|For immediate release||September 26, 2014|
Law Society to hold member referendum on accreditation of TWU
Vancouver, BC – At a meeting today, the Law Society’s board of governors, known as Benchers, passed a motion regarding Trinity Western University’s proposed law school.
The Law Society will conduct a referendum of all BC lawyers to vote to implement a resolution passed at the special general meeting of the Law Society held on June 10, declaring that the proposed law school at Trinity Western University is not an approved faculty of law for the purpose of the Law Society's admission program.
The resolution will be binding and will be implemented by the Benchers if at least one third of all lawyers in good standing of the Law Society vote in the referendum, and two thirds of those voting vote in favour of the resolution.
The referendum will be held as soon as possible and the results will be available on the Law Society website no later than October 30.
“Benchers decided that in a matter as important as this, it was important to provide all lawyers with the opportunity to express their views through a referendum,” said President Jan Lindsay, QC. “Holding the referendum will ensure that lawyers who did not vote at the special general meeting because they were unable to attend or because the vote was not binding will have a chance to be heard.”
The Law Society of British Columbia regulates the more than 11,000 practising lawyers in the province, setting and enforcing standards of professional conduct that ensure the public is well-served by a competent, honourable legal profession.
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