A Message From the President;
Morgan C. Cooper
As President of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador during 2012-2013, I am pleased to welcome you to the Society's web site. I hope that you find it useful and interesting.
The Law Society is the regulatory body for the legal profession in the province and is governed by the Benchers. The President acts as Chair of Benchers meetings, or Convocations, this word used because of Benchers authority to grant degrees in law.
Benchers are comprised of 17 lawyers elected by their colleagues and 4 lay Benchers appointed by the Chief Justice of the Trial Division. All work to protect the public interest in the delivery of quality legal services.
Together with the Society s professional and administrative staff and Committee system, Benchers ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador law students are appropriately educated at law school and then rigorously trained through the articling and Bar Admission Course program and examinations of the Society. The Benchers ensure also that practising lawyers have access to many high quality continuing education programs every year.
In addition to provincial and educational concerns, Benchers consider matters impacting upon the profession and the public nationally and internationally. The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador collaborates with other law societies in Canada and internationally and, when appropriate and in the public interest, with governments.
If you have questions about the work of the Law Society, including the regulation of the legal profession or the administration of justice generally, you should contact one of the Benchers listed in the Directory, or the Society's staff.