2013 Annual General Meeting of the Law Society of British Columbia
July 26, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Registration: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (Vancouver); 11:45 am – 12:30 pm (other locations)
Call to order: 12:30 pm
Main location: Pan pacific Vancouver, Crystal Pavilion a,
300-999 Canada place, Vancouver
Audio-conference locations: Abbotsford • Castlegar • Cranbrook • Fort St. John • Kamloops
Kelowna • Nanaimo • Prince George • Prince Rupert • Smithers • terrace • Victoria
BC lawyers and articled students are invited to attend the next Annual General Meeting of the Law Society, which will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
To be considered at the 2013 Annual General Meeting, resolutions must be submitted in writing, signed by two members in good standing and received by the Executive Director no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (Law Society Rule 1-6(6)).
If you have any questions regarding the submission of resolutions or their consideration at the Annual General Meeting, contact Bill McIntosh, Manager of Executive Support, by telephone at 604-443-5706 (toll-free in BC 1-800-903-5300) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The business of the Annual General Meeting will include the following:
- Election of Second Vice-President for 2014;
- Appointment of Law Society auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013;
- Announcement of the 2014 practice fee; and
- Consideration of member resolution(s) submitted
The Benchers will set the 2014 fees pursuant to the Legal Profession Act, following their review of the Finance Committee’s recommendations at the September 27, 2013 Bencher meeting. The Finance Committee will base its recommendations on a thorough review of the Law Society’s finances, statutory mandate and strategic plan. An overview of the 2014 fees set by the Benchers will be presented at the 2013 Annual General Meeting, and will be posted to the Highlights section of the Law Society website.
The Finance Committee and senior management are conducting a full review of the Law Society’s operational budgets for 2014, which will be finalized over the next few weeks as the basis for the 2014 General Fund practice fee, in addition to the Lawyers Insurance Fund assessment and the Trust Administration Fee. The overall objective when setting the practice fee is to ensure that the operations of the General Fund are appropriately funded to enable the Law Society to efficiently and effectively fulfill its statutory mandate to protect the public interest in the administration of justice.
The Finance Committee is also reviewing budgets and fee proposals from a number of organizations and programs traditionally supported by the Law Society fees, including: Courthouse Libraries BC, the Lawyers Assistance Program, The Advocate, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the Canadian Legal Information Institute and the delivery of pro bono legal services.
If you have any questions about the process for setting the 2014 fees, contact Jeanette McPhee, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Trust Regulation, by telephone at 604-443-5712 (toll-free in BC at 1-800-903-5300) or email at email@example.com.
November 15, 2013 Benchers general election
Please note that a general election of the Law Society of British Columbia Benchers will be held on November 15, 2013, for a two-year term commencing January 1, 2014. In late August a notice of election and call for nominations will be mailed to the profession and a nomination form will be available for download from the Law Society website. Under the Law Society Rules, each nomination must be signed by two members in good standing who are eligible to vote in the relevant district, and must be received by the Law Society by October 15, 2013.
In the meantime, the Benchers note that Aboriginal lawyers, solicitors, visible minority lawyers, women and young lawyers continue to be under-represented among elected Benchers. The Benchers believe that the Law Society’s mandate to protect the public interest in the administration of justice will be best served by leadership from diverse backgrounds and experience.
A second notice of the 2013 Annual General Meeting will be published on the Law Society website (www.lawsociety.bc.ca) and sent by mail to the members of the Law Society in early September 2013. That notice will include the venue addresses and RSVP instructions for attendance at the designated meeting locations in Abbotsford, Castlegar, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Terrace, Vancouver and Victoria.