We are pleased that long-time SABABC member, former president and current Board Member, Jeevyn Dhaliwal, is letting her name stand again for re-election in the LSBC Vancouver County By-election which is underway. There are eleven candidates running for two vacant seats. As the first South Asian to be elected a Bencher in Vancouver County, you may recall that Jeevyn served as a Bencher from 2014-2015 but unfortunately lost her seat by 36 votes in last year’s general election. We encourage all SABABC members and friends to support one of SABABC’s longest serving advocates.
You will shortly be receiving her biography and election statement from the Law Society, but they are attached here for your information.”
Biographical Information and Election Statement
I represented Vancouver County as a Bencher in 2014-2015. I am a solicitor with the immigration boutique, Larlee, Rosenberg, where I practice workplace immigration law. I attended UBC Law and, after completing articles at Pryke Lambert Leathley Russell LLP, Richmond, practiced with Dentons (then Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP) before joining Roper Greyell LLP to head its immigration practice.
Service to the Profession:
Law Society of British Columbia
- Discipline Committee – current
- Bencher 2014-2015 – member/Vice Chair – Discipline, Act and Rules
- Committees, Legal Services Regulatory Framework Task Force
- Rule of Law/Lawyer Independence Sub-committee – past member
- PLTC Guest Instructor
South Asian Bar Association of BC
- Current executive /past President
Canadian Bar Association
- Provincial Council – past elected member
- Frequent presenter
- Practice Advisory Panel
Thompson Rivers University
Vancouver Bar Association
- Past elected member
UBC Alumni Advisory Council Association of South Asian Professionals of BC
Vancouver Canucks Hockey Team
- Guest anthem singer
Kamloops Multicultural Society
Industry Training Appeals Board BC Advisory Council on Multiculturalism
- Past member – Order in Council appointment
Kamloops – Cariboo Regional Immigrant Services
- Past board member and secretary
- Justice Institute of BC – Administrative Law/Hearing Skills/ Decision Writing
- Provincial Court Mediation Program – Advanced mediation
I ask for your support as I stand for re-election and a return to the Bencher table.
I first formally served the Law Society in 2013 as a non-Bencher member of the Rule of Law Committee.
As an elected Bencher in 2014, I again served on this Committee, the Legal Services Regulatory Framework Task-force, and each of the Act and Rules and Discipline Committees, for which I also acted as Vice-Chair in 2015. During my tenure, we extensively reviewed, and launched, the 2015 Rules.
I am currently a non-Bencher member of the Discipline Committee and panel member on Conduct Reviews.
The Law Society faces many diverse and important issues, from the expanded scope of legal services provided by non-lawyers, to law firm regulation and opportunity within the profession, to the omnipresent issue of access to justice, and to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s compelling calls to action.
Diversity at the Bencher table can only assist the Law Society to address these issues, while governing in the public interest. As a woman of South Asian heritage, I possess diverse experience gained in various law firm settings.
As the Law Society’s mandate under section 3 of the Legal Profession Act includes supporting and assisting lawyers and articled students in the practice of law, I will continue to mentor and raise awareness of the work of the Law Society and to educate the profession as to the common pitfalls of practice, seen far too often at Discipline Committee. This, and providing further programming for support staff, are matters about which I feel strongly, and will continue to advocate for.
I am proud and honored to have been afforded the opportunity to serve in the governance of the profession. With your support, I hope to be able to continue to make a positive contribution.