Public forum on citizenship coming this Fall

The Law Society of BC, in partnership with the North Shore Multicultural Society and MOSAIC, is presenting a free public forum on October 19 as part of Canadian Citizenship week that will examine citizenship and access to justice. The forum will be presented in association with CBC Radio and Television’s Think Vancouver series and will be moderated by Mark Forsythe, host of CBC Radio One’s BC Almanac program.

The public forum is part of a new initiative by the Law Society’s Equity and Diversity Committee, chaired by Art Vertlieb, QC, aimed at promoting the legal profession and the rule of law among the community at large.

Panellists for the forum will be Provincial Court Judge Justine Saunders, Senator Mobina Jaffer, QC, Vancouver lawyer and former BC Supreme Court Justice Thomas Berger, QC and Najeeb Hassan, President of the North Shore Multicultural Society.

Forum topics include the meaning of citizenship, the importance of the rule of law and the responsibilities of dual citizenship. The Forum will take place at the Law Society building, 845 Cambie Street, on October 19 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Participants are invited to attend a reception at the Law Society afterwards.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by October 16 by emailing For more information, please contact Kuan Foo, Staff Lawyer – Policy and Legal Services, at 604 443-5727 or

Law Society Fall calendar

September 29 – Annual General Meeting (see the Law Society website for the outcome of the resolutions)

October 12 – 50-Year Certificate Luncheon (by invitation)

October 13 – Pacific Legal Technology Conference (

October 19 – Public forum on citizenship

November 23 – Bench & Bar Dinner

December 8 – Life Benchers Dinner (by invitation)