20 Candidates put their names forward for the 2022 Bencher Election. Two candidates were elected by acclamation. An election was held on Wednesday, May 4, for the ten remaining openings in the City of Winnipeg, Northern and Western Electoral Districts. Voting took place between April 19 and May 3. To learn more, see the results of the 2022 Bencher Election. For questions about the electoral process, please contact Rennie Stonyk at email@example.com.
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Benchers Reflect on their Experience Serving as a Bencher
One of the things that I’ve enjoyed most about being a bencher is learning from and working with colleagues and staff who are committed to ensuring that the Law Society grows and evolves as an organization to reflect the changing needs, values and priorities of lawyers and the public.
Serving as a bencher has been a great experience – not only to see how the sausage is made, but also because it’s been so reassuring to see multiple viewpoints and positions considered before decisions big or small are made. Everyone should seriously consider getting involved.
I have been a lay bencher (public representative) for several years and it has been a rewarding and fascinating experience. Public representatives provide an important perspective on matters before the Law Society. I know we are contributing to a more transparent, equitable and inclusive profession.
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Who Qualifies to Run as a Candidate?
A candidate for election as a Bencher must:
- Be a practising lawyer on Monday, March 7, 2022, and have their name on the voters’ list on Monday, April 4, 2022;
- Maintain their principal office in the Electoral District in which they seek to be a candidate;
- Consent in writing to the nomination;
- Be nominated in accordance with the process set out in Division 2 of Part 2 of the Law Society Rules; and
- Not be a Life Bencher or an Ex-Officio Bencher.
Law Society President Grant Driedger and Bencher Ashley Joyce will become Life Benchers when their terms of office expire on May 19, 2022.
Sections 5 through 10 of The Legal Profession Act and Division 2 of Part 2 of the Law Society Rules govern the election of Benchers. The Law Society Vice-President decides questions about the eligibility of any candidate and the validity of any nomination or vote cast.