|By Marketwired .||
|August 20, 2013 07:00 AM EDT||
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/20/13 -- Dean Crawford of North Vancouver becomes President of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) today as Kerry L. Simmons of Victoria becomes Past President at the close of the annual CBA Canadian Legal Conference held this year in Saskatoon.
In his new role as president Dean Crawford remains dedicated to promoting the importance of the justice system in British Columbia through the CBABC platform document, An Agenda for Justice, which he initiated in his year as Vice President. "The CBABC put forward responsible positions on improving access to justice for those who are the least advantaged in our society. As the government's fiscal position improves, we look forward to renewed investments in our justice system," said Crawford. "At the same time, we have advanced a series of low-cost or no-cost legislative reforms that government can act on now to create stability for families, security for communities, certainty for business and accountability to the public. We will work with government to bring forward these reforms."
Crawford says the future of the legal profession will also be a focus, adding, "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."
Raised in the Kootenays, Crawford was called to the bar in 1995 after graduating from both UBC (Honours, Bachelor of Arts) and then Law School at the University of Victoria. A proud BC lawyer, Crawford has set his priorities for the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch with a renewed focus on member services, and advocacy for the profession as well as on behalf of the public.
Dean Crawford is a partner at Coutts Pulver in Vancouver. He practices in the area of labour and employment law, including employment litigation, human rights proceedings, labour relations, workers compensation and employment standards. Dean works closely with employers and employees on preventative steps to resolve workplace issues quickly and efficiently. Where necessary, though, he represents clients in litigation and has considerable experience before the B.C. Supreme Court, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, WorkSafe BC and labour arbitrators.
A former political assistant to Canada's Minister of Justice and Minister of Health, Mr. Crawford has taught at UVic law school, presented to numerous conferences on employment law, and has held many executive and committee chair positions with the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch in his 18 years as a CBABC member.
The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization representing more than 38,000 lawyers, judges and law students in Canada, including 6,800 members in British Columbia.