Ian Donaldson, QC to represent Law Society on Federation council

Ian DonaldsonThe Law Society is pleased to announce that Ian Donaldson, QC has been selected as its representative on the Federation of Law Societies’ council.

Donaldson is a graduate of UBC and Queen’s University and was called to the Bar in 1985. A partner at Donaldson Jetté in Vancouver, Donaldson practises primarily criminal law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998.

Donaldson was a Law Society Bencher from 2000 to 2007 and is now a Life Bencher. He has served on many Law Society committees including: Executive Committee, Discipline Committee (Chair, 2007, Vice-chair 2005-2006), Complainants’ Review Committee (Vice-chair 2005-2006), Audit Committee, Ethics Committee, Special Compensation Fund Committee, Regulatory Policy Committee, Independence of the Bar and Judiciary Subcommittee, and he chaired the Conduct Review Task Force and the Pro Bono Task Force.

He has served the Canadian Bar Association in the following capacities: Burns Committee on Reform of the Criminal Law; Chair, Resolutions Committee of the Criminal Justice Section; member, Task Force on the Reform of the Criminal Code; Executive and former Chair, Vancouver Criminal Justice Section; BC representative, National Executive of the Criminal Justice Section; member, Provincial Council; Chair, Legislative Liaison and Law Reform Committee.

Donaldson has also been active in professional organizations and committees, including the Joint Justice Planning Committee; the Street Crime Working Group; Executive Committee, Trial Lawyers Association of BC; BC representative, Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers; regular columnist, The Verdict; lecturer at CLE seminars, PLTC, Trial Lawyers Association of BC seminars, Crown Counsel seminars and UBC law school; Trial Lawyers Association of BC; National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers; American Trial Lawyers Association; Society for the Reform of Criminal Law; Medical Legal Society.

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is the national coordinating body of Canada’s 14 law societies which are mandated by provincial and territorial statutes to regulate the country’s 95,000 lawyers and Quebec’s 3,500 notaries in the public interest. The Federation’s council is its senior, decision-making committee.