|For immediate release||January 20, 1999|
Wilson new Law Society President for 1999
VANCOUVER - Warren T. Wilson, Q.C. is the Law Society of British Columbia’s president for the 1999 term. Formerly known as the Treasurer of the Law Society, the President is the regulatory body’s senior elected official.
Mr. Wilson is a senior partner with one of Vancouver’s largest law firms, Ladner Downs, where he practises corporate and commercial law. He was called to the Bar in 1968 after obtaining his law degree from UBC. In 1993, Mr. Wilson was appointed Queens Counsel.
Elected Bencher in 1991, Mr. Wilson has for the past twenty-five years served in a variety of volunteer capacities within the legal profession, including with the Law Society, the Canadian Bar Association and the Continuing Legal Education Society. Most recently, he was Vice-Chair of the Law Society’s Executive Committee, Chair of the Discipline Committee and continues to serve as a member of the Law Society’s Futures Task Force. Mr. Wilson has also chaired or been a member of the Law Society’s Competency, Bench and Bar, Credentials, Liability Insurance, Audit, Finance, Practice Management, Inter-Jurisdictional Practice and Gender Equality Monitoring committees.
In community life, Mr. Wilson has worked on behalf of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, the BC Courthouse Library Society, the International Wine & Food Society and the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Association.
Mr. Wilson ascends to the presidency during a time of increased public awareness of the justice system and its impact on the community.
"The practice of law has changed and lawyers are now working within the confines of a far more costly and constrained justice system," said Mr. Wilson. "At the Law Society, we will continue to focus on ensuring that lawyers anticipate and meet the needs of clients in spite of those external pressures, and we hope to liaise with community and government stakeholders to find workable solutions to the challenges faced by our courts."
Mr. Wilson also welcomed the recent proclamation of the new Legal Profession Act, which increases the number of non-lawyer Public Representatives from three to six, out of a total of thirty-one Benchers.
"Public protection is one of the cornerstones of the Law Society and we rely on lay Benchers to bring the public’s view of lawyers and legal practice to our committees, hearings and board meetings, " said Wilson. "We expect the new appointments to be made soon and we look forward to working with the new members of the board."
With over 9,000 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 set standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of practising lawyers in the province.
For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Cordeau, Public Affairs Manager
604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in B.C.