First half of 2012 sees progress on a number of initiatives
by Timothy E. McGee
The Law Society has been a very busy place in the first half of this year, due in no small part to the recent passing of Bill 40, the Legal Profession Amendment Act, 2012. This is the culmination of two years of working with the government to update our legislation. Ultimately, the new legislation has elevated our ability to regulate to the highest current standards, which is good news for the public as well as the profession. I encourage you to review the article in this edition of the Bulletin to learn more about what the changes mean to you and your firm.
We have also taken great interest in the many initiatives proposed by the provincial government in recent weeks. The Law Society has made a submission to the review of the justice system being led by Geoffrey Cowper, QC and is in the process of considering the proposed new civil resolution tribunal. Our focus remains squarely on the impact of these and other solutions on the public interest, and in particular the extent to which they provide more accessible alternatives to legal services while at the same time protecting legal rights and freedoms.
As a part of our ongoing efforts to increase diversity in the profession, we announced the creation of a new scholarship for Aboriginal graduate students in a field of law. The $12,000 annual award aims to enhance the retention of Aboriginal lawyers by supporting the development of Indigenous leaders and role models in the legal academic community. Retaining Aboriginal lawyers in the profession is one of the key objectives of the Society’s 2012-2014 Strategic Plan.
The Law Society, in addition to our sponsorship of the event, participated in Law Week 2012 in a novel fashion. Law Society revealed: a one-day insider’s view through Twitter reflected our ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability. Over the course of the day, our communications team sent over 100 tweets covering everything from our investigative work and discipline activities to phone calls from the public seeking legal resources. The effort provided a unique perspective to the breadth of activities and inquiries we manage each day and ultimately reached over 60,000 Twitter-users.
As always, we welcome your feedback on these or other Law Society matters – please do not hesitate to contact us at 604.669.2533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.