Unprecedented’: 5 Indigenous lawyers elected to B.C. Law Society leadership in major victory – CBC

Unprecedented’: 5 Indigenous lawyers elected to B.C. Law Society leadership in major victory – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 17, 2021205 Views

Nov 17, 2021

Prior to current election only 2 Indigenous benchers have been elected in society’s 137 year history

Five Indigenous lawyers have been elected to the leadership of the Law Society of B.C. in a result the victors are hoping will help to transform the province’s legal profession.

West Vancouver lawyer Kelly Russ said his phone was “blowing up” with messages of congratulations Tuesday after the law society posted the results of an election to fill 19 available spots for the so-called benchers who oversee the body.

Russ was one of four Indigenous lawyers who mounted a co-ordinated campaign for election. He said he was stunned to learn that they were all successful — and that a fifth lawyer who identifies as Métis also won his race independently.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/indigenous-benchers-bc-law-society-1.6251486

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