Credentials hearing

Law Society Rule 2-69.1 provides for the publication of summaries of credentials hearing panel decisions on applications for enrolment in articles, call and admission and reinstatement. If a panel rejects an application, the published summary does not identify the applicant without his or her consent.

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Adam Charles Munnings

North Vancouver, BC

Hearing (application for enrolment for articles): August 12, 2008

Panel: Glen Ridgway, QC, Chair, Leon Getz, QC, Kenneth Walker

Report issued: September 3, 2008 (2008 LSBC 26)

Counsel: Henry Wood for the Law Society and Michael Tammen for the applicant

Adam Munnings completed a law degree in May 2005. Since May 2006 he has been employed in the legal department of a BC Crown corporation. His co-workers encouraged him to pursue articles and supported his good character. Munnings filed an Application for Enrolment for Articles in October 2007. On that application, he reported recent instances of excessive alcohol consumption. The Credentials Committee investigated the matter and a credentials hearing was ordered.

The Credentials Committee asked a physician with expertise in chemical dependency to assess Munnings' condition. Based on his history of alcohol consumption and a liver function test, the physician concluded that Munnings has an alcohol abuse disorder, which could potentially lead to severe negative consequences in the future.

Munnings testified that he has since reduced both the frequency and amount of alcohol he consumes. In anticipation of the credentials hearing, he also took a voluntary liver function test, which indicated normal results.

The panel was satisfied that Munnings was of good character and repute and is fit to be enrolled as an articling student, subject to the following conditions:

  1. During his articles, his principal or designate shall prepare four reports, outlining his performance with a focus on any concerns relating to abuse of alcohol;
  2. Prior to each report, a random test for liver function shall be conducted at the request of his principal; and
  3. During his articles, a further sample to test for liver function may be requested by the Law Society.

The panel ordered costs of $2,000.