The next Bencher Election is scheduled for November 2018 and all lawyers in good standing in Saskatchewan are eligible to let their name stand. Nominations are due on October 15 and voting will take place between October 15 and November 15. It is an exciting time to be involved in the regulation of the legal profession, as technology, globalization and new regulatory trends have been shaping new opportunities for both the practice and the regulation of law. The Law Society has created this video to provide an insight into what it is like to serve as a Bencher and why all members should consider putting their names forward. If you have any interest in running, we encourage you to watch it!
The Law Society believes that its mandate to protect the public interest in the administration of justice will be best served by leadership from diverse backgrounds and experience. All lawyers who meet the qualifications for Bencher and want to contribute to the governance of the profession are encouraged to stand for election, but Indigenous lawyers, visible minority lawyers, women lawyers, LGBTQ lawyers, lawyers with disabilities and young lawyers are particularly encouraged to do so, as these groups continue to be under-represented among elected Benchers. Further, lawyers from all practice areas and types are encouraged to run for Bencher. An ideal Bencher candidate should be diligent, collaborative, open-minded and respectful. Benchers are fiduciaries of the Law Society and loyalty to the organizations is of utmost importance. Experience with governance practice, administrative law, professional regulation, communications, accounting and insurance are also very helpful.