The Advisory: Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2010

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Is the Law Society of Alberta Acting “In the Public Interest”?

The Law Society of Alberta declares at every turn that it acts “In the Public Interest”. What do we mean when we say that? And what is the Law Society doing to give effect to that bold commitment?

The Law Society of Alberta’s plenary session at the Alberta Law Conference on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary will explore the principled basis for acting “In the Public Interest”.

We will discuss how we advance this vision through core regulatory functions, and through principled governance of the LSA’s policy work. Specific Law Society initiatives - the Safety of Trust Property and Alternate Delivery of Legal Services -- will be analyzed from this ‘Public Interest’ perspective.

Law Society of Alberta President Peter Michalshyn, QC and President-Elect Rod Jerke, QC will be joined by panelists Gordon Turriff, QC, outgoing President of the Law Society of B.C.; former Law Society of Alberta non-lawyer public representative to the Benchers, Yvonne Stanford (pictured); and Professor Alice Woolley, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary.

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