What Benchers do

The Benchers are the Law Society’s board of directors. They govern the work of the Society in accordance with theLegal Profession Act, set and enforce standards of professional responsibility for lawyers and preside at discipline and credentials hearings. Benchers can expect their duties to consume four or five full days a month, divided among:

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  Vancouver Bencher Rita Andreone goes over the finer points of the Member's Manual with articled student Matthew Cowper.
  • preparing for and participating in Bencher meetings (usually the first Friday of every month);
  • attending the annual Benchers’ retreat (weekend time commitment);
  • serving on at least two or more committees and task forces (three or four hours for each meeting);
  • sitting on discipline and credentials hearing panels (time commitment varies but may be two or three days a year);
  • responding to ethics and practice questions from lawyers; and
  • interviewing articled students and attending call ceremonies.