After the April 11 Benchers meeting at which the Benchers voted on the accreditation of the proposed TWU law school, I received a flood of emails applauding the process at that meeting. Every one of them praised the Law Society for making the meeting available to the public and profession through a webcast. It truly is a convenient and easy way to watch the proceedings without leaving your home, office – or any place with a computer and a good Internet connection.
The Law Society’s staff worked endless hours preparing for the webcast – bringing in lights and cameras, ironing out technical issues, and testing the equipment before the big day. A great deal of work went into making that day a success; the meeting was seamless – in the flesh, and online.
With the increasing interest in the matter, the decision to webcast the September 26 meeting was obvious; it is our duty to allow more people to see and hear the proceedings than can be reasonably accommodated on our premises and in the Bencher room itself. Because of space constraints, only 20 seats will be available in the Bencher room, on a first-come, first-served basis.
I want to thank everyone who sent in submissions – we received 80 submissions from March 3 to September 3, in addition to the close to 300 submissions that we received before March 3. This was an amazing response and clearly shows the importance of this issue to lawyers and the public. The submissions were thoughtful and provided valuable background to assist our deliberations. With this number of submissions to consider, and the very tight agenda on the 26th, I do not expect to provide an opportunity for submissions or statements by members or the public at the meeting.
The Benchers meeting will start at 8:30 am PST. It is expected that the discussion on the TWU matter will begin at approximately 9:30. You can log on to watch at any time here. I hope you’ll tune in.