In Brief


Robert McDiarmid, QC, formerly a partner at Morelli Chertkow and a past president and Bencher of the Law Society, was appointed a master of the Supreme Court of BC in Kamloops.

Heather MacNaughton, recently the chair of the BC Human Rights Tribunal, was appointed a master of the Supreme Court of BC in Vancouver.

Update from the Law Foundation

Supervising Lawyers’ Conference and Executive Directors’ Roundtable

On April 27-28, 2011, the Law Foundation of BC hosted the Supervising Lawyers’ Conference and Executive Directors’ Roundtable. Attending the meetings were 32 supervising lawyers and 70 executive directors of Law Foundation-funded organizations and projects from around British Columbia.

Topics discussed included:

  • access to justice in BC;
  • Foundation for Change, the report of the Public Commission on Legal Aid;
  • family law needs in BC;
  • public legal education resources for British Columbians;
  • how the Law Foundation can better support its grantees; and
  • the future role of technology in the justice system.

The event was well received and facilitated networking between groups and individuals who would otherwise not have met. The Law Foundation is pleased to encourage this form of collaboration between its funded organizations.

New CanLII president

The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada have announced that Colin Lachance of Ottawa is CanLII’s new president.

Prior to joining CanLII, Lachance was the Director of Federal Government Affairs with a telecommunications company. He has also been the Director of Marketing and Director of Regulatory Affairs with communications companies, and served as Director of Telecommunications Regulatory Affairs with the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association.

“CanLII is already a world-leading free resource of legal information, and is well poised to break new ground in supporting access to justice and the interests of all Canadians by providing effective access to our legal heritage” says the new CanLII President. “Our challenge is to identify the evolving needs of the legal profession, and to serve the public interest by establishing alliances with groups or other institutions pursuing similar goals of free access to Canadian primary legal information not only for the legal profession, but for the public at large.”

CANLII is a non-profit organization created and funded by the Federation of Law Societies, on behalf of its 14 member law societies. It was launched in 2000 on a test basis to provide efficient and free access to the growing number of judicial decisions and legislative documents available on the internet. In 2001, CanLII became a permanent, not-for-profit service to support the legal profession in the performance of its duties while providing the public with permanent open and free access to the legal heritage of all Canadian jurisdictions.

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