More on upcoming Law Society public forum on access to justice

January 23, 2009

While advance registration for Clearing the Path to Justice is now closed, additional seating will be made available on the night. We encourage you to attend. If you are unable to be there, you will still have an opportunity to access the forum content.

The Law Society will be making video excerpts available via its website within one week of the forum date. In addition, forum moderator Mark Forsythe, host of CBC Radio One's BC Almanac, will be broadcasting portions of the event on his province-wide show on January 29 between 1 and 2 pm. It will also be available on his website for one week after the show at

With keynote speaker the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, PC, Chief Justice of Canada, the free forum will explore some of the barriers to accessing the justice system and potential creative solutions to break down obstacles.

The public forum is put on in partnership with the Legal Services Society, SUCCESS, the Western Canada Society to Access Justice, The Georgia Straight and CBC.

To find out more about the forum, including the list of other distinguished panelists, see the Law Society website.


6:00 - 8:30 pm, January 28, 2009, registration at 5:30 pm


Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU
580 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Job posting: Policy and Legal Services Lawyer

The Policy and Legal Services Department is seeking a lawyer to research and analyze legal issues and to develop policy options for the Benchers and Law Society departments. The Staff Lawyer, Policy and Legal Services is also responsible for providing support to Law Society committees and task forces. The nature of the work requires frequent contact with Benchers and senior staff and involves creativity and insight.

Specific duties include:

  • providing policy analysis on programs and proposals;
  • providing opinions on points of law;
  • drafting agendas and minutes of meetings, and attendance at meetings;
  • working on policy development with other Law Society departments;
  • other duties the Manager, Policy and Legal Services may require.

Applicants must be members of the Law Society of BC or eligible for membership. The successful applicant will have a minimum of five years of recent practice experience and previous work experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • legal research;
  • public policy development;
  • strategic planning;
  • development of legislation and/or regulations;
  • regulation of professionals or similar regulatory activities;
  • government relations.

Superior writing skills and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. Experience with Quicklaw, other electronic research products, and Microsoft Word is also desirable. Detailed knowledge of the Legal Profession Act, Law Society Rules and the Professional Conduct Handbook is an asset.

The terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the Law Society of BC and the Professional Employees Association apply to this position.

All interested applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and references no later than February 2, 2009 to:

The Human Resources Department
The Law Society of British Columbia
8th Floor - 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9
Fax: 604-443-5747


ABA TECHSHOW, the world's premier legal technology continuing legal education conference and vendor expo, will take place April 2 to 4, 2009 at the Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. The three-day CLE conference is attended by more than 1,400 people each year and produces more than 50 legal technology CLE programs and training sessions in16 topical tracks.

Law Society members are eligible for a $150 discount on registration -- enter promotional code # EP929 to take advantage of this offer. Register before February 28, 2009 to receive an additional early bird discount.

For more information about the conference visit