E-Brief: January 2014

2014 President and other Benchers sworn in

At the first Benchers meeting of 2014 on January 24, Chief Justice of British Columbia Robert J. Bauman administered the oath of office, swearing in the Law Society's new president, Jan Lindsay, QC, first vice-president, Ken Walker, QC and second vice-president, David Crossin, QC, along with the rest of the Benchers for the 2014-2015 term of office.

Input invited on proposed Trinity Western University law school

In the interests of transparency and openness, the Benchers are accepting feedback from lawyers and the general public as they consider the proposed new law school at Trinity Western University. Submissions may be sent to submissions@lsbc.org or by mail to the Law Society of BC - Attention: Executive Director, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 4Z9. Submissions must be received before March 3, 2014. Letters and comments may be made available to Trinity Western and publicly. More information can be found on the Law Society's website.

Law Society Fee Mediation Program offers lawyers a solution for resolving client concerns

The Law Society has made some important changes to its Fee Mediation Program, including adding an option for distance mediation through video and telephone conferencing. The Society also introduced limitations on the amounts it will review, restricting mediation to amounts of between $1,000 and $25,000. The Fee Mediation Program is free and aims to resolve fee disputes quickly and efficiently without having to go through a formal court process. More information can be found on the Law Society's website.

Applications now being accepted from rural lawyers wishing to hire summer students

The Rural Education and Access to Lawyers Initiative (REAL) is now accepting applications from lawyers for funding to help them hire a summer student for 2014. Lawyers and law firms located in small communities or rural areas in British Columbia are welcome to apply. More information can be found on the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch's website. The REAL program is partially funded by the Law Society.

Registration open for Federation of Law Societies National Family Law Program

Registration is now open for the 2014 National Family Law Program taking place in Whistler this July. The early bird registration deadline is April 1, 2014. More information, including the conference topics, can be found on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada website.

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