In Brief

Collective agreement

The Law Society and the Professional Employees Association (the certified bargaining agent for the society’s staff lawyers) have now reached a collective agreement. While this represents a change in our operations at the Law Society, it will not hamper our effectiveness as the regulator of the legal profession.

Aboriginal law student scholarship trust

The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, has established two annual scholarships for Aboriginal persons to attend law school at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. Under an agreement with the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, CBA has committed to raise a minimum of $500,000 to endow the CBABC Aboriginal Law Scholarship Trust. The Law Foundation has committed to match funds raised by CBA to a maximum of $75,000. Visit for more information and to make a donation.

Appointments to outside bodies

Continuing Legal Education Society: The president has reappointed Victoria Bencher Richard Stewart to the CLE board of directors for a three-year term, or until he is no longer a Bencher, whichever comes first.

Law Foundation: The Executive Committee has appointed Kelle Maage, His Honor Judge Dennis Schmidt and Nancy Merrill to the foundation’s board of governors for three-year terms commencing January 1, 2008.

Provincial Judicial Council: Diane Turner has been reappointed as the president’s nominee to the council for a further one-year term commencing January 1, 2008.