Committees

The Law Society has a number of standing Committees. Council can appoint special committee as well. The following is a list of mandates and members for its Committees:

*Note Underlined name denotes Chair(s)

Annual and Mid-Winter Meeting:

This committee, made up of members from a variety of firms and including at least one representative on the practising/non-insured portion of the bar and one representative of the judiciary, is tasked with organizing the events surrounding the Annual and Mid-Winter meetings. The Committee is responsible for selecting, in consultation with the Secretary Treasurer and the Legal Education Coordinator, the location and dates for these events, providing support for the meetings and CLE's, and scheduling and organizing the social functions which surround them.

Jonathan Greenan, Cynthia Taylor, Robin Aitken, Susan Connolly, Alanna Taylor, Charity Hogan, Tom Keeler, Nicole McKenna, Rebekah Culberson, Jeff MacDonald, Susan Robinson Q.C., Jane Smith (CBA

Articling & Admissions/ Board of Examiners:

This committee, the membership of which includes the Legal Education Coordinator, develops standards and procedures for the development of a potential member from the level of newly graduated law student until they are prepared for admission as full members of the Law Society. The Committee also acts as the Board of Examiners to assess the competence of individuals transferring from other jurisdictions.

Sherry Gillis, Q.C., Janet Clark, Pamela Stewart, Ryan MacDonald, Jonathan Coady, Kevin Kiley, Matt Walters, Susan Carruthers, David Hooley, Q.C., Valerie A. Moore, Q.C. [Legal Education Coordinator]

Continuing Legal Education:

The membership of this committee includes the Legal Education Coordinator. The committee is tasked with developing the subject-matter, either from their own sources or by the direction of Council, and organizing at least four CLE’s during each year.

Jennifer MacPherson, Tracey Clements, Q.C., Robin Aitken, Gary Evans, Kim McNeill, Q.C., Paul Kiley, Kerri Seward Carpenter, Robert MacGregor, Jeff MacDonald, Valerie A. Moore, Q.C. [Legal Education Coordinator]

Credentials Committee:

Lynn Murray, Q.C., David O’Brien, Q.C., Keith Boswell, Q.C., Brian McKenna, Q.C., Pamela Williams, Q.C., Murray Murphy

Discipline Committees:

Established pursuant to the Statute and comprised of six members and two lay persons (one appointed by Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council) on each committee, each committee carries out investigations and formal hearings into complaints against members

A: Krista MacKay, Thane MacEachern, Q.C., Michele Dorsey, Sophie MacDonald, Kenneth Godfrey, Gordon MacFarlane, Fred MacDonald, Robert Clow

B: Brian Waddell, Q.C., Doug Drysdale, Q.C, Leslie Collins, Lisa Goulden, Neil Robinson, Matthew MacFarlane, Dr. Leith Thompson, Donald Desserud

SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS FOR DISCIPLINE COMMITTEES CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE

Scott MacKenzie, Q.C., Pamela Stewart, Ron MacLeod, Cyndria Wedge, Denise Doiron

Discipline Policies and Procedure:

Comprised of the Chairs of the two discipline committees, the Secretary Treasurer and two other members familiar with the discipline process, this committee establishes policies and procedures to be used in the internal process for dealing with complaints against members. It makes recommendations to Council for changes to the statute and/or regulations as they pertain to the discipline process.

Krista MacKay, Brian Waddell, Q.C., Scott MacKenzie, Q.C., Gordon MacKay, Q.C., Spencer Campbell, Q.C., Pamela Large-Moran, Secretary-Treasurer

Ethics:

This committee provides advice to members individually and as a group on issues of a general ethical nature. Under the Regulations, the Committee can be consulted about the advertising regulations.

Rosemary Scott, Q.C., Linda Gaudet, Barbara Stevenson, Q.C., Catherine Chaisson, Robert Tocchet, Shannon Farrell, Roy Ridlington

Insurance:

This committee provides advice to the members, Council, and the CLE committee on matters relating to the insurance program of the Law Society. On an annual basis it recommends the levels at which premiums should be set to the Budget Committee of Council.

