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The Law Society is governed by a 24-member Board, also known as Benchers. Of the Benchers, 20 are lawyers elected by the profession every three years, and four are public representatives appointed by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. The Benchers provide strategic direction, focusing on goals that demonstrate our values and help achieve our vision and mission.
Eligibility to stand for election is set out in section 13 of the Legal Profession Act and Rule 10 of the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta. All candidates will be assessed for each of the noted items upon receipt of a nomination.
In accordance with the Rules, there are three districts in Alberta:
To ensure Benchers are elected from outside the City of Calgary and the City of Edmonton, a minimum of one Bencher will be elected from each of the Northern, Central and Southern Districts when at least one candidate has been nominated in the district.
The 2023 Bencher Election nomination process will be conducted entirely online. The nomination form will open on Oct. 3 in the Lawyer Portal.
All candidates must comply with Rule 10 of the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta when submitting their nomination.
Each candidate must provide the following information via the online webform:
Additionally, each candidate will be required to collect the certifications of two active lawyers in Alberta to serve as their nominators. The certification process is completed via the nomination form.
Nominations must be complete by midnight on Oct. 17 to be eligible for the election.
An assessment will be made to ensure that the nomination information:
In conducting this assessment, the guidelines below will apply. These guidelines are intended to assist the Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director in the exercise of discretion to determine compliance with Rules 10.1(2), (3) and (4). The decision of the Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director is final.
A statement shall not:
Guidelines for Photographs
A candidate whose biographical statement or photograph is found to be impermissible may submit a new biographical statement or photograph for assessment. For an example of a candidate statement, CV and photograph, refer to the Candidate Nomination Guide.
The Law Society is not responsible for any candidate’s failure to meet the publication deadline for any reason and once candidate information is formatted for online publication, no additions, deletions or amendments may be made.
Throughout their three-year term, members of the Bencher table may vacate their position. In those circumstances, the Benchers will review the current composition of the Bencher table against a skills matrix. Once that work is done, they have two options available to them to fill the vacancy. They can either appoint the individual who is next in line in the election results, or they can appoint a member of the Law Society who did not run in the election. In either case, the goal is to appoint the individual whose skills are needed at the Bencher table at that particular point in time.
This process to appoint a Law Society member into the available position is defined in the Law Society’s Rules. The purpose of these Rules is to give the Benchers the ability to assess the required skills in accordance with governance best practices.