In Brief

Bench & Bar Dinner

Time is running out to order your tickets for the 24th annual Bench & Bar Dinner, which takes place on Wednesday, November 19, 2008. Recipients of the Law Society Award and the CBA Georges A. Goyer, QC Memorial Award for Distinguished Service will be honoured for their outstanding contributions to the cause of justice in British Columbia. Click here (PDF: 444 KB) to download a ticket order form.

Notice of By-election

As Vancouver Bencher John J.L. Hunter, QC will complete his term of office as President and become a Life Bencher at year-end, a by-election has been set in Vancouver for Monday, November 17, 2008. The term of the new Bencher will be for the period January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009. Click here (PDF: 19 KB) to read the Notice of By-Election.

Jack Webster Awards

Thirty outstanding BC journalists have been selected as finalists for the 2008 Jack Webster Awards. This year's recipients — including the winner of the Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism, sponsored by the Law Society — will be honoured at a ceremony at the Westin Bayshore on Thursday, November 6.

Salvation Army Probono Program — Call for volunteers

The Salvation Army is inviting lawyers, including retired lawyers, to participate in its pro bono program. Volunteers must commit to a two-hour legal advice session once a month at a pro bono legal clinic. The Salvation Army pre-screens eligible clients to determine their legal issues and ensures they are prepared in order to maximize volunteer lawyers' time. Visit for more details.

Judicial Appointments

Richard Neill Brown has been appointed to the Bench of the Supreme Court of British
Columbia. Brown was called to the Bar in 1975 and has been a sole practitioner since 1998.