Derek Key, Q.C., Pamela Large-Moran, James Revell, Katharine Tummon, John Brennan, Greg Cann, Q.C., Secretary-Treasurer

Law Foundation:

Duties and make-up of the board of the Law Foundation are found in Part VII of the Legal Profession Act.

Paul Kiley, Patsy MacLean, Gary Scales, Shauna Sullivan Curley, Q.C. [Attorney General Rep.], John Maynard, Sheila Lund MacDonald [Staff]

Legislation:

This committee, with advisory assistance from the Legislative Counsel, is tasked with monitoring the legislation program of government and review any proposed statute or amendment that has ramifications for the legal profession and also monitor the procedures used to ensure that the laws of the province are readily available to the profession. Periodic reviews of the Legal Profession Act are also the responsibility of this committee.

Ewan Clark, James Travers, Q.C., Pamela Stewart, Scott Burke, Kathleen Vent, Martin Fobes, Renée Maria Tremblay, Paul Bender

Library, Court House:

The Library Committee is responsible for providing the best affordable tools for legal research to the members and the public in the courthouse locations in both Summerside and Charlottetown. The committee is also responsible for any physical aspects of the courthouses that are the responsibility of, or of concern to, the members of the Law Society.

Michael Ives, Marlene Clark, Q.C., Kersti Kass, Angela Jorden, Scott Barry, Mike Ramsay, Carla Kelly, Pamela Borden [Staff]

Nominating Committee:

Made up of the Past President, the President and a member selected by the membership at the annual meeting of the Society, this committee is responsible with putting forward to the annual meeting a slate of nominees for Council and for the officer positions with the Society.

Loretta Coady MacAulay, Scott Dickieson, Q.C., John Hennessey, Q.C.

Practice Standards:

Established pursuant to Regulation 45 to develop standards for practice, training programs to assist members to reach and maintain those standards, and provide a remedial service for members who are practising in an incompetent manner.

George Lyle, James Gormley, Q.C., Cindy Cameron, Gary Demeulenaere, Laura Kell, Chris Montigny

Real Property:

This committee is responsible for making recommendations to Council regarding the mechanism and procedures employed in the province for the effecting and recording of various transactions involving real estate. They may be required to provide input on changes to the registry system at the request of government or Council and may recommend changes.

Geoff Connolly, Allen MacPhee, Q.C., John Ramsay, Q.C., Daphne Dumont, Q.C., Andrew Campbell, Perlene Morrison, Peter Ghiz, Ryan MacDonald, Curtis Toombs

Scholarship:

The committee decides on the recipients of the annual Law Society scholarship(s) and makes recommendations to Council for changes to the program.

Bobbi-Jo Dow Baker, Jeffrey Leard, Barbara Smith, Q.C., Jordan Brown, Nicole McKenna

Unauthorized Practice:

Dealing with reports of unauthorized practice referred to them from a variety of sources, the committee makes recommendations for legal or other actions to deal with unauthorized practice issues

Marlene Clark, Q.C., Elizabeth Reagh, Q.C., Jessie Frost-Wicks, Brendan Hubley, Jacqueline O’Keefe, Peter Ghiz

Members of the Law Society appointed to sit as Representatives of the Law Society on other committees or organizations

Bench and Bar Committee:

President, V-President, Secretary-Treasurer, John Carr, Q.C., David Hooley, Q.C.

Government Relations:

President, V-President, Past President, Secretary-Treasurer, Shauna Sullivan Curley, Q.C., Barrie Grandy, Q.C., Charles Thompson, Q.C., Terri MacPherson, Q.C.

Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association :

Derek Key, Q.C., Gregory Cann, Q.C. [Alternate]

Community Legal Information Association:

Catherine Chaisson

Federation of Law Societies:

President, V-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Stephen D.G. McKnight, Q.C.

Judicial Appointments Provincial Court:

Cyndria L. Wedge

Advisory Committee on Federal Judicial Appointments:

Queens Counsel Recs:

President, Scott MacKenzie, Q.C., 1 representative from each of Supreme Court, Provincial Court, and Attorney General's Office

Rules Committee:

Voting Members - John Hennessey, Q.C., Lynn Murray, Q.C.
Non-Voting Members - Greg Cann, Q.C., Brian Waddell, Q.C., John Brennan

Victims' Services:

Catherine Chaisson