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Notice of the 2018 Bencher Election

Details regarding Dates, Vacancies, Voting Eligibility, Candidate Qualifications, Nominations, etc.

ELECTION DATE

The 2018 Bencher Election will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. You are receiving electronic notice of the election because you also receive Law Society communications by email. This year, you can vote on-line, through the Member’s Portal on the Law Society of Manitoba website. In April you will receive an email with login instructions. Your e-vote can be submitted any time after you receive such notice up until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. To ensure anonymity, we will only track whether or not you have voted. Once votes are submitted the data collected is aggregate only. There will be no ability to personally identify a voter’s selections. If you have any questions please contact Leah Kosokowsky at 204-926-2030 or by email at lkosokowksy@lawsociety.mb.ca.

VACANCIES

There are 11 vacancies for the 12 elected Bencher positions of the governing body. Subsection 6(2)(d)(iii) of The Legal Profession Act provides that the Vice President of the Law Society is not required to run for re-election. As the current Vice President was elected for the City of Winnipeg Electoral District, only seven of the eight elected Bencher positions are vacant in that District this year. One practising lawyer is to be elected for each of the Northern, the Eastern, the Western and the combined Central and Dauphin Electoral Districts.

WHO CAN VOTE

All members who are practising lawyers on Monday, March 5, 2018 and whose names appear on the voting list on Election Day are entitled to vote. A practising lawyer whose principal office is located outside of Manitoba may only vote in the City of Winnipeg Electoral District. Members can access an alphabetical list of all voters at the reception desk at the Law Society during office hours, on the Member’s Portal of the Law Society’s website and at Courthouses in Manitoba. A member who believes that the voters’ list improperly includes or omits a name or contains an error in the Electoral District of a member should report the error to the Chief Executive Officer.

WHO QUALIFIES TO RUN AS A CANDIDATE

A candidate for election as a Bencher must:

  • be a practising lawyer on Monday, March 5, 2018 and have his or her name on the voting list on Monday, April 2, 2018;

  • maintain his or her principal office in the Electoral District in which he or she seeks 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 Jim McLandress will become a Life Bencher when his term of office expires on May 24, 2018. Bencher Dean Scaletta will become a Life Bencher when his term of office expires on May 24, 2018 having served as a Bencher for the Winnipeg Electoral District for a period of eight years.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF NOMINATIONS

The Nomination Form and Consent of a candidate must be received by the Chief Executive Officer on or before Monday, April 2, 2018 and will only be valid if:

  • it is in writing using the Nomination Form provided by the Society;

  • it names only one candidate;

  • in the City of Winnipeg Electoral District, it is signed by at least five members of the Society whose names appear on the voting list and who maintain a principal office in that district;

  • in the Western, Northern, Eastern, Dauphin and Central Electoral Districts, it is signed by at least two members of the Society whose names appear on the voting list and who maintain a principal office in the same Electoral District as the candidate; and

  • the nominated candidate consents to the nomination by signing the Nomination Form.

Candidates must provide a digital photograph and biographical information to the Chief Executive Officer no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, April 2, 2018 to ensure their information will be posted on the election website. Candidate biographies and photographs will also be posted on the public side of the Law Society’s website.

GOVERNING LEGISLATION

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 and can be accessed on the Society’s website at www.lawsociety.mb.ca. Under the Rules, the Vice President of the Society decides questions about the eligibility of any candidate and the validity of any nomination or vote cast.

 

Friday, March 9, 2018

KRISTIN DANGERFIELD
Chief Executive Officer

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