Law Society members vote against TWU accreditation

Final decision to be made by governing board

Members of the Law Society of British Columbia have voted for a resolution that calls upon the society’s board to reverse its April decision to accredit the Trinity Western University school of law. Votes were 3,210 for and 968 against. The decision by Law Society members is non-binding, but will likely influence the decision of the society’s governing body, the Benchers.

“The decision regarding whether to admit graduates from the proposed law school at TWU is a Bencher decision,” said Law Society president Jan Lindsay in a press release. “However, the Benchers will give the result of today’s members meeting serious and thoughtful consideration.”

The original decision was based on more than 800 pages of submissions and a number of other reports and cases. “There is currently litigation challenging the BC provincial government’s decision to approve a law school at TWU and litigation in Ontario and Nova Scotia challenging the decision by law societies there not to approve the proposed law school at TWU. Ultimately, I fully expect that the issues raised will be decided by the Supreme Court of Canada,” Lindsay said.