Legal Service Providers Task Force / Aboriginal Mentoring

August 26, 2013

Consultation invited on regulation of all legal service providers

A joint task force of the Law Society has been exploring whether a single model regulator of legal services is desirable and, if it is desirable, which legal service providers should be regulated, and whether it is the Law Society that should take on that regulatory function.

In considering if it is in the public interest that the Law Society regulate all legal service providers, the Legal Service Providers Task Force has been particularly focused on how a regulator may facilitate improved access to legal services through innovative policy reform. The task force has been studying how legal services in British Columbia are currently regulated, and has compared this approach with systems in other jurisdictions. The task force has also been considering which model of legal service regulation will best protect the public and advance the public interest in the administration of justice.

The task force is now welcoming any comments that will help inform its recommendations to the Law Society.

An interim report of the task force was provided to the Benchers in July 2013. We encourage lawyers and all other interested parties to review the report and then provide your comments online no later than October 14, 2013. Comments can be made anonymously and will be kept confidential.

In addition, open consultation meetings are being held as follows:

Vancouver: September 9, 2013, 4 - 6 pm, Waddington Room, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Victoria: September 16, 2013, 4 - 6 pm, South Pender Island Room, Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street, Victoria

Prince George: September 18, 2013, 4 - 6 pm, Hedrick Room, Coast Inn of the North, 770 Brunswick Street, Prince George

To attend a consultation meeting, please register here.

The members of the Task Force are past Law Society president Bruce LeRose, QC (Chair); current Benchers Ken Walker, QC (Vice-Chair) and Satwinder Bains; Godfrey Archbold, president of the Land Title Survey Authority; John Eastwood, president of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia; Carmen Marolla, vice-president of the British Columbia Paralegal Association; and Kerry Simmons, of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch.

Inquires can be directed to Doug Munro, staff lawyer, policy and legal services, 604.605.5313.

Read the interim report of the Legal Service Providers Task Force
Provide your comments online
Register to attend a consultation meeting

Aboriginal Lawyers Mentorship Program now recruiting mentees

The Aboriginal Lawyers Mentorship Program is intended to enhance the retention and advancement of lawyers with Aboriginal ancestry, who are currently underrepresented in the legal profession in British Columbia.

Having already secured a number of mentors for the program, we are now actively recruiting mentees who possess the following attributes:

  • self-identified Aboriginal ancestry; and
  • membership in the Law Society of British Columbia, or active enrolment in the Law Society's Admission Program.

Although the mentorship program is focused on pairing experienced lawyers with Aboriginal lawyers who are junior, returning to practice after a period of non-practising status, or changing practice areas, all Aboriginal lawyers, regardless of experience, are welcome to apply to be mentored.

Read more about the Aboriginal Lawyers Mentoring Program

The deadline for mentee applications for the program is September 15, 2013. To apply, please complete and submit the application form.

For further information, please contact, Andrea Hilland, staff lawyer, policy & legal services, 604.443.5727.