Dean Crawford of North Vancouver is the new President of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, as announced on August 20, 2013 at the annual CBA Canadian Legal Conference. Former President Kerry L. Simmons of Victoria will assume the role of Past President.
Crawford’s priorities as President are the promotion of the justice system in British Columbia through the CBABC platform document, An Agenda for Justice, which he initiated in his vice presidential year. His focus will also address the future of the legal profession. Crawford states,
“the Law Society of British Columbia is undertaking important work on whether lawyers should be subject to the same regulator as other legal services providers such as notaries. At the same time, the government plans to launch the Civil Resolution Tribunal, where the role of lawyer representation may be severely restricted. The CBABC will be vigilant in ensuring that the interest of the legal profession and the public is well-represented in these areas.”
Crawford is a proud B.C. lawyer. Growing up in the Kootenays, he attended UBC for his undergraduate degree, UVIC for law school, and was called to the Bar in 1995. Crawford is a partner at Coutts Pulver in Vancouver. He practices in the area of labour and employment law and works closely with employers and employees on preventative steps to resolve workplace issues. He also represents clients in litigation where necessary and has considerable court and tribunal experience.
BC Law Watch wishes Dean Crawford the best of luck in his term as President!