By Erin Kleisinger, QC, Incoming President of the Law Society of Saskatchewan
“I have had the great privilege throughout my career of working with and learning from many committed professionals who have displayed integrity, decency and intelligence. I fundamentally believe in the value of the legal profession and its importance in maintaining a free and democratic society, based on the rule of law. I also know both the rewards and the many hardships of practice. As I embark on this new journey, I will carry with me the profound respect I have for my profession and the important work that lawyers do.” —Tim Brown
Following an extensive National search the Law Society of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Brown to the position of Executive Director effective January 1, 2017.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan is the self-governing body for Saskatchewan’s lawyers. The Law Society regulates the legal profession in the public interest and maintains public confidence in Saskatchewan’s 1600+ member-lawyers. The Law Society sets and enforces standards for the admission, education, professional responsibility, and competence of new and practicing lawyers.
Tim is well known both to Saskatchewan lawyers and lawyers across the country. For the past five years, he has been Counsel to the Saskatchewan Lawyers Insurance Association (SLIA). He is a member of the LSS and has practiced law in Saskatchewan for over 25 years.
Tim attended the University of Regina, earning a BA in English, and then obtained his Bachelor of Laws in 1991 from the University of Saskatchewan. He has amassed a diverse range of experiences in the profession. Tim has worked in government and within the Legal Aid system. He acted as a Crown Prosecutor and subsequently ran his own criminal law firm for 10 years. Tim also has experience as an adjudicator, sitting on tribunals with the Automobile Injury Appeals Commission and the Office of Residential Tenancies.
Tim has an extensive history of volunteerism with legal organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, and has volunteered with Pro Bono Legal Services. He was a private bar delegate on both the Provincial Court Liaison Committee and the committee exploring the model Domestic Violence Court in Medicine Hat. Tim was also the co-founder and Past-President of the South Saskatchewan Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan has a history of leading both within the Province and on the national stage, allowing it to contribute and play key roles in the innovations that must continue to occur in order for the legal profession to adapt and grow into the future. Under the policy governance direction of the Benchers, the Executive Director plays a central role in influencing the direction and regulation of Saskatchewan’s legal profession in the public interest. Tim brings a wealth of diverse experience to this position and will provide continued strong leadership and strategic direction to the LSS.
Watch for the upcoming article in the 2016 Winter issue of the Benchers’ Digest coming out in December.