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Merrill elected in Nanaimo county

Nancy G. MerrillNancy G. Merrill is the new Bencher for Nanaimo county for 2011. Merrill received a majority of votes cast by Nanaimo county lawyers in the first round of a preferential ballot by-election. The by-election was required to replace G. Glen Ridgway, QC, who becomes a Life Bencher after completing his term as President.

Merrill has practised primarily family law, mediation, civil litigation and wills and estates in Nanaimo since her call to the bar in 1991. She obtained an LLB from the University of Windsor in 1988 and an LLM in tax law from Osgoode Hall in 2002. She worked on the Family Relations Act review for the Attorney General, designed and taught the family law course at Royal Roads University and conducted federal prosecutions in Ontario while completing the first portion of her LLM.

Merrill’s volunteer work includes establishing the Nanaimo Children’s Lawyer (a pro bono child advocate project for children whose parents are involved in high conflict separation), serving as a governor on the Board of the Law Foundation of BC, acting as a mentor under the CBA Women Lawyers’ Mentoring Program and serving on the executive of the Nanaimo Family Bar and Nanaimo Alternative Dispute Resolution sections of the CBA.

Merrill is the first woman Bencher to represent Nanaimo county. Eleven of the 31 Benchers are currently women, which is comparable to the percentage of women lawyers in the profession.

The Law Society congratulates Nancy Merrill, and thanks all the candidates for their participation in this by-election. For a breakdown of the by-election results, see the Law Society website  (About the Law Society/Benchers/Elections).