Special General Meeting

April 30, 2014

From President Jan Lindsay, QC

On April 23, 2014, the Law Society received a written request to convene a special general meeting of the Society, which was signed by at least five per cent of the members. The nature of the business to be considered at the meeting is a resolution directing the Benchers to declare, pursuant to Law Society Rule 2-27(4.1), that Trinity Western University is not an approved faculty of law. The Benchers decided on April 11 to approve the proposed faculty of law at TWU for the purposes of entry to the Law Society's admission program. Should the resolution pass at the general meeting, it is not binding on the Benchers except as provided in section 13 of the Legal Profession Act.

As I said following the April 11 Bencher decision, many Benchers spoke meaningfully about their personal struggle with the decision. Central to the discussion and decision was the necessity of balancing two Charter rights; the right to equality and the right to freedom of religion and the need to decide in a manner consistent with the rule of law and with regard to the 2001 Supreme Court of Canada decision in Trinity Western University v. British Columbia College of Teachers. The discussion reflected a thoughtful engagement and different views on these central concerns.

I would encourage everyone interested in the Benchers' decision to review the transcript of the Bencher discussion and the reasons for their decision available on the Law Society website. The webcast of the April 11 discussion and decision and the supporting documents considered by the Benchers are also available on our website.

In accordance with our Rules, the Benchers will call a special general meeting within 60 days of the request. A notice of the special general meeting will be mailed to members at least 21 days before the meeting.

Jan Lindsay, QC