC with Karl F. Warner and Associates. He was called to the Bar in 1973 after obtaining his law degree from the University of Manitoba. During law school, Mr. Warner clerked with the then Manitoba Court of Appeal justice Mr. Justice Brian Dickson. In 1997, Mr. Warner was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Elected Bencher in 1994, Mr. Warner has served the legal profession and the BC community in a variety of volunteer capacities. With the Law Society, he has served on its Executive Committee, Discipline Committee, Futures Task Force, Bench and Bar Committee, Credentials Committee, Audit Committee, No-Fault Insurance Task Force, Practice Management Committee, Attorney General’s Ministry Liaison Committee, Provincial Court Liaison Committee, MacLean/Fraser Committee and Competency Committee. He has also served as a Director of the Law Foundation of B.C. and has been an instructor and speaker for the CLE, PLTC, and UBC Clinical Programs. Mr. Warner is a member of the CBA Resource Committee, the BC Trial Lawyers Association Committee on Auto Insurance, the Insurance, Municipal, New Westminster Criminal and County Bar sections of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the B.C. Medical Legal Society.

In community life, Mr. Warner is a member of the Bioethics Committee of Riverview Hospital, Amnesty International’s Legal Network, the Hastings Centre for Ethical Studies and the Canadian Bioethics Society.

Mr. Warner’s agenda as Law Society President will focus on access to justice issues, the future of the legal profession and the role of lawyers in an increasingly global, technologically-oriented marketplace.

"Over the past few years, at the initiation of my predecessors, the Law Society has focused increasingly on finding new ways to help lawyers address their clients’ legal concerns. I hope to take this initiative further and build upon it so that British Columbians can receive better, cheaper and faster delivery of all services that lawyers provide," said Warner. "Whether it includes providing more legal information on the Internet or using technology to streamline activities to keep legal costs down, the Law Society is working with the profession to ensure that the public’s best interests continue to be top-of-mind and our highest priority."

With over 9,800 members, the Law Society of British Columbia is the governing body of the B.C. legal profession. Its senior elected official is the President and its chief executive officer is the Executive Director. 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 set standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of practising lawyers in the province.

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For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Cordeau, Public Affairs Manager
604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in B.C.
Email: ecordeau@lsbc.org
www.lawsociety.bc.ca