|For immediate release||January 13, 1998|
Trudi Brown, Q.C. to lead B.C. lawyers in 1998
Trudi Brown, Q.C. has been elected Treasurer of the Law Society of British Columbia for the 1998 term. She is the third woman in the history of the Law Society to hold this position. A graduate of the UBC Faculty of Law, Ms Brown was called to the B.C. Bar in 1974 and appointed Queens Counsel in 1987. She practises family law and is a partner with the Victoria firm, Horne Coupar.
As Treasurer, Ms Brown becomes the senior elected official of the Law Society.
"The Law Society understands that the public has high expectations of lawyers and the legal profession must do what it can to maintain public confidence," says Ms Brown. "From anticipating and meeting the needs of clients to working within the confines of a costly and constrained justice system, lawyers must continuously examine the way they practise, the way they deal with clients, and the way they operate within an increasingly sophisticated marketplace."
Ms Brown’s major focus this year will be on the Law Society’s Futures Committee, chaired by Associate Deputy Treasurer, Karl Warner, Q.C. The committee will review the impact of Law Society rules on the future operations of the legal profession, particularly in the areas of lawyer competency, the Law Society’s complaints handling and discipline processes, ethical guidelines and practice management standards.
"At the Law Society, our goal is to protect the public by ensuring that lawyers provide the appropriate services and levels of service, competently, ethically, efficiently and pragmatically," says Brown. "The Futures Committee will examine how the Law Society’s rules, policies and procedures support the regulatory goals of the Law Society while giving lawyers the tools and guidelines they need to get the job done properly."
Ms Brown has been a Bencher of the Law Society since 1992 and has served on several committees. In 1997, she was Deputy Treasurer and chaired the Law Society’s Discipline Committee. She has also chaired its Competency Committee, Gender Equality Monitoring Committee and Member Assistance Program Subcommittee. Ms Brown was a member of the Law Society’s ADR Committee, Legal Aid Task Force, Ethics Committee, Provincial Court Liaison Committee, Women in the Legal Profession Implementation Committee, Articles and PLTC Goals and Objectives Review Committee and the Committee on Family Law for proposals to the Hughes Commission.
Ms Brown is a past member of the Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch) and the Federal Judicial Appointment Committee. She currently sits on the Federation of Law Societies’ National Planning Committee for the National Family Law Program. A member of the Board of the Continuing Legal Education Society from 1986-95, Ms Brown was Chair of the Board from 1990-1993. She is also a member of the Federation of Law Societies, the Legal Education and Action Fund and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
In community life, Ms Brown is Past President, Coastal Region of the Canadian Red Cross Society (1994-1996) and has been a volunteer with the Red Cross since 1978. She was appointed to the Victoria Capital Regional District Committee on Sexually Exploited Youth and is a trustee of the NANA Foundation, a non-profit foundation that provides emergency medical care and shelter costs for animals. Ms Brown has also served as a director of Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital, Sexual Assault Centre, Victoria Women’s Transition House Society, Community Law Office and United Way of Victoria. In 1997, Ms Brown received the Victoria YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award for Entrepreneurs, Business and the Professions.
With over 9,000 members, the Law Society of British Columbia is the governing body for the legal profession in the province. Its chief executive officer is the Secretary and its senior elected official is the Treasurer. The Benchers are members of the Board of Directors. The Law Society’s principal responsibility is to serve the public interest in the administration of justice. It sets standards for admission to practise law in the province, sets standards of professional conduct for practising lawyers and disciplines lawyers who violate those standards.
Note to Editors: Trudi Brown is available for media interviews. To schedule an interview, please contact Elizabeth Cordeau, Public Affairs Manager at 604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in B.C.