I was first elected as a bencher in 2003. My fellow benchers elected me Treasurer on the first ballot on June 29, 2010.

Under the Law Society Act, I must be re-elected as a bencher before I can serve another term as Treasurer. Many of my bencher colleagues have asked me to run again in this election, so that I can continue as Treasurer. As a result, I am running in this election.

Being a bencher, and most recently, my time as Treasurer, have been the most interesting and challenging volunteer experiences of my life. The broader issues that affect our 42,500 lawyers and 3,500 independent paralegals are many. We are a diverse group facing a broad spectrum of challenges.

The Law Society's mandate--to ensure competence and adherence to standards of conduct while governing in the public interest--requires constant balancing of the public's needs and the profession's concerns.

It has been a privilege to serve the profession.

WHAT I BRING
I have worked hard over the past seven years, as a bencher and as Treasurer, but there is more work to do. During my years as a bencher, I was fortunate to be appointed to a number of leadership positions. When I was elected as Treasurer, I was only the third woman to hold the position in the Law Society's 214-year history.

I have energy and a strong voice. I enjoy the work I do. And with your support, I will continue to work hard for the profession and in the public interest.

I'd be glad to hear from you.

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MY POSITION
Competence
Professional Regulation, Discipline and Self Regulation
Legal Aid and Access to Justice
Sole Practitioners and Small Firms
LawPRO
Women in Private Practice
Diversity
Future Challenges
Meeting the Profession

MY EXPERIENCE
WHAT LAURIE'S SUPPORTERS SAY