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Appointed Bencher Notice - Seeking Applications

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The Legal Profession Act provides that the governing body is to consist of 25 benchers, comprised of the past president, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, a student bencher, 12 practising lawyers who are elected by the profession, six public representatives who are appointed by a statutory committee and four practising lawyers who are appointed by the benchers.

Elected and appointed benchers serve two-year terms for up to four terms, or eight years in total.

The 2018 bencher election has just concluded and the Law Society now is seeking applications from practising lawyers who are interested in serving as appointed benchers for the 2018 to 2020 term.

The benchers set the policy of the Law Society, enact rules pursuant to The Legal Profession Act, set standards of admission and practice and carry out corporate responsibilities such as policy-making, business planning and budgeting. Benchers sit on a number of committees and policy-making task forces which have decision-making responsibilities.


Desirable skills and attributes for Law Society benchers include:

  • Experience sitting on committees and/or boards
  • An interest in professional regulation
  • The ability and time to deal with a significant amount of material in preparing for meetings and hearings
  • Experience in strategic planning and policy development


Core competencies for Law Society benchers include:

  • Sound judgment

  • Integrity

  • Analytical and decision-making skills

  • Credibility



If you have an interest in the regulation of the legal profession and in serving as a bencher, an Application for Appointed Bencher (Practising Lawyer) may be sent by May 25, 2018 to:


Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society of Manitoba
219 Kennedy Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1S8
Fax: 204-056-0624



Questions regarding the Appointed Bencher (Practising Lawyer) position may be directed either to
Leah Kosokowsky at or 204-926-2030
or Kristin Dangerfield at or 204-926-2013.

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