Notice of by-election in the County of Kootenay (District No. 5)
and call for nominations

September 13, 2012

On December 31, 2012 Kootenay Bencher Bruce A. LeRose, QC completes his term as President and his final term as a Bencher of the Law Society. Accordingly, pursuant to Rule 1-19 a Bencher by-election for the County of Kootenay (District No. 5) will be held on November 15, 2012 to elect a Bencher for a term of one year, commencing January 1, 2013.

Nominations

Nominations of candidates for election as a Bencher in this by-election must be received by the Executive Director on or before Monday, October 15, 2012. Each nomination must be signed by two nominators (who are members in good standing and eligible to vote in Kootenay District No. 5) and must contain the consent of the nominee.

Nomination forms are available for download on the Law Society website at lawsociety.bc.ca or by contacting Taryn Mohajeri, Executive Support Administrator, at 604.443.5776 (toll-free 1.800.903.5300) or tmohajeri@lsbc.org.

Law Society election rules

For information on the election of Benchers, see Rules 1-18 through 1-42. The Law Society Rules are available in the Member’s Manual and in the Publications section of the Law Society website. If you have questions about the election process, please contact Bill McIntosh, Manager, Executive Support, at 604.443.5706 (toll-free 1.800.903.5300) or bmcintosh@lsbc.org.

Rules 1-21 and 1-22 address the qualifications required of a candidate for Bencher and the nomination process. Rule 1-20(1) describes the Bencher electoral districts into which the province is divided. Rule 1-36(3) confirms that Rules 1-20 to 1-35 apply to Bencher by-elections.

Role and duties of the Benchers

The Benchers are the Law Society’s governors. They govern the work of the Society in accordance with the Legal Profession Act, set and enforce standards of professional responsibility for lawyers and preside at discipline and credentials hearings. Benchers can expect their duties to consume four or five full days a month. For more information on the role and duties of the Benchers, see Bencher’s Oath and Duties on the Law Society website (under About Us > Governance > Benchers).

By-election voting package

By November 1, 2012, a by-election voting package will be mailed to each member of the Law Society on the District No. 5 voter list prepared pursuant to Rule 1-25. The package will include a basic profile and photograph (if provided) of each candidate along with a ballot, ballot envelope and return envelope.

Candidates’ biographies and election statements on Law Society website

Also by November 1, 2012, the candidates’ biographical summaries and election statements will be posted on the Law Society website at lawsociety.bc.ca. The voting package will advertise this webpage link. Any eligible voter may request a print copy of the candidates’ biographical summaries and election statements.

 

Benchers encourage diversity of candidates seeking office

The Law Society believes that the public is best served by a more inclusive and representative profession. Women lawyers, Indigenous and visible minority lawyers, and solicitors continue to be under-represented among elected Benchers. All lawyers who meet the qualifications for Bencher and want to contribute to the profession are encouraged to stand for election, and women, Indigenous and visible minority lawyers and those practising predominantly in solicitors’ fields are particularly encouraged to do so.